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Author Guidelines

How to Submit:

In order to submit a manuscript to CGJSC, you need to register an account, then submit your material via the OJS system.

If you are having trouble submitting, please make sure you have enrolled yourself as an "author" in your profile. If you are unsure how to do so, please contact David at dhofmann@uwaterloo.ca for assistance.

Focus:

CGJSC is a peer-reviewed graduate journal seeking original content and discussion by graduate students researching within the disciplines of sociology and criminology. The scope of CGJSC is purposefully broad in order to offer a diverse range of graduate students the opportunity to submit their research for publication. Examples of acceptable submissions that fall within the journal’s scope are, but not limited to: theory pieces, conceptual pieces, critical analyses, substantive explorations and book reviews. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies are accepted. We aim to publish insightful and well-written empirical pieces that enrich the collective knowledge within the disciplines of sociology and criminology.

CGJSC welcomes submissions from graduate students involved in research outside of, but related to, the disciplines of sociology and criminology. All fields within the social sciences (ex: Political Science, History, Psychology, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, Labor Studies, Health Sciences, Economics, Anthropology) are encouraged to submit provided that they demonstrate a direct link to a sociological and/or criminological area of study.

Only material deemed to meet the standards outlined in this guideline will be sent out for peer-review. The editor(s) of CGJSC reserves the right to decide what material falls within the scope, quality, and substantive areas of the journal.

***All editorial decisions are final***

 

General Guidelines:

All submitted material must conform to the following guidelines in order to be considered for peer-review/publication. Failure to heed these guidelines may result in immediate rejection of the submission and the potential for further sanctions:

  • All submitted content must be original and may not be submitted elsewhere for publication unless officially declined for publication by CGJSC;
  • All submitted material must conform to ethical standards lain out by the authors’ respective academic institution; and,
  • All submitted articles must conform to all academic standards concerning the prohibition of plagiarism.

By submitting an article to CGJSC, it is understood that the author is giving consent to publish their research.

Book Review Guidelines:

Book review guidelines can be found here.

Networking and Communication:

One of the major operational goals of CGJSC is to enhance networking and communication between university departments across Canada. We encourage open and respectful discourse between our authors and our readers. To this extent, we request that all manuscripts accepted for publication contain a small biography section highlighting the author’s research interests and academic accomplishments. We will also print the author’s institutional e-mail address for correspondence, comments and questions on behalf of the readership.

It is our hope that publishing in CGJSC not only provides invaluable experience to authors, but a chance to forge widespread and diverse connections throughout a variety of universities across Canada and beyond.

Canadian Content:

CGJSC is first and foremost a journal for Canadian graduate students. While we encourage submissions from international authors, preference will be given to articles with Canadian content and/or which are related to a Canadian institution, project or practice.

Language:

CGJSC is a national bilingual journal. All articles may be written in either English or French. Abstracts for all published manuscripts will be available in both languages. CGJSC will be responsible for translating any abstracts of accepted articles that have been submitted in only one language.

The editors may elect to use either French or English when corresponding with authors. In cases where either an editor or an author have difficulties communicating due to language barriers, all efforts will be to acommodate the author in their language of preference.

Frequency of Publication:

CGJSC publishes semi-annually: once in the summer and again in early winter in conjunction with uWaterloo’s annual Emerging Realities Graduate Student Conference. Publication is exclusively online. Current and past issues can be found on the CGJSC website and is free to access.

Style:

All material should be thoroughly proof-read by the author before submission to avoid unnecessary corrections and editing on behalf of the CGJSC publication team. Articles which demonstrate clarity, conciseness, organization and meticulous crafting will be much more likely to be accepted for publication.

Manuscript Specifications:

A typical article should be approximately 20 pages (5000 words) and not exceed 25 pages (6250 words). This does not include tables, charts, graphics or other visual material.  Articles of superior quality that are shorter than 20 pages will be considered.

An abstract of approximately 200 to 250 words should be submitted with the manuscript, along with 3 to 5 relevant keywords. If the author chooses to include acknowledgements, they may do so in 100 words or less. Acknowledgements may be used to thank colleagues, divulge sources of funding and/or sources of data.

Articles should be prepared in MS Word and submitted in the .doc or .docx format. The font should be in Times New Roman (Size 12) or Calibri (Size 11). The text should be double spaced with 1 inch margins. Pages should be numbered on the bottom right corner of each page. References should use the in-text APA citation style. Footnotes and endnotes are not permitted.

The editor(s) reserve the right to return and/or reject manuscripts that have been deemed to require substantial stylistic revision.

Timeframe:

CGJSC will seek to expedite the peer-review and publication process when possible. Upon receipt of a submission, the managing editor(s) will typically acknowledge receipt via e-mail within one business week. However, since both the editing and review processes are multi-tiered and rely on the hard work and effort of volunteers, significant delays may occur in publication.

 

Citations and References:

Citation style and bibliography should conform to the APA citation style. We have provided a basic style guide, courtesy of the University of Guelph Learning Center to explain the basic format utilized by CGJSC. We recommend that you take the time to consult past editions of CGJSC for examples of citation style.

At the discretion of the editor(s), submissions that contain major stylistic errors in the citations and bibliography may be returned to the author for revision.

Constructive Criticism:

As a graduate student journal, CGJSC is committed to the didactic process involved in publication. In the event of the rejection of a manuscript, the editor(s) will do their utmost to provide clear, concise and constructive criticism in order to facilitate the author’s professional and academic growth. It is our hope that all those who choose to submit material to CGJSC see it as an opportunity to develop as a student and an academic, regardless of the outcome. We encourage our peer-reviewers to espouse a similar viewpoint.

Further Reading:

  • Cornwall, M. (2010). "From the Editor: Ten Most Likely Ways an Article Submission Fails to Live up to Publishing Standards". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49: i–v. (Link to Article)
  • Becker, H. (2007). Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish your Thesis, Book or Article: Second Edition. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. All submitted content must be original and may not be submitted elsewhere for publication unless officially declined for publication by CGJSC.

  2. All submitted material must conform to ethical standards lain out by the authors’ respective academic institution.

  3. All submitted articles must conform to all academic standards concerning the prohibition of plagiarism.

  4. The article was prepared in MS Word and is in either .doc or .docx format.

  5. The article is a minimum of 20 pages (5000 words) and does not exceed 25 pages (6250 words). This does not include tables, charts, graphics or other visual material.  Articles of superior quality that are shorter than 20 pages will be considered. If the submission is a book review, it does not exceed 600 words.

  6. An abstract of approximately 200 to 250 words has been prepared to be submitted alongside the manuscript, along with 3 to 5 relevant keywords. If the author(s) choose to include acknowledgements, it was done in 100 words or less. Acknowledgements may be used to thank colleagues, divulge sources of funding and/or sources of data.

  7. The text is double spaced with one inch margins. The font is either Times New Roman (size 12) or Calibri (Size 11). Pages are numbered on the bottom right corner of each page. No footnotes or endnotes were used. References are in APA style.
  8. All efforts were made to avoid including any material within the manuscript that may serve to identify the author(s) to the peer-reviewers. This can include self-reference, self-citation or subtle clues to institutional affiliation. All identifying information was removed via the MS Word properties function prior to submission to CGJSC.

  9. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  10. The legal disclaimer section was read and understood. By checking this box, the author agrees to the terms outlined in the legal disclaimer section.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with CGJSC agree to the following terms:


    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

 

Privacy Statement

CGJSC will never disseminate the private information (name or e-mail) of registered members to any third-party organizations or individuals without consent.

CGJSC will strive to uphold the highest level of professionalism and discretion throughout the publication process when concerning the anonymity of authors and peer-reviewers.

Authors are asked to avoid including any material within their manuscript that may serve to identify them to the peer-reviewers. This can include self-reference, self-citation or subtle clues to institutional affiliation. Authors are cautioned that MS Word has a function which automatically attaches an identity to the original electronic document. All identifying information should be removed via the MS Word properties function prior to submission to CGJSC. We have provided a link to a guide to help facilitate this process.

The editor(s) will not reveal the identities of peer-reviewers to the author under any circumstances, or vice-versa.

The editor(s) of CGJSC reserve the right to modify any submitted manuscript in order to preserve the anonymity of the author. In such cases, all efforts will be made to leave the original content untouched. If the editor(s) feel they cannot make the manuscript anonymous without significant changes to in-text content, they may return it to the author for revision.