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Author Guidelines

  • As the journal is a platform for excellence, please only submit high quality papers (grade of around 8 or higher). The paper should be interdisciplinary and well-argued.

  • Make sure the length of the paper is between 2500 and 4000 words (excluding references in the reference list).

  • Use APA-style (6th edition) referencing.

  • Do not include more than 3 figures or tables in your paper, and ensure they are in black and white.

  • Please ensure anonymity by removing your name and ID number from all pages and by following the ‘Ensuring a Blind Review’ guidelines to be found on the website.

  • Submit the paper as a .doc or .docx document, not as a PDF.

  • Make sure that each submission includes an abstract of approximately 100 words. Please upload the abstract separately from the paper as part of step 3 of the submission process. 

  • You are welcome to submit book and art reviews (for example those written for the course ‘The Presence of Art’ and the ‘Deep Reading’ project). The word count for the reviews should be between 2000 and 3000 words.

  • If you are a recent graduate (2016-2017) and if it was awarded an 8 or above, you can submit your Capstone (send a copy of your transcript to ucm-mjla@maastrichtuniversity.nl). If your Capstone is accepted you will have to shorten it before it is sent to the second reviewers.

  • Once you have submitted your digital copy, please submit a hard-copy version to OSA. This version should also be based on the template and should be anonymized as outlined in the ‘Ensuring a Blind Review’ guideline.

  • Please do not submit more than two of your best papers. The paper(s) you submit need not be the original version that you handed in during the course; you can also make changes based on suggestions or feedback given to you by your tutor, peers, or the Writing Centre. There will be an optional workshop to help you make your paper “MJLA-worthy” on Monday, 5th February, at 18:0 0in room 0.033.

  • Finally, the MJLA seeks to publish papers that incorporate an interdisciplinary perspective, and thereby reflect one of the core values of liberal arts education. An interdisciplinary perspective can be achieved in a variety of ways. Papers can address questions from the perspectives of multiple disciplines and defend a well-considered, integrated viewpoint incorporating the relevant disciplines. However, interdisciplinarity can also be achieved by explaining the implications of a mono-disciplinary paper for debates in other disciplines or even why such papers are interesting for people working in other disciplines. What matters is that one addresses an audience that does not consist only of people familiar with only one discipline, but rather of academically engaged individuals with a variety of intellectual backgrounds.

 

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. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  2. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  3. Upload your paper only if you formatted it according to the MS Word template (insert your text into the template).
 

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