Call for Manuscripts

Submission Period Extended to March 1, 2015

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research is currently accepting manuscripts for volume 14 scheduled for Fall 2015.

We welcome manuscripts, during the EXTENDED submission period (February 15, 2015 - March 1, 2015), from graduate students working in Communication and cognate areas/disciplines who are enrolled at the time of submission. Each submission deemed by the editor to be appropriate to the style and content of Kaleidoscope will receive an anonymous assessment by two outside reviewers, (1) a faculty reviewer and (2) an advanced Ph.D. student.

In addition to our ongoing commitment to written scholarship, we are interested in ways scholars are exploring the possibilities of new technologies and media to present their research. Kaleidoscope welcomes scholarship forms such as video/audio/photo of staged performance, experimental performance art, or web-based artistic representations of scholarly research. Web-based scholarship should be accompanied by a word-processed artist’s statement of no more than five pages. We invite web-based content that is supplemental to manuscript-based scholarship (e.g., a manuscript discussing a staged performance could be supplemented by video footage from said performance).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages (double-spaced) or 7,000 words (including notes and references) and can be prepared following MLA, APA, or Chicago style. All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and have a detached title page listing the author/s’ name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Authors should remove all identifying references from the manuscript. To be hosted on the Kaleidoscope website, media files should not exceed 220 MB in size. Larger files can be streamed within the Kaleidoscope website but must be hosted externally. Authors must hold rights to any content published in Kaleidoscope, and permission must be granted and documented from all participants in any performance or presentation.

Submissions of manuscripts can be made by using the "Submit" link on the journal's home page.

Preparing Submission Materials

To submit your manuscript through OpenSIUC, click on “Submit manuscript” in the left sidebar. You will want to have the following materials ready:

  • Contact information for you (and co-authors, if applicable)
  • Article title
  • Shortened article title (for running head)
  • Key words
  • Abstract (150-word maximum)
  • Cover page footnote (could include a short description of your institutional affiliation, any acknowledgments to individuals who contributed to the article, and anywhere the article was presented prior to publication)
  • Full text of submission (manuscript in Word Doc or RTF format which not does exceed 25 double-spaced pages or 7,000 words and does not include any identifying information about the author)


Authors are completely responsible for the factual accuracy of their contributions and neither the Editorial Board of Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research nor the Department of Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Carbondale accepts any responsibility for the assertions and opinions of contributors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote lengthy excerpts from previously published articles.

Special Call: Queer of Color Criticism and Critical Qualitative Communication Research

In addition to regular submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to queer-of-color criticism as a critical qualitative approach to communication research. Submissions should: (1) Detail the author’s approach to, and articulation of, queer-of-color criticism; (2) Offer an example of the author’s approach to queer-of-color criticism in action (e.g., mini analysis); and (3) Describe how the author’s approach uniquely contributes to the study of communication. While queer-of-color criticism is an intersectional tool, it is especially useful to note ways that the author’s approach to queer-of-color criticism can lend itself to other critical/cultural approaches (e.g., dis/ability, citizenship, affect). Authors should clearly mark in their cover letter that their submission is for the special call. Submissions should be no more than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared using the same citation systems as regular submissions.

Please e-mail kalscopejrnl@gmail.com for inquiries.