Call for Manuscripts

The 2016 Submission Period is closed

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research will be accepting manuscripts for volume 16 scheduled for print in Fall 2017 later this year.

Please check back in the Fall for our submission deadlines.

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.

Special Call for Papers: Global—Local Dimensions of Qualitative Communication Research

In addition to regular submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to scholarly discussions concerning global—local dimensions of qualitative communication research. Submissions should: (1) Detail the author’s/authors’ approach to global—local research; (2) Offer an example of global—local research in action (e.g., mini analysis); and (3) Describe how this work uniquely contributes to the study of communication. Topics may include (but are not limited to) theoretical and/or methodological extensions of global—local research that intersect with/derive from: neocolonialism; postcolonialism; cosmopolitanisms; critical/cultural approaches; queer theory; transgender studies; queer of color criticism; affect theories; theories of identity, voice, and agency; feminist approaches; transnational and translocal alliance building; coalitional politics; dialectics; transmodernity; globalization; glocalization. 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.

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 Communication Studies, 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.

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