Call for Manuscripts

The 2017 Submission Period is now open!

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research is accepting manuscripts for volume 17 scheduled for print in Fall 2018.

We are accepting submissions from November 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018.

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: Seeing Ourselves: The Mirrors of Media

In addition to general submissions, this year’s issue will feature a special section devoted to scholarly discussions of mediated representations of diverse identities. At a time when more people are becoming critically conscious of the ways that diverse identities are depicted in media, reflexive analyses of how we understand what we see are more important than ever. Mediated representations of diverse identities impact the way that those identities are able to move and exist through our cultures; what we see in television, film, and social media affects our abilities to understand our own identities. Often, we may see that representations of marginalized identities are shown as “cardboard characters rather than multidimensional people with actual lives” (Bobo 1995, p. 36). We may experience the ways that representations create the false expectations that we try to fit into—what Harris-Perry calls a “crooked room” effect (2011). Maybe we meet these limitations with what hooks calls an oppositional gaze, a critical look that we use to “change reality” (1992, p. 116). This special editor’s call asks authors to move beyond interrogating media artifacts as textual objects and to situate their own identities and experiences in conjunction with and within the text. How are we influenced by representation? How does it change, help, or hinder sense making about our own identities? How do representations handle the complexities of our intersectional identities? How does they interact with those identities and influence the ways that we communicate across difference? The editor welcomes a diverse set of communication methodologies for submission, including critical cultural analysis, autoethnography, performance scripts, poetic inquiry, and other qualitative methods. Authors should clearly mark in their manuscripts that their submissions are for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared in accordance with the current MLA, APA, or Chicago Style manuals.

References: Bobo, J. (1995). Black women as cultural readers. New York, NY: Columbia UP.
Harris-Perry, M. (2011). Sister citizen: Shame, stereotypes, and Black women in America. New Haven, CT: Yale UP.
hooks, b. (1992). Black looks: Race and representation. Boston, MA: South End.

Authors should clearly mark in their cover letter that their submission is for this special call. Submissions should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding references) and be prepared using the same citation conventions as regular submissions.

To submit a manuscript, please visit opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/kaleidoscope

Inquires should be emailed to kalscopejrnl@gmail.com

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.