Call for Manuscripts

The 2024 Submission Period is open.

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research will be accepting submissions until March 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

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 cover 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: Resilience and Progress

In addition to general submissions, the editor encourages the submission of scholarship that emphasizes both resilience and progress. On their own, both terms are contested. Among other definitions, resilience has been defined as coping, continuing to exist, remaining entirely unchanged, and as the ability to return to status quo (McAslan, 2010; Richardson, 2002). Progress has been theorized as inevitable and predetermined, subjective, and as decided by specific benchmark metrics (Palmer, 2017). However contested, together, these concepts can move in important ways between and among theoretical and lived, instructional and survival. This call seeks research demonstrating an interplay of resilience and progress.

This special call asks authors to consider the concepts, strategies, and impacts of resilience and progress at the personal or community levels. As you are preparing your manuscript, consider the following guiding questions: How are the concepts of resilience and progress theorized in communication scholarship? How are the two terms intertwined? How do we communicate resilience and progress? Who has the authority to declare the existence of resilience or progress? Who has the power to decide which resilience or progress strategies to pursue? What do these concepts look like when enacted at the personal or community levels? What ethical obligations need to be considered when enacting resilience and progress?

The editor welcomes submissions from a variety of qualitative methodologies and mixed-methodological approaches, including critical/cultural analysis, web-based and new media research, autoethnography, poetic and arts-based inquiry, performance scripts, as well as other qualitative methods. Authors should identify in their cover letter whether their submissions address the special call. All submissions, including those for the special call, should follow regular submission guidelines. All authors must be graduate students at the time of submission.

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

For additional information and questions, contact Sean Maulding at kalscopejrnl@gmail.com.

Palmer, A. (2017). On progress and historical change. Know: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge, 1 (2), 319-337. https://doi.org/10.1086/693676
McAslan, A. (2010). The concept of resilience: Understanding its origins, meaning and utility. Torrens Resilience Initiative. https://www.flinders.edu.au/content/dam/documents/research/torrens-resilience-institute/resilience-origins-and-utility.pdf
Richardson, G.E. (2002). The metatheory of resilience and resiliency. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58 (3), 307-321. doi:10.1002/jclp.10020

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.