Call for Manuscripts

The 2023 Submission Period is now closed.

Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research will soon be accepting manuscripts for volume 23 scheduled for print in Fall 2024.

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: Writing from the Margins

In addition to general submissions, the editor encourages the submission of manuscripts that consider what it means to write from the margins. This special call plays on the word margins. Many past authors from Kaleidoscope have written about their marginalized identities and the marginalized identities of others. Perhaps like hooks (1991), you find that the personal is the foundation of your theorizing. Or maybe your personal narrative challenges the master narrative (Corey, 1998). Possibly, your work pushes Othered voices to the forefront (Dutta & Basu, 2013). Or, like Warren (2008), you conceptualize difference ontologically and epistemologically to make the lived, embodied experiences “of those marked by those differences, differences that matter” (p. 291).

This special call asks authors to explore their places within the margins. As you develop your manuscript, consider the following questions: What has been centered and what has been marginalized in previous scholarship? What experimental methods become available when we leave the center and move to the margins? What ethical obligations must be considered when writing about marginalized peoples? What challenges are present when writing against dominant social narratives? What areas could future communication research explore in relation to the margins?

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 that their submissions address the special call. All submissions, including those for the special call, should follow regular submission guidelines.

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

For additional information and questions, contact Janine Armstrong at kalscopejrnl@gmail.com.

Corey, F. C. (1998) The personal: Against the master narrative. In. S. J. Dailey (Ed.), The future of performance studies: Visions and revisions (pp. 249-253). National Communication Association.
Dutta, M. J., & Basu, A. (2013). Negotiating our postcolonial selves from the ground to the ivory tower. In S. Holman Jones, T. E. Adams, & C. Ellis (Eds.). Handbook of autoethnography (pp. 143-161). Routledge.
hooks, b. (1991). Theory as liberatory practice. Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, 4(1). https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yljf/vol4/issue1/2
Warren, J. (2008). Performing difference: Repetition in context. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1(4), 290-308.

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.