Submission Guidelines

How to Submit

If you are interested in submitting to Latinx Talk, please review and submit the Author Agreement form and send us either:

  • a query with a brief description of your proposed submission and a short author biography, or
  • a completed submission that conforms to our length requirements along with a short author biography. Please be sure to indicate in subject line of your email whether you are writing about a “LatinxTalk Query” or “LatinxTalk Submission.”

We publish several different genres in six categories. Please indicate the category of your submission. Our publishing categories are:

  • Research in Brief – disciplinary or interdisciplinary contributions to scholarship, usually from a longer or larger research project
  • Informed Commentary – opinion and analyses based on expertise, experience, and/or research
  • On the Ground – personal essays, reports from the field, reports on events
  • In Academia – on pedagogy, experiences in higher education, guidance for succeeding in higher education, reports on conferences
  • Roundtable – collective discussion of an important topic, event, or reading
  • Reviews – of books, exhibits, films, art; interviews with authors

By submitting your work, you are agreeing to all of the terms and conditions contained in the Author Agreement. The Author Agreement takes effect upon acceptance of the submission.

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What Happens After You Submit

We will confirm receipt of your email and communicate a timeline for review of your query or submission (usually two to three weeks). The Latinx Talk Editorial Board will ensure that your submission receives two blind peer reviews. The Editorial Board will return reviewer’s comments to you with decision to accept, accept with revisions, or reject. Once we receive the final copy from you, we will schedule publication – usually within a month of receipt of final copy.

Length Requirements

We accept text of approximately 500 – 2000 words in length, multimedia (slide shows and short video), and creative work. Please read our “About Us” page for information on our purpose, goals, and interests in web publishing.

General Publishing Advice

OSU Research Commons Offers Publishing Advice for Academic Authors!

Tips on Writing for Latinx Talk

For authors interested in multimedia submissions, we encourage you to research readily available software for making short videos, graphic books, and slide shows to share. For those of you interested in learning how to write the kind of short essay we usually publish, we offer the following tips and questions as a guide:

  • If you’re interested in writing short form research, consider which piece of your ongoing, original research you want to publish in this format. Like academic journals, we seek unpublished, original work. Unlike academic journals, we only publish in short format. Keeping that distinction in mind, consider writing about one example of the kind of analysis you are engaging, or a small piece of your findings. The short form research essay will not be as extensive or as complete as the academic journal article, but it does need to be as rigorous and engaging as any more extended work.
  • Our upper word limit is 1800, and that means you can only say one or two things well. Your topic can be big, but your insight must be focused.
  • Imagine your audience. Who are you writing to? Is it a group of close colleagues? A public lecture open to anyone at your university? A conference-like gathering of people in your field? Be sure your essay addresses that audience. And then remember that your friend brought along some folks who would also like to understand your work, so make sure a non-specialist can follow it.
  • Write yourself into the essay, making apparent your investment, interest, and/or personal experience with the topic. This is especially important if you are writing a personal reflection or personally inflected commentary. It might be important if you are writing a review, but this advice is less likely to apply to essays that present research in brief.
  • Be generous to others, whether they are scholars, students, artists, or community activists.
  • Pose a question in your essay. This is a good way to invite readers in to dialogue.
  • Provide citations, references, shout-outs, and links where appropriate
  • Save some good stuff for the peer review journal article that will carry greater weight in tenure and promotion.
  • If you’re interested in commenting on or reporting about a conference, performance, or current event, you might begin a draft of your essay by jotting down some short answers to these questions:
    • What event are you interested in writing about?
    • Why is this event important to a Latinx Talk audience?
    • Do you want readers to do something about this current event or do you want them to know something about this event? If you answer “do something” explain what and provide links. If you answer “know something” explain what, and include citations.
    • If there is currently public discussion about this event, what are the views currently circulating? How is yours different?
    • How did you become interested in this event? What personal experience do you have with this event?

Copyright and Licensing

Latinx Talk authors retain all rights to their work. The license you grant us to publish allows us to publish it, index it, preserve it.

By submitting your work, you are agreeing to all of the terms and conditions contained in the Author Agreement. The Author Agreement takes effect upon acceptance of the submission.

By submitting your work you are granting the editors of Latinx Talk the authority to act on your behalf during the submission and publishing process. You also grant the publisher (The Ohio State University Libraries) a nonexclusive license to publish, and to apply the Creative Commons license to your published piece.

Latinx Talk is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license license described below.

You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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