|Submitting to Contemporary Aesthetics
Contemporary Aesthetics encourages the submission of articles that bear directly on contemporary aesthetic theory and concerns, as well as current reassessments of traditional issues. Articles that are primarily historical or that focus on particular art works or individual artists are not appropriate to the mission of this journal. The discussion should be accessible to an audience across disciplines and promote conversation across fields and practices. We welcome the use of visual images and auditory and video clips to illustrate the text. The length of articles is normally no greater than 5,000 words but should not exceed 7,000 words, including an abstract and notes.
CA also welcomes shorter (300-800 words), less formal, and more targeted submissions to be included in the section of Short Notes and Responses. Short Notes may offer a point of view on current interest in aesthetics and philosophy of art, a comment on a recently published book in aesthetics, or introduce a contemporary discussion in aesthetics that has not been available in English. Responses should engage a recent article published in CA. Both Short Notes and Responses should be accessible and of interest to a wide audience from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. With the exception of discussions of books or articles, Short Notes or Responses will not ordinarily require citations, nor do they require an abstract or key words.
Please review the following topics in preparing your article for submission. If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please feel free to contact CA.Submission Requirements
Formatting the Article
Citations and References
Rights and Permission
Acceptable File Types
Submitting an Article
Articles for submission must be previously unpublished and in English. Papers should be well-written, and we encourage grace as well as clarity. It is important that papers be copy-edited carefully before submission. Articles should be prepared for blind review by deleting any author identification in the text, notes, or header. Drafts are not acceptable. In order to ensure diversity of subject matter, approaches, and voices, papers by authors who have not published in Contemporary Aesthetics for at least a year prior to submission are normally given precedence. In submitting work to Contemporary Aesthetics, authors agree to the policies of this journal, including free access and use of the material published in it with, of course, proper acknowledgment of authorship and source. If you have any questions about whether your article is appropriate for CA, send it directly to the editor for a preliminary review.
Our submission guidelines have been carefully prepared to facilitate the editorial process of publishing articles online. Strict adherence to formatting guidelines (described below) has three purposes. First, consistent and uniform formatting allows the editors and reviewers to concentrate on the content of articles submitted. Second, it allows for reliable translation of authors' formatting to the web page. The third consideration is both aesthetic and practical: multiple stylistic formats are ugly and distracting on a web page and interfere with reading. Therefore, please observe the following formatting instructions carefully. Submissions which do not adhere to these instructions will be returned to the author.
Formatting the Article
Endnote reference numbers should be placed at the end of the sentence. References in articles submitted to Contemporary Aesthetics should conform to the formats below. For references that do not fit these forms, please follow the Chicago documentation style. There are several online sources for this showing endnote citation and reference list forms. See, for example, https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/documentation/docchicago/.
Citations from CA
It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material, including images, sound, and video files. It is preferable to place images directly in the text but, when permission is unobtainable, it is acceptable to include a link to the image directly in the text.
Please submit texts in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or WordPerfect. If submitting from a Macintosh computer, please include the three-letter file extension in the file name of your article. PDF files are not acceptable.
AppleWorks, Lotus, or other word processor documents must be saved in one of the above formats.
Submitting an Article
Statements of fact and opinion in the articles in Contemporary Aesthetics are those of the respective authors and contributors and not of the editors or sponsor of Contemporary Aesthetics. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this journal and CA cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.