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Author Guidelines

Online Submissions

All submissions to CALICO Journal must be made online. Please make sure you have read the full author guidelines before beginning the submission process.

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Prospective authors for CALICO Journal should register as authors (see the 'Online Submission' details above). First, download the CALICO Guidelines for Submission which you will find in PDF format. All articles are peer-reviewed. We will acknowledge your submission upon receipt. One round of the peer review normally takes about three months, and we will communicate an editorial decision soon after receiving a complete set of reviews. If your article is accepted, we will send you further instructions for submitting the final manuscript of your article. For accepted manuscripts, the time between submission and publication is normally 12 to 18 months. For writing/submitting a book review, consult the CALICO Book Review Guidelines. For learning technology reviews, consult the CALICO Learning Technology Review Guidelines and follow the template provided.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Please click here to view the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement in full.  

Equinox Publishing is a leading publisher specialising in books and journals in the humanities, social sciences and performing arts. We recognise and believe in the integrity of good ethical practice in publishing in order to promote and maintain the quality our contributors produce. As a publisher, we uphold the standards set forth in the COPE code of practice (, specifically for all contributing parties: author, editor, reviewer and as publisher.

We have communicated these standards to our journal editors who share in our aims for ethical publishing practice and agree to work towards these standards throughout the editorial process. Together, we ensure the ongoing excellence and quality for which Equinox is recognised.

All articles submitted to this journal are subject to peer review (double-blind) and in doing so we (the publisher and editors) commit to taking all reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. Thus, in the event that we are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, we shall deal with allegations appropriately, including taking steps to retract or correct articles when necessary or to publish clarification and or apologies.

Equinox journal editors have access to (and are encouraged to use) CrossCheck, a plagarism-detection software system which identifies professional plagiarism and other forms of scholarly misconduct.

Copyright Notice

The editors will not consider manuscripts which are under consideration by other publishers. It is assumed that once you have submitted an article to this journal, it will not be sent to other publishers until a decision about inclusion has been made. Only by special arrangement will the editors consider previously published material.

As a condition of publication, please click here to download, sign (electronic signature is acceptable) and return a copy of the contributor agreement by email or regular mail, once your manuscript is accepted. For multi-authored submissions, it is acceptable for one author to sign on behalf of all authors.

If your paper has passed peer review and been accepted for publication on an Open Access basis, we will send you a different contributor/Creative Commons agreement after payment of the fee and prior to publication.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The submission contains a title, an abstract, a list of keywords, the main text body, and a list of references.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, the doi or URL for the references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • IMPORTANT: Please ensure METADATA text is entered as plain text.
  • The article submission is not longer than 8,500 words all inclusive. Book reviews are not longer than 1500 words all inclusive; and Learning Technology reviews are not longer than 3000 words. If there are a number of figures and/or tables, the overall number of words has been reduced accordingly.

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