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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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 a Microsoft Word document, and adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style's reference system.
  • Images will be uploaded as separate image files during submission and image files will be clearly named Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Images will be 300 dpi at planned publication size.

    Should your piece be accepted for publication, you must obtain permissions from the image rightsholder(s). Call-outs for placement of figures will be marked in the text (i.e., ). Captions will appear in the text next to image call-outs with appropriate credit lines provided with the captions.

Author Guidelines

Authors who have had pieces accepted for publication by the CR Editorial Team should create an account and log in to submit their piece to the MSU Press production system, including filling out the requested metadata and uploading any supplementary content, such as images, along with your manuscript.

After submission, you will receive a confirmation email from the system. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check you spam folder, and make sure that emails from the system are approved for your inbox. You will receive additional notifications from the system when your copyedited piece is ready for review, and again when your typeset proofs are ready to be reviewed. 

Uploading Instructions

To begin a submission to CR, users must be registered as an "author" and logged in to this website. Once registered and logged in, you can begin a submission to a particular section from this submissions page, or via the "submission" button on the dashboard.

You will be directed through the submission wizard and asked to complete the following steps:

  1. Start: You will be asked to select the journal section to which you are submitting, click through the author checklist, and consent to the terms of the MSU Press author publishing agreement and privacy policy.
  2. Upload submission: Here you will be asked to upload your submission materials, including the main article text as well as any additional materials such as images and tables.
  3. Enter metadata: At this step you will be asked for title, abstract, and keywords. If your piece has multiple authors, you should enter coauthor information here by clicking the "Add Contributor" button.
  4. Confirmation: This step gives you a final chance to go back and update any files or metadata before submission. Click the "Finish Submission" button to complete the submission. 
  5. Next steps: You will receive a confirmation message that your piece has been received by the editors, who will contact you with next steps. If you do not receive a confirmation message via, check your spam folder and make sure to set your email client to allow emails from, as all future communications from the system will be sent from that address.

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