Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Contributions in Black Studies provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

  • You must be the author, or the authorized agent of the author(s) and copyright holder (if different from the author(s));
  • the author(s) must have approved the work for publication;
  • the author(s) must accept full responsibility for the content of the Article;
  • the Article must be the Author(s) original work and must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury
  • the Article must not have been previously published, is not pending review elsewhere, and will not be submitted for review elsewhere pending the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal.

By submitting the Article, you represent and warrant that the above are true.

Each article submitted will undergo the Journal's editorial decision process. Contributions in Black Studies is not under any obligation to publish the Article. We will send you notices at the email address associated with your account.

If the Journal agrees to publish the Article, in order to expedite the publishing process and enable the Journal to circulate your work to the fullest extent, you hereby agree that upon publication, the following is automatically assigned to the publisher: a non-exclusive license to the Article for the full term of the copyright and all renewals and extensions.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium, requires appropriate citation to Contributions in Black Studies as the publisher of record. People who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

Users of the Contributions in Black Studies and ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst service or software in any way.

The failure of ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Non-Exclusive License Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Non-Exclusive License Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Non-Exclusive License Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Non-Exclusive License Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Non-Exclusive License Submission Agreement

This Non-Exclusive License Agreement (“Agreement”) is hereby made between the undersigned Contributor and Contributions in Black Studies (the “Journal”).

The Contributor hereby grants Contributions in Black Studiesa perpetual non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free License to use, display, distribute, transmit, publish, reproduce or copy the Content, either digitally, in print, or in any other medium. For purposes of this Agreement, Content means the audio, visual, textual, graphical, or other materials provided by the Contributor under this Agreement. Other than the License granted herein, the Contributor retains all intellectual property rights to the Content and the responsibility for enforcing those rights.

Should the submitted Content in the present or an altered form subsequently be published within another journal, anthology or other publication, the contributor agrees to cite Contributions in Black Studiesas the source of original publication. The Contributor represents and warrants that to the best of his/her knowledge: (i) he/she is the sole owner of the Content or has been otherwise authorized by the owner of the Content to use the Content as contemplated herein, and has secured all necessary licenses, consents and authorizations with respect to use of Content and all elements thereof to the full extent contemplated herein; and (ii) no part of the Content violates or infringes upon the patent rights, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks or constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy or the violation of any right of publicity or other rights of any person or entity. If the Content contains any material which is not original then the Contributor must: (a) provide Contributions in Black Studieswritten permission from the copyright holder of said material; or (b) warrant that it is permitted under fair use or another appropriate exception to copyright; or (b) remove the material from the Content. Contributions in Black Studies reserves the right to withdraw content should content later be deemed infringing of any material right.

The Contributor specifically acknowledges that the Content may constitute an educational record under FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g) and expressly consents to the use of the Content as contemplated under this Agreement.

Each party shall indemnify and hold the other harmless for any losses, claims, damages, awards, penalties, or injuries incurred, including reasonable attorney's fees, which arise from any alleged breach of such indemnifying party's representations and warranties made under this Agreement, provided that the indemnifying party is promptly notified of any such claims. The indemnifying party shall have the right to defend such claims at its own expense. The other party shall provide assistance in investigating and defending such claims as the indemnifying party may reasonably request and have the right to participate in the defense at its own expense.

This Agreement contains the entire agreement and understanding between the Contributor and Contributions in Black Studies with respect to the subject matter hereof, and merges all prior discussions and representations with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. No amendment or modification hereof shall be valid or binding upon the parties unless made in writing and signed by all parties. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed under applicable federal law and the laws of the State of Massachusetts, and the parties expressly agree that jurisdiction and venue of any dispute shall exclusively be in Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

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