Landscapes of Violence Policies and Submission Guidelines

If you are submitting a manuscript to the peer-reviewed journal Landscapes of Violence, please see the submission guidelines below before uploading your manuscript through BePress System. If you have any questions regarding our publication process, or would like to submit a proposal for a special issue, you can reach the journal’s office by email at: lov@sbs.umass.edu


1. Submission Policies

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Landscapes of Violence provided he/she/they own(s) 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).

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book—print or electronic—unless otherwise agreed. In addition, by submitting material to LoV, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he/she/they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at LoV. If you have concerns about the submission terms for LoV, please contact the editors.

2. Peer Review Policy

LoV operates a double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewers’ names are always concealed from the submitting author. Authors' names are also always concealed from the assigned reviewers. Manuscripts are initially reviewed by members of the journal’s editorial working group for intrinsic quality, contribution to debate and suitability for the journal.

Some submissions may be rejected or be returned with the recommendation to revise and resubmit at this stage, accompanied by comments. Papers that receive a balance of favorable reviews and are considered a high priority for space in the journal will be refereed by specialists in their subject matter. Authors are then sent all the accumulated comments, which may contain suggestions for minor or more substantial revisions.

Decisions on manuscripts will be made as rapidly as possible. Authors should be aware that the process of reviewing each submission is lengthy and highly dependent on the specialists. Although we aim to provide authors with a preliminary response within two months of submission, the increasing demands on the time of our specialist peer reviewers will sometimes result in longer turnaround times.

LoV is an international journal that seeks to promote new ideas through open access. We encourage and regularly publish submissions from younger scholars and from anthropologists outside the United States and Europe.

3. Article types

Given the radical changes in the dissemination of information brought about by the Internet, we have decided not to follow a traditional print format for LoV. The journal will be published multiple times per year (see "Publication frequency") and will include video and audio formats. We do not have an absolute limit on length for our articles (unless otherwise stated). Part of our mission in LoV is to take full advantage of our electronic platform to provide a space for authors to publish articles of any given length. Separately, the authors must prepare an abstract (100-150 words) and four to six key words, which will be uploaded electronically to the system. All texts need to be submitted in English.

4. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided here. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

All submissions to the journal should be made electronically. Please go to:


5. Manuscript Style

Please see the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for formatting guidelines. Although initial submissions do not need to follow formatting, we ask the submission to be formatted consistently. The guidelines are required for final submission.

File Types: Only electronic files conforming to the journal’s guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. BePress can provide limited technical support. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word, or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

Formatting: Landscapes of Violence follows the Chicago Manual of Style for all matters of including hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, grammar, and spelling. Click on the link to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. Manuscripts must comply with the Chicago Manual of Style in order to pass through our initial internal review process.

Manuscript Preparation: The text should be 1.15 spaced and in a 12-point font, preferably Garamond or equivalent. This applies to block quotes and excerpts, and references. Tables, figure captions and notes should be single-spaced and in 10-point font, preferably Garamond or equivalent. Margins must be 1.5 inches throughout the manuscript (left, right, top and bottom), with an additional 0.5 inches margin on both sides for block quotes and excerpts. The author(s) should be anonymous on every page of the manuscript. Authors are urged to consider carefully the use of running headers that may identify them and self-references within the text.

Abstract and Key Words : Abstracts and keywords should be carefully thought out and precise. Abstracts will be used to draw in potential reviewers and readers. Keywords have a significant impact on how widely read your article will be when electronic searches are done. All submissions must include an abstract and keywords, which will be uploaded directly into BePress.

Reference Style: Landscapes of Violence adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for citations and reference lists. References appearing in the bibliography must be cited in text, and vice versa. In text, references are cited in parentheses, with last name(s), year of publication, and where necessary, page numbers. The reference list should be ordered alphabetically by author's last name; author on one line, primary author last name first; date of publication indented on the next line, followed by title and then publisher's city and name. All subsequent lines should be indented beyond the date. No underlining or boldface should be used in the reference list.

Lipman, Pauline
2011 The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City.
New York and London: Routledge.
2006 The Politics of Education Accountability in a Post-9/11 World. Cultural Studies Critical
Methodologies 6(1): 52-72.

Schuman, Howard, and Jacqueline Scott
1989 Generations and Collective Memories. American Sociological Review 54:359-381.

Images : No more than five images can be included with your submission (unless otherwise stated). Images should not be embedded in your manuscript, but rather in a separate MS Word document as TIFF/JPEG files in high resolution (300dpi). Each image must include a caption with a description and appropriate source information. In the manuscript, please indicate where each image belongs by adding in-text callouts between paragraphs: “<Insert image 1 here>.” Once you have uploaded your manuscript to BePress, you can then use the “Add Supplemental Files” option to upload your images as a Word document. Please include a note to the editors that there are additional images that should be sent out for review along with your manuscript.

Audio and Video : Supplemental content is important as the journal tries to extend its online presence. Visual and audio material is welcome and encouraged. Please reference in your manuscript where this material would be relevant, encouraging readers to move beyond the manuscript. Such material can be uploaded through BePress in the Streaming Media section. If your submission will include audio or/and video content please contact us at lov@sbs.umass.edu to receive specific instructions to do this.

Tables : Tables should be embedded in your text. Remember to number tables consecutively in the order in which they appear in text. Each table should have a caption. The caption and body of the table should be single-spaced.

Figures : Figures should be embedded in your text. Remember to number figures consecutively in the order in which they appear in text. Artwork or figures must be camera-ready: that is, a photographic print of line art, such as a map, graph, or drawing, or a photograph. When possible these supporting documents should be uploaded into the BePress system in a separate Word Document. Each figure should have a caption that articulates the relevance of the figure to the manuscript argument or narrative.

6. Rights for Authors and ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst

As further described in our submission agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst non exclusive license for their article, subject to the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

Attribution and Usage Policies: All articles in Landscapes of Violence are licensed under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

Personal-use Exceptions: All uses are permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst provided the author cite appropriately the initial publication in ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst. Including but not limited to:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on any website;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a open access institutional repository or other open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on any course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

General Terms and Conditions of Use: Users of the 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 Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the 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 Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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