Submissions to the Journal of American Culture

The Journal of American Culture, edited at Virginia Wesleyan College, showcases articles on the Americas, especially those addressing broad and substantive cultural issues. It includes research on entertainment media and the popular arts that characterizes and illuminates life in the Americas in the twenty-first century. The journal also provides a steady and wide-ranging forum for aesthetic, historical, sociological, and ethical inquiries into the diverse cultures of the Americas, representing various times, places, and orientations, with a view toward creating a useful resource for all, with articles written in accessible language and reflecting interdisciplinary approaches and comparative analyses that will be of interest to the American Culture Association’s diverse membership.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION: Authors should submit papers in current MLA style with a works cited page and a minimum of endnotes. Electronic submissions, sent in Microsoft Word via e-mail attachments to, are preferred. However, we will also accept two copies of the paper for the peer-review process, as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want them returned. Upon acceptance of your work, you will be required to submit the material electronically via e-mail attachment or on disk in PC/IBM format. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must subscribe to JAC for at least one year at the time of acceptance. Subscription includes membership in the American Culture Association.

Manuscripts should be addressed to Kathy Merlock Jackson, Editor, The Journal of American Culture, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502-5599.

ARTWORK: We are happy to receive your artwork in digital format. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size.

PERMISSIONS: Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from original copyright owners of figures, tables, or quotations of 500 words or more that are to be reprinted in the journal.

COPYRIGHT: Upon acceptance of a manuscript, authors are required to sign an exclusive license form.  A copy of Wiley Publishing’s copyright guidelines will be sent to authors at the time of acceptance.

OFFPRINTS: Lead authors receive complimentary PDFs of their articles upon publication. Additional offprints can be ordered when page proofs are distributed during the production process.

AUTHOR MATERIAL ARCHIVE POLICY: Please note that unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley’s Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.

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