Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original piece to be considered for publication in Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum 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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Formatting Requirements

Length and Format: Length alone is generally not a factor in publication decisions. Catalyst publishes research, art, and multimedia. Innovative formats, longer articles or shorter communications are all welcomed.

Submission and Review Timetable: Authors may submit items for consideration at any time. You can expect to receive an immediate automatic confirmation from the site. A personal confirmation from an editor will follow within a week. If you do not receive personal confirmation from an editor, please email us through the site to ensure we have your correct contact information.

Reviews are normally completed within six to eight weeks. Accepted articles typically appear within 3-6 months of final acceptance.

Blind Review: All submissions to Catalyst are reviewed by at least two reviewers based on blinded copies of your work. To ensure this is possible, please remove all references to yourself within your submission. Identifying information should be limited to a separately uploaded cover page/title page viewed only by the editor.

Formatting and Submission: Though Catalyst is an interdisciplinary journal, we ask that all submissions follow the guidelines set forth in theAmerican Psychological Association Manual, 6th Edition unless expressly indicated by a special issue's guest editor.

Authors should remove all personal identifiers from the initial submission to facilitate the blind review process.

The cover email/letter should include the following information:

  1. Authors' name and contact information
  2. Professional title and/or affiliation
  3. Submission title and brief abstract of the article
  4. Possible online features to integrate (links, interactive components, media)

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Rights for Authors and Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange, requires credit to Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange as copyright holder (e.g., Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange © 2019).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • 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 the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial 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 a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange website and/or software agree not to misuse the Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange service or software in any way.

The failure of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange 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 Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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