Submission Guidlines

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies (formerly the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association [ACRAWSA] e-journal) is an open-access peer-reviewed publication. The journal seeks to showcase innovative scholarship in the area of critical race and whiteness studies. The journal's ISSN is: 1838-8310. It is published by ACRAWSA and was established by ACRAWSA's founding members: Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Jane Haggis and Fiona Nicoll. The journal’s content is indexed by EBSCO and the journal is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Australian Research Council’s ERA Journal List. It publishes two special themed issues a year.

We welcome submissions of articles and review essays. As an online journal, we are also keen to accept submissions that utilise new media such as photography and film (please refer to Copyright Requirements). The journal is multi-disciplinary in its approach to critical race and whiteness studies and accepts papers from a wide range of areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Law, including:

  • Indigenous and Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • African and African American Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • History and Historiography
  • Museum Studies
  • Tourism and Heritage Studies
  • Post-colonial Studies
  • Critical legal Studies
  • Literary Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Cultural, Media and Communication Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Boundary Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies and Queer Studies
  • Political Philosophy and Science
  • Drama and Performing Arts
  • Visual and Design Studies

Articles between 4000-8000 words (double spaced pages) including tables, notes and references, are accepted for review. The Editors reserve the right to return papers to authors where they exceed this word limit.

On receipt of an article for consideration, the Editorial Collective will make an initial decision on whether the article is relevant to Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. Once accepted for consideration, the manuscript will be sent to two referees (in the case of articles and reviews essays) or edited by the journal’s Reviews Editor. At that point, we request that the work not be submitted to another publication.

Submission of a manuscript to another journal whilst under review with the journal is considered unethical. Breach of this principle will result in a paper being removed from consideration for publication in the journal. As such, all submissions accepted for review must be accompanied by a declaration that the article has not been submitted elsewhere before it is sent out for review (a form can be downloaded here). This form can be completed electronically and can be mailed with the submission to the Editor.

Upon receipt of the referees’ comments, an editorial decision will be made about publication and authors will be contacted about any proposed revisions. Discretion to publish will remain with the Editorial Collective, although the referees’ comments will be strongly relied upon as a guide. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies encourages referees to provide incisive, reasoned and helpful feedback to authors. Prospective authors are also encouraged to read and engage with the large body of scholarship published by the journal and ACRAWSA. 

Special Issues

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies welcomes proposals for special issues. A substantial portion of the journal’s content is derived from independent editors and editorial teams, so please send us your proposals and ideas!

For information regarding special issue proposals, please contact the journal's Editor.

The editing and publishing of special issues is commonly divided between the editor/s of the special issue and Critical Race and Whiteness Studies' Editorial Collective. Special issue editor/s are responsible for soliciting content, refereeing and overseeing revisions in accordance with the journal’s policies. ACRAWSA will web-publish the issue and the Editorial Collective reserves the right to revise content if necessary for issues of legal liability.

Reviews

The journal publishes book, film, theatre and other reviews relevant to the field of critical race and whiteness studies. If you would like your book or work reviewed by the journal, please contact the Reviews Editor

Review essays and book reviews should follow the guidelines for articles and locate the reviewed work within the field as well as broader socio-cultural contexts and debates about race and whiteness. Review essays will be limited to 4000 words and book reviews should not exceed 1000 words.

Authors and Copyright

ACRAWSA requires contributors to sign a limited copyright over to the journal. ACRAWSA will normally accede to requests for republishing as long as the journal is acknowledged as the original source of publication. Permission to republish material from the journal must be granted by the Editorial Collective and directed in the first instance to the Editor

Copyright Requirements

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to include any copyrighted material utilised in journal articles, review essays and book reviews.

Language Policy

English is the language of publication. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies is an academic journal but endeavors to publish articles accessible to an informed non-specialist audience. The Editorial Collective recognises that as a global language, there is a diversity of spoken and written English. Our editorial policy is to try and respect this diversity of written English while ensuring clear effective communication to a broad audience.

Style Guide

The Critical Race and Whiteness Studies style guide can be downloaded here.

Updated: 20th January 2014