Call for submissions

A call to all graduate students   Are you looking for opportunities to publish your academic or creative work?  

We are looking for submissions!

Who we are:

The Journal of Integrated Studies (JIS) is Athabasca University's student-run online journal for those working in or interested in working in integrated, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary fields. We have been around for 10 years and have published over 300 submissions.

Eligible authors:

We invite Athabasca University program and non-program CIS students, MAIS alumni, and students from other related graduate programs to submit unpublished works written in English: articles, reviews of books or websites, creative prose, poetry, multimedia projects, and any other submissions with an integrated focus. You do not need to be studying in Canada to submit your work.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for previously unpublished scholarly articles, narratives, poetry, book reviews, and visual art. The word count for articles is up to 8,000 words.

We are particularly interested in innovative projects, research, and reflective works that demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge. We want innovative articles, research, and reflective texts that demonstrate integrated knowledge. The following topics, and in particular integrated approaches to them, will be considered: Adult education. · Canadian studies. · Community studies. · Cultural studies. · Educational studies. · Equity studies. · Global change. · Historical studies. · Information studies. · Literary studies. · Work, organization, and leadership. ·Writing and New Media. Independent approaches that are related to these topics or that explore the notion of Integrated or Interdisciplinary studies are also most welcome.

Please see below for further information and submission requirements.

Blind reviews:

All submissions will be peer reviewed, and selected pieces will be published. Submitted works must not have been published previously. They also must not be under consideration or accepted by any other journal or publisher. To ensure the integrity of the JIS blind review, authors, editors, and reviewers should make every effort to prevent authors and reviewers from being known to one another.

This means that authors, editors, and reviewers (who download and upload documents as part of their review) must check to see if the following steps have been taken with the text and the file properties:

1. The author of a document has deleted her or his name from the text, and has used “Author” and the year in references and endnotes, instead of her or his name, the article title, etc.

2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification has been removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word). This can be done by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools [or Options with a Mac] > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save. Author guidelines Before submitting any work for consideration, please see the JIS author guidelines: From there click on “Submissions” to register. Publication deadlines ***Work may be submitted to JIS for review at any time during the year. *** __________________________________________________________________________

Submission Guidelines

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

1. The work has been saved as a document in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or WordPerfect.

2. If the submission is an article, it includes an abstract of up to 250 words. Also included are four to six keywords (e.g., “environmental studies,” “ozone,” “southern hemisphere,” “Gaia movement,” “environmental storytelling”). These keywords are listed under the abstract.

3. When available, the URLs for online references have been provided, including those for open access versions of the references. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,

4. The text is double-spaced, and a 12-point font has been used. Where appropriate (e.g., in book or journal titles), italicization rather than underlining has been employed. (Underlining should be used for web addresses.)

All illustrations, figures, and tables have been placed within the text at the appropriate points for discussion, rather than at the end.

5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the JIS Author Guidelines, which are available in About the Journal.

6. If the work is being submitted to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (all sections except Letters to the Editor), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

7. The text has been proofread and is as free of errors as possible. American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style has been used correctly and consistently. APA 6 or APA 7 are allowable formats.

8. The article, review, or created work that is being submitted fits within the journal guidelines.

9. The submission is the author’s original work. It has not been published elsewhere, and it is not concurrently under consideration or accepted for publication by another journal or publisher.

Accepted submissions

1. If an accepted contribution includes research involving human subjects, the contributor will be required to provide proof that ethics review processes were completed before the research took place, in compliance with any nationally recognized standards in both the country where the research took place and the country of the researcher’s professional affiliation.

2. A contributor whose submission is accepted for publication will be asked to provide a biographical sketch of up to 75 words, in which he or she describes academic interests and current and/or past academic work. A contributor’s work, family life, town, and/or other relevant details also can be mentioned in this biographical sketch.


Copyright of the work submitted must belong to the submitting author, and the author will retain this copyright; however, by submitting work, authors give JIS their permission to publish the work and to distribute it in an electronic format. Authors also are aware that JIS is an open access journal. (For more information about open access journals, visit the Public Knowledge Project website at or

If your work is published elsewhere after it has appeared in JIS, please contact the journal editor so that this success can be announced. (Go to Submissions and follow the steps for a regular submission.) In addition, please credit the journal and inform us of the venue and date of republication. In the credit line, include the title of your work; the full journal title (Journal of Integrated Studies); the year, volume, and issue of publication; and the JIS URL: Privacy statement The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.