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Author Guidelines

Call for submissions are open. Special issues will be developed to a separate schedule which it have its specific calendar.

1. Preparing your manuscript

1.1 Types of Publications

Matter: Journal of New Materialist research  has a restriction in between 7,000 and 8,000 words, being the text concise and comprehensive. Manuscripts submitted to Matter should neither been published before nor be under consideration for publication in another journal. The main article types are as follows:

  • Articles: Original research manuscripts. The journal considers all original research manuscripts provided that the work provides a substantial amount of new information. Authors should address specifically one of the five sections in which the journal is divided in order to provide a more accurate peer review. Quality and impact of the study will be considered during peer review.
  • Book Reviews: These provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in a given area of research. Matters accept reviews of books that were published long time ago if the review is diffracted with some other contemporary authors or theories providing an “affirmative critique” (van der Tuin, 2008). Destructive reviews or critiques will be discarded. 
  • Almanac: The journal will provide one concept each issue to be re-worked and reviewed in the open forum of the journal. Nevertheless, those editors compiling one special issue or specific concepts in the focus of debate can be suggested for the next issue. 
  • Intraviews: Suggestion of people, guidelines for the next intraview can be provided by writing an email t and “intraview section” topic in the email. 

1.2. Word template

Our tailored word template will help you format and structure your article. Please, prevent yourself of using any other format for the submission. We won’t be accepting open office or any other than the format in which the template is already established. For more details, keep reading the next points.

1.3. Formatting your article

When formatting your references, please ensure you check the APA 6th edition reference style. The article must have between 7,000 words and 8,000 words without references or footnotes. Footnotes are preferred rather than endnotes and these will be used for introducing extended information.

Please, remember to anonimize the manuscript in order to ensure a blind review.

1.4. References

One criteria that will determine the acceptance or not of the paper in this journal is the criteria that we have denominated “diversity references”. According to Carrie Mott & Daniel Cokayne (2017), citations are “a technology of resistance that demonstrate engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward”. Therefore, we won’t accept papers that won’t include a 60 % of their references with academics other than the white heteronormative man. For this reason, the references have to include the author's first name as a political and feminist commitment. 

1.4. Cover letter

These sections should appear in all manuscript types

  • Title: The title of your manuscript should be concise, specific and relevant. It should identify if the study reports (human or animal) trial data, or is a systematic review, meta-analysis or replication study.
  • Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. Standard format for affiliations: complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section. 
  • Abstract: The abstract should be a total of about 300 words maximum. The abstract should be a single paragraph and should follow the style of structured abstracts. The abstract should be an objective representation of the article: it must not contain results which are not presented and substantiated in the main text and should not exaggerate the main conclusions.
  • Keywords: Three to six pertinent keywords need to be added after the abstract. We recommend that the keywords are specific to the article, yet reasonably common within the subject discipline. 

1.6. Artwork guidelines

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

  • Format: TIFF, JPEG: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs).
    EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
  • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
    Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")
  • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
  • Colour: Please note that images supplied in colour will be published in colour online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using colour with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating colour. 
  • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination
  • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).
  • Moving Images: Vimeo links can be embedded in your text to open to a new window. Copyright laws must be followed and the vimeo should be open access. 


1.7. Image Integrity

Figures should be minimally processed and should reflect the integrity of the original data in the image. Adjustments to images in brightness, contrast, or color balance should be applied equally to the entire image, provided they do not distort any data in the figure, including the background. All adjustments to image date should be clearly disclosed in the figure legend. Images may be additionally screened to confirm faithfulness to the original data. Authors should be able to supply raw image data upon request. Authors should also list tools and software used to collect image data and should document settings and manipulations in the Methods section.

1.8. English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications would need to provide it for themselves. So far, we cannot provide editing assistance.

2. Preparing your submission 

2.5. Submission process

Manuscripts for Matter should be send to

The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. 



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