Submission Guidelines

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Correspondences is an international, peer-reviewed online journal for the academic study of Western esotericism. Please follow these guidelines when first submitting articles for consideration, as well as when preparing the final version of your article following acceptance for publication. Please note that Correspondences does NOT accept multiple submissions, out of respect for the valuable time put in by our internal and external peer-reviewers.

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Submission Requirements

Articles and reviews should be submitted in English. Geographical variations in language usage, such as British English or American English, are acceptable, but spelling variations should be consistent throughout the text. If quotations in other languages are used please provide an English translation in a footnote.

Articles should be between 5000 and 10000 words in length (This does not include footnotes and bibliography, but the final count including footnotes should not exceed 13,000 words).
Book reviews should not normally exceed a length of 1500 words.

Unicode and Non-Roman Fonts
If your manuscript contains non-Roman scripts, please also submit a pdf of the article in which all characters are displayed correctly.

File Format
We prefer files in Microsoft Word document format. We also accept Open Office document format, but if you do send it in Open Office, please also provide a PDF.

Manuscript structure

Abstract and Keywords
The article must contain an abstract of about 200 words and 2-6 keywords.

Bibliography and Footnotes
Accepted manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should be submitted according to these style guidelines. All references should be in footnotes and numbered throughout the manuscript. If you are not familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, please see the following homepage for a quick guide:

Book Reviews
Book reviews should not normally exceed a length of 1500 words. They must contain a critical discussion of the publication(s) under review, rather than merely summarizing the contents. Reviews of considerably greater length (such as reviews of several clearly related titles) may be submitted as a review article, and may or may not contain footnotes and a bibliography.

Review Process

Once your manuscript is submitted to us, it will go through a peer-review process which may involve either editorial board members or external reviewers. Correspondences uses a double-blind peer-review system, which means that the manuscript author(s) do not know who the reviewers are, and the reviewers do not know the name of the author(s). Once submitted, we will do every effort to have your submission evaluated in a timely manner.

Ensuring a Blind Peer- Review
To insure the integrity of the blind peer-review process, we need to make every effort to preserve the anonymity of authors and reviewers. Therefore, when preparing your manuscript for submission please take the following steps:

– Remove your name entirely from the text. If you cite your own publications be sure to substitute the word ‘author’ for your own personal details and for the actual title of the work cited.
– With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file, by clicking on the following:

  • For Windows: File – Save As – Tools
  • For Mac: File – Properties – Summary

– Insert a blank page in the beginning of your document with your full name and e-mail address. This page will only be used by the editors, and will not be sent to the reviewers.

Potential Conflict of Interest 

Correspondences requires all authors to disclose to the editors any potential conflicts of interest that may affect the objectivity of their research, at the time of first submission of articles or reviews. Examples may include, but are not limited to, funding received from an individual or group related to the subject of the research in question or personal affiliation with aforementioned individual or group. Publication may still be possible following this disclosure, but in this case authors will be required to acknowledge potential conflicts of interest in text or footnotes.

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