Information for Authors

Who can submit?

Current undergraduate students at the University of Glasgow. Submissions must relate to the arts, humanities and social sciences, so - in practice - authors are usually undergraduates in the College of Arts or the College of Social Sciences.

N.B. Postgraduate students should check out eSharp.

Why submit to Groundings?

Groundings allows you to have your work peer-reviewed and professionally published, both in print and online. It can act as a stepping-stone to future publication in scholarly journals, and the editorial process can help you improve your academic writing. It also looks great on your CV as the chance to be published as an undergraduate is rare, both in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

What can I submit?

An academic article of up to 4000 words, excluding references, that engages with the annual theme for the journal. This article can be an adaptation of a coursework essay, or a chapter of a dissertation, or written specifically for the journal.

When can I submit?

Once the theme of the call for papers is announced in the first semester, you have from then until the deadline in the second semester to submit an article on the given theme. An email with full details of the theme and how to submit is sent to all students in the College of Arts and the College of Social Sciences. Please see our home page for details of the current call for papers.

What happens next?

When the call for papers is closed, all submissions are made anonymous and are then peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Board. Once all the papers have been reviewed, the Board meets to decide what articles will be published. All potential authors will then be notified by email regarding the status of their submission. If your article is accepted, an editor will be assigned to work one-to-one with you to improve your article prior to publication. You will also be asked to write a brief abstract (70-150 words) for your article, and supply a few sentences about yourself for the journal.

All articles are then checked by the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor before being passed to the Production Editor for formatting. The journal is then sent to our printers. A launch event is held where you can get your hands on a copy of the finished volume and find out the winner of the £100 prize for best article, as decided by a joint vote of the Editorial and Advisory Boards.

Licence to publish:

If your article is accepted, you will be asked to sign and return a licence to publish agreement. The agreement, which essentially confirms that you retain all rights to your own work, is as follows:

I hereby assign to Glasgow University Dialectic Society non-exclusive rights to reproduce this article in print and electronically (in full or in part) and to publish this work in any such media current or later developed. As author I retain all rights, including the right to be identified as the author wherever and whenever this article is published, and the right to use all or part of the article and abstract, with or without revision or modification in compilations or other publications. Any such later publication shall recognise Groundings as the original publisher.

I confirm that this article has not been previously published and is my own work, except where indicated by referencing.