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Author Guidelines

The following instructions are very important for the peer review process. Please make sure to follow all steps in order to meet our submission and editorial requirements. Any questions you may have can be directed to

All documents submitted through this website must be in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx). To submit multimedia work such as visual art, video, or audio, please contact us at for instructions. If you are interested in submitting to our blog, which has a separate submissions process, please visit

A note on terminology: The “corresponding author” is the person responsible for communicating (or, corresponding) with the editorial team on behalf of any co-authors. In a single-authored work, the single author will be the corresponding author.

Upload 1: Document

This is the first file you upload in the submissions process (the upload system will prompt you to upload the “Submission File”).

  1. Margins are 1" on all sides, on 8.5"x11" (US Letter) paper

  2. Text is 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-spaced


The title of the submission should be clearly related to the subject explored in the text. Following APA format, please include the title at the start of the document. You will also be prompted to enter the title into a text box during the submission process.


An abstract is a short summary of the subject, information, themes, and methods explored in the submission. It should be no more than 250 words, and will precede the article when it is published. Readers generally use the abstract as a way to quickly recognize if the paper is related to their interests. Following APA format, please include an abstract in your submission file. You will also be prompted to enter the abstract into a text box during the submission process.    


Keywords are used to describe the article’s content  and help readers find your work online. In your document, below the abstract, please provide 4-6 keywords that relate to the submission content. You will also be prompted to enter the keywords into a text box during the submission process.

Figures, Tables, and Graphs

Please situate any figures, tables, and graphs at relevant points within the text rather than uploading them as separate files or grouping them at the end of a submission.

Following APA format, figures, tables, and graphs should be numbered (e.g. Table 1, Figure 1) and should include a brief title or caption below the figure.

Manuscript Length

Research articles, essays, and commentary: 1,500-6,000 words

Research briefs: 6,000 words max.

Reflections: 3,000 words max.

Book, film, and performance reviews: 3,000 words max.

Upload 2: Information Page

Please submit the information page as a “Supplementary File” separate from your main document. You will be prompted to upload any supplementary files before finishing the submission. Please title your file “Information Page.”

The information page must include all of the following, in order:

  1. The full name of the author(s)*, using the exact names you wish to appear on the published work

  2. Affiliation(s) of each author, including city and country. Your affiliation might be the name of your organization, community program, or school; or the department and name of your university

  3. A short biographical note (max. 75 words) for each author

  4. Email and telephone number for the corresponding author only. The corresponding author will be the primary contact for any communication with the editorial team about your submission.

  5. Full title of article

  6. Short (abridged) title (approx. 5 words)

  7. Word count

  8. Number of figures and tables

  9. in:cite prioritizes publishing research by youth or youth-adult teams, but we will also consider work from adult researchers that is relevant to our mandate. Please provide a short statement (max. 150 words) explaining how your work can be considered “youth research.” This statement is for the use of the editorial team only and we will not publish it

  10. Acknowledgements (if applicable): This is an optional short statement of thanks to any collaborators, a supervising professor, research assistant, etc. This is also a place to acknowledge any grants or funding sources that supported the research. Some funders require you to acknowledge their support

*A note about authorship: Decisions about authorship should be considered carefully. It is important for the corresponding author to ensure that everyone who made a significant contribution to the work is credited. It is also crucial that anyone listed as an author has approved the submission and agreed that they want their name (or a chosen name or pseudonym) published with the work. In general, anyone listed as an author will have:

  • Contributed significantly to the major ideas, data collection, analysis, or interpretation presented in the submission;

  • Assisted in the drafting and/or revision of content in the submission; and

  • Reviewed and approved the submitted version of the work to be published.


in:cite follows the APA style guide (6th edition) for referencing and in-text citation. A full list of references must be provided at the end of your article. There are many online resources available to help you with APA style formatting (e.g. UVic APA Style Guide [PDF]).

Here are some examples of proper APA citation:

Journal Article

Barker, A.J. (2009). The contemporary reality of Canadian imperialism, settler colonialism, and the hybrid colonial state. The American Indian Quarterly, 33(3), 325-351.


Kelley, R. D. G. (2002). Freedom dreams: The Black radical imagination. Boston: Beacon Press.

Edited Book

McKittrick, K. (Ed.). (2015). Sylvia Wynter: On being human as praxis. Durham: Duke University Press.

Chapter in an Edited Book

Alexander, J. (2002). Remembering this bridge, remembering ourselves. In G. Anzaldúa & A. Keating (Eds.), This place we call home: Radical visions for transformation (pp. 81-103). New York: Routledge.

Blog Post

Kuo, R. (2017, January 2). How rape culture and racism combine to hurt Asian women [Blog post]. Retrieved from



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website), as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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