For Contributors

The Campbellsville Review invites submissions from full-time, part-time, and emeritus faculty members, upper-class undergraduate and graduate students, alumni teaching in other institutions of higher education, guest presenters, and visiting scholars. Guest presenters and visiting scholars may only submit material related to their presentations.


Articles, Essays, Short Stories, and Poetry

The CR welcomes submissions of articles and suggestions for possible bibliographical essays, round tables (sets of related articles of single topic or issue). Works by co-authors are welcomed as well as single authors. Topics may be within any discipline or utilize several academic disciplines. They can be based on independent research interests or on emerging scholarly trends within the contributor’s particular discipline.

For effective communication across disciplines, the text needs to be free of jargon.

Creative works, such as poetry and short stories, may be submitted.

Length (Articles): 2,000-5,000 words.

Length (Essays/Short Stories): should not exceed 5,000 words.

Length (Poetry): should not exceed three pages, double spaced.

Headings: Title, author’s name.

For method of citation and other requirements for submitting manuscripts, refer to Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts page.

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Book Reviews

Format: Print or electronic.

Genre: scholarly, any discipline.

Length: 500-1,000 words. The standard length is 500 words; for edited collections of essays, 600 words; joint reviews that help readers see how fields are developing, 900 words; works of particular significance in discipline, feature review of 1,000 words.

Headings: Title, Author(s), Publisher, year. Number of pages. Price.

Content: Where does the book fit within the state of scholarship in the contributor’s discipline? Is it original or derivative scholarship? Is it sound scholarship according to the standards within the contributor’s discipline? Would it be useful in other disciplines? Critique the arguments. Is it causing the contributor to rethink long held tenets?

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Exhibition Reviews

Exhibitions include those located in a museum, library, demonstrations in educational venues, educational programming, virtual museums, and multidisciplinary projects.

Exhibitions should be accessible for a day trip from Campbellsville, such as Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, and Nashville.

Exhibitions should be useful for a class being taught in real time.

The exhibit can relate to any academic discipline. The optimum exhibit will relate to more than one discipline.

Length: 750-1,000 words.

Headings: Name of Exhibit/Title.  Address/URL of exhibitor. Permanent or Short-Term exhibition. Original opening date for permanent exhibitions. Dates for short-term exhibitions. Space occupied by exhibition. Names and titles of personnel who designed, built, and care for the exhibition.

Areas of critique

Content: Is the scholarship sound and current? What is the exhibit’s interpretation or point of view?

Form: Is the exhibit design clear? Does the design have a coherent structure?

Audience/Use: Is the intended audience clearly understood? Will it serve the needs of that audience? Is the design successful in communicating the intended interpretation?

What is the scope of the topic that the exhibit explores?

Would the exhibit lend itself to writing interpretative essays by students?

New Media: Does it make effective use of mixed media and new technology to the story?

Recommendation: Who would benefit in seeing the exhibition?

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Movie Reviews

Format: film, video, or digital

Forum: exhibited, broadcast, or streamed

Genre: feature films (commercial, independent), television miniseries, or documentary feature.

Length: 500-1,000 words.

Headings: Title. Name of Director. Name(s) of Producer(s). Film Company, Year Released. Length in minutes. URL address.

Areas to Address

Content: Does the film have special scholarly interest or pedagogical usefulness? How does the film inform themes within the contributor’s discipline? Are the themes supported by sound scholarship? How do details in the story enhance or detract from understanding the issues presented by the film? Does the film cover issues in more than one discipline? Discuss the content.

Film Type: How does the type of film (movie, miniseries, documentary) shape the themes within the film?

Form: Does the film have a coherent structure?

Audience/Use: Is the film clearly directed at an audience? How can the film be used as a teaching tool?

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Website Reviews

The site may be new or longstanding.

It can relate to any or multiple academic disciplines.

Length: 500-1,000 words.

Headings: Name of site/title. Address/URL. Who set it up? Who maintains it (if different)? When reviewer consulted it?

Areas to Address:

Content: Is the scholarship sound and current? What is the interpretation or point of view? Is the site useful for several disciplines?

Form: Is it clear? Is it easy to navigate? Does it function effectively? Does it have a clear, effective, and original design? Does it have a coherent structure?

Audience/Use: Is it directed at a clear audience? Will it serve the needs of that audience? Will it be useful to teaching?

New Media: Does it make effective use of new media and new technology? Does it do something that could not be done in other media—print, exhibition, film?

Web sites for some disciplines will be vast. In such instances, the reviewer does not have to review every single page. The reviewer can perform a systematic sampling of the site and indicate early in the review the kind of material found and the quantity of each.

Some Web sites will be works in progress. If that is the case, then indicate, in the heading, the dates you visited the site (this could be a range of dates).  If the site plans significant future changes, the reviewer should say so in the review.

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Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts

Submit manuscripts and works of art to Glen Taul, Senior Editor, Montgomery Library, Box 813, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky.

Submit one printed copy and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word software as an e-mail attachment of all material related to each article or work of art. Copies of works of art should be submitted rather than the original, which may be requested at a later date, if accepted.

Authors and artists are responsible in obtaining written permission from holders of copyrighted material used in their articles and works of art. A copy of the written permissions must be submitted to the Senior Editor. Authors hold the Senior Editor and Campbellsville University blameless against copyright claims.

Paper manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced (including notes, quotations, song texts, bibliography, etc.) on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, one side only.

To maintain anonymity in the review process, authors should avoid using headers or footers that identify them.

The preferred method of citation is endnotes. Any style for endnotes may be used.

All tables, figures, maps, black-and-white photographs, musical examples, and other illustrative material should have captions and be presented in their final form.

In principle, manuscripts submitted to The Campbellsville Review should not have been published previously nor should they be under simultaneous review or scheduled for publication elsewhere. Other versions of the article may be submitted. Permission for reproduction of such material must be submitted with the manuscript.

Manuscripts must be in English with appropriate use of foreign languages as needed and observe United States conventions of English usage, spelling, and punctuation.

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