Submissions

ARID seeks written submissions from independent scholars, writers, researchers and journalists that showcase innovative, compelling, and intellectually rigorous storytelling. We also encourage visual, film, and audio submissions including photo essays, illustrations, cinema, soundscapes, music and other forms of cultural production.  We encourage both scholarly articles and papers as well shorter, more informal essays.

ARID seeks accessibility to a broad array of non-technical audiences.  The tone can be less academic than a traditional form of scholarship, more informal, even conversational.  ARID seeks stories that are engaging and well told; an emphasis on the risks, experiments, and experiences to engage our readership.

Authors are encouraged to submit related art and photography with their written pieces. Artists and photographers may submit stand-alone visual essays. Articles and essays must be original and unpublished and not under consideration by other journals at the time of submission. We will consider previously published media works on a case-by-case basis.

We will consider submissions for the following editorial sections:

Pedagogies

A place to publish hypotheses, experiments and results for those attempting to redefine an education in art, media and design along environmental and social practice lines. We are particularly interested in field-based pedagogy with an emphasis on desert geographies.

Practices

Practices, projects, and ideas referencing art, design, media and other works related to ARID’s mission.

Policies

A place for discussion of the frameworks, rules, regulations and other structures that govern and legislate place, a vehicle to converse with our co-inhabitants, and a means to link to other desert communities.

Perspectives

An ongoing archive of dialogues, fictions and freeform ideas concerning desert geographies from an array stakeholders, viewpoints and positions. This section includes book and exhibit reviews.

Online submissions are accepted at the following site:

http://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/Arid

Please review all guidelines posted before submitting your submission online. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Please note that we are no longer accepting submissions via email. We will begin accepting submissions on March 1, 2014 through June 1st, 2014 for our next annual issue publishing in September 2014. Please sign up at our mailing list located in the right sidebar to receive submission notification dates. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by July 1st, 2014.

Text submission guidelines:

  • • Scholarly articles: 2,500 to 5,000 words plus notes
  • • Informal essays: 800 to 1,500 words plus notes
  • • Include a 150-word abstract of your project when prompted during the submission process.
  • • Include a short bio (150-word or less) at the end of the document.

Text/graphics submission formatting:

  • • Name of author/co-authors, contact information (email and phone), submission title/sub-title, submission category (see above) and copyright appear on the first page of your document.
  • • File format: MS-Word (.doc) or RTF format. Save your file in the following format: lastname_firstname.doc. File for upload must be 32 megs or smaller.
  • • Styling: Single line spacing, 11-point Times font, headings and subheadings in bold, italics when necessary (no underlining please).
  •  • Illustrations/Graphics/Photographs: Low-resolution images (72 dpi, minimum 1000 px wide) will be placed within the text at the appropriate points not at the end of the article. Include creator (if other than manuscript author), copyright, title, and caption information when necessary. Please do not include more than a total of 8 to 10 photographs, illustrations or graphics with your submission.
  • • Manuscripts with supplemental photographs and other graphics not created by the author must include publication permissions from the original creator before submission.
  • • Notes: Please use endnotes (1, 2, 3 only) for reference citations and author notes. ARID observes guidelines published by the Modern Language Assocation (MLA).
  • • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • • Please do not upload any other additional files other than your original submission.

Failure to adhere to the formatting requirements listed above may disqualify your submission. Please read the copyright section below for additional information before submitting your work. Please note that we do not consider literary works or poetry at this time.

Media submission guidelines:

  • • Name of author/co-authors, contact information (email and phone), submission title/sub-title, submission category (see above) and copyright appear on the first page of your document.
  • • File format: MS-Word (.doc) or RTF format. Save your file in the following format: lastname_firstname.doc. File for upload must be 32 megs or smaller.
  • • Include a 100-word abstract of your project when prompted during the submission process.
  • • Include an artist or project statement concerning the work listing medium, date of creation and other pertinent information. Please detail how the work or project addresses ARID’s mission and editorial focus.
  • • Include a short bio (50-words) for each collaborator at the end of the document.
  • • List an absolute url for each portfolio or project to be reviewed under a heading listing the media form (e.g. photographic portfolio, video, audio). See acceptable media formats listed below.
  • • Please do not upload any other additional files other than your original submission. Note that we do not accept media file attachments of any kind other than the text file requested.

Media submission formats accepted:

Visual portfolios including photography: Please provide an absolute website url listing a specific link to a single portfolio or body of work you wish us to consider for publication in addition to the information requested above. Please note that we will not review general website submissions with multiple portfolios. It is up to the author to organize a select presentation of work under forty images that pertains directly to ARID’s mission.

  • • Video/film: Please provide absolute urls for content published via You Tube or Vimeo in addition to the information requested above. Please note that any work accepted and published by ARID will be directly linked from these urls. It is the author’s responsibility to keep the links active and accessible. If you are submitting visual documentation of a video installation additionally submit an url for the visual documentation.
  • • Audio: We encourage authors to use to Soundcloud host audio works. The following formats are accepted: MP3, WAVE, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, MP2, and/or AAC files. Please provide absolute urls for content published via Soundcloud for each audio submission in addition to the information requested above. It is the author’s responsibility to keep the links active and accessible. If you are submitting visual documentation of an installation or performance additionally submit an url for the visual documentation.
  • • Other media including web-based projects: Please provide a website url listing a specific link to the work you wish us to consider for publication in addition to the information requested above.

Copyright and other business:

Authors who publish with ARID agree to the following terms:

1) By submitting work to ARID the author claims full ownership of all material submitted and that the work is original and unpublished.[1] Manuscripts with supplemental photographs and other graphics not created by the author must include publication permissions from the original creator before submission.
2) ARID reserves the right to return proposals and submissions without explanation if they do not meet journal’s standards or overall mission.
3) ARID reserves the right to edit all work submitted to the editors (including cropping of submitted images). Authors whose work is accepted for publication in the journal will be encouraged to work directly with ARID editorial staff during this process. Authors will have the right to review general copy editing and corrections before the work is published.
4) Authors retain copyright and grant ARID the right to publish all submissions that are accepted by the journal. Works published through ARID will be 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.
5) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work with the acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
6) Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online on personal websites or other sites that do not conflict with ARID’s journal guidelines.
7) Copyright info will not be listed for images used for banner or section headers. Rather copyright info will be provided under the image in the main article where it appears.


[1] Unpublished refers to text-based submissions only. We will consider previously published media works on a case-by-case basis.