Submission Guidelines for Authors

Submissions are open for long-form and short-form scholarly content. Long-form scholarly content is due by February 1st, 2023.

Short-form scholarly content, however, is accepted on a rolling basis. Submit all content through our Google Form

Official Submission Guidelines:

As an undergraduate research journal, we accept submissions by current students or alumni who have graduated within the last 19 months, and all manuscripts must have been authored prior to graduation. While individual submissions may have multiple student contributors, faculty cannot co-author manuscripts.

To be considered for publication, submissions must have the endorsement of a faculty member of the authors’ home institution.

Academic articles and research is published annually. Short-form pieces are accepted on a continuous basis and published regularly.

Dignity seeks to appeal to a broad, interdisciplinary audience, and contributors should avoid overly technical or discipline-specific language and jargon in their manuscript submissions.

All manuscripts must be submitted through the Journal web platform, formatted as a Microsoft Word document. The journal editorial board utilizes a double-blind peer review process. Once submitted, please refrain from contacting the editorial board on the status of your manuscript as the Journal will contact you directly.

It is the responsibility of the author to inform the journal if the work has been previously published elsewhere in any form

For a further look at how we review submissions, please refer to the corresponding links or to our Review Process page for our rubrics.

Long-Form Scholarly Content

Long-form scholarly articles should not exceed 8,000 words, including references and endnotes. Research notes shall not exceed 4,000 words, including references and endnotes. All scholarly articles must include an abstract not exceeding 150 words as well as an introduction and conclusion. Human rights implications should be explicitly highlighted.

Additionally, articles and research notes should adhere to 1 inch margins throughout the entire document, placed in a 12 point font regardless of type face, and all text, excluding endnotes and references, should be single spaced. Any recognized citation style is acceptable for submission. Once accepted for publication, all scholarly content must be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Figures, tables, charts, and artwork should not be embedded in the document and instead placed after the endnotes with the appropriate captions and on separate pages for each figure. Submissions should not include any special formatting with the exception of page numbers placed in the header. All pages, including references, must be numbered.

Short-Form Scholarly Content

Short-form scholarly content including essays, film and book reviews, poetry, or artwork should include their institution and a short biography of the contributor that shall not exceed 100 words. Essays, film and book reviews should be 1,500 to 3,000 words in length. Poetry and artwork, both visual and performative, do not have a preferred length. These will all be published solely on the Journal web platform on a rolling basis.

– Students may also submit ‘miniature’ content. Modeled after the New York Times’ “Modern Love,” Human Rights in Miniature allows student-scholars to explore pressing current events in a short narrative format (250-500 words). Submissions should address themes specified by the Editorial Board, with topics rotating 2-4 times a year.

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