Submission Guidelines

            Thank you for your interest in responding to The Scattered Pelican’s Call for Papers. To facilitate the editing process, please ensure that all submissions are in accord with the criteria below, and are accompanied by a cover letter with your name, email address, academic affiliation, and a biography of no more than 100 words.

  1. The Scattered Pelican accepts full-length journal articles as well as critical reviews of books, film, and artwork. Reviews must be 1000-1500 words while journal articles must be between 4000-5000 words. The word count must be inclusive of the Works Cited and endnotes. If submitting a journal article, please include a brief abstract and 2-3 keywords.
  2. The Scattered Pelican also accepts short creative submissions (short fiction, poetry), but these must be accompanied by a critical commentary of 1000-1500 words written by the author or a person of the author’s choice. No standalone submissions of creative works please.
  3. Margins 1” (2.54 cm) all around; Times New Roman 12 points; double-spaced except for block quotations, which should be single-spaced.
  4. Use the MLA style guide for in-text citations and bibliography. Multiple works from a single anthology properly cross-referenced. Refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. or Western University Library style guide, which can be found here.
  5. To maintain the integrity of the anonymous review process, please ensure all identifying marks and personal information are removed from your submission.
  6. Leave one space after concluding punctuation marks before starting a new sentence.
  7. Where applicable, divide papers into appropriate sections with bold headings.
  8. Page numbers in header.
  9. All Em-dashes (double hyphens) without space before and after (i.e., xxx—xxx—xxxxx)
  10. Oxford commas before the final ‘and’ or the final ‘or’ in a list (i.e. x, x, x, and/or x).
  11. Quotation marks (“xxxx”) used for in-text citations only. Single quotation marks (‘xxxx’) may be used for emphasis.
  12. Interpolations in square brackets [ ].
  13. No apostrophes to form the plural of an abbreviation or a number (e.g., PhDs, 1990s).
  14. First reference names persons or organizations in full; thereafter, reference by last name or initials only (Walter Benjamin, Benjamin; Modern Language Association, MLA).
  15. Reproduce all accents and other marks on material in a foreign language (e.g., école, año).
  16. Explanatory content notes and bibliographic notes appear at the end of the paper (NO footnotes please).
  17. Save your submission following one of these file name formats: <Article Submission_Title of Article.doc/X> (e.g., Article Submission_Imagined Communities.doc), <Review Submission_Title of Text.doc/X> (e.g., Review Submission_10,000 KM.docx), or <Literary Submission_Title of Submission.doc/X> (e.g., Literary Submission_The Second World.doc).
  18. Forward all submissions or inquiries by email to