As a special topics journal, Studies in the Literary Imagination does not accept unsolicited articles for publication. Any scholar who wishes to propose a special issue topic for which he or she will serve as contributing editor may do so in a proposal to the SLI editorial committee. For contributing editor guidelines, click here, and for contributing author guidelines, click here. Submission guidelines for Studies in the Literary Imagination are listed below. From inception to completion, the publication of a journal issue takes approximately two years. The contributing editor is expected to notify the journal’s managing editor or general editor of his or her progress at regular intervals; they, in turn, will endeavor to assist the contributing editor in every possible way.
1. The prospective contributing editor(s) must submit to the editors and to the Studies in the Literary Imagination editorial committee a full description of the scope and content of the proposed issue (1,000-1,500 words) along with his or her CV. Proposals must include a working title and an overview of the proposed topic, including its purpose and current relevance to literary scholarship.
2. The contributing editor must submit along with his or her proposal a list of names of prospective contributors and their academic affiliations, and preferably, a CV for each contributor, along with a brief abstract of each contributor’s proposed article. The contributing editor and managing editor may agree to make changes to the list of contributors as the project develops.
3. The editorial committee will notify the prospective contributing editor(s) about the proposal’s approval or denial within sixty days of receipt of a complete proposal; if the committee needs additional material to make a decision, the proposer will be notified as soon as possible.
4. The contributing editor will be responsible for the introduction to the issue, the necessary correspondence with contributors (including the distribution of author guidelines, contracts, general procedures, deadlines, and so on), and the initial editing of the articles.
5. The journal’s editors reserve the right to refuse individual articles once completed versions have been submitted and reviewed.
6. Whereas the final editing will be the responsibility of SLI‘s editors, it is expected that they will work closely with the contributing editor in preparing a final text of the issue.
7. Any departure from the plan or list of contributors as originally proposed must be approved by the SLI committee before the contributing editor proceeds.