St Anne’s Academic Review: For Authors

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Our scope

STAAR welcomes articles from all disciplines written by St Anne’s members (JCR, MCR, SCR). Its goals are to facilitate the dissemination of scholarly knowledge between St Anne’s students and to the wider public. Pieces are judged on academic quality and not on subject area.


We will consider the following articles types:


Research article – a piece containing original results or findings from your research (e.g. Bidgood 2015)


Subject Review article – an unbiased piece reviewing your subject area (e.g. Meachon 2017)


Opinion piece – an article presenting your personal reflections on a particular issue or item of news (e.g. Hicks 2015)


Book/Film/Event review – a review article of a recently published or produced book, film or production (e.g. Nicholson 2014); up to £50 will be contributed towards the purchase of books or tickets for the 3 best review ideas.


Creative writing and Translation – a poem, short story, or short dramatic piece of your own original making, or in your original translation.


Do let us know if you have another article type you wish to be considered for publication.


Publication Process

If you have an idea for an article, we ask you to submit an abstract first. The Call for Abstracts is typically circulated by the Editorial Board at the end of Michaelmas Term. Please make sure to send the abstract and the other required information by the deadline; late submissions will not be accepted.Abstracts are collectively assessed by the Editorial Board and selected for inclusion in the current year’s issue.


If your piece is selected, you will be asked to submit the full draft. Your appointed editor will then contact you for corrections and suggestions. You should expect at least two rounds of editorial review, then we will confirm that you are happy with the text’s final shape.


Edited articles will be subject to open review, the details of which will be discussed with you by the editor of your piece. During the month of August you will have time to make alterations and the final editorial decisions will be made. Your work will appear online and in print at the start of October, in Freshers’ Week.


We do not levy charges for submission, processing, page number, colour or any other element in the publication process.


Criteria for publication

The work is the author’s own
The article has not been published elsewhere
All research has been conducted to a high standard
The article is written in standard English and is easily readable to those outside of the field of study


Guide for authors

Style and Format
Articles should be submitted electronically as Word documents (MS Office or open source equivalent).
Length: 2,000-3,5000 words for research articles, subject reviews, opinion pieces and creative writing; 1000 words max for book/film/event reviews
Font: Palatino, 12 pt
Numbered section headings and subheadings: 12 pt bold, separated by a line spacing from the following paragraph
paragraphs: single spaced and justified, with a first-line indentation of 1 inch / 1,27 cm; one line spacing between paragraphs


Figure guidelines
Figures are highly encouraged. Ensure:
all text in the figure is readable;
a figure caption is placed under the figure in the main body of text (not within a text box);
captions should be in 10 point;
all images within the figure must comply to the CC BY licence.

Referencing style
Humanities – MLA (Author-Date)
Sciences – IEEE
Social Sciences- APA


Deadlines for authors 2018:

Abstract submission – 5pm on the 5th of February 2018
First draft submission – 5pm on the 22nd of April 2018
Deadlines thereafter to be set by the editor of your piece.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.