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3 July 2019

STAAR 9-2019 Open for Reviews

 

Articles submitted for inclusion in STAAR 9 – 2019 are now becoming available in pre-print for open peer review. Take a look at our Publications and send us your scholarly review. If you do not qualify as a reviewer, you are still welcome to leave a comment at the bottom of the page to help our authors perfect their work.

 
Looking forward to reading your reviews!

 
 

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4 May 2019

Looking for a Production Manager Assistant

 

St Anne’s Academic Review is looking for a Production Manager Assistant to help putting together Issue 9 – 2019. This is an excellent chance to develop a range of CV-friendly skills with a rather low-pressure commitment.

 

You will help the current Production Manager look after the smooth running of the journal, online and in print. This includes:

 
– learning to use wordpress to upload articles for peer review and final publication
– making sure that the website is kept functional and up to date
– helping to put the final issue together, looking after formatting and cover design;
– managing the printing of paper copies so that they are delivered on time for Freshers Week.

 

Most of the work takes place over the Summer, so there is as little interference as possible with other academic business. In return you will gain some first experience in web editing, publishing design and project management – while helping your fellow St Anner’s get their work the visibility it deserves.

 
If you are interested, Valeria will be more than happy to tell you more. Just drop her an email at valeria.taddei@st-annes.ox.ac.uk with a word about yourself and the reasons why you’d be happy to get involved. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 


3 May 2019

Suggestions for Reviews

 

 

These publications have been written by members of St. Annes’ SCR and are available in St Anne’s library. We encourage students to submit review proposals for any of the following texts:

 

Geoffrey Neal, Memoirs of the City and University of Oxford in 1738, Oxford: Oxford Historical Society, 2018 ISBN-13: 9780904107296
Alison Finch, Women’s Writing in Nineteenth-Century France, Cambridge University Press, 2000 ISBN:0 521 63186 6
Frits Andersen, The Dark Continent? Images of Africa in European Narratives and The Congo, Aarhus University Press, 2016 ISBN: 9788771248531
Richard Powers, The Echo Maker, Picador, 2007 ISBN-13: 9780312426439

 
To submit a proposal, see the Call for SPARK Reviews below. If you have any questions please contact Daniel Mercieca (daniel.mercieca@st-annes.ox.ac.uk)

 


15 January 2019
SPARK Reviews
 

The editors of STAAR are calling for concise 1500-2000 word reviews of any critical texts, fiction, poetry, plays or films which authors consider to be of artistic merit and want to share with the Student community. We welcome the writing of St. Annes students from all subject disciplines and degrees.

 

The reviews are not expected to be extensively researched essays, but short, insightful responses to media which are considered to be thought-provoking and critically engaging. Authors may compare texts and can structure their reviews in a style and direction which suits them best. The The Journal may be able to contribute to the cost of any theatre tickets, cinema tickets or books which are expensive or difficult to access. Once edited, Reviews will be published on the STAAR website and three SPARK Reviews will be published in the St. Anne’s Academic Review Issue 9 print edition, due to be distributed in September 2019. There will be a £50 prize for the most original Review. This is an excellent opportunity to make your writing visible to employers, to enhance your CV and to ignite academic debate.

 

Send your SPARK Review Proposal in an email to daniel.mercieca@st-annes.ox.ac.uk, including:

  • Your chosen text;
  • 50-100 words explaining the direction of your Spark Review.
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    Deadlines for drafting SPARK Reviews do not run concurrently with the other sections of the magazine, and are normally set a month after the Spark Review editor has confirmed the topic.

     

    This call for Spark Reviews is open to the JCR, MCR and SCR from all subject disciplines and accepts reviews composed by multiple authors. Authors may submit a Spark Review at anytime throughout the year and may submit more than one Review.

     

    If you have any questions please contact daniel.mercieca@st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

     
    We look forward to reading your Reviews!

     

    Daniel Mercieca,

    Editor of SPARK Reviews 2018/19.

     


    27 November 2018
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
     

    We are now opening the Call for Abstracts for inclusion in STAAR 2019! Submission are open to all college members, whether in the MCR, JCR or SCR.

     

    If you are interested in submitting a piece, please write a 250-word abstract summarising its content. We will consider the following article types:

     

    Research article – a piece containing original results or findings from your research

    Subject Review article – an unbiased piece of critical review in your subject area

    Opinion piece – an article presenting your personal reflections on a particular issue or item of news

    Book/Film/Theatre review – a review article of a recently published or produced book, film or production

     

    How to submit

     

    Please include in your application:
    1. piece’s title
    2. 250-word abstract
    3. article type
    4. a brief outline of your background in this area (for subject review articles)

     

    Email your application to alexandra.jamieson@st-annes.ox.ac.uk by 5pm on the 3rd of February 2019.

     

    We will notify successful authors by the 18th of February, and you will have until the 28th of April (start of Trinity term) to write your first draft. Your article will then go through the editorial review process and our editors will make their final decisions on your piece by August.

     


    17 October 2018
    CALL FOR EDITORS 2018-2019

     

    We are looking for a new Editorial Committee for Issue 8 – 2019. No previous experience needed, just enthusiasm for STAAR and interest in publishing.

     

    Positions open:

     

    1. Editors

     

    We are looking for editors in:
    · Science
    · Social Science
    · Humanities
    · Book/Film/Theatre reviews

     

    The editors’ main role is to edit articles in their subject area. You will oversee the articles in your area from submission to publication. This involves leasing with the authors, editing the articles and facilitating the review process. You also must attend editorial board meetings as well as the editors workshop.

     

    Commitment: The editorial board will meet a few times a term to discuss the progress of the journal. Editing of articles will take place at the end of Trinity Term. You will be given an average of 2 articles to edit by then. STAAR will be published ready for freshers week 2018.

     

    To apply, please email email Alex with a short description of yourself and the answers to the following questions:
    – Why are you interested in editing for STAAR?
    – Which editor position do you wish to apply for and what is your background in this area?
    – Do you have any relevant experience in editing (not essential)?

     

    2. Social Media Manager
    The main role of the Social Media Manager is to ensure the Twitter and Facebook pages are kept up to date with news and information. If you wish to also help with updating the website this opportunity is available to you. You must attend termly meetings with the Editor-in-Chief and production team.

     

    3. Production Assistant
    You will help the Production Manager look after the administrative side of the journal, online and in print. This includes uploading articles online for peer review and after publication, archiving them and making sure that the website is kept functional and up to date; putting the final copy together and making arrangements to print and deliver it on time for Freshers Week.This role is better suited to someone who is planning to be in Oxford for two years or longer, as the work tends to accumulate during the Summer.

     

    If you are interested in either the production assistant or social media manager positions, please email Alex with a short description of yourself plus why you would like the position.

     

    The deadline for all applications is Saturday 27th of October. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 31st of October. The first editorial board meeting will be in the week beginning the 5th of November and the editors workshop will be in the week beginning the 26th of November.

     


    03 October 2018

    STAAR 8-2018 is here!

     

    St Anne’s Academic Review Issue 8 – 2018 is now available in print and online. Check out our Publications, flip through physical copies in the college library and in the MCR, JCR and SCR common room, or contact us to request your own!

     


    11 July 2018

    STAAR 8-2018 is Open for Reviews
     

    Articles submitted for inclusion in STAAR 8 – 2018 are now available in pre-print for open peer review. Take a look at our Publications and send us your scholarly review. If you do not qualify as a reviewer, you are still welcome to leave a comment at the bottom of the page to help our authors perfect their work.

     


    25 June 2018

    Thank You

     

    A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the contributors who donated to our our crowdfunding campaign @ReachfortheSTAAR. Thanks to your generosity we raised £1,105, which we will invest wisely in order to make our STAAR rise higher and higher! A list of our main supporters is available on our About page. Thanks from the editors, the MCR and the St Anne’s community at large to anyone who invested anything they could in making our project a reality.

     


    21 May 2018

     

     
    Our crowdfunding campaign @ReachfortheSTAAR is now LIVE!

     

    We are raising £3,000 to ensure STAAR can continue and grow as a publication. By supporting STAAR you will strengthen a student-run activity, support a unique training opportunity, and encourage an interdisciplinary journal available to everyone.

     

    Why support us?

     

    You will help us to develop STAAR as a self-sustaining project, without burdening the MCR or College budget. Over the last year we have already started to transform STAAR into a more accessible and professional journal, through developing our website, uploading all past issues of STAAR to our new website, printing copies for all graduate freshers and listing it on the University library catalogue.

     

    As next steps, we would like to:
    – index each article in STAAR online
    – print copies for everyone who wants one in college
    – contribute towards the purchase of books and film/theatre tickets for review articles.

     

    Your support will help us continue to benefit the wider college community by providing to our graduate students a rare opportunity to get hands-on training in academic publishing, and to all contributors a more professional and visible platform to share their research and learn the ways of academic publishing.

     

    The campaign will run until the 20 June 2018. Learn more at https://st-annes.hubbub.net/p/ReachfortheSTAAR/.
    Help our STAAR to rise!

     


    23 April 2018

    Thanks to everyone who sent in their full drafts. You will shortly be contacted by a member of the editorial board to edit your piece.

     

    Please expect two rounds of editorial work. You are welcome to send your finished piece as soon as you are happy to make it available for open review, and in any case no later than the 23 June 2018 (end of week 9).

     


    6 February 2018

    The Call for Abstract for STAAR 8 – 2018 is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted! You will shortly be notified of the outcome.

     

    Full drafts of the selected pieces are due by 5pm on the 22nd of April 2018 (Monday week 1 TT).

     


    27 November 2017
    The Call for Abstracts for inclusion in St Anne’s Academic Review (STAAR) 2018 is now open! Submissions are open to all college members, whether in the MCR, JCR or SCR.

     

    If you are interested in submitting a piece, please write a 250-word abstract summarising its content. We will consider all article types included in Our Scope.

     

    This year’s issue will feature a special section under the theme of ‘New Horizons’. We will be accepting pieces for both the themed and unthemed section; please specify in your application for which section you wish your article to be considered.

     

    How to submit

     

    Please include in your application:
    1. piece’s title
    2. 250-word abstract
    3. article type
    4. a brief outline of your background in this area (for subject review articles)
    5. indication of whether you wish to be considered for the themed section ’New Horizons’.

     

    Email your application to alexandra.jamieson@st-annes.ox.ac.uk by 5pm on the 5th of February 2018.

     

    We will notify successful authors by the 19th of February, and you will have until the 22nd of April (start of Trinity term) to write your first draft. Your article will then go through the editorial review process and our editors will make their final decisions on your piece in April.

     

    For any questions, please get in touch with Alex or Contact Us.