Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Ubiquity?

Ubiquity is a peer-reviewed, online, multimodal international journal that publishes work covering a broad spectrum of topics in the areas of literature, literacy, arts and related fields. The journal is cross-disciplinary, and provides an essential forum for thought-provoking research and analyses of practice and policy centered on literacy and arts education. It also publishes original literary work, art, and journalism, especially when these are fused together. Select strands within the journal accept publications incorporating video, audio, animation, images and graphics, and hypertext, focusing on works that use two or more of these together. Ubiquity invites urban, rural and international perspectives.

Who is Ubiquity’s audience?

Ubiquity serves researchers, educators and a larger community of readers who represent both traditional and non-traditional diverse audiences.

Who can access Ubiquity?

Ubiquity is an open-access journal. Anyone can access it free of charge.

Why do you have four different strands?

Too often there is a disconnect between academic research, real-world applications, and creative expressions. Our four strands (Research, Praxis, Creative Works, and Community) are intended to cover the full spectrum of thinking and doing in language, literacy, and the arts.

Tell me more about these strands.

RESEARCH  discusses recent trends in research and theory in the fields of language arts, literature, arts, literacy, and related fields. A wide range of formats and methodologies is accepted, including qualitative research, quantitative studies, narrative research, single case studies, ethnography, content analysis, discourse analysis, surveys, experiments mixed methods research, conceptual and theoretical pieces, and meta-analyses. All publications in this strand should provide implications for research, practice, and/or policy. The Research Strand does not publish program descriptions or evaluations, course papers, summaries of dissertations or theses, or personal reflections.

PRAXIS publishes practical applications (strategies, programs, teaching ideas, classroom projects, etc.) and articles on innovative approaches to teaching literature, literacy, arts and related fields in the classroom and beyond. It also accepts models of authentic assessments and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching critical literacy, social justice, and innovative and creative thinking. The strand invites conversations about responsible and democratic citizenry in local and global society. The promising practices, models, and applications may be in various stages of development and validation.

CREATIVE WORKS solicits and celebrates original visual art, music, poetry, literature, performance, video and other creative endeavors that illustrate or address the overarching themes of literacy and graphicacy in the literary, plastic and audiovisual arts. A wide range of creative genres are thus accepted, including diverse visual media (sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, etc.), digital media (video, photography, animation, video games, websites, etc.), written expression (poetry, prose, memoirs, etc.) and musical compositions of various sorts (original compositions, exploration of genres, etc.). Publications in this strand should ideally include written explications of the significance or implications of the work, linked through the Research or Praxis strand, toward multimodal synthesis.

Because we are a digital-only publication, we can only accept digital files of creative works for peer review. Sculptors and others whose work appears physically in three dimensions should submit multiple perspective photos of their work (front, back, sides, and from above) using high-quality photography. Each photo should not exceed 5 Mb. Chemical photographers, painters and printmakers, etc. should also have high-quality digital reproductions made of their work and sent to us in the JPEG format, not to exceed 5 Mb. Whether originated in the digital or physical realm, each photo submitted to us should not exceed 5 Mb.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY covers information related to literature, literacy, arts and related fields from the community. The community is broadly defined as students, parents, writers, activists and policy makers. The strand invites submissions in diverse journalistic forms (e.g., feature articles, fact-sheets, newsletters, editorials, letters, essays, or reports).

How do I publish in Ubiquity?

Submission guidelines for individual strands are available on their pages:
•    Research
•    Praxis
•    Creative Works
•    Community News

What technical specifications do you require for my submission?

Style

Print Manuscripts: The print manuscript preparation, including the format of headings, tables, figures, illustrations/images, citations and references, including visual, audio, and other material should follow the guidelines described in the latest edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition), unless indicated otherwise in the Author’s Guidelines for each strand.  Authors should submit manuscripts in English that are of high quality in use of grammar and style. Authors should employ copyediting services if they need assistance with grammar and style. Print manuscripts should use a font size of 12 and not exceed guidelines for length given in specific strands. The lengths of manuscripts may depending on the strand and the category within the strand.

Audio Visual Material and Media: The following are the acceptable formats for visual, audio, and video material:

  • Photographs, Images, or Figures: as JPEG or TIFF high quality files at a minimum 72+ dpi setting, with a 400 x 700 display
  • Audio as .wav and .mp3 files
  • Video files should be saved as H.264 files with an MP4 suffix. The size of the file must not exceed 500MB.  The resolution should be 1280 x 720. The format must not exceed 720p. We recommend a 16:9 aspect ratio. The length of the file must not exceed 5 minutes.  You can find a free conversion service online such as MPEG Streamclip if you do not have conversion software of your own.  The journal reserves the right to edit the video file size, if needed, in preparation for publication.

What is your policy on appropriating the content of others for creative purposes?

Manuscripts, videos, audio recordings, still photographs or any other scholarly and creative work submitted for review must be original works by the authors and must not have not been previously published, either in print or online. Further, they must not be currently under review by another journal or press.

Authors must comply with ethical, copyright, and legal requirements expected of the scholarly community. Permissions from copyright owners to use lengthy quotations, reprinted material, or adapted video, audio, still photo or graphical material are the sole responsibility of the authors. Authors must secure such permissions from the copyright holders prior to publication in Ubiquity.  Special emphasis is also laid on the securing of permissions (commonly called “releases”) to use the likenesses of persons or institutions within  photographic, motion picture or audio work submitted to Ubiquity. These, too, must be secured by the authors prior to publication in Ubiquity. Please note that “likeness” has been determined by the courts to include the use of peoples’ voices or simulations thereof. Authors assume total financial and legal responsibility for copyright infringement and likeness violations.

What publication rights do you retain?

All contributors of publications in Ubiquity retain their copyright; however, Ubiquity requires contributors to sign a Contributors Agreement giving Ubiquity a perpetual right to publish the author’s work in any form now extant or known in the future. This permits Ubiquity to create anthologies, special editions, and other versions without having to go back to the authors for permission. Ubiquity also reserves the right to make changes necessary for publication, e.g. reductions in resolution for audio, video and motion picture files, and transforming the format of other kinds of files, including text.

When can I expect to hear from the reviewers and the editors about my manuscript?

The average time expected for review is about eight weeks. Submissions to Ubiquity during summer months will require a longer review process.

How often does Ubiquity publish?

Ubiquity is published twice a year, in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter; however, submissions will be accepted and reviewed year-round.  Submissions to be considered for Spring/Summer publication should be submitted on or before December 1; submissions for Fall/Winter issues should be submitted on or before September 1.

Who can submit to Ubiquity?

Anyone involved in literature, literacy, and the arts (as an educator, artist student, parent, writer, activist, policy maker, or other member of the community) may submit to Ubiquity, as long as they hold the copyright to the work submitted and have not previously published the work, or have submitted the work elsewhere for publication.

What is your review policy?

Ubiquity is a peer-reviewed journal. Submissions to Research, Praxis, and Creative Works are subject to a double-blind review process by at least two members of an editorial review board. Submissions to News from the Community are reviewed by editors.

The editors are the ultimate judges in the review process and they communicate to the author (s) the review decision, including the reviewer comments. Any revisions suggested by the editors and reviewers must be submitted by the deadline indicated in the letter from the editor to the author(s). Late submissions may be rejected.

If the submission is not of sufficient quality to go through the normal review process or if the subject of the submission is not appropriate to the journal or strand scope, the editors may reject and return the submission with no further processing.

How can I become a reviewer?

If you are interested in reviewing for Ubiquity, please submit a CV and complete our online application. Please be willing to submit a writing sample upon request.

What is an acceptance rate for Ubiquity?

Since Ubiquity is a new journal we do not yet have these data, but we will provide this information as soon as we are able to do so.

What if I have more/other questions?

Please direct any further questions to the editors of our four strands:

Research: Ewa McGrail, Editor (researchubiquity@gmail.com)
Praxis: Gertrude Tinker Sachs, Editor (creativeworksubiquity@gmail.com)
Creative Works: J. Patrick McGrail, Editor (creativeworksubiquity@gmail.com)

 

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