This page is designed to help you ensure that your article fits the scope of the journal and is ready for submission. Before submitting, you should read over the guidelines below and then register for an account (or login if you have an existing account).
Alongside your submission, please include a brief abstract (300 words) and a list of keywords (maximum 5). When you register as an author, please provide a brief bio statement (200 words).
Welcome to Brief Encounters, an open-access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal that showcases the interdisciplinary research of scholars, staff and non-Higher Education partners affiliated with the Consortium for the Humanities and Arts in South-East England.
Focus and Scope
Brief Encounters showcases research undertaken by CHASE-funded and affiliated individuals, as well as non-HEI partner members. As an open-access journal, Brief Encounters supports the dissemination of knowledge to a global readership, with the intent that the research it publishes encourages the exchange of ideas outside of traditional academic circles. All articles published by Brief Encounters are free to read and accessible to all with no registration required.
The Editorial Team welcomes contributions in a variety of formats. This includes:
- Academically rigorous and original articles (500 to 4,000 words).
- Reviews of new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions (500-1,500 words). We are particularly interested in emerging scholarship and innovative or interdisciplinary publications and productions.
- Creative work, such as short stories, poetry, videos, posters and photography. The journal website includes a digital exhibition space for creative work. Creative work featured on the website must be accompanied by a critical commentary (500 to 4,000 words), which will be published in the journal.
Who can submit to Brief Encounters?
- CHASE-funded students
- Postgraduate students at CHASE institutions (regardless of funding status)
- Alumni of CHASE institutions
- Individuals employed by CHASE institutions
- Individuals employed by non-HEI CHASE partners
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions should conform to the journal Style Guide and may be returned if authors do not adhere to the guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Please do not submit your article as a PDF.
- All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
- Tables, figures, and images are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figures and images are uploaded as supplementary files.
- All tables and figures must have captions within the text. All supplementary files must be labelled (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc).
- Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred). Please download our Artwork Guide for more detail specifications.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide. Please note that Brief Encounters publishes content with citations and bibliography according to the MHRA Style Guide.
Articles should be between 500 and 4,000 words in length (including footnotes, excluding bibliography).
Reviews can cover new publications, films, theatre productions, documentaries, and major exhibitions engaging with any aspect of the arts and humanities.
Reviews should be between 500 and 1,500 words in length (including footnotes, excluding bibliography).
These submissions should be objective and should consider the following:
- The context of the material being reviewed.
- The intended audience for the material being reviewed and who would find it useful.
- The main ideas and major objectives of the material being reviewed and how effectively these are accomplished.
- The suitability and effectiveness of methodology and sources used.
Where appropriate, the following information should be given about the text(s) being reviewed at the start of each review: Author / Editor Name, Book Title, Publisher, Year of Publication, ISBN: 000-0-00-000000-0, Number of Pages, Price.
The journal website includes a digital exhibition space for creative submissions. Creative submissions might include, but are not limited to:
- Short stories
- Musical interpretations
Authors of video and multimedia texts are advised that submissions should be between 5 and 30 minutes in length, in an edited and polished form, and capable of being uploaded to an online file storage system.
Creative work should be accompanied by a critical commentary (500 to 4,000 words), which will be published in the journal.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
Hosted on Janeway, Brief Encounters provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The author is responsible for securing permissions and paying any associated fee for their submission.
For more information please see our Permissions Guide.
If including artwork in your submission that is not your own, you must obtain and (likely) pay for permission to reproduce those images. You must also supply credit/source information with your captions. Forward all original, signed permissions to your Editor as soon as you have them; they must be submitted no later than when you submit your final draft. Remember to make copies of the permissions for your records. Without permission or a clear indication that the work is in the public domain, we will not be able to use the art. Remember, you should treat web content like you would print content. Do not assume any images you find on the web are public domain, and make sure to research and acquire all permissions necessary. If you have any questions regarding permissions, contact your Editor as soon as possible. Please also see our Artwork Guide for more information.
Brief Encounters uses a double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed throughout the review process.
All submissions to Brief Encounters will undergo double-blind peer-review by researchers with the relevant expertise.
All communication with authors will be undertaken through Janeway by the relevant Section Editor to which the submission is designated.
All submissions to Brief Encounters will be reviewed by the Submissions Editors and checked using Turnitin anti-plagiarism software. Those that successfully fit within the remit of the journal will then be reviewed by the relevant Section Editor. Your submission may be rejected at either of these stages, before being sent for peer-review. Section Editors will inform you if this is the case.
Successful submissions will be sent for peer-review by two reviewers. You will be informed of this. These reviewers will recommend one of the following options:
Accept: Your submission has been accepted without revisions
Accepted with Minor Revisions: Your submission has been accepted but you will be expected to carry out some revisions according to the recommendations of our peer-reviewers
Revise and Re-submit: Your submission requires major revisions. It is recommended that you significantly revise your work according to the recommendations of the peer-reviewer and re-submit it to the journal. Upon re-submissions, your submission will undertake a second round of peer-review.
Reject: Your submission has not been accepted for Brief Encounters. (The journal retains the right to reject submissions without sending them for review.)
Section Editors and Submissions Editors will then assess the review and make a final decision. Section Editors will inform you of this decision and communicate any revisions if recommended. The anonymity of reviewers will be ensured.
To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not reveal their identity.
To help with this preparation please ensure the following when submitting to Brief Encounters:
- Remove any information in your manuscript (including footnotes and acknowledgements) that could identify you, and disguise all references to personally identifiable information such as the institution where your work was carried out.
- In the text, you can replace any information that would identify the author(s) by substituting words such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process].
- Avoid or minimise self-citation. If it is necessary to cite your own work, delete the names of authors and other identifying information and place substitute words in brackets, such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process]. In the reference list, you should delete the citation and add it before submitting your final draft.
- Do not mention a grant awarded to a named person.
- Do not add any running headers or footers that would identify authors.
- Refer to your own references in the third person. For example, write Smith and Black (2007) have demonstrated, not I have previously demonstrated (Smith & Black, 2007).
- Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files.
- When you submit the final draft of the manuscript for publication, you will need to put back any references to yourself, your institution, grants awarded, etc.
Conflicts of Interest
Whilst the Editorial Board endeavours to ensure that all peer-reviews are double-blind (the author and reviewer are kept anonymous and are not known to each other), we are aware that within specialist fields of research this may not always be possible due to interactions at conferences and subject specific events etc. All peer-reviewers are therefore expected to notify the Editorial Board of any conflicts of interest - i.e. if a reviewer knows the author in question on a personal or professional basis, and whether this may impact upon their peer-review comments and recommendation. The Editorial Board will then make a decision as to whether an alternative reviewer should be found. All conflicts of interest will be taken into account when making a final decision on submissions. The Senior Editor/Co-Founding Editors are not permitted to submit to Brief Encounters. Should Editorial Board members wish to submit to the journal, decisions regarding articles will be made by the Academic Steering Committee.
Brief Encounters does not charge authors to publish their papers.
Brief Encounters publishes an issue annually in the spring term.
Open Access Policy
Hosted on Janeway, Brief Encounters provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge
Brief Encounters allows the following licences for submission:
- CC BY 4.0
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.