Submission Preparation Checklist

Submission Preparation Checklist                      

Please note that submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines may be returned to author(s).                   

File Type

Type: ACME heartily accepts rigorously prepared manuscripts of the following types: Research, Interventions, Roundtables, Interviews, Review Essays, Translations, Visuals, Letters, Performances, Podcasts, Creative Works, Editorials, and Tributes/Remembrances.

File Type: Most manuscripts should be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) format, with limited exceptions for muti-media submissions noted in the “Submission Types” section above (about which, please consult with an ACME editor regarding any questions). For image submissions, see notes on “Figures, Tables, and Illustrations” below.


Format: Text in manuscripts should be set out in double-spaced, indented (0.5 in. or 1.27cm) paragraphs, with consistent margins (1 in. or 2.47cm). Please use a Times font (e.g. Times, CG Times, Times New Roman), size 12pt. Do not include extra lines between paragraphs. (More on the manuscript details below.)

Title Page: If you are submitting a manuscript for single- or double-blind peer review, you must provide the title of your manuscript along with your name, affiliation, and contact information (including e-mail address) on a separate title page, and which should be uploaded as a Title Page. The title of the paper+ should also be included on the first page of the manuscript (prior to the abstract).

Abstract: Include an abstract of 250 words or less on the first page of the manuscript. Please make sure that this abstract describes the entire paper+ and is not an introduction to the paper+.

Keywords: Include 4-6 keywords for indexing the main topics and themes addressed in your submission


Length: Please see list of “Submission Formats” above for specific details on the lengths of different formats. For standard article submissions, manuscripts submitted should not exceed 9,000 words, inclusive of abstract, footnotes, references, and acknowledgements. As a general guideline, editorials, interventions, observations, and review essays tend to be shorter (1,500 to 4,000 words) than theoretical- and empirical-based research papers (minimum 5,000 words).


Language: Reviews of manuscripts are conducted in English, French, Italian, or Spanish. Manuscripts written in other languages may be accepted for review after consultation with the editors.


Writing Style: ACME advocates clarity, accessibility, and care in writing. Manuscripts are accepted in a wide range of writing styles, e.g. informal, personal, jargonistic, story telling, academic.

Use of Language: Manuscripts must align with the goals of ACME’s Mission Statement.

Quotations: Quotations of less than 40 words should be integrated in the text using quotation marks  Quotations of more than 40 words must  be indented (left side only) by .5 inches or 1.27cm, and single-spaced with a line inserted both before and after the block of text. Do not use quotation marks (single or double) to mark the blocked text.

Figures, Tables, Illustrations: All must be in electronic format and included in the body of the paper+ for the initial submission. Please do not use tabs. Use the table creation tool in your writing software. Once a paper+ is accepted, authors must provide images at 300dpi resolution uploaded individually as unique files. Should your manuscript reach the copyediting stage, you will also be asked to indicate approximately where you would like each figure to be placed in the document, using a system with a full description of and captions for any figures.

Section Headings: Use bold type for first-order section titles (i.e. Heading 1). Use type that is both bold and italic for second-order section titles (i.e. Heading 2). Use italics for third-order section headings (i.e. Heading 3). Do not indent paragraphs and begin text on the same line as third-order headings. Following Chicago Style guidelines, please capitalize the first and last words of titles and subtitles; capitalize "major" words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and some conjunctions); use lowercase for the conjunctions “and”, “but”, “for”, “or”, and “nor”.

Spelling: There is no spelling style preferred (i.e. American vs. Canadian English). Consistency within the manuscript is required.

Punctuation: Consult Chicago Style guidelines

Permissions: Obtaining copyright permission for image or graphic reproductions is the responsibility of the author(s). Consult with a librarian, public institutional archivist, or similar knowledgeable person for additional support.

Citations: Use the Chicago author-date system for citations: (Katz 2004; Holmes et al. 2015; Muñoz 2016, 304-305).

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments (if included) must appear at the end of the body of the text, before the list of references. Specific acknowledgements may be added during the copyediting stage, should your manuscript be accepted. However, we would ask that conflicts of interest and sources of funding be identified at the start of submission, either in a note to the editor or on the manuscript title page.

Footnotes: Footnotes are to be used sparingly. Do not use endnotes. Use the word processing feature for creating footnotes. Please use Arabic numerals. 


References: List references alphabetically at the end of the manuscript using Chicago (author-date) referencing style.

For more than one entry with the same author(s) and date, use letters to distinguish them, e.g. 1999a, 1999b, 1999c.

Arrange entries under a particular author's name chronologically, with the most recent listed first.

Indicate authors' full names (surname and first name).

Example Citations

Example citations (organized by genre):

Journal article (solo authored):

Muñoz, Lorena. 2016. “Entangled Sidewalks: Queer Street Vendors in Los Angeles,” Professional Geographer 68 (2): 302–8.

Journal article (multiple authors):

Holmes, Cindy, Sarah Hunt, and Amy Piedalue. 2015. “Violence, Colonialism and Space: Towards a Decolonizing Dialogue,” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 14 (2): 539–70.


Katz, Cindi. 2004. Growing Up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Book chapter (by solo author):

Klein, Melanie. 1946/1991. Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms. In The Selected Melanie Klein, edited by Juliet Mitchell, 175-200. London: Penguin.

Book chapter (in edited volume):

Wynter, Sylvia, and Katherine McKittrick. 2015. Unparalleled Catastrophe for Our Species?: Or, to Give Humanness a Different Future: Conversations. In Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis, edited by Katherine McKittrick, 9–89. Durham: Duke University Press.

Conference paper:

Dyck, Isabel. 2002. "Embodied Knowledge in Place: Body, Gender, and Space in Immigration Research.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Belfast, January.

Newspaper article:

Murray, Laura Rena, “Some Transgender Women Pay a High Price to Look More Feminine,” The New York Times, August 19, 2011, sec. N.Y. / Region,

Blog post/website:

Hanhardt, Christina, “Broken Windows at Blue’s: A Queer History of Gentrification and Policing,” Versobooks.Com (blog), June 14, 2016,


Camp, Jordan, Sunni Patterson, Khalil Shahid, Anna Brand, Shana Griffin, & Sue Mobley. Clyde Woods, Dispossession, and Resistance in New Orleans, Antipod (Turtle Island: podcast, 2019),

Digital map:

Gieseking, Jen Jack, “AEQNY Organizations Map,” An Everyday Queer New York (website), 2021,

Code repository:

Lally, Nick, Shaping, JavaScript, HTML, & CSS (repository), 2021,