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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced or 1.5 line-spaced; uses an 11- or 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The submission includes three to six keywords that reflect the content of the text.
  • Where available, DOIs and URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section, the submission has been blinded as per the instructions in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another publication for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Authors have secured all necessary copyright permissions for the use of 3rd-party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of these permission upon acceptance.
  • The submission adheres to the journal's Code of Ethics for Authors detailed on the About the Journal page.

Author Guidelines


Writing Across the University of Alberta (WAUA) publishes undergraduate student writing from Writing Studies courses and courses focused on writing studies practices and scholarship at the University of Alberta. Texts explore any topic of interest to the discipline of Writing Studies and to work in Writing Studies courses. The journal is edited and published by instructors and students in Writing Studies courses at the University of Alberta.

Writing Studies instructors will encourage students to submit suitable texts to the journal. If a student has written a text that they believe to be suitable, they should discuss their intention to submit it to the journal with their instructor. Their instructor may suggest additional revisions to your text in order to improve it.

Due to time and budgetary constraints, the journal will only consider submissions from Writing Studies courses at this time. We may expand the scope of the journal to include writing from other courses in the future.

Preparing your text for submission

To prepare your text for submission, you should:

  • Revise it carefully based on feedback from your fellow students and instructor in your Writing Studies class.

  • Ensure that your text is free from grammar and punctuation errors.

  • Include three to six keywords that identify the important content of the text.

  • Format your document as a Word or RTF file.

  • Use 11- or 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font. Texts should use single-spacing or 1.5 spacing. You may use this template to format your document for submission.

  • Use the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. 

  • Include DOIs and URLs for references whenever possible. You can find instructions on how to use DOIs here.

  • Include copyright permission for any 3rd-party material used in the submission such as photos or videos. You can find information on how to request copyright permission from a content owner here

  • To ensure a blind peer review: 
    • Remove any identifying information from the title or title page, including the author’s name and the course number and section.
    • Remove any identifying information from footnotes, endnotes, or the bibliography.
    • Remove any identifying information on figures and tables, including figure and table labels and captions.
    • Do not include acknowledgments or refer to your classmates or instructor by name in your text. 
    • Remove any identifying information from file names.
    • Ensure document properties, which are embedded in the file, are also anonymized. You can find instructions on how to do so with Microsoft Office files here.

If your text is accepted for publication, you will be asked to complete the Author Agreement and to choose whether you wish to publish your text under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0) or another Creative Commons license.

Student Writing

This section invites student writing from writing studies courses across campus. Texts may be up to 5000 words in length and may explore any topic of interest to writing studies and writing in general. Multimedia elements may be included; however, the author must ensure that copyright permission is not required or has been obtained for all multimedia elements and that multimedia elements are suitable to be published in PDF files. Note that there may also be technical constraints that limit the publication of complex multimedia compositions.

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