Philosophy of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education

For more information, please see Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, please contact the editors.

Please adhere to the following criteria prior to submitting your manuscript in the online portal:

1. Attach a cover-letter with your manuscript and address the following items:
a. Author(s) Names, addresses, and Institution(s),
b. Title of your manuscript.
c. Manuscript Type (Article, Rant, Book Review, Guest Edited Special Issue).
d. Please address how your manuscript ts the scope of the journal.
e. Please indicate that the research complies with the rules and regulations of the Institutional Review Board of your particular institutions (if applicable).
f. Please indicate that the article is not under-review for another peer-review journal and will not be submitted for review during the peer-review process with Taboo.
g. Please submit the names of three potential reviewers for your manuscript.
h. Indicate the style of your article (i.e., APA, Chicago, Hybrid).

2. Word Count: Taboo has no word count requirement.

3. Style: Please know that Taboo typically publishes articles that adhere to the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (sixth edition). We also remain open for author to play with academic style and/or use a different style from APA so long as that style is applied consistently throughout the manuscript.

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Formatting Requirements

Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Scholarship@UNLV website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Scholarship@UNLV service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Scholarship@UNLV to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Scholarship@UNLV and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Review Process

Issues are published twice a year (winter and summer). The deadline for the summer issue is March 15 and the deadline for the winter issue is August 15. Taboo prides itself on timely and useful feedback on all manuscripts. Reviewers are strongly encouraged to provide timely and nuanced feedback that leans into and pushes back against articles and to be a part of the dialogue that occurs within the journal.

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Reviewer Questions and Criteria for Review

When submitting a piece for consideration, please know that reviewers will be asked the following questions about your manuscript, and we highly recommend you consider these questions relative to your manuscript before submitting to Taboo:

How does the manuscript take up a transdisciplinary study of the dynamic and complex relationship between the various competing and complementary aspects of education broadly defined?
How and to what extent does the manuscript address the notion of radical contextualization?
How does the manuscript investigate the notion of radical contextualization?
How do scholars draw from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to contest current taken-for-granted approaches in education and in the academy? (Some of these approaches include, Post-Structuralism, Feminist Studies, Actor-Network Theory, Queer Theory, New Materialism, Historical/Genealogical, Affect Theory, and Critical approaches to race, class, and gender studies).
Beyond simply articulating critical perspectives how does the manuscript stake the unsaid and the previous and current unconsiderable and/or irreconcilable?
How and to what extent does the work seeks to wrap its lips around the complex, chaotic, and cutting edges of the sayable and knowable?
How does the manuscript push readers and contributors to perform complex questioning of the very ideas that have become all too common-place within traditional academic journals?
How does the manuscript foster discussions across and through different disciplines including explorations into how intertextualities and intersectionalities operate throughout and within different educational times/spaces/places?
How does the manuscript foster research that pushes the methodological boundaries?
How and to what extent does the manuscript foster a dialogic series of interactions that push place, space, and time boundaries as well as invites a leaning in and pushing back approach?
To what extent is the content of the manuscript provocative and controversial?

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Publication Fee

Once accepted and before final editing authors will need to pay the Publication Fee. While Taboo had been making publication free to authors the practice was no longer sustainable. Both Caddo Gap Press and the Zeiter Center at UNLV incur expenses and time to make each edition formatted and available. The author fee for articles is $175 and fee for book reviews is $75. These fees allow the journal to remain active and relevant. Fees can be paid by check of credit card and details will be sent to corresponding authors.

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Acceptance and Acceptance Rate

Once accepted your work will undergo a final editing by the Editors in Chief as well as a copy editing. You will be given a timeline along with any queries, corrections, or edits to make on your end. Timely publication of your work depends on adhering to guidelines provided by the editorial team at that point of the process.

We maintain a competitive acceptance rate of 15%.

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