The Journal of American Culture

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 4

Edited By: Kathy Merlock Jackson

Online ISSN: 1542-734X

Author Guidelines

General Author Guidelines

The Journal of American Culture, edited at Virginia Wesleyan College, showcases articles on the Americas, especially those addressing broad and substantive cultural issues. It includes research on entertainment media and the popular arts that characterizes and illuminates life in the Americas in the twenty-first century. The journal also provides a steady and wide-ranging forum for aesthetic, historical, sociological, and ethical inquiries into the diverse cultures of the Americas, representing various times, places, and orientations, with a view toward creating a useful resource for all, with articles written in accessible language and reflecting interdisciplinary approaches and comparative analyses that will be of interest to the American Culture Association’s diverse membership.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION Authors should submit papers in current MLA style with a works cited page and a minimum of endnotes. Electronic submissions, sent in Microsoft Word via e-mail attachments to, are preferred. However, we will also accept two copies of the paper for the peer-review process, as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want them returned. Upon acceptance of your work, you will be required to submit the material electronically via e-mail attachment or on disk in PC/IBM format. Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must subscribe to JAC for at least one year at the time of acceptance. Subscription includes membership in the American Culture Association.

Manuscripts should be addressed to Kathy Merlock Jackson, Editor, The Journal of American Culture, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502-5599. Book review inquiries should be sent to Camille McCutcheon, University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

ARTWORK We are happy to receive your artwork in digital format. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

PERMISSIONS Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from original copyright owners of figures, tables, or quotations of 500 words or more that are to be reprinted in the journal.

OFFPRINTS Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Visit to sign up for Author Services.
Additional offprints can be ordered when page proofs are distributed during the production process.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

AUTHOR MATERIAL ARCHIVE POLICY Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Book reviews

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If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) ) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.