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Author Guidelines


Editorial Focus

Scholarly papers on all aspects of cultural studies will be considered. While maintaining a strong Canadian orientation, TOPIA is a venue for dialogue among researchers who share similar concerns and questions of culture, nationality, technologies and the politics of space. The journal publishes historical and theoretical essays on culture, accessible to a wide readership in the humanities and social sciences. We are also committed to publishing cultural and political debates, book and conference reviews, and cultural policy reports.

Submission Length

Manuscripts are normally 20-25 double-spaced pages (around 9000 words) in length. Offerings may be submitted up to 10 pages in length (no more than 3000 words). Book reviews should be approximately 1500-2000 words for a single book, 2500-3500 for a review essay.


Authors may include images in their manuscripts. Images will appear in grayscale in the print publication, and in colour in the online publication. The author must have access to print quality versions of images (300dpi). Further intruction will be provided if a manuscript is accepted. It is the author's responsibility to obtain image permissions. Because this can be a lengthy process, authors are advised to seek permission to use images well in advance. 


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in a compatible Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. Please include any digital images as tiffs or jpegs with a minimum 300 dpi. They should be included in the text of your article AND uploaded as individual files with your submission.
  5. The text is double-spaced; between 20-25 pages (around 9000 words) in length; uses a 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.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in TOPIA's Style Guide.
  7. The text has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

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