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Submission Guidelines

Counterculture Studies is an open access journal. Content is freely available without charge to users.

Submissions should be made electronically via the "Submit Article" button on the journal homepage. Please use Microsoft Word only. Papers should be between 3,500 and 8,000 words including appendices, references, figures and tables. The paper must be double-spaced. Standard Word margins. In general, the paper should be the way that you want it to look in the publication. Tables must be placed where you want them to appear. Papers are to be prepared in English and be thoroughly edited to avoid grammatical and typographical errors. Papers should be written in a clear concise manner for ease of reading and interpretation.

Notes to Authors

Each manuscript is reviewed by the editor for general suitability for this journal. For those considered suitable, reviewers will be selected and a double blind review process will take place. Using the recommendations of the reviewers, the editor will then decide whether the manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected for publication.

If possible, please submit, in your cover letter to the editor submitted online with the manuscript, the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Note that the editor will decide whether or not these reviewers are contacted.


Authors who publish with Counterculture Studies agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Counterculture Studies.

Manuscript Format

Page numbers should begin with the number 1 and be centred at the bottom of the page in a 12 point Times font. The entire paper must be in Times New Roman 12 point Times font with three exceptions. The Title (must be in 16 point font and bold); any footnotes (10 point font); tables or figures may be in 10 point font or lower if this is necessary. The paper should begin with title. The balance of the paper should be fully justified.

The author(s)’ information should not appear in the Word document submitted. The Author's University affiliation should also not appear in the Word document. These details plus any acknowledgements are entered separately on the electronic submission system used by Couonterculture Studies.

Every heading should be bold, left justified and capitalised. Sub headings should be in title case, left justified and bold. Any smaller headings should be italicised only. Headings or subheadings may be numbered or not, as appropriate for the type of paper.

For example:

  • Sub Heading
  • Sub sub heading

References need to be consistent and in Harvard format.

* Ethics & Malpractice Statement

By submitting an article to this journal you agree to comply with the following Ethics & Malpractice Statement.

Duties / Responsibilities of Authors

  1. Originality and Plagiarism - All manuscripts must be the original work of authors and not evidence plagiarism.
  2. Authorship of the Paper - Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to authors who have made significant contributions.
  3. Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication - Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  4. Acknowledgement of sources - Authors must properly and accurately acknowledge the work of others.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of interest and financial support - authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organisations that have provided financial support for research.
  6. Data access and retention - Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Duties / Responsibilities of Editors

  1. Publication Decisions - Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be reviewed or published.
  2. Fair play - Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. As such, editors should not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to authors.
  3. Confidentiality - Editors must treat received manuscripts for review as confidential documents and must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
  4. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Editors and any editorial staff must not use materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript (published or unpublished) for their own research without the author’s written authorization.
  5. Investigations – Editors shall conduct proper and fair investigation into ethical complaints.

Responsibility of Reviewers

  1. Confidentiality - Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Standards of Objectivity - Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Contribution to Editorial Decision - Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Promptness - Reviewers should complete their reviews within a specified timeframe.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.