CFP: Polymath (A special issue on Cuba)


From the editors . . . 

Guidelines for contributors

We are preparing a special issue on Cuba for the electronic, open-access peer-reviewed journal Polymath (, published by the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).  The editors of this special issue are Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. (SIUE), Dr. Raúl Rodríguez (University of Havana), and Dr. Larry LaFond (SIUE).  This special issue is planned to be published in 2014, therefore the deadline for submission is January 10th, 2014.

We welcome the submission of articles, essays, and book reviews in English or Spanish on any aspect of Cuba, provided that the submission adheres to the academic aims and scope of the journal.  Articles can be from any academic discipline, whether from the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences or fully interdisciplinary in nature.

Articles should be original and not under consideration by any other publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish, in both print and electronic media, material for which they do not hold the copyright.


Since Polymath is an electronic journal, there is no space limitation for the main material or supporting material; nevertheless, we encourage succinctness.


All articles should be in either English or Spanish and, irrespective of the original language in which they are written, all will need abstracts in both English and Spanish.  For authors who are not fully fluent in one of these languages, we can provide a translation of the abstract.  Abstracts should not be longer than 400 words.


Regardless of the discipline, given the broad nature of the readership of the journal, we encourage articles that are both rigorous and relevant but at the same time accessible to a wider audience. Given that we are covering a wide range of disciplines, we accept different forms of citation styles as long as they are consistent throughout the article.  Footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographical references should be checked for accuracy.


All submissions must be in an electronic format.  All contributions should be in Word files, double-spaced, and with appropriate margins.  All pages, including those containing only tables and figures, should be numbered consecutively on the top right of the page.  A clear legible font should be used.  All submissions should include contain a title, name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information of the author(s) including email address(es), as well as the abstract(s).  In case of two or more authors, the corresponding author must be identified.

Tables and figures (charts, graphs, or other artwork)

The author(s) are responsible to obtain all necessary permissions to reproduce any illustrations that may be subject to copyright, and sources should be indicated appropriately in the accompanying captions.  Since this is an electronic journal there is no a limitation to include illustrations (whether they are in color or not) as well as other electronic materials such as videos, slideshows, links to electronic materials, etc., as along as they are relevant to the material presented in the articles.  Each of them must be numbered consecutively, titled, and mentioned in the main text. Tables must contain editable text. Figures should be supplied as separate and editable files.


After the articles have been submitted, they will be sent to referees who will provide feedback on both the substance and style of the articles.  We welcome suggestions for referees from the author(s), though these recommendations may or may not be used.  Based on the comments by the reviewers (whose identities will remain anonymous to the author(s), the editors of this special issue of Polymath will return the manuscript to the corresponding author with comments and their judgment on whether the article will be (a) accepted as it is, (b) require minor or major revisions, or (c) rejected.  If the article requires revisions of any kind, when the revisions are made, the author(s) must include an explanation of how those concerns of the reviewers were addressed. The editors will also review essays and book reviews internally.  The decision on whether the submitted material is published by the editors is final.

Additional information

For all other information not specified above, the author(s) should refer to the material found at the journal’s website, including instructions for electronic submission (

Questions regarding article content or proposed book reviews or essays should be directed to the special guest editor, Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. (email:  Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to Polymath editor, Dr. Susan Hume (email:

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