Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Submission cannot have been previously published, nor should it be simultaneously submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation must be provided to the editors).
  • The text must adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined below in the Author Guidelines.
  • All necessary permissions to publish images, illustrations, sounds, videos, etc. must have been acquired by the author(s); the authors must respond to all legal rights.
  • The essays must have been proof edited before submitting to MAST.
  • Authors grant the right of first publication to MAST. 

Incomplete submissions or those received after the deadline may not be considered. Submissions outside the scope of the journal or specific theme of issues will not be selected for peer reviews and publication.

Author Guidelines:

All submissions must:

  • include a concise and informative title, the name and affiliation of all the authors, their current position, together with a valid e-mail address.
  • include a short author biography (150 words).
  • use the MLA citation style (Eight Edition). The use of endnotes is permitted but should be kept to a minimum.
  • submissions must be sent in Microsoft Word and typed in Times New Roman, 12 points, double space with 1-inch margins. Use italics, rather than underlining except with URL addresses. All images, illustrations, figures, and tables must be placed within the text at the appropriate place, rather than at the end.
  • In all categories, the attached or embedded media files (images/video/sound) or embedded images must ensure an adequate quality for web display. 

 

  • Full papers: must include an abstract (250 words) with 5-8 keywords. The abstract should synthesize clearly the content and the implications of the study, following the structure of various subchapters: theoretical framework, background, aims, methods used, results obtained, discussions, as well as implications for future research. This structure can be adapted, according to the particular characteristics of the study. The word limit in full papers is maximum 6000 words and includes the bibliography (excludes the authors’ bio, and abstract, and keywords)
  • Video essays: must provide a link to the video online (provide a password, if required). 
  • Practice-based studies: must include a media artwork or media project, accompanied by a short essay (1000-2000 words). The short essay in this category should include a statement of materials/media/size, and a descriptive explanation of the work and how the work relates to the issue’s theme. Abstracts are not required for this category. The words’ limit for the essay excludes the bibliography and artist’s bio. It is highly recommended to embed 3-5 images of the media artwork in the short essay and within the text rather than at the end. Images must include a short caption and credits. The submissions in this category are assessed based on relevance to the issue’s theme, as well as the originality of artwork/practice, methods, and insights/conclusions.
  • Interviews and book/exhibition reviews: please contact editors in advance and submit a brief proposal.

 

Review Process:

All submissions are initially assessed by the journal editors or issue’s guest editor(s) who decide whether a submission is suitable for peer reviews and/or publication, based on the relation to the focus of the issue, as well as relevance to the general scope of the journal.

Shortlisted submissions are assigned to internal and external reviewers for peer-reviewing. Reviews are given based on the clarity of expression, rigor of supporting research, criticality of arguments, novelty of material, originality of insights/conclusions, and relevance to the issue’s theme and audience. Peer reviews for texts are anonymous, meaning that reviewers are not known to authors and vice versa.

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The authors will not receive any copies of the journal, as all available materials are electronic.

MAST has a policy of zero tolerance for plagiarism and sustains a publication ethics that is based on an honest citation of sources as well as original research. Please follow the rules regarding plagiarism that are recommended by the MLA guidelines. Identification of plagiarism will automatically lead to the rejection of the manuscript and to the permanent banning of the author from future publication in the journal, as well as to institutional exposure.

 

Copyright notice:

MAST is an open-access journal and provides free access to the full texts of all its contents immediately upon publication. Authors retain copyright and grant MAST journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Once published, authors can post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website), providing acknowledgment is given to MAST as the original source of the first publication. 

MAST is proudly part of the Radical Open Access Collective.