• Philosophy of PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement
  • Who Can Submit?
  • General Submission Rules
  • Formatting Requirements
  • Review Process
  • Rights for Authors

Philosophy of PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement

The mission of PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement is to promote a culture of engagement between the university and region through the creation, application, and integration of knowledge. Please see the Aims and Scope page for additional information.

Who Can Submit?

We are not currently accepting manuscripts for future issues.

PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement is a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes research articles, case studies and applied research, and reflection articles, across all disciplines and methodologies. As such, PRISM accepts submissions from any author provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

General Submission Rules

We are not currently accepting manuscripts for future issues.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to PRISM, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at PRISM. If a manuscript is accepted into the journal, the author automatically grants permission to the editors of PRISM to publish the article online. For additional information about the submission process, please consult the Instructions for Authors page. If you have concerns about the submission terms for PRISM, please contact the editor.

Formatting Requirements

PRISM has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

Review Process

PRISM uses a double-blind review process. It is essential therefore, that authors do not include any identifying information in their article submissions. Identifying information includes any of the authors' names, University names, identification of community partners, or any general reference that may indicate where the submission came from or who it was written by. If the manuscript is accepted, then the article will be reverted back to its original state. Each article submission is assigned to a minimum of two reviewers (typically three) with expertise in the article’s area of focus. The manuscript will also be read by the editor. The editors aim for timely disposition of submissions and communication with authors (including provision of article reviews). Decisions about the manuscript are typically made in five to six weeks after it has been received. For additional information see the Instructions for Authors page.

Rights for Authors

Authors retain copyright but grant exclusive first publication rights and a non-exclusive license to have the work reproduced in other ways, including in electronic databases and on-line. Once an author's work has been published in PRISM, the author is free to use it in any way she/he wishes, so long as that use is consistent with the license given PRISM to continue to use the work for the duration of its copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. The journal asks only that authors acknowledge in subsequent works the publication of earlier versions in PRISM.

The author may include the officially published version of the article (version of record) in an institutional or disciplinary repository, provided the posting includes a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, and a link to the online edition of the journal.