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Open Access Publications from the University of California


Submission Policies

The editors reserve the right to determine the suitability of submissions. For additional information, please contact the editors.

All manuscripts are required to be non-simultaneous electronic submissions. Each submission should not exceed 11,000 words (or 30 thirty word-processed pages), excluding endnotes and other printed matter. Manuscripts should follow the documentary-note style of the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE. All text and notes must be double-spaced, use 12-point font size, typed on 8.5- x 11-inch white document page, left justified, and with one-inch margins all around. Only use in-text footnotes and italicize book titles (no underline or boldface). Insert page numbers on the upper right-hand corner, except for the first page of the essay. Begin page counts from the first page of the essay.

Submitters may cite their own work but should not use wording that reveals their identity as the manuscript’s author. Submitter’s name should appear only on a cover page, below the essay’s title. After the cover page, a new first page of the essay should begin with the title of the essay, followed by a 100-word abstract, the essay itself (with sub-headings, if appropriate), acknowledgments (if any), and notes. All references to the author should be removed from the entire submission, except for the cover page. Submissions must be submitted as a word-processing document (not a pdf). Submitters are expected to obtain permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials (e.g., photographs) used within the essay.

All artwork and other similar items (such as videos, audiotapes, recorded performances) are required to be non-simultaneous submissions and to not exceed 3 gigabytes. Submitter’s

Name should only appear in a cover letter, underneath a title (if any), and followed by a 100-word abstract, if desired. All references to the submitter should be removed from the entire submission. Submitters are expected to obtain permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials (e.g., photographs) used in their submission.

The Reflections or Forum section of Alon will provide a space for undergraduate students and nonacademic community members to publish works that will not be subject to conventional essay/art publication reviews. Such works may include a variety of materials such as short papers that reflect on current issues, transcripts of significant meetings or gatherings, conversation pieces or short opinion essays, poems, recordings, or artwork. Materials for this section will be moderated by Alon’s Outreach/Reflections Editor.


Once published, a journal article cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a work, a citation to the work will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the editors.

Revising Work

Once manuscripts are published, we are generally unable to revise them. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the editors.

Rights and Permissions

Alon does not require copyright transfer, only permission to publish and archive the article. Copyright holders retain copyright ownership, granting a nonexclusive license to the journal and eScholarship to publish the article, meaning that the author may also publish it elsewhere. Before submitting an article to the journal, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared in any third party material. All articles published in the journal are subject to the journal’s author agreement, which is available in the first step of the submission process or by contacting us to request a copy.

Open Access statement

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Long-term preservation policy

All materials submitted to eScholarship are automatically deposited in CDL's Merritt Preservation Repository for long-term preservation.