underg(rad) journal 2016


NSPIRG’s Journal of Research and Writing in Social & Environmental Justice is now accepting submissions for:

  • undergraduate students’ work from all universities in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
  • graduate students’ work from all universities in the HRM
  • community writing and non-academic work
  • poetry and visual artwork

Deadline for Submissions:

 March 30, 2016

submit your work here

Project Goals

We aim to build bridges between community organizing, struggle in social justice, and universities. We see this journal as one piece of this goal.

  • This journal aims to highlight and share students’ social & environmental justice writing that might otherwise be unseen – especially undergraduate students. Many students do work that is submitted for a grade and never seen again.
  • This journal aims to publish and celebrate community writing and non-academic writing on current issues and events, and to give this work equal value to academic writing.
  • This journal aims to hold up and highlight voices that are less often heard in academia and media. It will therefore prioritize writing by authors from marginalized backgrounds and communities, as well as writing and research that deals directly with issues faced by marginalized communities and peoples.

Last Year’s Journal

Last year’s journal is fully available online, and is available in print in the NSPIRG office.

Academic Submissions

  • We are accepting work from students at any university in the Halifax Regional Municipality
  • We are accepting work from both undergraduate and graduate students
  • We will maintain our commitment to publishing undergraduate students’ work, as they have fewer opportunities for publishing their work.
  • We are working on developing a peer review process for academic submissions.

Community Submissions

  • We are accepting a wide range of non-academic writing.  For example:  opinion pieces, op-eds published in the newspaper, blog posts.
  • Community and academic work will not be in direct competition for space. We are committed to publishing community work in this journal.
  • While the maximum length of papers is the same (8 pages), we expect that many community pieces will be shorter. Please do not feel like your piece needs to be lengthened for the journal!

 Poetry and Visual Art

  • We are accepting submissions of poetry and visual art
  • Please contact us if you have any other questions

Criteria for Submissions

  • We are accepting work written no earlier than September 2014.
  • Maximum paper length: 8 pages
    • Double spaced
    • Font: no smaller than 12-point
  • Work must address issues in social or environmental justice
  • The selection committee will prioritize papers that are related to real-world issues, struggles, and communities.
  • The selection committee will attempt to select papers on a range of topics and that represent a range of viewpoints and ideas.
  • The selection committee will make an effort to prioritize submissions from authors, or regarding issues, pertaining to ‘marginalized’ groups and communities, including but not limited to racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, indigenous persons, etc.
    • We understand that self-identifying may be complicated for many reasons. Please self-identify in whichever way is most comfortable. This may include self-identifying solely to one member of the selection committee, or doing so in your written application, or in your biography.
  • Bibliography Style: Please follow whichever style is standard for your discipline.
  • We will accept a maximum of three submissions from any individual author. We will not print more than one paper by the same author. However, we will consider submissions that are co-authored by multiple authors as separate submissions.

To Apply

Applicants must provide:

  • An electronic copy of the paper, formatted as per the guidelines above.
  • A one-paragraph abstract describing the paper (an abstract is a short summary outlining the main points that will be discussed in the paper).
  • The author’s name and contact information.
  • A short (3-4 sentence) biography.
  • The location and date the paper was originally used/submitted/published/etc.

You can apply by filling out the online submission form here.

The Conference

We are planning again on having a mini-conference.  Stay tuned!


Contact Us!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us at journal@nspirg.ca, or try calling the NSPIRG office at 902-494-6662.

We look forward to working with our brilliant community.

Dalhousie Student Union Building   6136 University Avenue, Room B24 – Halifax NS B3H 4J2
NSPIRG would like to acknowledge our office is located on ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People

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