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Click here to download the 2012 volume of Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies

Mission Statement

Civitas ScrollCivitas is an annual, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed publishing venue aimed at promoting scholarship concerning the Humanities and Social Sciences as they relate to citizenship matters. The Journal, which is facilitated by the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies, draws upon the talents and perspectives of a diverse Review Board from the United States and abroad. It welcomes both qualitative and quantitative submissions by faculty and advanced undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma’s regional universities, two-year community colleges, and other institutions of higher education and beyond.

Definition of the Term "Civitas"

The term emanates from Roman antiquity. It originally described a type of settlement or political entity. Later on, the word was used to express the condition of individuals living within the Roman state and to address whether they were full members of the Roman polity. As such, civitas differentiated formal citizenship status from those who were not citizens. These early Greco-Roman ideals left an indelible imprint upon the concept of citizenship in the modern Western world. Thus, the modern disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences are inexorably intertwined with the concept of citizenship. The word connotes the concept, quality and condition of citizenship and therefore is an appropriate word for the Institute.

Civitas' Protocols/Procedures (General Editors' Guidelines)

Approximate Annual Timeline Submissions:

Call for Papers: January 1
Deadline for submissions: July 1
Send out submissions to reviewers: July 1
Receive manuscripts from reviewers: September 1
Authors receive their examined revisions: October 1
Authors send their finished product: November 1
Annual publication: January 1

Book Reviews:

Write on published works in the general parameters of the journal's field of interest (i.e., Citizenship Studies and related fields).

Write on recent published works from the previous 2-3 years.

The typical book review's length should range from approximately 750 to 1,250 words.

The journal editors may consult other form sheets and guidelines for additional ideas to pass along to the authors, but general recommendations include:

•   At the top-center of the page, the reviewer should identify the author, book title, place of publication, publisher, and publication date.  Italicize or underline all book titles.  Here is a standard example:

Jane S. Doe.  The NWOSU Institute of Citizenship Studies.  Alva, OK:  Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 2011.  Pp. 275.

•   Typically, the first paragraph of the book review should include a statement of the author's thesis (major argument) or purpose.  Please identify the main points or interpretation the author is trying to present to the reader.

•   The main body of the book review should be a synopsis showing how the author did or did not prove his/her thesis.  Consider the book's key themes and chapters, the kinds of sources used, and the organizational methods employed (e.g., is it organized by topic or by chronology?).  Please elaborate on whether the author demonstrates any kind of bias which you can detect (everyone has a bias).  If so, comment on whether the bias detracts from or adds to the study's effectiveness.

•   The book review should conclude with a critical evaluation.  Is the thesis logically consistent with the materials given to support it in the book?  Does it make sense to the reader?  Is it convincing?  Is it engaging or boring?  Has the book helped the reader's understanding of the subject?  How?  Why?  If possible, how does the book relate to the broader objectives and material comprising the field of Citizenship Studies and related fields?

•   At the end of the essay, the reviewer will double-space and add his/her full name, department and institution/affiliation.

General Articles:

Write on topics in the general parameters of the journal's field of interest (i.e., Citizenship Studies and related fields).

Each article's length should generally not exceed approximately 8,000 words.  Exceptions are possible, of course, including article series.

Documentation of Sources in Articles/Reviews:

Since the journal is interdisciplinary, so long as authors are consistent and concise in their academic writing, they may employ the documentation style familiar to their area of specialization (Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian, MLA, etc.).