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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Virtual in Language, Literature, and Culture



Theme:  The Virtual in Language, Literature, and Culture


Submission deadline for full papers:  June 30, 2017


“Journal of Comparative Studies” (ISSN 2255-9388)


We invite authors to submit their papers on the virtual reality in language, literature and culture, and by employing the comparative methodology to analyze the relationships between “a human and virtual reality”, mechanisms, technology of constructing a virtual reality/ cyberspace (computer environment a. o.), processes of developing subcultures of artificial reality and imitations of sensations.


The papers will be anonymously peer-reviewed and upon positive evaluation published in the “Journal of Comparative Studies” (the next issue is due in December, 2017) issued annually by Daugavpils University Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Centre of Cultural Research (Latvia). “Journal of Comparative Studies” has entered into an electronic licensing relationship with EBSCO Publishing and IC Journal Master List.


The “Journal of Comparative Studies” is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal that promotes a broad conception of cultural studies in the field of humanities and social sciences. The main purpose of the journal is to publish original multidiscplinary papers dealing with issues of regional, national, international and global significance applying comparative methodology on all aspects of culture, including identity, cultural citizenship, migration, post-colonial criticism, consumer cultures, comparative cultural studies, and comparative literature.



Please direct your questions regarding the content and editorial process of “Journal of Comparative Studies” issue toward the Editorial board: e-mail:





“The Journal of Comparative studies” has published:


•          “Translation Studies”

•          “‘Thaw’ as a Phenomenon of Soviet Culture”

•          “The Jewish Text in European Culture – III”

•          “Human in Language: Ethnolinguistics, Linguistic View of World”

•          “The Absurd in Literature”

•          “Modifications of Genres and Specificity of the Narrative”

•          “Human in Literature and Culture”

•          “Human in Literature and Culture – II”

•          “Phenomenon of Festival in Culture”






These guidelines will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly.


Every article should be sent in as a separate file. Papers are accepted in English. The paper should be your own original work that is “spell checked” and “grammar checked”. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). A typical paper will not exceed 5,000–10,000 words.






The title should be concise, specific and informative (75 characters or less). Avoid abbreviations and acronyms.


Authors, affiliations, addresses

To protect anonymity, the author’s name should not appear in the manuscript but a title page should be included in a separate file containing the following information:

•          Title and manuscript word count;

•          Author names and affiliations – please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done: University, department, city, postal code, state / province (if applicable), country, email) below the names.

•          Corresponding author – one of the authors should be designated as the corresponding author, (s)he will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, publication, and post-publication. Ensure that the correct e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.


Abstract (Times New Roman, 12, align the word left)

The abstract (200–250 words; Times New Roman, 12, Line spacing: double (2), first-line indent, justify) are required for all papers submitted) should briefly summarize the content of the article, state the purpose of the research, methods, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references and non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided.


Keywords (Times New Roman, 12, align the word left)

Keywords (maximum 6 keywords; Times New Roman, 12, justify) are written immediately after the abstract following the word Keywords, separated by commas, and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (e.g. “and”, “of”). The keywords are used for indexing and searching purposes thus we suggest that keywords do no replicate the words used in the title.


Introduction (Times New Roman, 12, bold, align the word left)

In the introduction (Times New Roman, 12, Line spacing: double (2), first-line indent, justify) state the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. This section should also describe the object and the aim of the research in such a way that it may be understood and appreciated by experts from other research disciplines.


Body of the text: Titled sections (Times New Roman, 12, bold, align the text left, initial capital for each major word)

Please divide your article into clearly defined and unnumbered sections. Headings of the sections should be separated by three intervals from the previous text, and by one interval from following text.

The text: Times New Roman, 12, Line spacing: double (2), first-line indent, justify). A theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the introduction and it should lay the foundation for further work. In discussion and result section avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


Conclusion (Times New Roman, 12, bold, align the word left)

The main conclusions (Times New Roman, 12, Line spacing: double (2), first-line indent, justify) of the study may be presented in a short Conclusion section.


In-text citations are located in the body of the work and contain a fragment of the full citation. The author’s last name and the year of publication should be enclosed in parentheses, e.g. (Collins 2005). Specific page is inserted when directly quoting a source, e.g. (Collins 2005, 88). Other examples are as follows: for dual authorship (Hasan, Menon 2005); for more than three authors (Smith et al. 2001); for two works by the same author in a single year (Lugones 1990a, 1990b); for two or more works by different authors (Rai 2000; Stimpson 2000; Brennan 2004).


Example: „After that I lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe […]” (Fitzgerald 2004, 88).


Where interviews or personal correspondence is mentioned, authors should provide name of interviewee (or anonymous), date of interview/correspondence and location of interview.


Footnotes are not encouraged; Notes (e.g. [1] [2]) are acceptable.


Titles of books, plays, journals, newspapers, films, plays etc. (initial capital for each major word should be used), and quotations are written in the in double curly quotation marks. Single curly quotation marks are used only for quotes within quotes.

An ellipsis within continuous text should be indicated by […].

Please separate dates and page numbers by en dashes and use the format 1949–1985; 296–301.

Dates are written the following: January 2, 2017.

All numbers greater than 10 should be expressed in numerical form rather than in words. Numbers that begin a sentence are spelled out (forty percent).

Percent: written as % but spelled out in the beginning of a sentence.

Numbers of centuries are spelled out (twentieth century).

All non-English words in the body of the text or book titles and article titles should be accompanied by translation in square brackets.

English spelling is recommended for foreign geographical names.


REFERENCES (Times New Roman, 12, bold, uppercase, align the word left)


Please list works alphabetically and ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list and vice versa. Titles of papers, books and journals in references should be given in full. Use of the DOI is encouraged. Generally, follow this format:


Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).



Example: One author and first edition:


Patterson, J. (2005). Maximum Ride. New York: Little, Brown.


Example: One author and not the first edition


Dahl, R. (2004). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 6th ed. New York: Knopf.


Example: Books with two or more authors


Desikan, S. and Ramesh, G. (2006). Software Testing. Bangalore, India: Dorling Kindersley.


Vermaat, M., Sebok, S., Freund, S., Campbell, J. and Frydenberg, M. (2014). Discovering Computers. Boston: Cengage Learning.


Daniels, K., Patterson, G. and Dunston, Y. (2014). The Ultimate Student Teaching Guide. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.


Example: Book chapters


Smith, F. (1999). “Beautiful Indians, Troublesome Negroes, and Nice White Men: Caribbean Romances and the Invention of Trinidad.” In: Edmondson B. (ed.) Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Representation, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 163–182.


Example: With original date


Beauvoir, S. de. (1949) 1993. The Second Sex. Ed. and trans. H. M. Parshley. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


Example: Journal articles


Sandoval, Ch. (1991). “U.S. Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World.” Genders 10 (Spring), 1–23.


Soares, C. (2005). “Liberia Set to Elect Africa’s First Woman President.” Guardian, November 11, 21.


Example: Dissertation


Rolin, K. H. (1996). Gender, Emotions, and Epistemic Values in High-Energy Physics: A Feminist Challenge for Scientific Methodology. PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota.


Example: Film


Children of the Crocodile. (2001). Directed by M. Emerman. New York: Women Make Movies.


Example: For sources written in Cyrillic use auto convert


Shahov M. O. (2001). Staroobrjadcheskoe mirovozzrenie. Religiozno-filosofskie osnovy i social’naja pozicija. Moskva: RAGS.


Example: Internet sources


Where websites or online sources are cited, authors should provide as many details as possible, including URL, information on authorship, year of publication, title of document/report and date accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.


Rauch, A. (1996). “Saving Philosophy in Cultural Studies: The Case of Mother Wit.” Postmodern Culture 7(1). Available at: <> (accessed January 2, 2017).



Tables, pictures and figures must be prepared on separate pages and submitted in original size high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) TIFF or JPG format. Their approximate position should be indicated in the paper. Tables, pictures and figures should be numbered consecutively by Arabic numerals. All tables must have title legends (MS Word, Font: Times New Roman, 10). Please include original source of table/figure if not your own. Figures will not normally be redrawn by the publisher and authors are requested to supply professionally drawn copies suitable for printing. Please note that „Journal of Comparative Studies” cannot print figures in colour.


Formatting of FUNDING sources

To facilitate compliance to funder’s requirements state the funding source in this standard way:

Funding: This work was supported by the Xxxx Xxxx Xxxxx [grant number xxxx, yyyy].



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