Criteria for Publications and Published Papers from ACTC Conferences
ACTC publishes selected, peer-reviewed proceedings from papers
that have been submitted after the conference. Generally, ACTC looks
for the following qualities in determining which papers will be
- A real concern with liberal, often general, education, including the liberal arts;
- Discussion of a core text for, at least, ¾ of a page of the manuscript;
- Plausible, coherent argument - in essay, dialogue, or poetic form;
- A beginning, middle, and end to a paper;
- Brevity; (5 pages double-spaced is standard; no more than 10, including the bibliographic apparatus);
- Clarity of thought and prose; and,
- Attention to the theme of the conference.
ACTC is a truly interdisciplinary organization and we have accepted
papers from all branches of higher learning.
We publish volumes which attempt to achieve the following:
- A breadth of texts from the West and other cultures;
- A breadth of papers concerning
o ideas, interpretations, ideological positions, and theories,
o problems in liberal education,
o programs, their intellectual and pedagogical achievements and
principles, their process of adoption or defense,
o administration of programs,
o faculty support,
o technical support,
o programs, institutions and activities which are connected to
these concerns (e.g., learning communities and learning teams,
secondary and adult education efforts, higher education abroad,
majors and honors programs based in core texts, and graduate programs
- Other topics, in so far as they attend to core text liberal
education, are welcome.
ACTC now receives over 75 papers submitted for publication from
each conference. We regret that we cannot publish all papers. For
intellectual and financial reasons, ACTC strives to produce volumes
which have a coherence within a volume of a limited number of pages,
usually less than 200. We also strive to print ACTC-unpublished authors,
and, because ACTC seeks to publish essays that allow many authors to air
their sound arguments, we strongly value clarity and brevity over length.
Those who are planning on submitting manuscripts
for consideration should keep the following points in mind.
- Follow MLA format for references, bibliography, and other matters of form and punctuation.
- Make sure that the manuscript is complete, i.e., that there are no gaps in the manuscript,
that all references are supplied, that the bibliography and each entry is complete.
- Wording that would mark the manuscript as an oral presentation should be used carefully.
- Avoid headings. The papers published are usually short and such signposting is not really necessary.
- Only ENDNOTES, no footnotes; discursive endnotes will be eliminated or very severely cut back.
- The editors reserve the privilege to cut or rewrite an author's prose to achieve brevity or clarity.
All of the bulleted and numbered points above affect editorial decisions.