The Academic Exchange is a journal of Emory
faculty work and thought, a published forum for ongoing intellectual
discourse among colleagues. While there is some staff-written reporting,
the majority of writing is opinion and commentary contributed by
The primary readership of the Academic Exchange is the faculty
of Emory University, a circulation of roughly 3,200. This audience
varies widely across a range of fields and disciplines. Articles
and essays, therefore, should be accessible to educated non-specialists.
For sample articles that successfully address this concern, see
Shaping a Citizen Faculty: Cultivating collegiality
in the research university, by Luke Johnson, Dec. 1999/Jan.
More Hot Air: Climate change, carbon permits,
and international politics, by Ujjayant Chakravorty, April/May
Difference Politicized: Reflections on contemporary
race theory, by Mark Sanders, Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001
The Academic Exchange from start
Articles and essays come to the Academic Exchange in a variety
of ways: occasionally faculty members will submit a full draft;
faculty members may contact the editors to pitch an idea for a piece;
and often the editors invite a faculty member to develop an essay
on a particular topic.
Each article or essay travels through the editorial and production
process on a firm schedule. Proposed essays are assigned a deadline
for a completed draft. After the piece is edited, it is then returned
to the author for further consultation and/or clarification. Sometimes
revisions are required.
Nothing appears in print without the authors review and approval.
The author should mark any desired changes and answer any highlighted
questions marked on the reviewed copy. When the author returns the
essay to the editor, the two can discuss and resolve questions or
revisions as needed. Authors should read the piece with attention
to detail at this point to avoid revision at layout. No substantial
changes to copy will be made during layout. Text must be final at
Usually, a period of four weeks lapses between the last review of
copy and publication. Authors receive advance copies as soon as
the printed piece is available.
Each author has his or her own style. The editors strive to preserve
this style while at the same time trying to make the ideas clear
to readers. Clarity stems from logical organization, simple syntax,
good grammar, and correct punctuation. The tone and organization
of the articles and essays in the Academic Exchange range from the
formal to the somewhat casual, but they are all accessible and concise.
The editors stress relatively simple sentence structure and focused
argument. Authors should try to avoid jargon, but if they feel it
is necessary to introduce discipline-specific terms, they should
define the terms briefly for a general audience.
The guide that the editorial staff uses for most style decisionssuch
as punctuation and capitalizationis the Chicago Manual of
Style, 14th edition. On matters of spelling and hyphenation, the
staff consults the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
For issues of organization, grammar, syntax, and so forth, other
useful style guides are The Elements of Style by Strunk and White,
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser, and Line by Line: How to Improve
your Own Writing, by Claire Kerhwald Cook. The editors try to stay
abreast of changes and trends concerning correct usage, grammar,
punctuation, and so on.
Academic Exchange readers say they value articles and essays
that are easily read in one or two sittings. Articles and essays
range in length between 500 and 1300 words, but the average length
is roughly 800 to 1000 words. If the author wishes to include any
charts and tables, the length of the text should be adjusted to
accommodate the graphics.
The editors reserve the right to work with an author to revise a
piece for length, focus, clarity, concision, and style. If an author
wishes to introduce additional material, it usually can be accommodated
on the Academic Exchange web site.