Submissions for Minding Nature
We invite you to submit essays, poems, and artwork to Minding Nature, a free online journal that explores conservation values and the practice of ecological citizenship. The journal is published three times a year in the winter, spring, and fall. We are especially interested in submissions addressing novel ways to imagine our relationship to the whole community of life along with practical directions for improving these relationships.
For our Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Minding Nature, we are not accepting new submissions as we will be reprinting past articles and soliciting contributions from invited authors. However, please stay tuned for a submission call for our Fall 2021 issue, which will be centered around the theme of environmental and social justice.
Minding Nature is open to a wide range of types of writing and treatment of issues. We accept essays, short reflections, book reviews, poems, and artwork. Our readership is interested in discussions that bear, directly or indirectly, on the areas of conservation, evolutionary biology and ecology, environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, law, and policy, and the environmental humanities. (For additional guidance on themes of interest for Minding Nature, please read past issues of the journal or see the Center for Humans and Nature's Mission Statement and Manifesto.)
Style and Formatting
We publish articles, reviews, and reflections. Minding Nature submissions range from a wide spectrum of contributors, including philosophers, indigenous thinkers, scientists, naturalists, theologians, activists, artists, and poets. The writing style of submissions should be rigorous yet accessible to our diverse audience who are interested in varied themes and writing styles.
Suggested word count: 5,000 words or less for Essays. 1,000–2,000 words for Reviews and Reflections.
Format: Submit posts in Microsoft Word format, double-spaced, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins. Each submission should have a title and the author’s name and contact email address centered at the top of the first page. The Word document should include page numbers and endnote citations where appropriate. We use Chicago Manual of Style for endnotes. They should be embedded in the Word document using the endnote feature.
Author bios and headshots: Please include your author bio (no more than 500 words) and a headshot (at least 250 x 250 pixels).
Images: We highly encourage you to provide photos or other images to accompany your text. When submitting photographs, tables, graphs, or other images, please include a caption. You must also provide permission for use of and credit for all images. We ask that you name the image files with the caption that you would like to use (e.g., Urban farmer working in Chicago.jpg). Please indicate an approximate location in the text of the Word file article where an image should be placed (use the file/caption name). Photographs, tables, graphs, or other images should be submitted as individual high-resolution JPEG or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 DPI and 2MB file size. Please do not embed images in the Word file text.
Submission and Review Process
If the editors determine that your post is a fitting contribution for Minding Nature, editorial feedback and suggestions for revisions, as needed, will be made. You can expect to get feedback within 3 weeks after our submission deadline.
Authors receive an honorarium for publication of original work in Minding Nature.