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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • I, the author, represent and warrant that the material I am submitting for publication (the Work): a) does not contain any libelous or unlawful statements; b) does not infringe on any copyright, privacy rights or any other proprietary rights; c) has not been previously published elsewhere in its entirety. In the event, the Work contains material that has been previously published, such excerpted material has been attributed to the proper author(s) and identifies where it has been previously published; and d) is my sole, original work, or in the case the Work is prepared jointly by more than one author, I warrant that I have been authorized by all co-authors to submit the Work on their behalf.
  • I agree to hold harmless, indemnify and defend the journal publishers, its employees, contractors and agents from any and all losses, damages, expenses, claims, suits and demands of whatever nature (including legal fees and expenses on a solicitor client basis) resulting from any breach of the above warranties.
  • By submitting the Work, I agree that the right to reproduce and distribute the Work has been given to the journal publishers and they may authorize third parties to republish, index or share the Work, or portions or derivatives thereof in alternate formats. However, I agree, that I as author, will retain copyright of the Work and may reuse and redistribute the Work.

Author Guidelines


We encourage past contributors to continue submitting pieces in the genres that have characterized The Trumpeter since its inception, and we encourage both past and new contributors to submit work that will allow us to represent a wide range of approaches, perspectives, insights, and methodologies. We welcome scholarly articles on environmental concerns from across the range of the humanities and theoretical social sciences: philosophy, ethics, Indigenous studies, literature and film studies, theology and religious studies, history, psychology, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof. The editors especially encourage submissions concerning or inspired by deep ecology, eco-phenomenology, ecofeminism, eco-primitivism, or other forms of ‘radical’ environmental theory. We also continue to encourage submissions of narratives and creative non-fiction, poetry, and art. Book and film reviews should not be submitted without consulting with the book review editor (Wendell Kisner at wendellk@athabascau.ca) first.

All journal articles received for publication will be submitted to a blind peer-review process. Poetry, narratives, opinion pieces, artwork, book reviews, and other non-peer reviewed materials will be adjudicated by that section's editor(s).

Generally, we do not publish material that has been previously published, however, if the editor believes an article, which has received limited previous exposure, is important to the Deep Ecology movement, we will make exceptions.

Submission Policy and Criteria

When registering you must select, at least, "AUTHOR" from the list. If you failed to do this, you may subsequently edit your account. After registering you may upload submissions online. All submissions must be in Word or RTF format. MAC users must convert all submissions to Word or RTF format, prior to submitting. If you are unable to register or upload submissions, please contact a Managing Editor.

All submitted journal articles must include an abstract. Narratives, reviews, or poems do not need to include an abstract. Journal article submissions should not exceed 10,000 words, unless prior approval has been granted by the editor. Book and film reviews should not exceed 3,000 words; please contact the editor regarding longer critical review essays.


The Trumpeter uses a slightly modified Turabian/Chicago style to govern academic references. Authors may decide to use either footnotes or author-date parenthetical references (but not both). If author-date parenthetical references are used, a works-cited list is required. If notes are used for references, a bibliography may be provided but is not necessary.

All notes, whether for references or other remarks, should be footnotes rather than endnotes. Please refer to a recent issue of The Trumpeter for samples of correct citation and referencing. Authors should ensure that all references and bibliographical materials are correct prior to submission.


The Trumpeter makes extensive use of commas to avoid ambiguity (e.g., use commas to mark subordinate clauses and parenthetical phrases, along with other standard uses). Unnecessary formatting, hyperbole, polemics, and the like are discouraged. The use of dashes and emphasis markers (underlining, italics, bold face) should be kept to a minimum. Avoid extensive use of quotation marks to suggest irony or special usage. The text and context of the writing should make clear what is important. Although we invite pieces that may require technical language, technical terminology and jargon should be used only where needed and, in those cases, explained as clearly as possible for an intelligent lay audience.

Use the following formatting techniques: double-space using 12 pt type; use double quotes to mark concepts, terms, titles of articles, and direct quotations; use single quotes to mark quotations within quotations and scare quotes; direct quotation of more than 40 words should be set off in separate, indented paragraphs; italicize book and journal titles and foreign words; align left: avoid the use of justification commands. Pictures (photographs, line art, or scans) may be included provided they are clear, in focus, relevant to the material, and free of copyright restrictions. DO NOT: 1. create a title page for your submission 2. include your name or affiliation in the submission 3. paginate the submission.

The Trumpeter uses the Canadian Oxford Dictionary to determine spelling, capitalization, correct use, and hyphenation.

Include, in a brief biographical note, information about you that is pertinent to the article or the Deep Ecology community and, if you wish, a conventional or electronic address. See a recent issue for examples. If you have any questions, contact the managing editor.

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