The Journal of the Italian American Studies Association

The Journal of the Italian American Studies Association will be published by University of Illinois Press for members and subscribing institutions. The Journal is a non-profit publication, supported solely by dues of Association members and library subscriptions.  The journal is published once a year.


Editorial Team

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Editor

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Danielle Battisti, Associate Editor

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Department of History

Mark Pietralunga, Associate Editor

Professor, Florida State University, Department of Languages and Linguistics

Submission Guidelines

The Journal of the Italian American Studies Association: Submission Guidelines

Authors wishing to have an article manuscript considered for publication should:

  • a copy of the manuscript, including page headers with the author’s name throughout
  • a copy of the manuscript without any identification of the author, i.e., no title page, no header
  • an article abstract

Illustrations, figures, tables, and maps should be included, preferably embedded in the manuscript; however, you do not need to obtain permissions or high-quality versions at this point. The manuscript should contain references to the figures (e.g., “insert Figure 1 about here”), and a list of figure captions should be listed as a separate page. Discussion of the placement and inclusion will follow the article’s acceptance.

Articles should generally be no more than twenty pages (6000 words) long, double-spaced with font in 12 point Times New Roman, not including bibliography and end notes in a Word file.

The journal generally follows the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). The Journal of the Italian American Studies Association uses the Chicago Style author-date system for citations, with authors’ full names included in the Works Cited list.

For example: In-text citation: (Lahiri 2016, 146)

Bibliography entry:  Lahiri, Jhumpa. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A.. Knopf, 2016.

Reviewers are given our Reader’s Report Form, which asks them to evaluate the significance and quality of your manuscript. Questions posed to readers include:

  • How does this manuscript contribute to its field?
  • Is the scholarship sound?
  • How effective is the manuscript’s organization?
  • Does the manuscript have a readable style?
  • Are there any sections of the manuscript that could be shortened, condensed, or omitted without loss? Would the manuscript benefit from amplifying any of its parts?
  • What are this manuscript’s greatest strengths?
  • Does the manuscript require further work to make it publishable, or if it is currently publishable, would certain revisions improve it?
  • What are the most important books already published on this subject, and how does this manuscript compare with them?
  • Please describe the audience for this manuscript. What kinds of courses might use this book?

Manuscripts are acknowledged on receipt and are evaluated first by the Journal editorial team, and then, if appropriate for the Journal, unidentified manuscripts are sent to two qualified anonymous referees for review.

Authors are notified as soon as a decision has been made to accept or reject a manuscript; acceptance or rejection may be outright or under the condition of revision and resubmission for a new evaluation. When a manuscript is submitted to the Journal, it should not have been published elsewhere nor be under consideration by any other journal. If an article is accepted for publication in the Journal, the author is responsible for providing the Journal staff with a clean, corrected copy of the manuscript in Word format.