Author Guidelines

Configurations is the journal of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), which fosters the multidisciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine, and technology. The journal solicits articles on all aspects of the problems of science and representation, and the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. It is multidisciplinary in scope: the history, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine; literary history and criticism; art history and media studies; the cognitive sciences; and all areas of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. To be considered, works should be readable by a broad audience, including informed researchers, practitioners, artists, scholars, and students outside the particular discipline. Configurations is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


Original manuscripts should be submitted electronically to co-editors Melissa Littlefield and Rajani Sudan at The average length of articles is 10,000 words (1000-1500 for book reviews), though this can vary widely according to discipline. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout and be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 100 words and a brief list of keywords. All manuscripts are edited according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (University of Chicago Press).

Please submit your file in one of the following formats: MS Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Tables and illustrations will be accepted when necessary for the presentation of ideas; tables must be submitted as separate pdf files, and illustrations as digital images (high-resolution .jpeg, .tiff, or .eps files).

Book reviews are usually solicited, but proposals for reviews may be sent to Jeffrey Karnicky, Book Review Editor, Configurations (

Special Issue Submission Guidelines

Please send queries concerning special issues to the editors at In your email, please include:

  • a succinct description of the problems that the special issue is meant to investigate (250-500 words)
  • brief bios of the editor(s) for the issue (100 words each)
  • a brief list of possible authors
  • a set of abstracts, if at all possible

Style and Formatting

All headings and endnotes should be in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) . Use no more than two levels of headings (A and B levels). Endnotes are numbered in text by superscripts. Text to appear in italics should be in roman type, underlined, in the manuscript.

Book references should include author(s), [chapter title], book title, [edition], [editors], place of publication, publisher, year, and inclusive page numbers (of citation):

  1. Donna Haraway, The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People and Significant Otherness (Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003), pp. 122–143.
  2. Eric Monteiro and Ole Hanseth, “Social Shaping of Information Infrastructure: On Being Specific About the Technology,” in Information Technology and Changes in Organizational Work, 2nd ed., eds. W. J. Orlikowski, G. Walsham, M. R. Jones, and J. I. DeGross (London: Chapman & Hall, 1995), pp. 325–343.

All subsequent citations (for both books and journals) should use only the author(s)’ surname(s) and short title (see CMS 16.44–45), along with the endnote number of its first, full citation:

  1. Haraway, Companion Species Manifesto (above, n. 1), p. 125.
  2. Monteiro and Hanseth, “Social Shaping” (above, n. 2), pp. 327–331.

Journal references should include author(s), article title, journal title, volume no., issue no., year, and inclusive page numbers:

  1. Casper Bruun Jensen, “A Non-Humanist Disposition: On Performativity, Practical Ontology, and Intervention,” Configurations 12:2 (2004): 229–261.

Newspaper references should include author(s), headline, name of newspaper, and date (but not section and page numbers; see CMS 17.188. For newspapers published on the Internet, adding a URL will show that an online edition was consulted):

  1. Eugene Theodore, “It’s Been a Tough Eight Years,” Windsor Herald, October 18, 2008.

Internet references should provide full URL (though no access date; see CMS 17.12):

  1. Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH) history. 2000.

Personal communications (conversations, letters, e-mail messages, and the like) are cited as endnotes:

  1. Hugh Crawford, e-mail message to author, October 5, 2008.

For quoted text citations with italicized material, state in endnotes the source of emphasis:

  1. Sande Cohen, “Reading Science Studies Writing,” in The Science Studies Reader, ed. Mario Biagioli (New York: Routledge, 1999), pp. 84–95 (emphasis in original).
  2. Bruno Latour, “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern,” Critical Inquiry 30:2 (2004): 225–248 (emphasis added

For all other Configurations style and formatting questions, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.