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SPECIAL ISSUE ON 400TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (FREE PUBLICATION)

Special Issue on 400th Death Anniversary of William Shakespeare

Call for Papers English Literature

This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in Stratford-upon-Avon. To commemorate this landmark, International Journal of Research will publish a Special Issue in November 2016 containing Research articles exploring developments and fresh perspectives in Shakespearean criticism, historical and textual research, and drama studies. The issue is multidisciplinary in scope, with contributions from a broad range of scholarly perspectives welcomed, including—but not limited to—research in the following fields: language and literature, history, performance and theatre studies. Submissions are solicited that illuminate academic thinking about Shakespeare, his writings, the social and political contexts that shaped him, as well the enduring cultural (and other) influences of his creative achievements to the present day. Research Articles for this special issue are invited (5000 words maximum).

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shakespearean transformations: borrowing/adaptation/appropriation/intertextuality
  • Shakespeare and death
  • Speaking to/of and impersonating the dead in Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare, religion, and reformations of ritual
  • Shakespeare and memory/remembrance
  • Shakespeare and time: temporality/anachronism/archaism
  • Shakespeare and early modern conceptions of ‘life’
  • Emotion and embodiment in Shakespeare
  • Performing Shakespeare: now and then
  • Transcultural Shakespeare
  • Critical and theoretical conceptions of/engagements throughShakespeare
  • Textual resurrections: editing Shakespeare
  • Rethinking Shakespearean biography
  • Enlivening Shakespeare teaching
  • Shakespeare in a digital age
  • Women/Men and performance
  • The Language of Shakespeare’s Drama
  • Binary Oppositions in Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Cinematic Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare’s Texts in Translation
  • Teaching Shakespeare

Note: Research papers should be submitted by October 25, 2016at the latest to editor@internationaljournalofresearch.org 

 

 Submission Guidelines

We accept original theoretical or research articles, book reviews, interviews, poems and short fictions as electronic submissions via e-mail as attached documents (Microsoft word only). All manuscripts must be in Font Times New Roman, Size: 12, Line spacing: Single spaced and submitted only as MS Word 2007/ 2010.  All manuscripts should strictly follow the MLA 7th Edition Style of Citation. The documents must include name and affiliation details in the body of your submission.  Submission must be in single attachment. Subject line must be Submission of Poem/ Fiction/ Article etc. Submission e-mail must include the statement claiming that you have read the submission guidelines, you agree to the policy of the journal and that the submission is original and does not contain plagiarized material.

 Format of the Research Papers:

Authors are requested to strictly follow the MLA 7th Edition style while preparing the articles. Authors are also requested to include the following in the format of their articles:

  1. Full title with subtitle, if any. Times New Roman font, size 14, bold (not all capital letters)
  2. Name and affiliation of the author/s.
  3. An abstractof the article of about 100-150 words along with 4-5Keywords.
  4. Authors should note that the main body of the text should be prepared in such a way that no formatting is needed afterwards. Heading, sub headings and illustrations should be well incorporated within the main body of the article. Times New Roman font, size 12 and justified.
  5. The word-limit for Research paper is 5000 words inclusive of  AbstractandWorks Cited.
  6. All portions of the articles should be single-line spaced.
  7. Author should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.
  8. All essays submitted must be in English for review.
  9. Plagiarism reportof the Research paper duly checked in plagiarism software like viper, Turn it in etc.

Note: Do not decorate your submission with lines, borders, special characters etc., which may lead to rejection.

 Fiction and Poetry

Our mission is to publish the finest fiction (up to 5,000 words). There are no restrictions on subjects and themes. For poetry, we aim to publish challenging and engaging works by both established and emerging poets.

Please note:

            Fiction: Submit one piece at one time.
            Poetry: Submit up to three poems at one time.
Include a short third-person biographical note in your submission.
Only previously unpublished works are considered.

Response time: One month after the deadline for respective Issues. This is applicable only to accepted submissions.

Copyright:

International Journal of Research is entitled to publish submitted work in any form (online or in print). The editor can also reproduce the submission in any form (book/ anthology) and authors will be reported about the publication in other form. We allow our authors flexible rights to republish and reproduce and distribute their published contents with third parties anywhere in any format on the following conditions:

  1. The authors will inform the editor about the intended republication or reproduction by third parties by sending a signed letter.
  2. The authors will acknowledge credits to International Journal of Research as the first publisher and include the URL (the original link location) in their works.

Plagiarism Policy:

 By submitting paper for publication to the journal, you as contributor/ author/ co-author state that:

1)      You are fully aware that plagiarism is wrong and you know that plagiarism is the use of another person’s idea or published work and pretend that it is one’s own.

2)      You declare that each contribution to your work from other people’s published or unpublished sources have been acknowledged and the source of information have been referenced.

3)      You certify that you will not allow anyone to copy your work with the intention of passing it off as his/her own work.

4)      You certify that you are solely responsible for any incomplete reference that may remain in your work.

Warm Regards

Editor

International Journal of Research

International Journal of Research IJR
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Publish Online and Make Money

If you want to realise a dream by publishing your own book, there are lots of companies willing to extract Publish your book with CreateSpace: get high royalties, low book prices, and expanded distribution. upwards of $500 from you for the privilege. At the other end of the spectrum is Amazon’s digital text platform, which allows you to upload your pre-prepared files to its Kindle reader and then set your own price.

The catch? Amazon takes 65% of the income from sales. Ouch. Fortunately, there are lots of other options – of which more later – for budding authors. What you get out of them is subject only to the limits of your imagination.

It doesn’t have to be an embryonic bestseller because self-publishing is best suited to limited editions. Anything over 1,000 copies and you would be better off going to a traditional printer to take advantage of economies of scale. I know a lot people who are self-publishing a record of their own lives together with memories of their parents and grandparents as a bit of family history. That’s not vanity publishing, just a great way to preserve memories for future generations and add to the archive of local history. Self-publishing is ideal for that.

Others publish their blogs or photo albums. Every year I try to put the best photos of the past 12 months from a photo site (Flickr.com in my case) so we have the equivalent of the traditional photo album which will last longer than my Flickr subscription and my hard disk. You could equally download an out-of-copyright book from the not-for-profit Gutenberg archive or from the millions of books Google has scanned (maybe for your book club) or extracts from the Wikipedia – and it’s all legal.

For years I have written poems as a relaxing pastime – rather like other people collect stamps. I couldn’t face the prospect of collecting rejection notes from agents and publishers so decided to self publish. The first book I did by paying for 1,000 copies to be printed in the traditional way (because it was only a little bit more expensive than printing 500). Expensive mistake.

By the time a second book was ready new technology came to the rescue. I used Lulu.com, which enables you to upload files and cover designs for nothing, and launched it in the virtual world Second Life (at no extra cost to a member). For marketing, I experimented with “product placement” by attaching poems to photos or paintings on Flickr and other sites thereby generating discussions that you wouldn’t get with traditional publishing where the author is remote from the reader.

Through a chance meeting on Facebook and other social media networking sites. My new book I hope to publish on Lulu and an iPhone app, if I can find a decent one. The point about all this is that new technology offers new and cheap ways both to publish and promote your books and we are only at the start of the learning curve.

Which self-publishing site to choose? There has been a lot of change recently. This is partly because of Amazon entering the market (and now Apple as well) but also because the process is becoming simpler and the operation more vertically integrated. Amazon has bought Createspace and Lulu has purchased We Read, a social book club with a presence on Facebook and other social sites with a claimed 3 million readers. This could help it towards reaching the nirvana of self-publishing: to become the iTunes of books.

I’ve had mixed feelings about Lulu in recent years. In principle, it is a breath of fresh air being an open source site that claims to put the interests of authors above all else (unlike the increasingly proprietary Amazon). In practice, there have been problems – not least ludicrously high postage costs (sometimes more than the cost of the book) delays of weeks before delivery and issues about payments which readers have told me about.

They seem to be through these problems, however, and now print in the UK so delivery takes days rather than weeks and postage is down to more reasonable levels. The proof of my latest book arrived while writing this column, five days after pressing the final button.

If you use their template, publishing is remarkably easy – you upload your manuscript in PDF form, drag photos across for the front and back covers. It could all be over in 20 minutes (if you don’t make silly mistakes as I tend to). It doesn’t cost you anything until the first purchase and Lulu lets you keep 80% of the proceeds (after deduction of the printing cost of each book). Lulu expanded by 20% last year and publishes over 400,000 titles a year which it claims is “almost twice as many as by America’s entire traditional publishing industry”.

Lulu is my favourite for text-driven books, but if you are more interested in picture-driven publications then Blurb.com is the one to choose. It is easy to use – if you stick to the easy templates – and you can easily import photos directly from Flickr other photo sites. The standard of reproduction is impressive (as long as the original resolution is good) and they helpfully flag up photos that they don’t think make the grade in terms of quality. Lulu and Blurb aren’t the only fruit and, if you have time, it is worth trawling through some of the dozens if not hundreds of minnows that keep popping up – while being on guard lest they are trying to take a quick buck from you. There are various lists of top 10s on the web, or just try your luck with something like Fastpencil which looks easy to use though I haven’t followed it through to publication orCompletelyNovel which is based in the UK.

The digital revolution has turned the music industry upside down but it is moving at a more leisurely pace in books where self-publishing hasn’t yet taken off in a really big way.

The question this week is whether, once again, Apple will change the game by providing an easy way to publish and generate a conversation. There is still a vast market out there for the taking.

Self publishing is not for the faint-hearted, for while it appears relatively easy to use these online resources such as Lulu to get something into print, the reality is slightly more involved. For not only do you have to create something you believe is worthwhile to share with whoever decides to buy it, you have to be your own editor, proof-reader, compositor and layout artist and having mastered that you have to become versed in the art of self-promotion and marketing so that your cherished tome does not languish unread on the hard-drive of the publishing house. These skills are not naturally inherent in a budding author, and for all the guidance that is provided in helping you along the way, your first publication will be littered with errors and mistakes that you will review and revise, it will also lack a degree of Quality Control that levitates it beyond being a home-made vanity project into something worth selling.

Of course that is not to say there isn’t a degree of charm, achievement and self-pride of what you produce in this manner. I purchased a single copy for proof reading and revision. The next step is to actually make those revisions and correct those annoying little errors in spelling, grammar, textual flow, formatting, fonts, page layout and the minor hiccoughs in plot, narrative, characterisation and basic story-line.

By Shashikant Nishant Sharma