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Authors must ensure that proper acknowledgement of sources is given. References should follow the notes and bibliography format stipulated by the Chicago Manual of Style. Bibliographic citations provided in footnotes should be included in a separate bibliography.

Critical Times maintains the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Submission of a manuscript to Critical Times is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in the journal. Critical Times will not review any submission simultaneously under review by another journal.

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Full-length and short essays are peer-reviewed. All essays deemed appropriate for Critical Times will be sent to at least two referees. After considering the recommendations of the reviews, the editorial board will decide whether a submission is accepted for publication with minor or no revisions, or rejected. Both solicited and unsolicited submissions will be peer-reviewed as a condition of acceptance. The editors collaborate with reviewers and authors to promote prompt review and response to proposed edits and revisions to facilitate the timely publication of essays.


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