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Healing Social and Ecological Rifts
Guest Editor: LaDawn Haglund
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
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Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to The Arrow Journal. The following instructions will help you provide our editorial team with everything we need for a smooth review and publication process. Please read and follow them when submitting your paper.

The Arrow explores the relationship between contemplative practice, politics, and activism. We publish high quality articles that blend intellectual rigor with contemplative wisdom, experiential grounding, and accessibility to a broad audience.

The Arrow accepts submissions in three primary categories:

  • Comments: At 500 – 2000 words, Comments offer a concise argument or discussion of a topic.
  • Essays: At 2000 – 5000 words, Essays provide a more substantial discussion, analysis, or argument on a topic.
  • Scholarly Articles: At 4000 – 8000 words, Scholarly Articles provide rigorous scholarship on a topic. We offer double-blind, academic peer review for all Scholarly Articles. Please see below for guidelines on submissions for peer review.

We welcome pitches and manuscripts on a rolling basis. If you would like to submit a piece, please read several articles of varying length in order to familiarize yourself with the range of content we publish.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • Please read the journal. This is the best guide to what we look for in submissions.
  • We strongly encourage authors to integrate awareness of their own positionality in submissions. We prefer scholarship and argument that situate the author’s standpoint within the material discussed, rather than abstract theory.
  • We encourage a high level of sophistication and scholarship in submissions; however, articles should be accessible to people who may not be experts in the author’s field or specific schools of thought. Define terms and concepts as appropriate.
  • Please avoid using cliche spiritual jargon (e.g., ‘oneness’). In particular, please do not use the language of spirituality to avoid dealing with difficult issues of power and politics.
  • Avoid overly technical language—both from the social sciences and from spiritual jargon. If a concept is integral to an argument, define the terminology clearly, but take care not to overuse the terminology even once defined.
  • Being able to distill the main points of your piece into one sentence is a good barometer of the clarity of your argument or narrative.
  • Our proofing language is American English
  • All citations should follow Chicago Style footnotes only. (Please, no in-text citations or alphabetical bibliographies.) Please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab for a comprehensive reference for Chicago Style.

Essay and Comment Submissions

Submissions of Essays and Comments may be sent via email as an attached Microsoft Word Document to For Essays, please include a 150-word abstract summarizing the argument of the essay.

Authors who have an idea for a Comment or Essay are welcome to submit an abstract (150 words max) for initial consideration of an invitation to submit a manuscript.

Peer Review Article Submissions

The Arrow is committed to providing a venue for high-quality, peer-reviewed research on the applications of contemplative wisdom and practice to pressing social issues. Peer-reviewed Scholarly Article submissions should follow standards for rigorous scholarly work, including a well-researched argument, engagement with relevant literature, and thorough citations. We invite articles of a theoretical or conceptual nature, as well as research and review articles.

Authors submitting Scholarly Articles for peer review should follow these additional instructions:

  • The primary manuscript document should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file with the following information: manuscript title, author name(s), primary author contact information, 150-word abstract, 3-6 keywords, manuscript, and complete references in Chicago Style footnotes. (Please include references only as in-document footnotes, using the Chicago Style footnote format. The Arrow does not publish a separate alphabetized reference list.)
  • Please submit a second blind copy of the article as a Microsoft Word file, with all references to the author’s name and other identifying information removed throughout.

Submissions of Scholarly Articles for peer review may be sent via email as an attached Microsoft Word Document to

An illustration by our Creative Director accompanies most articles and essays as a complementary artistic contribution to the journal. If you would like to explore possible illustration content for a piece, please contact the editors at the time of submission.

Thank you for your interest in The Arrow.

Style Guide

Formatting and Organization

  • File Title: Include first initial, period, last name, abbreviated title, and the word “Draft.” (e.g., “G.Dayley, Economic Utility, Draft”)
  • Text: Times New Roman, 12pt, single spaced, indent new paragraphs
  • Layout: 1” page margins, page numbers bottom center
  • Headings: Number all headings and subheadings (these will be removed in publication). Examples: (section 1), 1.1 (section 1, subsection 1), 1.2.1 (section 1, subsection 2, part 1)
  • Web links: Web links may be included as in-text hyperlinks for online publications. E-books and print publications may transpose web links to footnotes.


  • Please cite all references to others’ writing, ideas, inventions, research, and spoken material using numbered, superscript footnotes.
  • Include full author and publication information in footnotes, using Chicago style. Please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab for a comprehensive reference for Chicago Style.
  • For multiple quotations from the same source, give the full citation the first time and an abbreviated citation thereafter.
    • Abbreviated examples:  Mipham, Shambhala Principle, 121. Gayley, “Reimagining Buddhist Ethics,” 253.
    • Consecutive citations of the same work, after giving the full or abbreviated citation, may be denoted: Ibid., 255.
  • Be sure to cite using Chicago style for footnotes, not for a bibliographic entry.
    • Like this: Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics, (Berkeley: Evolver Editions, 2012).
    • Not this: Eisenstein, Charles. Sacred Economics. Berkeley: Evolver Editions, 2012.
  • Include page numbers for direct quotes from written materials. Page numbers should appear in the footnote citation.
  • Superscript numbers for footnote appear after punctuation.

Spelling and Grammar

Proofing language: American English

Foreign language terminology:

  • Use English translations of non-English words when possible to make concepts accessible to widest audience. Example: “emptiness” rather than śūnyatā
  • When using non-English terms, use appropriate language symbols (diacritics) to indicate pronunciation. Example: jñāna
  • When introducing a new non-English term, use italics for the first use and provide the English translation in parentheses or in an explanatory sentence.
    • Example: This school of Buddhism is known as Mahāyāna (“Great Vehicle”). Mahāyāna practices include…
    • Exceptions: Common borrowed words (Buddha, Buddhist, etc.) need not be italicized on the first usage.