Policies and Submission Guidelines


Section Policies

J-BILD/ R-LIDA accepts the following types of submissions:

Research Study

Research studies are reports of original scholarly research. They should be between 5000 and 7000 words and include an abstract (maximum 200 words) and 3 to 5 keywords. Manuscripts should be organised with clear headings, e.g., Context of the study; Research Questions/ Objectives; Methodological Approach; Findings; Discussion; and Implications/ Conclusions.

Critical Literature Review

Critical literature reviews should be between 5000 and 7000 words and include an abstract (maximum 200 words) and 3 to 5 keywords. The critical literature review should provide a summary, explanation, and evaluation of the complete and current state of knowledge on a limited topic. A good critical literature review will do more than just outline what is known about the topic of exploration; rather it will provide an evaluation of the studies reviewed through problematization and critique with a view towards establishing gaps in the current state of knowledge.

Research Proposals

Research proposals should be between 5000 and 7000 words and include an abstract (maximum 200 words) and 3 to 5 keywords. Proposals should outline a proposed area of study, with the goal of establishing a gap in current state of knowledge of a field/topic and describing how the proposed research will address such gaps and contribute to the field. Research proposal manuscripts should be organised with clear headings, e.g., Introduction; Research Context; Research Questions; Methodology; Significance of Research.

Critical Book/ Article Reviews

We invite authors to submit critical reviews of books and articles that have been published in the last two years. Critical reviews should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Critical reviews provide the reader with a basic overview of the text, including how the text is organised, its intended audience, the aims of the text, and how the text is situated within its relevant field. A good review will provide more than a summary of a text; rather, it will provide a critical analysis of the content of the text with a view to establishing the extent to which the text contributes to existing scholarship. For example, book review should not summarize the book chapter by chapter, but rather critically analyze the arguments and claims the author(s) make (e.g., does the book do what it says it is going to do? If so, how?). The title page should include the name of the reviewed book/article and its author(s), publisher, number of pages, and ISBN (if available). E.g.:

Heller, M., & McElhinny, B. (2017). Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a critical history. 368 pp. $99.00 (hardcover) (ISBN 978-1487594169).


Publication Frequency

We aim to publish two issues of J-BILD per year and accept submissions on an ongoing basis. We send calls for papers in spring and fall. Authors should be prepared to commit to a collaborative peer-review process, which can take between at least 6 to 18 months, depending on various factors (e.g., author and peer mentor availability, depth of revisions needed, and the number of rounds of peer mentoring needed). Managing Editors make the final decision as to when a manuscript is ready for publication.


Open Peer-Review

J-BILD/ R-LIDA is a collaborative peer-review journal, which means that we do not require authors to mask their identities in their manuscripts. Collaborative peer review means that a peer mentor works directly with the author(s) to support them through the revision process. Submissions should include the author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information (email is sufficient) on the title page of the manuscript. If there are multiple authors, please designate a lead author; this will be the person with whom the peer mentor will correspond throughout the review/manuscript development process.


Open Access Policy

J-BILD/R-LIDA is an open access journal: all J-BILD publications will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download and share. We provide immediate open access in order to support the public exchange of research and knowledge. There is no fee which needs to be paid by the authors or on their behalf, e.g. by their research funder or institution. Permitted third party (re)use is defined by the following Creative Commons user licenses:

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY NC)

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Readers may:

  • distribute, copy, review, and cite J-BILD works;
  • create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article or a review (such as a translation);
  • include J-BILD words in a collective work (such as an anthology);
  • data mine J-BILD words.

Under the following conditions:

  • they credit the author(s) and the journal;
  • they do not use the work for commercial purposes;
  • they do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article;
  • they do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author’s honour or reputation, and/or the journal and/or the affiliated institution.

With the understanding that:

  • any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder;
  • where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license;
  • in no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • the author’s moral rights;
    • rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
  • for any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.


Online Submissions

Submit your manuscript as a single Word document to editor@bild-lida.ca, with a title page that indicates:

  • the author(s)’ name(s)
  • institutional affiliation(s)
  • contact information (email).
  • the type of submission (e.g., research study; critical literature review; book review).

Submit images and tables as separate files, but clearly indicate in the manuscript where they should be placed in the text (e.g., [Table 1: Title]).

You must indicate in your email that your manuscript has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. You are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.


Language of Publication

J-BILD/R-LIDA suggests that manuscripts be written mostly in English and/ or French, but welcomes manuscripts that include languages other than French or English, e.g., in data sets, vignettes, quotes. In order to facilitate the peer review process, authors whose manuscripts include languages other than English are asked to provide translations of non-English/ French passages (e.g., as an addendum to their manuscript – not for publication). Publication of manuscripts written entirely in languages other than English or French will be subject to a final review by an independent reviewer and the availability of suitable reviewers may limit J-BILD/ R-LIDA’s ability to publish some languages/dialects. Please contact the Managing Editors at editor@bild-lida.ca if you have questions about multilingual manuscripts.


Author Guidelines

Please read these guidelines carefully as manuscripts that do not comply with the following may be returned to the author.


  1. Manuscripts should be submitted to editor@bild-lida.ca as a single Word document, with a title page that clearly indicates the author(s)’ name(s), institutional affiliations, and contact information (email). Indicate what type of submission it is (e.g., research study; critical literature review; book review).
    – Submit images and tables as separate files, indicating where they should be placed in the text (e.g., [Table 1: Title]).
  2. All manuscripts must be formatted according to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, both in the text and in the references. You can find instructions for proper APA formatting here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
    – Use double-spacing throughout the manuscript, including block quotes.
    – Use single quotation marks only for quotes within quotes. Double quotes should be used in all other instances.
    – Use one space after a period.
  3. The manuscript must have: Title; Author(s) and affiliation(s); Abstract in English and French (max. 200 words); Keywords (3-5). Critical Book Reviews do not require an abstract.
  4. J-BILD uses Canadian Oxford English Dictionary spelling. If you find both British and American English variations in the dictionary, use the British variation.
    E.g., colour (not color)
  5. Do not use styles or additional formatting in Word. All formatting will be removed during the copy-editing process. We simply need to be able to determine heading levels, paragraphs, and where media/ figures/ graphs/ tables need to be inserted.
  6. Use a maximum of three heading levels, clearly indicated.
    – First level: UPPER CASE, left-aligned
    – Second level: Upper/lower case, italicized, left-aligned
    – Third level: Upper/lower case, italicized, underlined, left-aligned
  7. File name must be in the following format: JBILD_LastName_FirstName_MonthYear
    E.g., JBILD_Crump_Alison_April2017
  8. Use endnotes, not footnotes; however, please keep these to a minimum.


  1. J-BILD encourages authors to use media (images, videos, etc.) in their manuscripts.
  2. Clearly indicate where in the manuscript images, figures, graphs should be inserted.
    E.g., [Insert Image 1 here]
  3. Digital files must be 300 dpi or higher to ensure high quality reproduction on the web.
  4. Digital files (images, figures, graphs, tables) must be submitted as separate attachments in .jpg format and have obvious file names.
    E.g., Image 1_AuthorLastName_AuthorFirstName

Submission checklist

  • The manuscript has not been previously published and is not under consideration before another journal.
  • The manuscript is in Word file format, with the file name as above (see #7).
  • The manuscript is formatted as per the guidelines above.
  • Media are submitted as separate files with obvious file names.


Steps from Submission to Publication

Step 1: Submission
Once you have submitted your manuscript to editor@bild-lida.ca, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your submission. If you don’t hear from us within three days, please feel free to follow up with an email to check that the manuscript didn’t get lost in cyberspace. At this stage, the status of your manuscript is SUBMITTED.

Step 2: Preliminary review

The next step of the process is a preliminary review by the editorial team who decides whether or not your manuscript will proceed to the peer mentoring stage. Outcomes from the preliminary review are:

  • Proceed to peer mentoring (see Step 3, below) – We cannot guarantee that all manuscripts that proceed for review will appear in the upcoming issue; this will depend on volume, how long the peer mentoring process takes, and the outcome of the peer mentoring process.
  • Revise and resubmit – We will provide general feedback with respect to what to focus on for the revisions.
  • Rejected – This outcome is most likely due to lack of fit for the journal; we will explain our decision and may suggest another journal that would be a better fit.

While we accept submissions on an ongoing basis, we review manuscripts twice a year, usually in winter and summer. At this stage, the status of your manuscript is UNDER CONSIDERATION.

Step 3: Peer Mentoring

The editorial team will assign your manuscript to a peer mentor. Peer mentoring is the foundation of J-BILD’s open and collaborative peer review process. This is the phase where the manuscript undergoes rounds of feedback and revisions to the point where it is publication-ready. Peer mentors read manuscripts with a critical, yet constructive eye, and make comments and suggestions to the author. It is normal for a manuscript to under multiple rounds of revisions with a single peer mentor.  When the peer mentor feels that manuscript is ready for the next stage, the J-BILD Managing Editors will review the peer mentor’s recommendation. In some cases, the Managing Editors will recommend that the author work with a second peer mentor.

Once the author and peer mentor are connected, the status of the manuscript is IN REVIEW.

Peer mentors reserve the right to withdraw from the peer mentoring process at any time. In this case, the editorial team will either assign another peer mentor for further productive work on the manuscript, or recommend that the manuscript be submitted elsewhere.

Step 4: Copy Editing

When the Managing Editors accept the recommendation of the peer mentor and agree that the manuscript is publication-ready, the manuscript undergoes copy editing. Copy editing is the final step for polishing a manuscript prior to publication. Copy editors read the manuscript with a particular focus on mechanics (APA style and formatting), grammar, and cross-referencing between in-text and reference list citations. In addition, the copy editor may make minor suggestions related to content (flow, logical development, argument structure). The manuscript will then be returned to the author(s) for final approval of copy edits and to make any last minor revisions. There may be more than one round of copy editing before the manuscript is finalized, depending on the nature and number of changes required by the author. The Managing Editors will decide that the manuscript either requires further review or is ACCEPTED for publication.

Step 5: In Press

The editorial team will confirm in which volume and issue the manuscript will appear. At this point, the status of your manuscript is IN PRESS.