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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • You currently have no other submission waiting for a decision from MUSe. (If so, please wait until you have heard back about that item before completing the submission process for this one.)
  • You have read the Author Guidelines and your work meets all style and formatting requirements.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • As the Author or Creator of the work, you warrant that:
    - The copyright has not previously been assigned nor the Work published elsewhere, nor is it currently before another journal for consideration;
    - The work does not infringe any valid copyright or other proprietary right of any other person;
    - The work contains no libelous, defamatory or other unlawful material and that you as the Author or Creator agree to hold the University harm­less from any claim, suit or proceeding based on the grounds that the Work contains such harmful matter, and agree to indemnify the University for reasonable expenses incurred in defending, settling, or otherwise responding to such claims.
    - If the Work includes any copyrighted material not in the public domain, you as the Author or Creator will obtain the reprint permissions and provide them to the University on or about the time Work is published pending acceptance to this journal.
  • Written submissions are saved as Microsoft Office or RTF document files (acceptable file extensions include .docx, .doc, .ppt, .rtf). Text should be single-spaced and easily readable (e.g., 12-point font, no fancy fonts), and employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Audio submissions are in an .mpg file of less than 15MB and accompanied by a brief written document.
  • Visual art submissions are in a .jpg file and accompanied by a brief written document.
  • Your submission is not in an unacceptable file format (e.g., .pdf, .png, .wav). Refer back to the Author Guidelines for more information.
  • You have reviewed the Letter of Faculty Endorsement and are prepared to send a copy of this letter to a faculty member who has agreed to endorse your work.

Author Guidelines


  • Only current MacEwan University students may submit work to MUSe. A student with access to their MyMacewan email address is considered a current student, even shortly after graduation.
  • All student work must meet one of two requirements: It must have been produced under the mentorship, guidance, or supervision of a MacEwan faculty member OR it must have previously been used toward credit in a course offered at MacEwan. Students must secure the endorsement of a MacEwan University faculty member who can verify that these conditions have been met. See the following Submission Process section for details.
  • Students may only have one submission under review at a time. Please wait until you have received a decision on each piece before submitting the next.

Submission Process

  1. Consult with a MacEwan University faculty member about endorsing your work before beginning the submission process. This faculty member will be required to submit a Letter of Faculty Endorsement after you have completed your submission to the journal. The faculty member should know both you and your work and should also teach in the appropriate field of study. Do not be shy. Any faculty member who is familiar with you and your work will be interested in discussing your work with you.
  2. Register or Log In and follow the step-by-step instructions. All work must be submitted online. (See below for submission file requirements.) During the submission process, you will be asked to provide an "abstract" for your work. Please have 3-5 sentences describing your work ready for this.
  3. Following submission, email the Letter of Faculty Endorsement to the MacEwan faculty member who endorses your work. No submission will be considered for review until after the Letter of Endorsement from your faculty endorser has been received by MUSe.

Submission Files and Formatting

MUSe employs a blinded peer-review process. This means that reviewers do not know the identity of the author whose work they review. Likewise, authors do not know the identities of the reviewers. 

As such, all uploaded files should be completely free of personal information. There will be space for your personal information in the online submission form. 

Written Work

  • Written submissions must be word processed, carefully edited, and error-free.
  • Written submissions must be in a format readable and editable by Microsoft Office (e.g., .docx, .doc, .ppt, or .rtf). We cannot accept .pdf files.
  • Written work should be formatted according to the preferred style of the appropriate field of study for the work – i.e. MLA for English, APA for Psychology, etc.  Where a field of study does not have a preferred style, APA style should be used. If you are unsure of your field’s preferred style, consult your Endorsing Faculty Member or the MacEwan University Library. The Library’s reference guides to APA, ASA, MLA, and Chicago documentation styles can be found here.

Audio Files

  • Audio must be submitted as an MP3 file (no larger than 15MB).
  • A brief (250-350 words) written description of the work must also be included along with the MP3 file. This may describe the creator’s intent, provide meaningful creative or scholarly context to the work, function as an abstract for the work, or some combination of the above.

Visual Files

  • Visual art must be submitted as a JPG file.
  • A higher quality file may be requested if the work is accepted for publication.
  • A brief (250-350 words) written description of the work must also be included with the .jpg file(s). This may describe the creator’s intent, provide meaningful creative or scholarly context to the work, function as an abstract for the work, or some combination of the above.

Video Files

  • Due to technological constraints, video file submissions cannot be submitted using the journal submission form. If you are interested in submitting a video to MUSe, please email muse@macewan.ca for assistance. 

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