New North Star

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Call for Publications
November 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Communication, Literature, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Editors of the New North Star invite authors to submit original research articles, which have not been previously published in other journals or books. The New North Star is a peer-reviewed, annual, open-access online journal, published by the Frederick Douglass Papers. The journal features new scholarship on the activities and ideas of the nineteenth century African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the world with which he interacted. Articles that assess Douglass's impact on events following his lifetime, including current events, are also desired. The New North Star is looking for articles from a broad range of disciplines, ranging from history to literature, and communications to anthropology. Likewise, in the spirit of Douglass's own varied interests, works of fiction and poetry on topics pertinent to his life and times will also be considered for publication. In future volumes, the New North Star will also feature interviews with authors of new scholarship on Douglass as well as reviews of recently published literature. The journal is intended to help bridge the gap between new scholarship and the classroom, and articles describing new techniques on teaching Douglass and his world are also welcome. The New North Star is maintained by the staff of the Frederick Douglass Papers at IUPUI and hosted by the university library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.


The editors are generally seeking articles between 12 and 25 pages in length, excluding title page and references, but exceptions will be considered. Submissions are accepted year-round. This call for submissions will be open until July 1, 2021.  A new call will go out next year.


If you are interested in contributing to the New North Star, please submit your manuscript as a Word document file formatted according to the "formatting and templates" requirements and "style guidelines" specified in the "Instructions for Authors" listed on the journal’s website: A final checklist of what to include in your submission is also provided for your convenience.


For submission and editorial questions please contact:


Jeffery A. Duvall (

John R. Kaufman-McKivigan (



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Jeffery A. Duvall ( and John R. Kaufman-McKivigan (, Co-Editors




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