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V19 – Boundaries

VaroomLab conference 2012. 

Call for submissions (Closed)

Academic and professional submissions are undergoing peer review for the VaroomLab conference


Dates: 14 – 15th September 2012

Venue: Plymouth University


Dates for submission: Monday 19 March 2012 


Submissions can either take the form of:

1.Abstracts  (Academic and professional)

Research question (no more than 50 words)

A summary of content (no more than 250 words)


2. Papers

4/5000 words maximum including bibliography. Please note that should an paper be selected for publication in Varoom an abridgement of 3000 words would be required.

Selected proposals will be refereed by VaroomLab’s panel of peer reviewers.


ONGOING: Submission of abstracts and manuscripts for consideration for Varoom and VaroomLab online

Email to Jo Davies: j.davies@plymouth.ac.uk

Receipt of your submission will be made within 5 working days


Varoom guidelines


VaroomLab was established to provide a platform for exchange and discussion of ideas around the broad subject of illustration. Varoom is a unique publication in the UK existing as a vehicle for dissemination of some of this research. VaroomLab on line provides a wide forum to challenge and potentially expand research and hence provide maximum possible impact.

We have now married a peer-review process with editorial intervention to facilitate robust evaluation and discourse around articles submitted by the academic community for potential inclusion in Varoom and to create an equivalent of an academic journal within VaroomLab on line.

The peer- review of each article or abstract will concentrate on objective concerns to determine whether the research article or proposal is sufficiently well conceived, has or has potential to be well executed, and well described to justify inclusion in Varoom. Through VaroomLab all articles are available for ongoing discussion and the content subject to ongoing peer- review through this mechanism.


This editorial process will be overseen by the Academic inputs co-ordinator who will work together with VaroomLab members, the publisher and editor of Varoom to orchestrate the peer-review process.

  • Reviewers will be invited to consider submitted abstracts and papers on the basis of its content within the light of their own expertise.
  • Each submission will be reviewed against clear editorial criteria. Feedback will be provided.
  • After appropriate consideration by the Varoom – publishing team a decision letter will be sent to the author of the article or abstract within a specified timeframe.


Potential decisions in line with recognised peer-review processes

  • Accept in principle
  • Minor revision
  • Major revision
  • Reject

It is essential that all authors finally provide a thoroughly proofread and checked manuscript along with images in the specified format with a completed permissions consent form. Technical guidelines will be provided by the Varoom publishing team.

Selection of peer –reviewers

The Academic inputs co-ordinator will work with members of the VaroomLab, the editor and the editorial board in the first instance to identify appropriate reviewers for a particular manuscript or abstract. Reviewers will be chosen according to factors including their expertise, reputation and knowledge. We intend to build a database of academic expertise around the subject of illustration.

As part of our editorial procedure, the Varoom team will brief potential reviewers before sending them abstracts and manuscripts to review and all correspondence will be treated confidentially. Reviewers will remain anonymous during the peer – review process and impartiality will be our aim.


All comments from reviewers to the editors will be treated confidentially.

A good review would answer the following questions:

  • What are the main aims of the article?
  • Are the aims of the piece well situated in the context of any other known research around the subject?
  • Who would find this paper of interest? And why?
  • In what further directions would it be useful to take the current research?


In the case of manuscripts considered for publication in Varoom, we will request additional advice from the reviewer on the following:

  • Is the manuscript written clearly enough that it is understandable to non-academics? If not, how could it be improved?


The review process will be seen as confidential by the Varoom editorial board and reviewers. As the author may have chosen to exclude some people from this process, the reviewer should not discuss nor consult other colleagues or experts about the review unless this has been agreed with the Varoom publishing team. Where appropriate we will request any feedback that might help to strengthen the manuscript or abstract to possibly send to the author.

The editors and Varoom publishers may edit comments made by reviewers. In their comments to authors, reviewers are encouraged to be honest but not offensive in their language.

It will be the responsibility of the Varoom publishing team to send the decision letter to the author of the manuscript or abstract with any reviewers’ comments.

Final publishing decisions are made by the editor and the publishing team. In the event that these are different from the reviewer’s recommendations this will have been the result of a robust process of consideration. Authors of printed contributions will receive three copies of the relevant Varoom issue.


Please note: Submissions must follow Harvard system of referencing.

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