Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation is the open-access, online journal of the Canadian Association for Food Studies. The journal’s peer-reviewed articles and commentaries, as well as visuals and voices from the field, collectively illuminate multiple dimensions of the Canadian foodscape. As diverse and entangled as the subject of food itself, CFS/RCÉA provides a critical resource to those interested in the myriad ways in which humans, food, and the natural and built environments come to construct one another. Readers will discover not only historical and contemporary perspectives, but also a sense of the emergent transformations and rich complexities that are expressed through food in Canadian lives, livelihoods, art and politics. Overall, CFS/RCÉA serves as a point of crossings and connections between food communities, resulting in partnerships that challenge disciplinary boundaries and inspire new frontiers of thinking.

Because the range of food-related practice, research, and writing across Canada is so broad—both in geographic scope as well as subject matter—CFS/RCÉA considers submissions within many different themes and categories. Some of those themes are represented below, while the formats that are accepted can be found in our Author Guidelines. Our aim is to build a body of voices and material that represents the community, academic, and individual contexts of food studies, with the potential of integrating ideas on transgression, emergence, and transformation.

Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation welcomes submissions that reflect and extend the conversations of the Canadian Association for Food Studies, in both English and French (work will be published in either language of submission). Submitted work may address Canadian topics and/or be produced by Canadian practitioners. Authors do not have to be CAFS members to submit material, and student submissions are encouraged. All submissions (except Commentaries, Books/Art/Event Reviews, and work within our Transitions Stream) will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process from the relevant domain. Publishing decisions will be based on reports from those individuals and the editorial committee.

Publication Frequency: Biannual

Languages: English; French


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Section Policies

Commentary

A viewpoint or opinion that is experiential or issue-based, on a food-related topic. Uses journalistic style. Responses to these commentaries are encouraged in subsequent issues.

  • Up to 1,500 words

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Perspective

An essay that presents a critical argument or reflection on a food-related topic. Examples include policy or ethical debates, current controversies (both theoretical and practical), interdisciplinary conundrums or synergies, and observational analyses. Journalistic style is encouraged. Responses to these perspectives are encouraged in subsequent issues.

  • Up to 3,000 words

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Original Research Article

An article that may be based on qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method primary research data. Includes an introduction/background, purpose, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion.

  • Up to 8,000 words

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Review Article

An article that provides an overall assessment of the state of knowledge on a specific topic, based on a review of recent, relevant research in that area.

  • Up to 8,000 words

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Field Report or Narrative

A written work that reflects experience in the field from the perspective of practitioners, citizens, scholars, or others. Can take the form of case studies, reports, stories, or diaries. Note that “field” should be taken broadly, and includes any space (physical or virtual) or geographical area, e.g. urban, rural, and Northern environments; classrooms and other learning spaces; organizations and networks; public programs, business ventures, gardens, kitchens, etc.

  • Up to 5,000 words

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Audio-Visual Work

(up to 120 minutes for audio or video productions; up to 40 images for photographic, illustrative, or other non–time-based productions; double-blind peer-reviewed OR editorially reviewed, as deemed appropriate by the editorial team): A digital audio-visual form of scholarly output that represents food-related knowledge, representation or experience using non–text-only modes. Submissions should include a companion written piece (up to 1000 words) that contextualizes the work’s purpose, process of development, key contributors, and intended audience.

Editors
  • David Szanto
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Art/Design Work

(up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of audio-visual documentation of graphic, three-dimensional, or performed works; up to 1,000 words of contextualization or documentation/discussion of the work; double-blind peer-reviewed OR editorially reviewed, as deemed appropriate by the editorial team): Represents food-related themes, studies, explorations, and other contexts in which art or design serves to bring forward cognitive/emotional/affective understanding of food knowledge.

Editors
  • David Szanto
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Book/Art/Event Review

A clear and concisely written text that includes the following information about the reviewed subject: a discussion of the targeted audience, author/artist/curator details and background (e.g., in the case of books, intended as undergraduate course material, based on a PhD dissertation, part of an edited series; in the case of art or events, produced in a research-creation context, presented within a festival, serving a retrospective or synthesis purpose; etc.); an overview of the main purpose, objectives, themes, issues, arguments; a critical perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the book/art/event; when applicable, a discussion or assessment of the research methods, production practices, organizational processes employed.

  • From 800 to 1,000 words

Editors
  • Phil Mount
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Community Review Article

A suitable Community Review manuscript addresses issues that are currently debated and for which interventions are imminent or underway; or it addresses topics that have received little attention to date and/or combines analytical frameworks in novel ways, potentially breaking new ground. It may have multiple authors who are well-networked across food studies, so that finding reviewers with no conflicts of interest represents a significant challengeConsequently, a different review process is used. An article in this category is first published as a draft within a published issue, and open comments (50 – 1500 words) are invited from readers (the community) pertaining to specific aspects of the article. The manuscript should be sufficiently well written so that the emphasis of reviewers/commentors is on content rather than on structure or grammar. After 3 months, the article is revised, taking into account the readers' comments.

Editors
  • Rod MacRae
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Food System Transitions Stream (Inactive as of April 2016)

Transitions Streams are rolling, threaded, continuously submitted and reviewed texts or articles address a specific topic. Material will be moderated and posted by the stream’s editor. Transitions streams provide readers and writers with the chance to raise and debate questions within particular, salient themes. Transitions streams may be proposed for initiation, development, and termination by guest or CFS associate editors.

This initial stream, the Food System Transitions Stream, will focus on changes that are progressively shifting the food systems of the global north (and Canada in particular) towards greater sustainability, health-promotion, and equity. Articles must elaborate on the vision of a more desirable food system, or propose transition policies, programs, regulations, and/or community-based initiatives that advance our thinking about how to create a better food system.

Editors
  • Rod MacRae
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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts are initially reviewed by members from the editorial team; submissions accepted for mandatory blind peer-review will reflect the journal’s scope as outlined in the Submission section. Each manuscript accepted for blind peer-review will be read thoroughly by a minimum of two expert reviewers. Recommendations from the expert reviewers are subsequently taken into consideration by the editorial team to proceed with publication and revision decisions.

 

Publication Frequency

Journal items are published collectively in biannual issues. The Table of Contents of the latest issue is displayed on the Home Page and all other issues are catalogued in the Past Issues section.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Legal Disclaimer

The views of our authors are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Canadian Food Studies. Authors are solely responsible for all content submitted. By submitting a manuscript to Canadian Food Studies, authors assume full legal liability for any and all matters which may arise due to the publication of their content (i.e., plagiarism, libel, slander, data falsification, etc.). Canadian Food Studies also does not assume any liability for content on web sites which link to this site.