Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I have graduated but am I still able to submit work which I wrote as an undergraduate student?
Any work authored while an undergraduate (i.e while studying for a Bachelor degree at a college or university) is eligible for submission to Watcher Junior. So if you have any papers written while studying you're more than welcome to work them into a paper for submission to WJ.
Q. I am a student at / I am a graduate of a 2-year college - am I eligible to submit a paper to WJ?
Yes, students and graduates of 2-year colleges are eligible to submit Whedon scholarship; however, the work must have been completed as a student.
Please refer to the submission guidelines for more information.
Q. In the Call for Papers, it states that all submissions should demonstrate a familiarity with previously published Whedon scholarship, where would I find some of this work?
Slayage is the perfect place to start being the only other dedicated Whedon Studies journal, but you might also want to use the Academic Buffy Bibliography or the Encyclopedia of Buffy Studies on Slayage. There are also a number of monographs on the Whedonverse, and many of these should be available through your institution's library system. Journals of popular culture, film and television also feature scholarly work in the field.
For transcripts, quotes and episode info try the Buffy Dialogue Database (BDDB) and Buffyworld.
Q. How many papers am I permitted to submit?
Authors may only send one (1) submission per issue of WJ.
Q. May I submit a paper to WJ if it has already been published elsewhere?
If your paper was previously published in another journal, we ask that you obtain permission from that publisher prior to submitting your essay to WJ and that you provide this information with your submission.
Q. I have an idea for a paper about Buffy, but I'm not sure if the topic is appropriate for WJ. May I pitch it to you before I submit it?
Please feel free to contact David Kociemba if you are unsure about the appropriateness of your paper topic for WJ.
Q. How does WJ handle my identity in the review process?
WJ practices the 'double-blind' review practice in which the identity of the author is kept anonymous to the two reviewers/evaluators. Instead, each essay is allocated a unique submission ID when it is received and processed. The 'double-blind' practice also means that the identity of the reviewers remains anonymous to the author. This is to ensure that the work is evaluated on pure merit only.
Q. What does "revise and resubmit" mean?
"Revise and resubmit" means that the reviewers found your submission topic suitable for WJ, but that a few changes are needed before it is ready for publication. The reviewers will provide very specific and constructive recommendations for improving your work.
Q. Am I permitted to resubmit my paper if it is rejected?
No, rejected papers are not eligible for resubmission.
Q. How much time am I given to revise and resubmit my paper?
Authors who are asked to revise their papers will be given a deadline for resubmitting their work. Generally, authors will have about 2 - 3 weeks for resubmitting their essays.
Q. Will WJ editors help me revise my paper?
No, the editors are not able to help authors complete the actual revisions; they will only provide detailed feedback to the author to identify problem areas.