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About This Journal

Clamantis: The MALS Journal is a bi-annual publication for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program at Dartmouth. The journal aims to showcase the strongest pieces of creative and critical writing submitted by MALS students, MALS alumni and Guarini graduate students. By selecting and integrating work from all four concentrations at MALS, and from the broader Guarini community, we endeavor to promote intellectual engagement, fruitful questioning, and honest discourse within the realm of liberal studies.

We accept submissions in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, critical essays, photography, and illustrations. The selection process includes anonymous review of submissions by our editorial groups. The editorial groups work under the guidance of a MALS faculty advisor, and consist of editors from the MALS student community, Guarini graduate community, and the MALS alumni network. The editors review and select works based on craftsmanship, originality, and content as it relates to the theme.

Pieces published in Clamantis become part of a citable scholarly database and appear in academic search engines like Google Scholar. To learn more about how to submit your work, please visit this page.

MALS alumni and Guarini students looking to receive regular announcements and notifications from the journal can send us a quick note at the.mals.journal@dartmouth.edu. All questions, concerns, and suggestions should also be directed to this email.

Getting Involved as an Editor

As a well-established, student-led publication, Clamantis welcomes MALS students and alumni looking to get involved in the editorial process. The journal presents a great opportunity for students looking to get a hands-on experience with all elements of the publication process, from soliciting submissions to selecting pieces to making digital and print layouts.

To apply to one of the editorial positions, please send us your resume along with a brief statement of interest. In your statement of interest, please let us know your MALS concentration and year of graduation. Be sure to mention the position you are applying for, highlight your relevant experience, and tell us why you would be a great fit for the job. A brief description of the available editorial positions can be found below:

  • Assistant Editors: Responsible for reading the submissions assigned to their editorial group, writing up review notes on those submissions, and attending the plenary meeting to discuss recommendations on those pieces.

  • Associate Editors: Responsible for reading the submissions assigned to their editorial group, writing up review notes on those submissions, and attending the plenary meeting to discuss recommendations on those pieces. Associate Editors have the added responsibility of working with the authors whose submissions have been accepted but require revision. The associate editor position reflects greater editorial experience as well as a greater commitment to the journal.

  • Digital and Assistant Digital Editors: Responsible for updating and maintaining the Clamantis website, publishing the edition online, working on InDesign layout for our print edition, and dealing with matters related to digital outreach.

  • Editorial Board: While Assistant and Associate editors become active only around the submissions deadline, when all the submissions for an issue have been received, members of the editorial board work throughout the year to direct the journal. The board is responsible for the final output of the journal, and oversees every aspect of the publication process—from planning events, to reviewing all submissions, to coordinating all journal-related communications, and hiring new assistant and associate editors.

    Positions on the editorial board are filled on an ongoing basis as the need arises, with a view to ensure continuity of the journal moving forward. We actively form the board to include a diverse group of people representing different areas of academic expertise. A position on the board requires greater time commitment to the journal, and we base our decision on candidate’s professional experience, academic credentials, writing portfolios, and history of engagement with the journal. We encourage editors who have worked with Clamantis over the course of several terms to apply for a position on the board.

Hear from Clamantis members in the video below:

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