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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The article is unpublished and has not been submitted to any other journal (otherwise please include an explanation in the 'Comments to the Editor' section).
  • Bibliographical references have been supplemented with URLs where possible.
  • The text is single-spaced, in 12 point font, italics where appropriate, not underlined (except for URL addresses); all figures, graphics and tables are inserted at appropriate positions in the text, not at the end of the text.
  • The text follows the stylistic and bibliographical guidelines in the "Guidelines for Authors", which can be found in the "About Us" section.

Author Guidelines

Call for Papers

Colour Turn is an open-access journal published by the University of Tübingen. We are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Colour Studies and committed to an interdisciplinary and international approach to colour research. With the help of our editorial team and our advisory board, articles submitted to Colour Turn undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Special Issue: Rituals

Colour represents a complex and fundamental component in the ritual life of individuals and communities all over the world and across time. We see it in the different hues and tones used to mark spiritual and devotional practices, in the colour-coding patterns that social groups constantly redefine to re-claim, challenge, and modify their identities. From the ritual performance of carnival to the aesthetics of everyday worship, colour acts as a conduit of embodiment and meaning.

Starting from the material and symbolic value of colour, this special issue wants to look at the intersection of ritual and colour as strategies for mobilising religious, cultural and epistemic capital.

We welcome original research articles dealing with different ritual knowledge systems and the way in which colour have been understood, represented, and experienced, as well as contributions on the agency of colour within individual religious practices, ceremonies, and festivals both in contemporary and historical contexts. Articles can utilize a wide range of theoretical frameworks and examine all kinds of religious phenomena, including, but not limited to, texts, practices, cosmologies, iconography, and much more.

Topics of Interest

The journal publishes research papers, essays and academic reviews in eight key investigative domains: Colour in Interdisciplinary Context, Colour and the Mind, Colour and Nature, Colour and Technology, Colour and Communication, Colour in Art and Media, Colour in Culture and Society and Reviews.

We currently accept articles on all topics relating to colour research.

Note to Authors

Colour Turn is published in annual issues in which articles are released continuously throughout a given year. This allows authors to submit articles at any time and without a deadline.

Before submitting your article, please read our submission guidelines below.

If you have questions, send them to: submission[at]

Submission Guidelines

The language of the Colour Turn journal is standard British English. Below you can see a summary of our recommended format for manuscript submission:

  • Title of the paper (Max. 20 words)
  • Author/s Name, Affiliations and Contact informations (i.e. e-mail)
  • Abstract (Approx. 200-250 words)
  • Keywords
  • Main text (Min. 3500 words)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Referencing in footnote and bibliography following Chicago Manual – Notes and Bibliography Style (Only sources cited in the footnotes or text should be included in the bibliography)
  • The journal prefers British english. (Please check spelling and punctuation according to Oxford dictionary)
  • Images, figures, tables, and graphs should all be labeled as Figures and numbered consecutively without any gaps. Captions should have- Title, author or creator, date of publication. (*It is the authors responsibility to acquire copyright permission for any item used in the articles. Please provide a table of figures at the end of the article with references to the sources)

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