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Philosophy of Mad River Review

Mad River Review publishes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. We are open to almost any genre, to new writers, to established writers, and to writers who have never been published. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if you're accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work here. Multiple submissions: only if you're a poet. We'll read up to 5 poems at a time. Everyone else, please send along one piece. No previously published material, please. One last thing: Our interface requires that you name an institution to which you are attached. Mad River Review is not very concerned about that matter. Please name what institution you like, from Spacely Sprockets to Streeling University.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Mad River Review provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Mad River Review, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Mad River Review. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Mad River Review, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Mad River Review has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and CORE Scholar

Mad River Review asks for exclusive first serial rights to your story or poetry. In addition, Mad River Review retains the right to archive your story or poetry indefinitely on its website. All other rights and ownership return to you, the author, upon publication.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from CORE Scholar provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the CORE Scholar website and/or software agree not to misuse the CORE Scholar service or software in any way.

The failure of CORE Scholar to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between CORE Scholar and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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