General Submission Guidelines

  1. Submission of a paper or book review may be made by anyone who is currently a Langara student or was a student at Langara in the last academic year.
  2. The paper or book review must not have been previously published or be under consideration at a journal when it is submitted.
  3. All materials must be submitted to hipojournal@langara.ca

Paper Submission Guidelines

  1. A short note from a professor must be sent attesting that the paper achieved an A-range grade.
  2. Authors may submit a maximum of two papers, but the papers must be from two different disciplines.*
  3. Papers must be submitted as MSWord documents and must be 1500-3500 words.
  4. An abstract of the paper must accompany the submission (maximum 150 words).
  5. Papers must be formatted according to Chicago Style, with a bibliography and sources cited as footnotes.
  6. The author is responsible for obtaining copyright permission for any images included with the paper.

Book Review Submission Guidelines

  1. The book you review must be reputable non-fiction, relevant academic fiction or classical Greco-Roman theatre. The book must be related to the disciplines of History, Art History, Classical Studies or Political Science.
  2. Authors may submit a maximum of one book review.*
  3. Reviews must be submitted as MSWord documents and must be 500-1000 words.
  4. An abstract of the review explaining why you chose the book you reviewed must accompany the submission (maximum 100 words).
  5. The title and author of the book must be mentioned within your review, preferably at near the beginning.
  6. You should cite at least two academic sources to help back up your opinions and statements.
  7. The review must be formatted according to Chicago Style, with a bibliography and sources cited as footnotes.
  8. The author is responsible for obtaining copyright permission for any images included with the review. 

*Each student may submit a combined maximum of 2 papers and 1 book review

Book Review Style Guide: Here are some suggestions on how to write a good book review. The tips below are suggestions and not guidelines, so use them as you see fit.

  • You should be writing in the present tense and you may use personal pronouns when necessary. However, make sure you are still writing in a formal/academic tone/style like you would for a class essay.
  • Make sure your review is understandable to someone who has not read the book, without giving away too much detail.
  • Your review should be divided into two main parts, one part being a brief summary/overview, and the second part being your evaluation and opinion.
  • The summary should give the reader just enough context so that they will be able to understand your evaluation. This overview should not go into great detail. If the book you are reviewing is fiction, it should not contain any spoilers.
  • Good topics to look at within your evaluation include but are not limited to:
  1. What makes this book stand out or makes it a good read?
  2. Why should the person reading your review read this book?
  3. The strengths and weaknesses of the book’s arguments and the book itself
  4. How well the book supports its arguments or represents its topic, and why
  5. The writer’s style/organization
  6. The clarity and quality of the writing/arguments
  7. The scope of the book
  • Include which version, edition or translation you are reviewing, if applicable, to the book you choose. If you do want to go into detail about a specific version, you might want to include why the version you are reviewing is good or bad compared to the others. You may also want to point out special features such as appendices or format or layout that make the specific version better or worse. An indication of the version/edition/translation should also be included within your citations/bibliography.
  • You may use sources from any discipline to support your arguments as long as the book you are reviewing falls within the guidelines set out above.