LEA Manuscript Submission and Acceptance Procedure

See also: LEA Articles Conventions, LEA Referencing Style & LEA Author Checklist

Leonardo Electronic Almanac accepts both solicited and unsolicited original articles, essays and artist statements for review. We also accept curatorial proposal and discussions online and strongly encourage works from as diverse (geographic, intellectual, and analysis) a range of authorship as possible.

Prior to developing a complete manuscript, authors are encouraged to submit a 300 – 500 word abstract to the Editor-in-Chief, who will make a preliminary decision regarding the topic’s relevance to the journal’s aims and scope and will provide suggestions for developing the manuscript.

LEA publishes articles online – with a shorter time line and an in house peer review process – and in other formats including LEA magazine, Print On Demand issues, special issue or other projects – with a lengthier peer reviewed process. Please specify if your article is to appear as an online article or is in response to a specific call or issue.

If you have a ready-to-publish article, please submit it for consideration as an e-mail attachment. Texts sent for consideration should include ONLY text.

The attachment should be saved as a Microsoft Word document. Text that is pasted into e-mails will not be accepted. Text files SHOULD NOT include any graphics, audio, animation, and so forth.

All submissions and proposals should be directed to the attention of LEA Editor-in-Chief Lanfranco Aceti at

When submitting a manuscript, authors should include a statement indicating that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be between the 1,500 – 5,000-word count limit (including references and figure captions) to be considered for review.

If an author would like an essay that exceeds 5,000 words to be considered for publication, s/he can submit a short abstract (maximum 500 words) of the article.

The review process involves peer review of all submitted articles, including those solicited by the editors. Generally each manuscript is reviewed by two or three technical peer reviewers. Once the article has been selected, it will then be edited by in-house editors. A request by an editor for a manuscript is not a guarantee that it will be published.
Authors are notified of acceptance, rejection or the need for revision within 8 to 12 weeks. Texts are judged on the basis of relevance to the aims and scope of the journal, originality, rigor of thought and the use of straightforward and precise prose.

Texts should be condensed as much as possible and written to be accessible to the interested lay reader. Papers may include statements of belief and speculations, which should be denoted as such.

Manuscripts may require revision by the author before final acceptance. After a manuscript is accepted, it is edited at the editorial office and returned to the author for approval prior to publication. On average 60-70% of manuscripts received are eventually published.

Typical time between submission of a manuscript and appearance in print is between 6 – 12 months. For online articles it is between 2 to 6 weeks. Adherence to these guidelines minimizes revisions and shortens the overall editorial processing time.

All texts must be submitted in English. Authors not fluent in English should write in their native language and then have the text professionally translated before submitting it.

Since the journal is read in many countries, authors should review previous LEA texts for general style and format. LEA staff will not make major editorial revisions and cannot accept manuscripts requiring such revisions. Listed below are some of the general guidelines to follow.

• Avoid special formatting such as different text styles, bold text and underlining
• Avoid esoteric words, non-English words, slang, idioms and colloquialisms unless necessary
• Abbreviations and special terms, especially highly technical terms, should be defined in the text or in a glossary at the end of the text
• Acronyms should be spelled out on the first appearance

Should you require guidance on any of these points or have further queries, please email LEA Editorial Assistant at