Submissions F.A.Q.

What kind of articles are published in Cockatrice?

Cockatrice is a general Arts and Sciences publication, where everyone can share their research and passion for anything under the Arts and Sciences umbrella. We accept both research-based submissions and original creative works in a period style. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Research articles
  • Project reports and documentation
  • How-to guides
  • Book reviews
  • Recipe redactions
  • Project photos
  • Original poetry/play/prose in a period style
  • Original artwork in a period style

Can I write an article for Cockatrice?

Yes! Everyone, from Laurel to newcomer, is welcome to share their work with Cockatrice. If you’re not sure whether your work is suitable, just ask!

But I’m not an expert!

That’s okay! Cockatrice isn’t here to publish the one authoritative truth on any particular subject; it’s here for you to share what you’ve learned so far on your research journey and inspire others to have a go.

It’s often impossible to have certain knowledge about A&S topics due to the limits of the sources we have available. We all make our own interpretations of those sources, and make compromises around the gaps in our knowledge and the materials and tools we have available. In an article for Cockatrice, we want to hear how you filled those gaps and why you made the decisions you did.

What should I write about?

Cockatrice accepts articles on any A&S topic in our period (pre-1600 AD) that is relevant to an SCA audience. Essentially, anything you could teach a class on at an event is a good topic for a Cockatrice article. (Although please note that we do not accept anything offensive or obscene – if you’re not sure whether your topic crosses the line, please ask.)

How much should I write?

1000 words is generally about right, although we’ve accepted both longer and shorter. Keep in mind that you are writing for a general SCA audience: your readers have some general historical knowledge and an interest in A&S writing, but they may be completely new to your specific area of interest.

What sources should I use?

There are three main sources of knowledge in the Arts and Sciences: primary sources (texts, objects, and images produced at the time), secondary sources (research based on primary sources), and experimental results (e.g. I made it and it worked). Generally, a research article for Cockatrice should use multiple sources from two or more of these categories.

How do I reference my sources?

Any book, article, website, picture, artefact, or other source you used to write your article should be, at minimum, listed at the end. Ideally, include footnotes whenever you refer to a specific piece of information from a source and tell us where you got it. All images used in the article must be referenced for copyright reasons, and we would prefer you to confirm permission from the copyright holder before use. It’s okay if you’re unsure about reference format – just be consistent, and include as much of the relevant information as you can!

Websites: Include author (if available), title, URL, date accessed

French Metrology (n.d.).The metre adventure: http://www.french-metrology.com/en/history/metre-adventure.asp, viewed 30 September 2012.

Books: Include author, title, publisher, city, publication date

Palmer, John, How to Brew (Brewers Publications: Colorado, 2006).

Article from a Book: Include author, article title, editor, book title, publisher, city, publication date, page numbers

Geijer, Agnes, ‘The Textile Finds from Birka’ in N.B. Harte and H. Ponting (eds.), Cloth and Clothing in Medieval Europe, (Heinemann: London, 1983), pp. 80-99.

Magazine Article: Include author, title, magazine name, publication date, volume number, issue number, page numbers

Gribling, Barbara, ‘The Black Prince: hero or villain’, BBC History Magazine, January 2013, vol. 14, issue 3 , pp. 30-40

What format should submissions be in?

Articles should be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF format. Please use standard fonts as much as possible, and embed any necessary unusual fonts in the document. Any pictures should be compressed to limited file size.

When submitting images, please make sure they are high resolution, and include a short description.

When do I need to submit my article?

Submissions are accepted year-round, but the deadlines for each edition are one month in advance of publication. If you want your article to appear in the February/May/August/November edition, you will need to submit by the beginning of January/April/July/October respectively.

How do I submit my article?

Please email your article (along with a short author bio if you’re a new contributor) to editor@cockatrice.lochac.sca.org

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