Who can submit?

Submissions to the journal are open to all students who conducted research at the undergraduate level and wish to write an academic article or piece relating to Indigenous studies. Submissions to the journal are open to students who have any kind of academic piece or artistic piece that contributes appropriately to the conversation within Indigenous studies, including but not limited to topics surrounding colonial legacies, Indigenous affairs, and settler colonialism.

Unfortunately at this time, we currently only accept the work of undergraduate students at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.


how do i submit?

Submissions to the journal can be made in the following ways:

  1. Individual student submission by the established deadline

  2. Nomination of a submission by teaching staff (prerequisite for nomination is consent of the student that their work will be submitted)

All submissions must be sent to ajis.submissions@asus.queensu.ca by the established deadline.

Any other inquiries and questions may be sent to ajis@asus.queensu.ca.


what can i submit?

Types of submissions that will be accepted are:

  1. An original piece of research within Indigenous studies

  2. A term paper or major work

  3. Sections of an undergraduate thesis

  4. Any other critical forms of writing/creative pieces on Indigenous studies (including, poetry, mixed-medium expressions, song, visual artwork, stories etc.)


How will my submission be evaluated?

Submissions will be evaluated based on attention to cultural appropriateness, proper use of language, and respect for the nature of the topics engaged with.

It is strongly recommended that authors/artists wishing to submit heavily proofread their work for problematic use of othering language, proper use of terminology, disrespectful language, and writing which promotes colonial narratives.

Please read the language guidelines here before submitting your work.

Submissions will be revised first by the Editorial Board (comprised of Editorial Board Members, Content and Consultation Coordinator, and Editor-in-Chief(s)), returned back to the author to complete edits, and then sent to the Panel of Referees (comprised of Queen’s University faculty and staff considered as experts in the field of Indigenous Studies, as well as select members of consultative bodies).

All submissions sent to the Panel of Referees shall not feature the name of the author and submissions shall remain confidential until publication. All submissions not published shall remain confidential.


The Editorial Board will decide whether or not pieces fit the academic direction of the journal, as well as how many pieces will be published in each publication.

All purely academic essays will be edited for grammar and content first by the AJIS Editorial Board, and then will be referred to the Panel of Referees. The author shall be asked to complete edits throughout this process when deemed necessary.

The Editorial Board will determine whether or not a submission outside the realm of an academic essay requires feedback from the Panel of Referees and/or individual(s) from consultative bodies who do not already sit on the Editorial Board or Panel of Referees.

Once a submission has been revised by both the Editorial Board and Panel of Referees, the author/artist will receive the evaluated copy of their written work with comments. Authors/Artists will have 7 days from the day received to re-submit their work to the journal after addressing the comments. Once re-submitted, the Referee(s) who have evaluated that specific submission will have the opportunity to re-evaluate the submission which will then be considered by the Editorial Board for approval.

Once all submissions have completed the editing and re-evaluation process with final comments from the Panel of Referees, the Editorial Board will make its selection of evaluated submissions to commission for publication.

All authors shall be notified of the decision of the Editorial Board no later than 72 hours after the Editorial Board meeting has adjourned.

what is the editing process?