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Gastronomica is an international, interdisciplinary journal, publishing work that presents new and original research, advances our understanding of the pressing topics, theories, and methods in the world of food, and invites critical debate and commentary across diverse audiences. The journal prioritizes “translational” work that speaks to multiple audiences. The editor encourages clear writing and organization, with a minimum of specialized jargon.

Submissions from all disciplines and perspectives are welcomed. For all of our submissions, but particularly for our Food Phenomena section (see below), authors should aim their writing at a general readership, using prose that is clear, vivid, and free from jargon. Gastronomica readers are based around the globe and may not be familiar with the phenomena you describe.

Submission Procedures

All pieces should be submitted to our online submission platform, ScholarOne, via this link: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-gastronomica.

Scholarly submissions:

Each submission should include the following items as separate attachments:

  • Main submission: Formatted as Word Doc (no PDFs), up to 8,000 words. Formatting style: Chicago Manual of Style, in-text citations (Author, date); double-spaced, Notes/References Cited at the end of the text. American spelling; italics (not underlining) for emphasis. No author name(s) affiliated.
  • Abstract: a brief (250 words or less) description of the work, including title and 5-6 keywords. No author name(s) affiliated.
  • Cover letter, featuring a brief biographical statement. Please include full contact information (address, phone, email) with this cover letter. (If available, please include suggested peer reviewers and their contact information in this document.)

Food Phenomena section:

The “Food Phenomena” section is where you can find critical pieces and lively, thought-provoking short articles on objects, places, memories, or other phenomena related to food.  Submissions could include anything from an essay on rosé wine, a thought-piece on Costco, or a review of a food-oriented film or your favorite donut shop.  The goal is to feature food writing that inspires, delights, and challenges readers – pieces that are smart and accurate but not necessarily academic. We especially encourage essays that balance a gastronomic appreciation of food with a critical cultural analysis of why the subject at hand is broadly significant. (Pieces submitted as Food Phenomena will be internally reviewed; for more detailed submission guidelines and examples of past FP-esque pieces, please contact gastroreviews@ucpress.edu)

Submissions for “Food Phenomena” are flexible, but should be submitted via ScholarOne and should fall within the general guidelines.

  • Submissions can be relatively short (500-1000 words), or framed as longer feature articles (up to 8,000 words). Submitted as Word doc, with word count included at top of piece along with clear title and 4-6 keywords.
  • Accompanying photography/artwork are also welcome (authors are responsible for clearing permissions prior to publication).
  • Formatting style: Chicago Manual of Style, in-text citations (Author, date); double-spaced, Notes/References Cited at the end of the text. American spelling; italics (not underlining) for emphasis.

Book and Film Review Guidelines 

Gastronomica solicits reviews of books and films that focus on interdisciplinary considerations of food and food systems. We will hear suggestions for reviews of specific books or films, or we may offer a particular title that speak to your scholarly interests. For more detailed book review & film guidelines, please contact gastroreviews@ucpress.edu.

Submissions for Book & Film Reviews should be submitted via ScholarOne and should fall within the general guidelines.

  • Reviews should be 500-1000 words. Submitted as Word doc, with word count included at top of piece along with clear title.
  • Formatting style: Chicago Manual of Style, in-text citations (Author, date); double-spaced, Notes/References Cited at the end of the text. American spelling; italics (not underlining) for emphasis.

Questions regarding scholarly pieces, or general journal operations, should be sent to our managing editor at gastrome@ucpress.edu. Questions or concerns regarding reviews and the Food Phenomena section should be sent to gastroreviews@ucpress.edu.

(Photo: Charles W. Trigg Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)