CBLC offers two tracks for submission:

  • Full paper. Experienced researchers are encouraged to submit their papers in standard journal format. All full paper submissions will be stringently peer-reviewed through a standard process. Full paper submissions may be of any length.
  • Emerging scholarship. CBLC offers a special track for researchers working in traditionally underrepresented contexts, such as universities, government agencies, or NGOs in countries historically less intensively involved in scientific research, or colleges and universities that focus on historically underrepresented populations in wealthy countries. Papers submitted to the emerging scholarship track will be stringently peer-reviewed through a standard process. However, papers in this track will receive additional mentorship during the review process, including mentorship on research analysis and the framing of the research question(s). Articles that are out of scope or which are sufficiently far from acceptable to make our mentorship process infeasible will still be rejected by editorial decision. Proofreading and English-language writing will remain the responsibility of the authors. Emergent scholarship submissions may be of any length.

Papers published in CBLC will be permanently open-access on the web and free. There are no publication charges of any sort for publication in CBLC. CBLC is free both to authors and readers.

Only papers submitted in dialects of the English language frequently used in academic publication will be reviewed by CBLC. However, if an article is accepted for publication, authors are invited to co-submit versions of their articles in other languages for co-publication, along with signing a statement that the translation is true, accurate, and complete.

Articles should be submitted in APA format with one exception – all figures and tables should be included inline rather than at the end of the manuscript. Articles submitted to CBLC may not have been previously published, or under review by other journals. However, articles may contain content published in conference proceedings so long as at least 30% of the article’s empirical results are unpublished, new content. In this case, the letter of submission must indicate the original article(s) and what content is new.

Any articles found to contain plagiarism, to involve double-publication of results (except as allowed for above), or to involve fake or intentionally mis-analyzed data may be withdrawn from the journal at the editor(s)' discretion.

Unlike many other journals, under our copyright policy the author retains full ownership of their manuscript. See details here.

All articles must be submitted by email to Please indicate what paper category you are submitting to. Inquiries may also be submitted to that address.