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54th Edition

This page was adopted from Kathrin Lang's 53rd Edition page.

The VOC publishes a work of literary genius every spring: The Annual VOC Journal. Share your passion for the outdoors and for the VOC - help put together the 54th edition of the VOCJ!

We're using an interactive Wiki page this year, just like last year. This page is intended to help with the organization of the Journal to get it printed in time. See below for how you can contribute, deadlines, an article list with a trip report list (to avoid having multiple articles on the same trip), FAQs, and a style guide.

How can you contribute?

1. Submit an article.

  • About what? Write an article about a trip you did with the VOC (see the trip list below to 'sign up' for a particular trip article)! Or, write about a trip you did on your own, or it maybe not even about a particular trip. Write outdoor philosophies or ethics or just expressions of love for the mountains. Write an instruction guide for how to make some piece of gear you made at home this year, or if you're really into the history of some outdoor sport, write an article about it. Everything vaguely about non-motorized outdoor sports is welcome!
  • When? Firm final deadline for all articles is February 5th. (later submissions need a good reason and have to be approved by the journal editor)
  • How? Send files (or ideally a zip file) to [email protected] Include:
    • the article, with a title and your name. Text (.txt or .rtf) or word (.doc or .docx) file formats are good. No pdfs, please.
    • photos, if you have them. Name them as name-of-article_pic1.jpg, name-of-article_pic2.jpg, etc, where name-of-article is the name of your article. Include picture caption info: where, photographer, subjects.

More detailed submission guidelines can be found here; see below for the style guide.

2. Submit a photo to the photo contest.

We'll have a photo contest set up shortly (early-mid January). Winning photos from each of 5 categories will be displayed in full colour in the journal. More info coming soon...

3. Help with proofing, editing, and layout.

  • Edit articles for spelling, grammar, consistency. We'll need at least 2 edits per article! (early February)
  • Edit photos: check resolution, convert colour to black and white if needed, etc.
  • We'll likely use InDesign to create the journal. Do you (a) have InDesign and want to share it? or (b) want to help with the layout? No experience needed, just a willingness to work and learn.

If you'd like to assist, sign up below! Also, contact Kelly at [email protected].

4. From the Exec. We need two things from you in addition to what we need from everybody else

  • A portrait-type picture of yourself. See last years journal for examples. Some of you are really ugly and have trouble with this, but work on it.
  • A summary of what it was like to be in your Exec Position for the past year. Any achievements? Problems?

And remember: submitting an article to the VOCJ or assisting with editing/layout counts as a workhike!

Editing Team Sign-up

Sign up below (with your email address) and you'll be included in the fun. All articles will be shared through google docs for editing purposes. Please refer to the VOCJ style sheet (at the bottom of this page) when editing.

Editing

  • Kelly Paton ([email protected]) - shared on Google Docs
  • Skyler Des Roches (skylerdes at gmail dot com) - shared on Google Docs
  • Gili Rosenberg (gilirosenberg+at+gmail+dot+com) - shared on Google Docs
  • Maya Goldstein (goldmaya+at+gmail+dot+com) - shared on Google Docs
  • Veenstra (Bigbadbasstrombone) - shared on Google Docs
  • Len (ltgoff at gmail+dot+com) - shared on Google Docs
  • Roland Burton (rolandburt at gmail dot com) - shared on Google Docs
  • Phoebe Wong (phoebetwinkles at gmail dot com) - shared on Google Docs

Photo Conversion (colour to b&w)

Layout

Timeline

  • December 20th, 2010: suggested deadline for all article of trips that happened between April and mid-December. Not a firm deadline.
  • February 1st, 2011: deadline for advertisers to submit their artwork. Invoices will be sent once the journal is submitted to the printer.
  • February 5th, 2011 : firm final deadline for all articles to be submitted. Exceptions to this deadline must be approved by the journal editor.
  • TBA: journal submitted to printer.
  • TBA: proof received, checked, and approved to be printed.
  • TBA: journals printed and received.

Articles

Trip Agenda Article Possibilities

This is a list of all trips from the trip agenda (copied and pasted, reverse chronological order). If you want to write about a trip, or if you wrote the trip report and want to change it into an article, move it to the appropriate chapter in the Table of Contents below and put your name beside it.

January 2012

  • 21st, Sat. - 22nd, Sun. Intro to Back Country Skiing
  • 18th, Wednesday How to Organise a trip
  • 15th, Sunday Intermediate skiing day trip Jan 15
  • 15th, Sunday N Shore Ski Exploration, the Haynes loop
  • 14th, Saturday Tele School @ Seymour Resort
  • 14th, Sat. - 15th, Sun. High Output Summit Series: Sky Pilot
  • 14th, Sat. - 15th, Sun. skiing trip to Red Heather Warming Hut (beginner-friendly) Roland's got it
  • 11th, Wednesday Extremely Beginner Friendly Ski Evening
  • 9th, Monday 2nd Annual Canadian Avalanche Centre Fundraiser
  • 7th, Sat. - 8th, Sun. Winter Longhike 2012- Seymour
  • 7th, Sat. - 8th, Sun. AST1 Block 4
  • 7th, Sat. - 8th, Sun. AST1 Block 3

December 2011

  • 26th, Mon. - 2nd, Mon. New Years at Phelix Hut
  • 25th, Sun. - 26th, Mon. Ryan's Spooning With Benefits Trip
  • 18th, Sunday Day trip to Paul's Ridge/ Red Heather
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. North Joffre Creek Horseshoe Dec 17-18
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. Brian Waddington Hut Trip - Intermediate Friendly
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. AST1 Block 2
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. AST1 Block 1
  • 16th, Friday Kinda Beg. Friendly Ski Day trip on the North Shore-Rambling about the area behind Grouse?
  • 15th, Thursday Tele Lesson at Cypress
  • 14th, Wednesday Beacon search night
  • 11th, Sunday 'Pow Pow' Sledging trip to Red Heather
  • 10th, Sat. - 11th, Sun. It's my birthday so lets Ski and Party!- Beginner Friendly Phelix Creek Dec 10-11
  • 10th, Sat. - 11th, Sun. we love Brew hut (beginner friendly)
  • 10th, Saturday Maybe Beginner-friendly Day trip: Backcountry hopefully powpow skiing , Maybe Paul Ridge
  • 3rd, Saturday Ski/ Snowshoe Red Heather - December 3rd
  • 3rd, Saturday Pre-finals Paul Ridge Day Mission- Beginner Friendly
  • 3rd, Sat. - 4th, Sun. Dec 3-4 Avanced Keith's Hut
  • 3rd, Sat. - 4th, Sun. Feuerzangenbowle Snowshoe/Skiing Trip to Brew Hut (Beginner Friendly)

November 2011

  • 30th, Wednesday Beacon Practice after Jared Stanley Lecture
  • 30th, Wednesday 7th Annual Jared Stanley Memorial Mountain Safety Lecture
  • 29th, Tuesday Kayaking sessions in the UBC Outdoor Pool
  • 27th, Sunday Beginner Friendly Hollyburn Skiing - Sunday Nov 27th
  • 26th, Sat. - 27th, Sun. Intro to Steelheading
  • 23rd, Wednesday Annual VOC Formal/Ugly Sweater Winter Social!
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Backcountry Ski Trip to Elfin Lakes Hut Roland's got it
  • 19th, Saturday Telemagique Ridge Day Trip (Intermediate)
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. Slightly Less Early Season Ski Trip to Brew Sat. Nov. 19th - Sun. Nov. 20th
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. Mt Baker Backcountry Skiing
  • 16th, Wednesday Fred Beckey: Slides and Film Footage from Climbs in the Northwest
  • 15th, Tuesday Kayak session in the UBC outdoor pool
  • 15th, Tuesday Westcomb Private Sample Sale
  • 12th, Sat. - 13th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Debacle overflow ski trip to Taylor Meadows
  • 12th, Sat. - 13th, Sun. Annual Early Season Ski Trip to Brew
  • 11th, Fri. - 13th, Sun. Full Alcoholic Traverse
  • 10th, Thursday Smith Rocks 2011
  • 9th, Wednesday Slideshow - Mexico: Beyond Your Imagination
  • 8th, Tuesday MEC Clubs Night
  • 7th, Monday Avalanche beacon training Wreck Beach
  • 7th, Monday Wilderness first aid
  • 6th, Sunday Fresh air and exercise! Elfin lake hike/ski
  • 5th, Sat. - 6th, Sun. overnight skiing at Taylor Meadows / Black Tusk
  • 5th, Saturday Low output Beginner Friendly, to Hollyburn
  • 5th, Sat. - 6th, Sun. Cerise Creek completion mission
  • 3rd, Thursday Atmosphere Buy Night
  • 2nd, Wednesday Slideshow: Ski Touring in Alaska
  • 1st, Tuesday Kayak Sessions in the UBC Outdoor Pool
  • 1st, Tuesday So, what's in your pack? What do you need for a Winter Hut Trip with the VOC?

October 2011

  • 31st, Monday Halloween Potluck
  • 29th, Sat. - 30th, Sun. Halloween Skiing under the Tusk (29-30)
  • 29th, Saturday 2nd Annual Spooky Scramble - Baby Munday
  • 29th, Sat. - 30th, Sun. Skaha Halloween Climbing 2011
  • 26th, Wednesday Annual VOC Gearswap!
  • 25th, Tuesday Beacon Search Practice
  • 23rd, Sunday Beginner Friendly Low Output Day Hike to Mt Seymour
  • 22nd, Sat. - 23rd, Sun. Intro to Backcountry Hot Springs Oct 22-23
  • 19th, Wednesday Slideshow - Fast and Light Easter McBride
  • 15th, Sat. - 16th, Sun. Workhike: Cable bridge on the Phelix Creek Trail (Beginner Friendly)
  • 15th, Sat. - 16th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Locomotive & Face Mountain Scrambling Trip
  • 15th, Sat. - 16th, Sun. Workhike- Cerise Creek Trail Marking (Beginner Friendly)
  • 15th, Saturday Beginner Friendly Tricouni Mission
  • 9th, Sunday Beginner Friendly Day trip to Brew Hut
  • 8th, Saturday Beginner-friendly Hike and Scramble Day trip up Brandywine Mountain
  • 8th, Sat. - 9th, Sun. Manning park explorations 8-9 Oct
  • 8th, Sat. - 9th, Sun. Castle Towers Scramble
  • 5th, Wednesday Slideshow: Adventures on the Columbia Icefield
  • 4th, Tuesday Kayak Polo in the UBC Pool
  • 1st, Sat. - 2nd, Sun. Alternate to Long Hike

September 2011

  • 30th, Fri. - 2nd, Sun. Longhike 2011
  • 26th, Monday Intro Night 2011 (VOC Information night)
  • 24th, Saturday Beginner Friendly Hanes Valley Traverse
  • 24th, Sat. - 25th, Sun. Work Hike: Meager Creek Route Flagging
  • 24th, Sat. - 25th, Sun. Brew Hut Trail Work
  • 24th, Sat. - 25th, Sun. Tenquille Lake Hut Trip
  • 24th, Sat. - 25th, Sun. Indian Arm Sea Kayaking Extravaganza (Beg Friendly)
  • 21st, Wed. - 23rd, Fri. AMS Clubs Days 2011
  • 18th, Sunday Beginner Friendly Lions Hike
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. Glacier School G2
  • 17th, Sat. - 18th, Sun. Glacier School G1
  • 10th, Sat. - 11th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Garibaldi Lake Crossover
  • 10th, Saturday Beginner Friendly Lynn Peak Hike
  • 10th, Sat. - 11th, Sun. Brew Poo Trip Act I
  • 7th, Wednesday Last VOC Monthly Summer BBQ of the Year
  • 3rd, Sat. - 5th, Mon. Mountaineering Camp

August 2011

  • 27th, Sat. - 28th, Sun. A BC Scramble & Hike - Ossa Mountain
  • 27th, Sat. - 28th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Golden Ears
  • 20th, Sat. - 21st, Sun. Semi Alcoholic Traverse
  • 13th, Sat. - 14th, Sun. Sphinx (Garibaldi Lake) work hike
  • 13th, Sat. - 14th, Sun. Harrison Hut route recon, round 2
  • 12th, Fri. - 15th, Mon. Tantalus Range Camp (postponed)
  • 8th, Mon. - 14th, Sun. Stein Valley Traverse
  • 6th, Sat. - 7th, Sun. Brew Work Hike
  • 3rd, Wednesday VOC Monthly Summer BBQ - August

July 2011

  • 30th, Sat. - 2nd, Tue. Mt. Veeocee!
  • 29th, Fri. - 1st, Mon. Pick a Climb Pick a Fruit - Skaha Rock Climbing and Fruit Picking Trip
  • 24th, Sunday Eagle Bluffs / Black Mountain
  • 23rd, Sat. - 24th, Sun. Phelix Work Hike #2
  • 23rd, Sat. - 24th, Sun. Shuksan Fisher Chimneys
  • 17th, Sunday Reasonably Beginner Friendly Crown Mtn Hike/ Scramble
  • 16th, Sat. - 17th, Sun. Brew Work Hike
  • 16th, Sat. - 17th, Sun. Overnight kayak trip - Deep Cove to Granite Falls, July 16-17
  • 9th, Sat. - 10th, Sun. Beginner Friendly trip to Brew Hut
  • 9th, Sat. - 10th, Sun. Annual Veenstra Moderate Friendly Summer Traverse - Valentine Gates
  • 6th, Wednesday VOC Monthly Summer BBQ - July edition
  • 1st, Fri. - 3rd, Sun. Garibaldi Neve

June 2011

  • 27th, Mon. - 28th, Tue. Level 1 Sea Kayak Skills course
  • 26th, Sunday Hike up Seymour on Sunday
  • 24th, Fri. - 25th, Sat. Carbon-neutral and Human Beans-powered Friendly Critical Mass
  • 21st, Tuesday Summer solstice sunrise ski Seymour / Summer solstice sunset ski Strachan
  • 18th, Sat. - 19th, Sun. Harrison Hut Route recconaisance June 2011
  • 18th, Sat. - 19th, Sun. I want to Ride my Bicycle - Salt Spring Island
  • 11th, Sat. - 12th, Sun. Cathedral Mountain Self-Propelled
  • 5th, Sunday A hike to Petgill Lake
  • 4th, Sat. - 5th, Sun. Phelix Work Hike #1
  • 3rd, Fri. - 5th, Sun. Sea Kayak Trip: Gambier Island, Howe Sound
  • 1st, Wednesday Monthly Beach Barbeque!

May 2011

  • 28th, Sat. - 29th, Sun. Son of Rock (Learn to climb rock!)
  • 28th, Saturday Garibaldi Lake via Snowshoes
  • 21st, Sat. - 23rd, Mon. Mt. Baker SP
  • 21st, Saturday Red Heather Ski or ? Day trip Saturday May 21
  • 20th, Fri. - 22nd, Sun. Moderate-friendly weekend at Phelix with chocolate fondue
  • 20th, Fri. - 23rd, Mon. Mount Baker May Long Weekend
  • 20th, Fri. - 23rd, Mon. Wenatchee R. Festival Whitewater Kayak Trip!
  • 14th, Saturday 14th May -- Golden Ears snowshoe & scramble trip: attempt #2
  • 14th, Saturday Seymour, hiking
  • 12th, Thursday Beginner Kayak River Run
  • 11th, Wednesday Capilano River Kayak (Class 3) - Wednesday After work 6pm
  • 10th, Tuesday Kayak Polo on the beach!
  • 7th, Saturday Golden Ears Snow Shoeing Day Mission
  • 7th, Sat. - 8th, Sun. Brew Hut May 7-8
  • 4th, Wednesday VOC First Monthly Summer BBQ

April 2011

  • 30th, Sat. - 1st, Sun. Mount Matier
  • 26th, Tuesday MEC clubnight (10% off)
  • 22nd, Fri. - 24th, Sun. Easter Week-end trip to Mamquam
  • 22nd, Fri. - 24th, Sun. Jonathan's goodbye at Skaha
  • 22nd, Fri. - 25th, Mon. Plan B Easter Climbing in Leavenworth
  • 22nd, Fri. - 24th, Sun. Easter Weekend Beginner-Friendly Skiing Sphinx Bay
  • 22nd, Fri. - 25th, Mon. McBride Traverse
  • 22nd, Fri. - 25th, Mon. Harrison Hut Mission
  • 20th, Wednesday Make your own alpine harness night!
  • 16th, Saturday Whitewater on Lynn Creek
  • 16th, Saturday Walk up, and back down Mt. Unneccessary
  • 16th, Saturday Mt Seymour, hiking
  • 16th, Sat. - 17th, Sun. Peak 2 Peak aka the spearhead
  • 9th, Saturday Relaxing(ish) Beginner Friendly Zupjok Day Mission
  • 9th, Sat. - 10th, Sun. Iago Intro to Backcountry Skiing
  • 5th, Tuesday Kayak polo in the UBC outdoor pool
  • 2nd, Saturday Elfin Beginner Friendly Trip - April 2nd (-3rd)
  • 2nd, Saturday Sea Kayaking Daytrip
  • 2nd, Sat. - 3rd, Sun. Neve say Never - Garibaldi Neve Traverse
  • 2nd, Sat. - 3rd, Sun. Pelion Ski Ascent
  • 1st, Fri. - 4th, Mon. Vantage Rock Climbing Weekend

March 2011

  • 27th, Sunday Nak n' Cheese - ski day trip to Nak Peak
  • 26th, Sat. - 27th, Sun. Mel's Beginner-Friendly Snowshoe Trip
  • 25th, Fri. - 27th, Sun. The Neve - for real
  • 23rd, Wednesday End of Year Banquet and AGM
  • 22nd, Tuesday Kayak Polo - all are welcome!
  • 22nd, Tuesday Tele Lessons at Cypress with Rachel and Phil
  • 20th, Sunday Daytrip at Telemagique ridge
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. Beginner Friendly Mt. Rohr Mission
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. 20 Hour wilderness First Aid Course
  • 19th, Saturday Hollyburn Moonlight Snowshoe
  • 18th, Fri. - 21st, Mon. Skyler's Himalayan Experience
  • 16th, Wednesday Slideshow: Trekking and volunteering in Nepal
  • 14th, Monday Tele Lessons at Seymour with Rachel and Phil
  • 12th, Sat. - 13th, Sun. Laura's Saxifrage and Cassiope Trip
  • 12th, Sat. - 13th, Sun. Geoff's Beginner Friendly Neve Traverse
  • 12th, Sat. - 13th, Sun. Joint VOC/VOCO Trip to Needle Peak
  • 9th, Wednesday Slideshow Details, Message Board
  • 6th, Sunday Easy Beverley Ck Ski/Snowshoe
  • 6th, Sunday Skier Skiers who Ski
  • 5th, Saturday Non-threatening Skiing Daytrip

Table of Contents

Add your article to the appropriate chapter below.

Starting Material

President’s Message

VOC Executive 2011 - 12

Photo Contest 2012

Hiking and Scrambling

  • A Particular Peruvian Adventure, Part 2 (Skyler Des Roches)
  • Stein Valley Traverse (Jeff Taylor)
  • In the Footsteps of Rachael and Jonathan (Gili Rosenberg)
  • Tantalus Range Camp (Spencer, Caroline, Charlie) - received, returned for downsizing
  • Mt. Meslilloet SP (Nick M) - Submitted, + 3 photos
  • Crown Mountain adventure (Chris Y)
  • Looping the Brazeau and other adventures in the Rockies (Gili Rosenberg)
  • An Arctic Image (Breanne J)
  • A Snowy Day up the Needles (Marcin) - submitted, no photos

Climbing & Mountaineering

  • A Particular Peruvian Adventure, Part 1. (Skyler Des Roches)
  • A Force To Be Reckoned With (Artem Bylinskii)
  • Smith Rocks Epic (Elliot Cudmore)
  • Top Of Peru (Brad Ward) - submitted, no photos
  • Four Climbs in a Week (Marcin) - submitted + 4 photos
  • squamish sp climbing (James, Caroline, Marcin)

Skiing and Winter Mountaineering

  • McBride Traverse (Veenstra)
  • It's my birthday so lets Ski and Party!- Beginner Friendly Phelix Creek Dec 10-11 (Sam Mckoy)
  • Turns All Year (spans the last 28 months) (Piotr F)
  • Mt. Matier Super Moon (Lee W)
  • 19th, Sat. - 20th, Sun. Mt Baker Backcountry Skiing (Lee W)
  • Mt Baker in a day, self-propelled (Marcin) - submitted + 4 photos
  • The Dismal Ski Trip of Gloom, Mt. Rohr (Breanne J)
  • Dedededede de do...Brew New Years (Murray) - submitted, no photos
  • Cinder Cone and Black Tusk via Helm Creek (Murray)
  • Chronicles of Taylor Meadows - Nov 12-13 (Rodrigo Samayoa)
  • Too much snow and too many bombs in Rogers Pass (Phil)
  • Adventures on the Columbia Icefield (Nick M) - Submitted + 2 photos
  • The Full Alcoholic Non-Traverse (Mike Duncan)
  • Denali (Geoff Martin)
  • What's a switch back?? (Jess L)
  • A couple of Red Heather Meadows Trips (Roland Burton) Submitted, no photos
  • Caspar creek adventure (Anne V, Philip D, Marcin)
  • Hello SAR? I'm at Red Heather and I'm missing nine beginners... (Aron Z)

Land & Water

  • Caving on Vancouver Island (Julia Stafford)
  • Cycling in North BC: from Prince Rupert to Skagway, Alaska (Maya Goldstein)
  • Wenatchee River Paddling (Fiona and Rich) - submitted, + 5 photos
  • Cycling article: either Galloping Goose or June is Bike Month (Maya Goldstein)
  • Surfing at Skookumchuck (Caitlin)
  • A new Perception of Sea Kayaking (Caitlin)
  • Mt. Gardner Self-Propelled (Jessica Litman) - submitted, no photos

Travels Abroad

  • A more civilized sort of bike tour. (Phil and Vicky)

Club Life & Reflections

  • Extended, Boring Opinion on Non-boring Activities(Skyler Des Roches)
  • Lazy city-boy survival guide to the VOC (Ron Maharik) - submitted, no photos
  • 22 years of sliding on snow - reveling in narcissism (Phil)
  • Some rambling discussion of the VOC's huts (Phil)

Miscellaneous

List all miscellaneous articles, illustrations, how-to guides, and more, here. If a theme emerges, we'll create a new chapter. If no theme emerges, they will be cleverly scattered throughout the journal to make it interesting.

  • Ms. Manners (Len Goff)
  • Prism of Ice - mountaineering fiction piece (Sam McKoy) - submitted, no photos
  • Guide to Backcountry Pooing (Jess Litman)
  • How NOT to train for Denali (Mike Duncan)
  • How to acquire a bike dirt cheap on the day before new year eve (Noriko Okamoto)

e-mail

Questions, suggestions, and submissions can be sent to [email protected]


FAQs

* When should I submit my article?
If it's ready now, by all means, submit it now. Otherwise you have until February 5th, 2012, but the earlier you submit, the better. Any articles submitted later than the deadline will not make it into the journal.
* How many articles can I submit?
Well, try to submit one, at least. Submit as many articles as you'd like, but if you send in more than two, be prepared to have some of your articles cut, since we'd like everyone to have an opportunity to have an article printed.
* How do I submit articles and photos?
Send them to Kelly Paton ([email protected]) as attachments. Be sure to include your full name somewhere, either in the body of the e-mail or in the article itself, especially if you have a cryptic username like jizzmonkey69.
* How does a VOCJ article differ from a trip report?
A trip report is a good start to a VOCJ article, but a VOCJ article needn't be a trip report. Rather than just copying and pasting your TR into a file and submitting it, edit it to make sure that the article is coherent and has a clear beginning and conclusion (and a middle too).
* Does my story have to be an epic?
Not at all. A good journal article will inform or entertain—perhaps both—and although epics are natural fodder for entertaining stories, trip stories where everything goes smoothly can be just as fresh and edifying. Conversely, an epic, poorly written up, does not a good article make.
* What will you do to my article once I submit it?
The editor will fact-check proper names and edit the article for spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary), grammar, style (per Chicago Manual), usage, and clarity. She may also suggest structural changes (moving paragraphs around) for better flow and cuts for length and conciseness. If necessary the editor will also eliminate libel and other inappropriate content.
* How will the editing process work?
The copy editors will edit your article electronically and will only send it back to you if major changes need to be made. Submitting it means you accept that it will be edited for spelling, grammar, and coherence.
* Will you crop my photos?
The designer may have to crop your photos to fit, yes. If you want to insist that your image not be cropped, submit it with your desired crop and specify in the body of the e-mail to which the image is attached that you don't want it cropped. We'll do our best to accommodate your wishes. Note that all photos submitted will more likely than not be resized.
* What resolution do the photos have to be?
Photos that accompany an article should be at least 300 dpi at 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) wide. Stand-alone photos for the colour sections should be at least 300 dpi at about 6 inches (15.25 cm) wide. However, when you submit your photos, simply submit them in as high a resolution as possible and let the designer worry about converting them. You can lose photo quality if you convert them improperly or save them in an inappropriate format.
* Can I submit photos with nudity or use swear words in my article?
Expecting the journal to be devoid of nudity would be a bit delusional. However, the journal will be going out to some respectable types, so the decorum should be kept somewhat high. Decorum is kind of relative, though, so in short: tasteful nudity only. And make sure that all parties in the photo (nude or not) have given you permission to reproduce their image in a publication that will be archived for posterior. Er, posterity. As for swear words, some epics are definitely expletive-worthy, and the editor's not out to censor anyone. But, as with any (ahem) literary device, if you abuse expletives they'll lose their impact. Use only what you need to get your point across.


VOCJ 54 Style sheet

This is just for reference. If you're a kind soul you'll try to follow it, but if you don't, it's fine. The copy editors will fix inconsistencies in editing. But if you try to dispute an editorial decision that's specified on this style sheet, the style sheet will win.

  • use Canadian spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • use series comma
  • use active voice whenever possible
  • avoid using "this" and "that" as pronouns rather than demonstrative adjectives
  • don't use emoticons and gratuitous exclamation points. If you do they will be unceremoniously eliminated
  • give full names in the first mentions of any people in your article
  • give full names for the first mentions of any potentially unfamiliar acronyms
  • use single spaces after all punctuation
  • use metric units; or at least give a metric conversion to any imperial units you use
  • spell out numbers from one to one hundred and all higher round numbers consisting of two words or fewer (e.g., "fourteen thousand"); use numerals for everything else, and use a comma in figures with four or more digits. (e.g., 2,568). Exception: use numerals when using decimals, metric units (e.g., 400 m, 30 km), and percentages (e.g., 28 per cent—note that "per cent" is spelled out as two words)
  • it's "gaiters," kids—not "gators." Unless you're actually talking about alligators.