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Author Guidelines

Practical information

1. Papers should be around 3000 words.

2. Please submit your article as a word document.

3. Please include in your initial submission a brief biography (including full name, current institutional affiliation and research interests), an abstract of no more than 150 words and 5 suggested keywords.


Style guide

Please note that the journal follows MLA style rules unless otherwise stated.

Title: Have a title (and sub-title, if you wish) for your article.

Sections: Do not use numbers to label sections or subsections; use titles only for sections.

Font: Please use 12-point Times New Roman font.

Font style: You may use italics in your article, but please refrain from underlining and bold. Use italics for titles of books and magazines, but single quotation marks for titles of articles or stories or poems. Also use italics for foreign words not in common usage in English.

Language: This journal only accepts submissions in the English language. Use UK English. This includes –s instead of –z spellings (realise, for example). Here are some other UK English rules: If you quote in a language other than English, please quote in the original language with the English translation in brackets immediately afterwards. Please use round brackets () for a published translation, and square brackets [] for your own translation. If you are using just a word or two in another language, define it within the sentence.

Footnotes: Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Place footnotes after punctuation (i.e. “Footnotes go at the end of sentences.1”)

Tables and Figures: Label each table and figure clearly and refer to it within the text. Include a list of tables and/or figures at the beginning of your article or as a separate attachment.

Rights: If you are quoting significant sections of text, make sure you have the right to do so. Contact the copyright-holder as necessary and get both print and electronic rights. You will have to prove you have the right to use any long quotations.

Illustrations: If you need to use illustrations from other sources, ensure that you have permission; you will have to prove you have the right to use these images. Supply good-quality images for printing with a resolution of 300dpi as .tif or .jpg files. If they are scanned images, they need to be “de-screened”. Each image should be labelled in the article. Include a list of images at the beginning of your article or as a separate attachment.

Numbers: Generally, use figures to represent numbers (i.e. 2013 or p. 57 or pp. 104-6 or 68 per cent), except for when referring to centuries (e.g. nineteenth-century literature) or when discussing objects (e.g. fourteen books).

Punctuation: Dashes should be – , with a space on either side. Use single quotation marks. Place the punctuation after the quotation mark if it is not part of the original quote. For quotes inside of quotes, use double quotation marks. Employ square brackets to show if you have made changes to quotations. Use hyphens for compound nouns (make-up) and adjectival phrases (middle-class neighbourhoods), but not otherwise.

Spacing: Please use 1.5 spacing for your article.

Paragraphing: Double space between paragraphs. Do not use a tab or indentation for the first paragraph of a section, but do use a tab for subsequent paragraphs in a section. Use indentations of 1.65 cm for long quotes (40 words or longer) and have a 10-pt line break before and after the long quotes. Do not use quotation marks for such quotes.

Capitalisation: Make sure you use capital letters for proper names (of people, places, institutions, historical eras, titles, etc.), but not for literary styles, genres, or movements (crime fiction, deconstructionism).

Referencing: Give in-text citations in this format: (author’s last name, year: page number/s), rather than in footnotes. Use a consistent style for referencing and alphabetise your bibliography by the author’s last name. Follow standard MLA rules to format your bibliographical entries.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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