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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

General Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

  • Manuscripts are accepted in English. British English spelling and punctuation are preferred.
  • Use single quotation marks, except where a quotation is within a quotation. Quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.
  • A typical manuscript should be 5000- 8000 words excluding references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
  • All authors should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. Where a manuscript is authored by more than author, one author should be identified as the corresponding author. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted.
  • Supply a short biographical note for each author.
  • Abstracts of not more than 250 words are required for all manuscripts submitted. Each manuscript should be followed by between 5 and 8 keywords.
  • Book Reviews should be between 700-1000 words.
  • Review Essays should be between 2500-3000 words. Keywords and abstracts are not necessary for Book Reviews or Review Essays.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); Acknowledgement; Conflicting interests; Funding.

Example of Funding Declaration

  • For single agency grants: “This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx].”
  • For multiple agency grants: “This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx].”

Where the author(s) did not receive any funding, the following declaration should be attached: “The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.”

Declaration of Conflicting Interests: “The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

  • Section headings should be concise.
  • The language of the manuscript must be non-discriminatory. Sexist or racist terms are not permitted.


Referencing Style

All manuscripts must adhere to the MLA referencing style, 7th Edition.

References in the text or in-text citations are indicated by the author’s name followed by the page number. E.g. Anderson 7. If the author’s name is mentioned in the text, only the page number is indicated. E.g. “(7)”. The list of works consulted should be titled “Works Cited.”

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Guber, eds. The Female Imagination and the Modernist Aesthetic.

             New York: Cordon, 1986. Print.

--- “Sexual Linguistics: Gender, Language, Sexuality.” New Literary History 16.3 (1985).

            JSTOR. Web. 26 June 2010.

Piper, Andrew. “Rethinking the Print Object. Goethe and the Book of Everything.” PMLA 121.1

            (2006): 124-38. Print.

Tibullus, Albius. “How to be Tibullus.” Trans. David Wray. Chicago Review 48.4 (2002-03):

            102-06. Print.

Appiah, Kwame Anthony, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Identities. Spec. issue of Critical

             Inquiry 18.4 (1992): 625-884. Print


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