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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

Article types

Articles may be accepted in areas including but not limited to those listed below:

  • Original research articles
  • Reviews
  • Short notes
  • Literary Translations
  • Creative Writing including creative non-fiction and feature articles

Word count

Word count: 800 – 3000 words (including abstracts) for original research, translations, and creative submissions (poetry and other shorter creative pieces may be submitted), 300-1000 words for short notes and reviews

Abstract: maximum 300 words

Notes on readability

  • Make each sentence clear and concise
  • Minimize the use of jargon
  • Define all acronyms


  • All manuscripts must be submitted in English (British). 
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial font in size 12
  • Consecutively number each page beginning with the Title page

Title page

The first page of every manuscript should consist of a single cover page and include:

  • The title of the paper
  • The name and e-mail address of the author
  • Manuscript Word Count
  • Up to six key words: these should accurately represent your work
  • Abstract (for longer pieces): up to 300 words clearly describing the content and the main research questions

Tables and images

It is not anticipated that tables will be included in the articles. Authors' own copyright images to accompany articles or reviews should be submitted as separate .gif or .jpg files and acceptance for publication is subject to editors' discretion.


Use MHRA referencing system with endnotes (see university handbook and NOW pages for details)


Any acknowledgments should be included after the article.