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Author Guidelines

When submitting to Postgraduate English, please follow the guidelines below. Submissions should follow the MHRA Style Guide.

There are no fees (e.g. Article Processing Charges) for submission or publication.


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. Articles should present original insight, strength of argument and critical engagement with its field. The journal aims to publish research that contributes something new to English studies. Masters students wishing to submit work done on their course should prioritise submitting articles derived from their dissertations (or equivalent). Articles should be presented in clear and readable prose, avoiding overuse of jargon, providing translations where necessary, and maintaining consistency of formatting and spelling of names. Submissions that would require significant grammatical revisions before peer review will be asked to revise their work and resubmit for the next cycle. For examples of successful submissions, please consult prior issues of the journal.
  2. The submission should not have been previously published, or be awaiting publication in any other journal or publication.
  3. Please submit your work in a Word document.
  4. Please submit your work formatted for peer review. If your work was previously submitted as an assignment (such as a dissertation), please remove any references to course names or numbers, supervisors, and the date submitted. Please submit your work as you would have it published; if you submit work that needs obvious revisions of this kind, it is unlikely to be sent to peer review. If submitting an article, please make sure that you follow these guidelines for Ensuring a Blind Review:

    The authors of the document should delete their names from the text, with Author and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors\' name, article title, etc.

    With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save

  5. Please make sure that your submission follows the MHRA Style Guide and that references are provided in the appropriate MHRA format.
  6. Book reviews should be on an academic or critical text that has been published in the last two years. Please get in touch with the editors before you submit a review with details of the book you wish to review.
  7. Articles should be between 5000 - 7000 words in length. Book reviews should be between 1000 - 2000 words in length.
  8. Please include a cover sheet in a separate document which includes the author\\\'s name, five keywords for indexing, and a 250 - 300 word abstract. Please also include institutional affiliation if you have one and ORCID iD where applicable.
  9. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material for which they do not own copyright, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their submission. Where relevant, please include evidence of the clearances by email or with your cover sheet. For more information on copyright and fair use, please consult this guide.

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-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 licence 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. Authors may deposit the Submitted version; Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript); or Published version (Version of Record) in an institutional repository of the author's choice.


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