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Author Guidelines

An important aim of the journal is to provide a space in which postgraduates in English can place their work and, if accepted for publication, receive a little feedback. We are a UK-based journal but will also consider international submissions that the editors consider meet with an appropriate standard of English.

The Journal provides for academic articles (which are refereed), while the Forum is devoted to papers on postgraduate issues (which need not be refereed).

Students currently enrolled as research postgraduates in English in the U.K. or elsewhere are welcome to submit papers of between 5,000 and 7,000 words. Presentation should conform to the guidelines of the MLA handbook (please consult submission guidelines below).

An academic paper submitted to the Journal will be sent to the suitably qualified member of the editorial board. Papers accepted for publication will be published with a brief section of anonymous feedback from the referee. This service cannot be rendered for rejected papers. The editors reserve the right to return papers that have evidently been under-prepared, before any referees are involved.

Papers intended for the journal may be despatched at any time to the address given below (though deadlines may be announced for specific issues in our various calls for papers) The journal's editor (or editors) is a member of the postgraduate body at the Department of English Studies at University of Durham.

Submission requirements

Articles should be emailed to

Articles should be between 5000 and 7000 words per item. Reviews should not exceed 2000 words per item.

Authors should submit:

  1. A cover page or email containing information about the author's academic affiliation, five key words and an abstract of the paper (250 - 300 words).
  2. A version of the paper where all information identifying the author has been removed – this should be saved as ‘For Review’ file.

Style Guide

All articles need to comply with the MLA style guide with references included in footnotes rather than as in-text parenthetical citations. Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times or closest comparable font available, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line).
  • Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.
  • Text needs to be double spaced, without additional spacing after paragraphs.
  • Font: 12pt, Times New Roman
  • Alignment: Left
  • Margins: 1 inch/2.54 cm all around.
  • Long quotations (more than three lines): included in the text as block quotations, single spaced, indentation increased by 1.27 cm on both sides.
  • Page numbers: plain number, bottom centre of the page.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in print and electronic media and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript For queries or further information contact:


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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  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.
  7. Article is normally between 5000-7000 words in length. Book review is normally between 1000-2000. For articles and reviews outside these limits I have emailed the editors for agreement prior to submission.

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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