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Author Guidelines

Postgraduate English provides a space in which postgraduates in English can place their work and, if accepted for publication, receive a little feedback.

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. 

We are a UK-based journal but will also consider international submissions that the editors consider meet with an appropriate standard of English. The editors reserve the right to reject articles that do not meet an appropriate standard of English before peer review stage.

An academic paper submitted to the Journal will be sent to the suitably qualified member of the editorial board. Papers accepted for publication may 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 editors are members of the postgraduate body at the Department of English Studies at University of Durham.

Submission requirements

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

Authors should constule the style guide and submission preparation checklist before submitting articles or reviews via email to

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.

References in Works Cited should appear in the following pattern:

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.
Example: Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. Print.

A translated book:
Foucault, Michel. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Trans. Richard Howard. New York: Vintage-Random House, 1988. Print.

Poem or short story:
Burns, Robert. 'Red, Red Rose'. 100 Best-Loved Poems. Ed. Philip Smith. New York: Dover, 1995. 26. Print.

Article in a Journal:
Author(s). 'Title of Article'. Title of Journal Volume. Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.
Bagchi, Alaknanda. 'Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu'. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 15.1 (1996): 41-50. Print.

References in footnotes should appear in the following pattern:

Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Page number.
Adam Phillips. Missing Out. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2012. p. 177.

Edited Book:
Reginald Gibbons. Ed. The Poet's Work: 29 Masters of 20th Century Poetry on the Origins and Practice of their Art. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. p. 34.

Chapter or essay in book:
Italo Calvino. 'Cybernetics and Ghosts'. The Uses of Literature: Essays. Trans. Patrick Creagh. San Diego: Harcourt, 1982. p. 27

Article from a reference book:
Andros Loizou. 'Theories of Justice: Rawls'. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Ed. Ruth Chadwick. Vol. 4. San Diego: Academic Press, 1998. p. 67.

Article in a journal:
Larry Wolff. '"The Boys are Pickpockets, and the Girl is a Prostitute": Gender and Juvenile Criminality in Early Victorian England from Oliver Twist to London Labour’. New Literary History 27.2 (1996): p. 227.

For the first reference, use full details and for the second reference onwards only last name followed by comma (followed by the title of the work if referring to more than a source by the same author) followed by page number:

1st reference: Adam Phillips. Missing Out. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2012. p. 5.  
2nd reference: Philips, p. 177.
For subsequent references to the same source in a row:
Ibid., p. 45.

Use single inverted commas for citations and punctuate outside of the quotation:

As James once voices Maupassant’s views in an article in 1888, ‘[t]he particular way we see the world is our particular illusion about it’.
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 or book publisher 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 adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. Articles are normally between 5000-7000 words in length. Book reviews are normally between 1000-2000 words. For articles and reviews outside these limits I have emailed the editors for agreement prior to submission.
  7. The article is accompanied by a coversheet in a separate document containing:

    • The author's institutional affiliation
    • Five keywords for indexing
    • A 250-300 word abstract
  8. 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.

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 3.0 License (CC BY 3.0). This allows others, including other publishers, freely 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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