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Author Guidelines

The aim of the journal since its launch in 2000 has been to provide a space in which postgraduates in English throughout the UK and Europe can place their work and, if accepted for publication, receive a little feedback on it.

One section provides for academic articles (which are refereed) and another devoted to papers on postgraduate issues (which need not be refereed). The journal will also be pleased to act either as a forum or archive for any conferences specifically aimed at postgraduates. Students currently enrolled as research postgraduates in English in the U.K. or elsewhere in Europe are welcome to submit papers of not more than 7,000 words. Presentation should conform to the guidelines of the MLA handbook (please consult submission guidelines below).

An academic paper received will be sent to the suitably qualified member of the editorial board. Non-academic papers will be assessed by the editors. 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, with the support of the Department's IT Officer as Advisory Editor.

Articles in this e-journal are normally copyright to the University of Durham. Copyright of papers reverts to their authors upon republication elsewhere (e.g. as a book or a thesis). Articles may be quoted, downloaded or printed freely for academic or non-profit-making purposes, providing due acknowledgement is made to authors or copyright holders, and to Postgraduate English.

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 two versions of their paper:

  1. Including a completed pro-forma cover sheet available here as the first page of the manuscript.
  2. A document 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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