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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.
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 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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