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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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. The text does not word-wrap illustrations or embed page and section breaks.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

There are two main types of articles: (1) short ‘Thinking Space” position papers of under 2,000 words editors which are subject to editorial review; (2) articles of 5,000 - 10,000 words. The word count in both cases includes references and bibliography. Authors who wish to contribute a ‘Thinking Space’ position paper or discuss other formats or lengths should contact the editors in the first instance. Authors should include a brief one-sentence abstract and up to six keywords for ‘Thinking Space’ essays, and an abstract of 200-250 words and six keywords for longer articles.

Use the Harvard author-date style for references. Textual notes, if absolutely necessary, should be indicated by superscript numbers, with the text of the note given at the end of the article and before the references.

Harvard style parenthetical reference gives the name of the author, the date of publication and, following quoted material, the page reference. This short citation is expanded in the full bibliographic details provided in the list of references: (Thacker 2003: 23-9); (Squire 1991: 27); (Sharp 2000: 327;  Barnett 2005: 74). Where there are more than three authors, use et al. Two or more works by one author in the same year should be distinguished by using 2008a, 2008b, etc.

In the reference list spell out each author's surname and initials.


Thacker, A. (2003) Moving through Modernity. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Rao, E. (2009) ‘It’s a Howling Wilderness’: Forests and Mazes in Margaret Atwood’s The Tent.’ Cuadernos de Literatura Inglesa y Norteamericana, 12(1-2), pp. 61–67.

Alexander, N and Cooper, D. (2013) ‘Introduction: Poetry & Geography.’ In Alexander, N. and Cooper, D. (eds) Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-war Poetry. Liverpool:  Liverpool University Press, pp. 1–18.

Leffler, Y. (2010) ‘The Gothic Topography in Scandinavian Horror Fiction.’ In Canini, M. (ed) The Domination of Fear. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 43–52.

Westphal, B. (2011) Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces. Trans. Tally, R.T., Jr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Squire, S. (1991) Meanings, Myths and Memories: Literary Tourism as Cultural Discourse in Beatrix Potter’s Lake District. Ph.D. London University.

Entwistle, A., ‘Neither here nor there’: dynamism, deixis and cultural positioning in some contemporary poetry. University College Dublin. [Online] [Accessed 31 October 2013]

Spelling. Use either UK or US spellings but be consistent throughout the article. For quotations, use single quotation marks and double quotation marks for quotes within quotes.

Numerals: Spell out numbers under 100, but use numerals for measurements (e.g. 3km) and ages (e.g. 50 years old). Insert a comma for thousands and tens of thousands (e.g. 1,000 and 20,000). Use the percentage sign only in figures and tables; spell out ‘per cent' in the text using a numeral for the number (e.g. 84 per cent).

Dates: 15 June 1922; 1880s; twentieth century.

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