All submissions should be sent via e-mail as an attachment (in
the form of a Word, Wordperfect or .rtf document) to the Editorial Committee by clicking
Your submission should be accompanied by:
a brief abstract (which should not exceed 100 words);
a brief bio (including
your name and institutional affiliation – your name should not appear anywhere on the essay
contact information (this should include a
functioning e-mail address which you regularly access and, where
applicable, the URL of a homepage, faculty page and / or other information
In preparing your essay for submission, please observe the
Your submission should typically be no more than
words in length.
Please use the English as opposed to the American model of spelling
(e.g. 'colour' is preferable to 'color').
Your submission should be
The font used should be
Verdana (10 point) throughout.
Page numbers should also
Verdana (10 point) and located in the
top right hand
corner of each page.
Your title should be written in BOLD CAPITALS
and centred at the top of the
Paragraphs should not be indented. Rather,
a single space should be inserted between paragraphs.
for links to useful information on essay writing in general and the MLA Style in
In all matters of documentation, etc., you should follow the
MLA Style as set out in the MLA Handbook.
Each paper should be accompanied by a list of
Consulted which should commence on the page following the conclusion of
your essay and be formatted according to the MLA Guidelines.
Footnotes should be used rather than endnotes:
short quotations (i.e.
up to two to three
lines) should be indicated by double-inverted commas (i.e. "like this");
(i.e. three lines or more) should be double-indented (i.e. indented from each
margin) without quotation marks.
should be placed in brackets
immediately following the quotation and should not be preceded by
'p.' or 'pp.' For example: Harris terms the nineteenth century
realist novel a "novel of persuasion" (22). Relevant documentation
information should not be included here but in the list of works
consulted (see above).
Quotes inside quotes should be
indicated by single-inverted commas.
Single quotation marks should be
used to isolate particular items (e.g. the term 'creolisation' is a contested one)
while italics should be used for
emphasis (e.g. various theories of the mind amount to no more than metaphors).
Where there is uncertainty, please refer to
essays previously published in SHIBBOLETHS for clarification or
contact the Editorial Committee by clicking
Submissions which fail to follow these guidelines may be
returned to the author for revision prior to consideration.
SHIBBOLETHS is a fully
peer-reviewed journal that normally employs a 'blind' review process (except in
the case of specially invited submissions).
In the first stage of the review process, the editors
inform the author upon receipt of his or her submission. In the second stage, the submission is forwarded
anonymously to at least two reviewers for their comments. Where no
consensus exists concerning the quality of the submission, the submission is
normally forwarded to a third reviewer. Authors should allow up to three
months for this stage of the process to be completed, though reviews are
normally finished in less than two months. In the third stage, on the basis of the reviewers'
comments, the editors inform the author whether the essay has been accepted for
publication and / or whether further revisions are required. In the fourth
and final stage, authors of accepted submissions receive a copy of their work to
proof-read and are given the opportunity to make any corrections necessary. Given publication deadlines, authors are normally
allowed no more than two weeks to complete this stage of the process.