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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: BOOK REVIEWS

Contact Information:

Please direct all reviews, queries concerning reviews, and books for review to Ed Brandon.  He may be reached via email by clicking here.  Further information (including regular mailing address, etc.) is available on his Homepage.

Completed reviews should be sent via e-mail as an attachment (in the form of a Word, Wordperfect or .rtf document) and should be accompanied by:

  • Your name and institutional affiliation, if any; and

  • 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 available online).

Format:

In preparing your review, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Your submission should typically be no more than 3000 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 single-spaced throughout.

  • The font used should be Verdana (10 point).

  • Page numbers should be located in the top right hand corner of each page.

  • The title of the book in question should be written in BOLD CAPITALS and centred at the top of the first page, preceded by the author's name (e.g. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S HAMLET).

  • Your name should appear below this centred, in lower case, regular font and preceded by 'Reviewed by' (e.g. Reviewed by John Smith).

  • Full bibliographical information should appear next, aligned to the left of the page (e.g. Reader, Soran, ed.  The Philosophy of Need.  Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 57.  Cambridge: CUP, 2005.  ISBN-13: 9780521678445.  pp. v+251).

  • Paragraphs should not be indented.  Rather, a single space should be left between paragraphs.

  • In matters of documentation, etc., you should follow the MLA Style as set out in the MLA Handbook.

  •   (Please click here for links to useful information on essay writing in general and the MLA Style in particular.)
  • Footnotes should be used rather than endnotes:

    • note numbers in the text should be placed outside full stops (i.e. like this.1).

    • notes may be used for clarification and expansion of points made in the main body of your essay and / or documentation of references.  Reviews should not normally be accompanied by a list of Works Consulted.

  • Quotations:

    • short quotations (i.e. under two to three lines) should be indicated by double-inverted commas (i.e. "like this");

    • longer quotations (i.e. three lines or more) should be double-indented (i.e. indented from each margin) without quotation marks.

    • page references 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.

  • Titles:

    • books, anthologies, collections, etc.: the titles of these should be underlined

    • (e.g. Hamlet)
    • lyric poems, short stories, essays, etc.: the titles of these should be placed in double-inverted commas (e.g. "Lycidas").

  • Full stops:

    • should be followed by two spaces;

    • should be placed within the appropriate quotation mark (e.g. "Stevens was a remarkable poet.")

  • Single quotation marks should be used to isolate particular linguistic items (e.g. The term 'creolisation' is a contested one.) and italics for emphasis (e.g. Various theories of the mind amount to no more than metaphors.).

Submissions which fail to follow these guidelines may be returned to the author for revision prior to consideration.
 

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