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Submitting articles

The Journal publishes three issues per year (in March, July and November), at least one of which will be a special, thematic issue.

EJAS publishes both solicited and unsolicited articles. The editors also welcome proposals for special issues.

All submissions should be addressed to the Senior Editorial team in the first instance: Dr Marek Paryż (m.a.paryz@uw.edu.pl), Dr Frank Gerits (Frank.Gerits@EUI.eu), Dr Ben Offiler (benoffiler@gmail.com) and Ms Michelle Green (Michelle.Green@nottingham.ac.uk)

Articles should be submitted electronically in a message sent to the editors as an attachment in .doc or RTF format. They may include visual material, providing it has been pre-formatted into the text of the article by the author and the necessary rights have been secured. EJAS cannot and will not commit any funds for the securing of reproduction rights. EJAS assumes no responsibility for the contributor’s statements of fact or opinion. Once published on this site, the articles may not be published anywhere else without the express permission of the Journal.

EJAS publishes articles under the Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial license. The full terms and conditions of the license can be viewed at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/.

Articles must be in English. Contributions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, unless previous arrangements have been made with the editors. The article should be preceded by a short abstract. Bibliographical references and general presentation should follow the MLA style sheet (see below) for literature, culture and the arts, and the Chicago Manual of Style (see below) for history, social sciences and international relations. In-text references should be indicated in the typescript, between parentheses, by giving the author’s surname followed by the year of publication and a page reference if necessary.

All articles will be made anonymous and handed over to two referees whose reports shall be synthesized by the editorial team and provide the basis for acceptance or rejection. In both cases the author shall be given immediate notice. Reports will be provided to authors upon request. Even when an article is accepted, the editorial board reserves the right to ask for changes, both in form and scope.

Style sheet for contributors

All contributors should familiarize themselves with the following guidelines and attempt to follow them to the letter. Disregarding the instructions below will regretfully result in delays and add extra time to the reviewing process.

Send your document in .doc or RTF format. Do not use .docx or .odt file formats.

  • Use minimum formatting of your documents and rigorously avoid macros or functions limited to only one version of editing software (e.g. lastest MS Word). Do not use private or customized document templates. In particular, do not insert footings or headings. Do not use different typefaces in different parts of the text.

  • On a separate page, include your name, your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-6 sentences).

  • The first page of the article should only include the title, centered at the top of the page.

  • A list of keywords, as well as a list of proper names, should follow the article. Keywords should be presented in sequence, separated by a comma and a space. Proper names must also be listed sequentially (firstname space lastname).

  • Use current MLA Citation Style for articles in literature, culture and the arts, and the Chicago Manual of Style for articles in history, social sciences and international relations (see below)

  • Preformat any visual material into the text and make sure all necessary rights have been secured.

  • Preformat your contribution with 1-inch margins and 12 point Times New Roman typeface.

  • Hard returns should be used whenever necessary.

  • Indent the beginning of each paragraph 0.25 inches.

  • Indent all quotations exceeding 2 lines 0.3 inches. Do not use a different typeface for quotations.

  • Do not use blank lines to separate paragraphs.

  • If needed, use endnotes, not footnotes. They will be converted later to appear laterally. Notes should be numbered using Arabic numerals and inserted automatically using Word functions.

  • Any subtitles or section titles should be numbered to indicate the level used : e.g. 1.1, 1.2, 1.A., 1.B., etc.

  • Do not number pages or use/insert automatic page numbering.

  • Do not use highlighting of any kind.

  • Do not use italics for quotations— their formatting is regulated by MLA conventions.

Contributions in literature, culture and the arts

Volume: between 5,000 and 10,000 words (notes included)

Papers should be written in concordance with the current MLA Citation Style, using in-text citation and the Works Cited system, as in the examples below.

  • After a quote in the body of your paper, indicate the source in brackets, using the format specified below as the In-Text Citation form.

  • At the end of the paper, list all the works used, in alphabetical order, under the title Works Cited, using the format specified below as the Works Cited Form.  

  • Do not include bibliographical information in your endnotes. Use these only to develop a point incidental to your argument.

Examples for MLA Citation Style (Based on the MLA Handbook, 5th Edition):

Type of Entry

In-Text Citation Form

Works Cited Form

Book. Single Author

(Keyser 75).

Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox.  Whispers in the Dark: The Fiction of Louisa May Alcott.  Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1993.

Book. Two or Three Authors

(Blocker, Plummer,

and Richardson 52-57).

Blocker, Clyde E., Robert H. Plummer, and Richard C. Richardson, Jr.  The Two-Year College: A Social Synthesis.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice, 1965.

NOTE: If there are more than three authors, name only the first and add et al. or name each author.

No Author Given

(A Handbook of Korea

241-47).

A Handbook of Korea. 4th ed.  Seoul: Korean Overseas Information Service, Ministry of Culture and Information, 1982.

Author's Work in an Anthology

(Auerbach 10).

Auerbach, Nina.  "Jane Austen and Romantic Imprisonment."  Jane Austen in a Social Context. Ed. David Monaghan.  Totowa, NJ: Barnes, 1981. 9-27.

Article in a Journal

(Spear 94).

Spear, Karen.  "Building Cognitive Skills in Basic Writers." Teaching English in the Two-Year College 9 (1983): 91-98.

Electronic Source: Document Within Online Scholarly Project

("Kosovo").

"Kosovo."  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.  13 Sept. 1999

     <http://search.eb.com/bol/topic?eu=47187&sctn=1>.

Electronic Source

(Hixon 2).

Hixon, Allen L.  "Preventing Street Gang Violence."  American Family Physician 59.8 (April 1999): 4 pp.  3 Aug 1999

     <http://www.epnet.com/ehost/login.html>

Contributions in history, international relations, and social sciences

Volume: between 5,000 and 10,000 words (notes included)

Do not include references in the text itself, with exception of page numbers, if you are frequently quoting from one book.

Format your endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style:

  • Give author (or editors), title, journal title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and complete page nrs (NB not: 44-8, but 44-48). Put the title in italics.

  • Use shortened form (author's name, main word of the title, and page) if you quote from an already quoted source.

  • Use “Ibid.” if you quote from the same source as the previous note.

  • Use double quotation marks for quotations, and single ones for quotations within quotations. Follow the American style of putting the closing quotation marks after the period or comma at the end of your sentence, even if it is a partial quotation.

If you quote from unpublished sources list the data from specific to general: Letter from X to Y, Date, Box, Series, Collections, Depository.

If you use foreign titles, follow the spelling and capitalization conventions of that specific language.

Examples:

Books

Shelby Steele, The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of America (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990), 24-48. [no comma between title and place of publication]. Shortened title: Steele, Content, 56.

Diana Long and Janet Golden, eds., The American General Hospital: Communities and Social Contexts (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989), 122-129.

Newspapers, popular journals

Jervis Anderson, “The Public Intellectual,” New Yorker, 17 January 1994, 39-46.

Journals

Cornel West, “The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual,” Critical Quarterly 29 (Winter 1987): 40-52.

  • OpenEdition Journals