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Instructions to authors

Advice to contributors

Commonwealth Essays and Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the study of postcolonial literatures. The editorial team publishes previously unpublished articles, interviews, and reviews on literary topics relating to the cultural areas of the new literatures in English. Its literary perspective embraces various sorts of texts, including the visual arts, and its temporal perspective is broad. The journal is published twice a year by the Society for the Study of Countries of the Commonwealth (Société d’Étude des Pays du Commonwealth, SEPC), which is affiliated to the Society for the Study of English in Higher Education (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur, SAES).

Submissions, which should not exceed 6,000 words or 36,000 signs (including explanatory notes and works cited), should follow the stylesheet of the journal, which is based on the Chicago Style (starting with issue 42.1, Autumn 2019). Translations are to be provided for citations in languages other than English.

The journal also welcomes proposals for special issues, in particular those based on an international collaboration between a member of the SEPC and another or several other scholar(s).

Please submit an electronic copy of your essay or your proposal for a special issue by e-mail attachment to the editor (Christine.Lorre[at] Submissions for essays should include the author’s name, affiliation (student standing if applicable), a short abstract of your essay (50-70 words), and a brief bio-bibliographical note (50-70 words). Submissions for special issues should include the editors’ names, affiliations, and an abstract of the proposal, along with a tentative table of contents, should it be available. All works must be received in electronic format.

Procedure for formatting an article:

Peer-reviewing process

Articles submitted for publication in Commonwealth Essays and Studies are subject to double-blind peer-review. Articles must not be submitted to another journal at the same time. Both the editorial board and the international advisory board are involved in the reviewing process. Decisions regarding submissions can be expected by e-mail within three months.

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