Critical Quarterly

Cover image for Vol. 57 Issue 3

Edited By: Colin MacCabe

Online ISSN: 1467-8705

Author Guidelines

Contributions and correspondence should be sent to:

For Poetry:

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All other correspondence:
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Please provide your contribution (in Microsoft Word if possible) by e-mail.

Contributions should be:

·         clearly typed on one side only of standard A4 paper;

·         double (or 1.5) spaced with a good margin (about 2cm) all round;

·         unjustified on the right-hand margin;

·         numbered by page throughout;

·         accompanied by (a) a biographical note on the author (approx. 50 words), written in the third person, (b) the author's contact details (including email and postal addresses, and telephone numbers), (c) an abstract (100–200-word synopsis of article);

·         a word count at the end of the text.

·         Contributors are responsible for the accuracy of all quotations and references included within their article.

·         Last-minute revisions cannot be accepted, unless the changes are very clearly indicated. Please do not submit a new version unless absolutely necessary in the case of numerous, major changes, as this involves recommencing the copy editing from scratch.

Notes and References

Notes should be used sparingly and be presented as endnotes.  Please do not follow the Harvard system (author/date in the text), but provide note indicators (superscript numbers) in the text and list numbered notes all together at the end of the article in the following form:

Endnote style

1         Alex Mackay, The Western World, or Travels in the United States in 1846–47, 2 vols (Philadelphia: Lee and Blanchard, 1847), vol. 1, 100–101; J. Benwell, An Englishman's Travels in America: His Observations of Life and Manners in the Free and Slave States (London: Binns and Goodwin, 1855), 37–8. My attention was drawn to these authors by Dean Hughes, 'Great Expectorations: Dickens and America', Dickensian, 79 (1983), 67.

2         Benwell, Englishman’s Travels.

3         Denise Riley, ‘All Mouth and No Trousers’, Critical Quarterly, 46:3 (2004), 27.

4         Ibid.

5         Norman Mailer, ‘The White Negro’, in Advertisements for Myself (London: Panther, 1968), 269–89 (p. 273).


·         Use 'ibid.' (rom., not itals) only when referring to a reference immediately above.

·         For any work cited previously in the endnotes, do not use 'op cit.', but give last name of author + a short title for the work

Where a work is heavily cited, its first mention in the text should include an endnote that gives a two- or three-letter abbreviation (of book title or author) for use with subsequent in-text references if there could be any confusion with other works cited in the same article.

Do not include a Bibliography or list of References unless it is essential. If used, it should take the following form:

Cassidy, F. G., and R. B. Le Page, Dictionary of Jamaican English (Cambridge University Press, 1967; repr. 1980).

Evans, Maurice (ed.), Elizabethan Sonnets (London: Dent, 1993).

Text style

·         Spelling – use 'ise' endings (realise) and follow British usage ('honour', 'travelling', 'defence', 'mould', 'centre', 'plough', etc.

·         Italics (shown either by italic font or by underlining) indicate titles of all independent works (books, films, TV programmes, works of art, poems long enough to form a separate publication, newspapers and journals. Italics (not bold) should also be used for emphasis and for foreign words which have not passed into general English usage.

·         Single quotation marks indicate titles of articles, short poems, series titles, essays and chapters.

·         Use a full point in abbreviations only to indicate missing letter(s) at the end of the word ('ed.', but 'edn' and 'eds').

·         Write out all numbers below 100, except in the case of people’s ages.

·         Indicate paragraphs by indenting (approx. 5 spaces), not by a line space.

·         Poetry stanzas – in the case of a page break in the typescript, please indicate clearly whether a stanza runs on to the following page or not (i.e. insert a large space mark (#) in the margin at the foot of the first page if the page break is followed by a new stanza; alternatively, write 'close up' in the margin if no break is intended).

·         Quotations

Short quotations (about 3 lines or less) should be incorporated into the text and indicated by single quotation marks (double to be used only for a quotation within a quotation). Punction marks which are not part of the quotation should be placed outside the quoted material. Divide lines of verse quotation by a slash (/) with a space only to the right of slash.

Long quotations should be separated from the surrounding text by a left-hand indentation. Do not use italic font or single spacing to indicate these and do not set them within quotation marks.

Indicate omissions from quoted text with three full points, with a space on either side, within square brackets [...].

Any material added by you to the quoted text should be enclosed within square brackets []. Please do not use square brackets for any other purpose (e.g. around dates in footnote references).

·         References in Articles

There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

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