Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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Edited By: M.O. Grenby

Online ISSN: 1754-0208

Author Guidelines

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies was founded in 1971 to promote the study of eighteenth-century cultural history. It is affiliated to the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Société internationale d’étude du dix-huitième siècle), and is non-profit-making, non-political, and multi-disciplinary. Membership of the society is open to anyone who is interested in its aims.

An application form for membership may be obtained from the Membership Secretary: Dr Gary Day, Department of English, De Montfort University, Clephan Building, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK, email The Membership Secretary should also be notified of members’ changes of address.

Payments to the society (by cheque, payable to ‘BSECS’) should be sent to the Treasurer: Dr Brian Norman, 26 Crittle’s Court, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6BY, UK.

The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies is the journal of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and is received by all members. It is edited by M. O. Grenby, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK;

Manuscript submission

Before submission please ensure that you have prepared your material according to the journal guidelines and that you have current and accurate e-mail addresses for each author. Manuscripts should be submitted to the following website:
Full submission instructions can be found on this website. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies office to discuss alternative means of submission.

Please note that revisions to manuscripts that were not initially submitted to the website, should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the editor’s e-mail address.

A cover letter should be submitted with your manuscript and must include a statement that the data have not been published, and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. It will be presumed that all listed authors of a manuscript have agreed to the listing and have seen and approved the manuscript.

Contributions (articles, in English, of up to 10,000 words) should be submitted via the Manuscript Central site (instructions above). Please follow the Chicago Humanities style guidelines ( Authors must agree that copyright in their articles accepted for publication will automatically be registered with BSECS. Authors of articles containing copyright material, such as photographic reproductions, must provide the General Editor with proof of the copyright holder’s permission to reproduce the material before the article can be published in the journal.

Author biographies:  Please supply a short biographical note of up to 50 words when submitting your manuscript. This will appear alongside your article when it is published in the journal.

Languages other than English: It is the policy of the Society and of this Journal to publish display quotations of more than 50 words in the original language, accompanied by an English-language translation. This can be a translation by the author or an official translation that is available from a standard published version. Please supply all translations when submitting your manuscript.

Abstracts and keywords: Authors are required to supply an abstract to appear at the beginning of their article (this should be no more than 100 words and provide an informative summary of the conceptual content of the article). Authors should also supply 6-8 keywords relating to their article. 

Books for review should be sent to the Reviews General Editor, Matthew McCormack, School of Social Sciences, Park Campus, University of Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK;

Copyright Assignment Form

Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Assignment Form (CAF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CAF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received.  (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright  in such cases does not need to  be assigned).  An appropriate form can be downloaded here

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