Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Cover image for Vol. 39 Issue 2

Edited By: Matthew McCormack

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.

Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies is the journal of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and is received by all members. To join the society, please visit

Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies is edited by Matthew McCormack, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Northampton NN2 7AL:

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 or French: It is the policy of the Journal to display quotations 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, Melodee Beals, Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Herbert Manzoni Building, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU:

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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Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Authors are permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of the Contribution on the Contributor’s personal website, in the Contributor’s company/institutional repository or archive, and in certain not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central as listed at the following website:, subject to an embargo period of 12 months for scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals and 24 months for social science and humanities (SSH) journals following publication of the final Contribution.
There are separate arrangements with certain funding agencies governing reuse of this version as set forth at the following website:
The Contributor may not update the accepted version or replace it with the published Contribution.

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The cost for OnlineOpen is usually US$3,000, which can be paid by the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution.

Copyright and open access licenses

Authors choosing OnlineOpen will retain copyright in their articles and will be offered a choice of creative commons licenses.
All Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust and Austrian Science Fund (FWF) funded authors will be directed to the
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All other authors (non- RCUK and Wellcome Trust funded authors) are free to choose a CC-BY, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial(CC-BY-NC), or Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.

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The Wellcome Trust
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The Howard Huges Medical Institute (HHMI)

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Obtaining a CC license agreement to sign

As the author, you can decide to publish your article with open access once it has been accepted for publication.

After acceptance please inform the journal’s editorial office that you want your article to be OnlineOpen so they can provide you with the appropriate CC license agreement to sign to publish your article under a Creative Commons license and please complete the payment of an open access publication fee of US$3000 via the OnlineOpen Form.