Guidelines for authors

Please submit your paper is in its final form by 30 July 2008

Drafts are not acceptable. Following are some basic guidelines that we would like you to follow when preparing your text for publication.

Manuscript Length

We recommend that your text does not exceed 6000 words. The total number of words includes the general text, all quotations and final list of works cited.
If your word processing program has a word count feature, you can keep track of your total while you work. If your computer won’t count the words for you, you should estimate the length the old-fashioned way. The standard rule of thumb is that one “word” is equivalent to 5.5 characters (characters include letters, punctuation marks, and spaces between words). To determine the approximate number of words in your manuscript, count the characters on a given line (it is best to choose various lines at random and determine the average length); divide by 5.5 to arrive at the number of words per line; multiply this figure by 25 (the number of lines per page) to determine the number of words per page; and finally, multiply by the total number of manuscript pages.


Authors should use the Chicago Style (Humanities) Please be sure to consult the provided guidelines and follow them rigorously and consistently.


Authors are responsible for securing and paying for permission to reprint any material protected by copyright that is not considered fair use.
Permission is generally required for the following types of copyrighted material:

See below for more specific guidelines. The permissions process can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. We urge you to keep your illustrations and copyrighted material to an absolute minimum.

Images, Illustrations, Art, Graphs (“Figures”)

Figures submitted electronically must be done as .tif or eps files scanned at minimum 300 dpi for halftones or minimum 1,200 dpi for line art. Avoid submission of other files types such as .jpg or .gif files, since they are “compressed” file types that lose quality if modified in any way (while .tif and .eps files remain unaffected). Illustrations on the Web should not be used, as they are usually only 72 dpi which results in poor quality when the images are printed. It’s best to obtain the original image from the website administrator if you wish to use an image found on the Web. If you submit a hard copy of any figure, we need a black-and-white glossy print, transparency, or slide of the original artwork; photocopies are not acceptable.

Electronic art must also be saved as grayscale, not RGB or CMYK. It must be sized at least as large as it is to appear in print (e.g., for a 6x9 book, anticipate that working space of a page is 4 ½ inches width and 7 inches height). Art files should always be supplied separately from main text.