Read about the history of ECF and the editors' plan for the future.
Recognizing the fluid notions of fiction within the period itself, as well as the extensive interdisciplinary work by scholars in the field, the Eighteenth-Century Fiction editors encourage submissions that not only conceive of "fiction" in a broad sense but also expand the frameworks for discussing it. The editors invite contributions on all aspects of imaginative prose, literature, and culture in the period 1700-1800. They are also happy to consider papers on late seventeenth-century or early nineteenth-century fiction, particularly when the works are discussed in connection with some aspect of the eighteenth century. The languages of publication are English and French. Articles about the fiction of other languages are welcomed, and comparative studies are particularly encouraged.
Submit essays of 6,000 - 8,000 words: choose the link "For Authors" at ECF at UTPress. Please see Submission Guidelines prior to submitting an article to the journal.
Receipt of submitted essays is acknowledged immediately via the online system. The author of a submitted manuscript agrees to grant exclusive consideration to the Eighteenth-Century Fiction editor for four months.
When an essay is considered for publication, the ECF editors generally obtain two independent opinions about the MS in a process of anonymous evaluation. Like other journals, acceptance of a paper for assessment is on the understanding that it will not be considered by another publisher until the ECF editors have had an opportunity to make an assessment and send the author a decision about publication. Normally the ECF editors will not consider for publication manuscripts that have been previously published elsewhere, whether in print or online (this does not include substantially reworked chapters from PhD dissertations that may have been previously deposited in online institutional repositories).
Peer Review Guidelines
The ECF editors' recommended procedure for anonymous evaluation of submissions is newly available at the University of Toronto Press JOURNALS website.
NOTE: The ECF editors do not send out every manuscript that they receive to external peer reviewers; for some submissions, the ECF editors provide inhouse peer review.
Permission to reprint
ECF authors and book reviewers sign a contract that includes the following provisions:
In order to protect both the Author(s) and ECF from unauthorized use of the article published in ECF, the Author(s) agree to refer to us any subsequent requests to publish it or a substantial portion thereof. If we choose to grant any such request, we will normally exact a standard fee for reprinting, the amount of this fee to be fixed by us from time to time; this fee will be shared with the Author(s). We will accede to any request by the Author(s) to use part or all of their article in an article or in a book published under either the Author(s)’s exclusive authorship or editorship, provided that acknowledgment of its first appearance is made in a manner approved by ECF, and in such cases no fee for reprinting shall be payable to us.
In consideration of ECF’s undertaking to subsidize costs of publication of the article, the Author(s) assign to ECF the exclusive world rights, including, without limitation any copyright therein, to the article in its present, or substantially its present, form, and the parties hereto agree upon the foregoing terms for themselves and their respective executors, administrators, assigns, or successors. The Author(s) waive any claim for royalties arising from the use by ECF of their article. ECF obtains the right to use the article in any future publication, including, but not limited to, publication in electronic media, issued under its auspices and to authorize others, including reproduction rights organizations such as Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, to do the same. The Author(s) hereby waive any moral rights that they may have in the article.