Submission Guidelines

  • How to Submit to ECF
  • Formatting
  • Spelling, etc.
  • Quotations
  • Citing Books
  • Citing Journals
  • Get Published
  • Upon Acceptance

Please read the ECF submission guidelines and editorial policy prior to submitting your manuscript.

Submit essays of 6,000 - 8,000 words: choose the link "For Authors" at ECF at UTPress.
Les protocoles de la présentation et de la soumission des articles sont consultables à "Editorial Policy."

If an essay is considered for publication, the ECF editors generally obtain two independent, outside opinions in a process of anonymous evaluation. NOTE: The ECF editors do not send out every manuscript that they receive to external peer reviewers: for some submissions, the ECF editors provide in-house peer review.

The editors plan to conduct the assessment as quickly as possible, and strive to send to authors a definite reply within four months.

For more information about the ECF peer-review process, read Guidelines: anonymous evaluation of article submissions at the University of Toronto Press Journals.

Like other journals, acceptance of your manuscript for assessment at this submission stage is on the understanding that it will not be considered by another publisher until the ECF editor have had an opportunity to make their assessment and to let you know their decision about publication.

Normally the ECF editors will not consider for publication manuscripts that have been previously published in a journal or a book elsewhere, whether in print or online (NOTE: reworked chapters from archived PhD dissertations appearing on institutionally repositories are eligible for consideration).

Please feel free to contact: Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor

Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Chester New Hall 421, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L9 | Tel: 905-525-9140 x27123; Fax 905-777-8316; E-mail ecf@mcmaster.ca

Page updated 10 October 2014

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010), is used for most points in Eighteenth-Century Fiction.
Footnotes are preferred in submissions, and footnotes are required (not endnotes) if an article is accepted for publication. As ECF evaluates manuscripts anonymously, the author's name should not appear on the MS itself or in the notes. Authors should also refrain from citing their own works in the footnotes at the submission stage. The suggested length for manuscripts is 5,000-8,000 words. Some examples of formatting are included in subsequent tabs on this page.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
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Other than in direct quotations, spelling and punctuation should follow standard Canadian/British practice (refer to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary).

Always include the serial comma in English essay body text: "Boswell, Thrale, and Hawkins."

Follow Chicago Manual of Style rules for possessives of nouns ending in s: s's for all words.

Dates should take the form "17 April 1765" with no commas. In decades, use an apostrophe to indicate omitted digits, not to mark the plural: the 1770s should be the '70s, not the 70's.

Use [sic] sparingly, only where a danger of confusion exists.

Spell out in English most Latin forms: "e.g." should appear as "for example"; "i.e." should appear as "that is"; "Cf." stands for "compare"; "etc." is permitted but discouraged.

Indicate sections in your article with an extra double-line space. If sections have titles, the section title should be flush left and in italics.

Please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010) for further instructions and examples.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

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Quotations should always be taken from either an original edition or a standard scholarly edition.

Original orthography should be preserved litteratim in quotations, except that
(1) 'inverted commas' should be replaced with "quotation marks" as necessary
(2) commas and periods outside quotation marks should be moved inside to conform to North American practice
(3) passages predominantly in italics (such as in prefaces) can be silently converted to roman case
(4) if the sentence requires a change in the case of the first letter of a quotation ("[T]hus"), make the change silently (without brackets), for example, "Thus ... ." Any other departures should be indicated.
Indicate SMALL CAPITALS in quotations with either small capitals in your typescript (a feature available on most word processor software) or CAPS (note, all-caps text will be rendered in SMALL CAPS in the formatted version of the article).

Short quotations should be run in the the text, with the parenthetical citation after the quotation but before the closing punctuation. Longer quotations, more than 100 words, should appear as indented extracts, with the parenthetical citation after the closing punctuation.

Please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010), for further instructions and examples.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
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On first appearance, all primary works should be cited in full in a footnote. Thereafter, cite page numbers in parentheses in the text. The first footnote should end with the sentence: "References are to this edition." On first appearance of secondary references, they should be cited in full in a footnote; for subsequent citations, use the abbreviated footnote format.

Books since 1900: Give the author (first name first), full title and subtitle (underscored or italicized), editor or translator (if necessary), edition number (if not the first, abbreviated "ed."), number of volumes (if more than one, abbreviated "vols."), place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and page references. For titles of works in English, capitalize the first word, last word, and all other words except articles, conjunctions, and prepositions of both titles and subtitles. Note the abbreviations "ed." (edited by), "rev." (revised by), and "trans." (translated by), all of which should precede the name of the editor, reviser, or translator. Works with multiple editors are still indicated with "ed.," not "eds." Always provide the name of the publisher, if possible.

Christine Gerrard, The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725-1742 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), 127.

James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., ed. G.B. Hill, rev. L.F. Powell, 6 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-64), 3:314.

Earlier Books: These differ from recent books only in that publishers' names may be omitted unless they are significant. Always indicate place of publication, even London. Titles should be formatted in standard headline style, regardless of the original typography of the printed version of the pre-1900 book: capitalize all nouns and verbs, adjectives, adverbs, but not articles nor prepositions.

Scholarly books released as part of a publisher's series need not include the name of the series.

Book Articles: Give author, article title, volume title, editor's name, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, and inclusive page numbers. Note the word "in" before the volume title.

All Citations: "University Press" is always spelled out: "Oxford University Press"

Book titles within book titles appear in quotation marks.

Do not use "f." or "ff." or "passim" to indicate following pages: always provide a complete page range.

Novels may include chapter number, but should always include a page reference.

Please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010), for further instructions and examples.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
Questions: Si vous avez des questions concernant le formattage de votre texte, veuillez contacter.

On their first appearance, secondary references should be cited in full in a footnote; for subsequent citations, use the abbreviated footnote format.

Journal Articles: Give author (first name first), article title (in quotation marks), full journal title (underscored or italicized) volume number (in arabic numerals), issue number (optional), year (in parentheses), and inclusive page numbers. Note the commas after the journal title and after the year. Note, too, that the full range of the page numbers of a journal article is not indicated with "pp."

D.W. Jefferson, "Tristram Shandy and the Tradition of Learned Wit," Essays in Criticism 1 (1951): 225-48.

All Citations: "University Press" is always spelled out: "Oxford University Press"

Book titles within article titles appear in italics.

Do not use "f." or "ff." or "passim" to indicate following pages: always provide a complete page range.

Please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010), for further instructions and examples.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
Questions: Si vous avez des questions concernant le formattage de votre texte, veuillez contacter.

How to get published in the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Advice from the ECF editors

I. 5 essentials for refining content

1. Ask, and answer, the right questions:
(a) What is NEW about this approach/theory/research/analysis? And what impact will this new material have on the field?
(b) How does this essay present your material so that your original contribution to the scholarly conversation on this topic is foregrounded? Have you made your overall purpose clear?
(c) Why will this essay excite the readership of ECF? And what are the wider implications of my discoveries/theories for our understanding of this particular topic?

2. Engage thoroughly with the criticism of the scholars who have studied this topic before you, which will facilitate a deepening of your argument and an exploration of its wider implications.

3. Concentrate on producing an organized and integrated argument that runs throughout the entire MS. A clear focus and careful substantiation are crucial. Test the clarity by asking a scholar outside the specific field to read the MS and describe to you what the essay is about.

4. Define your terms carefully and succinctly, and use those terms in that particular way throughout the essay.

5. Contextualize, contextualize, contextualize.

II. 5 aids for preparing a faultless manuscript (MS)

1. Read the journal to which you plan to submit your MS. Scan at least five articles from recent issues of that journal in order to determine if your submission reaches the level of reasoning and the quality of contribution to the scholarly dialogue of those recently published essays.

2. Study the submission requirements for each journal to which you plan to submit an article. Reformat your MS to follow those guidelines. This step may take time but will allow you to generate a MS that is not physically distracting to the editors, who may then focus on the content and your argument.

3. Ensure that the scope of the argument matches the page length suggested for submissions to that particular journal. Avoid trying to do too much in too few pages, but never send twice as many pages to a journal requesting 5,000 – 8,000 words per essay. "Succinct" works as a mantra.

4. Use a spellchecker, but also proofread your MS backwards, starting at the last page, which disrupts your familiarity with the material and allows your brain to see typos.

5. Collaborate. (a) Obtain feedback from one or two scholars in your department, institute, or field of research. (b) Practice and exchange editing services among your peers.

III. 6 strategies to AVOID

1. Extensive bibliographical or theoretical preamble. Reviewers may ask for an early footnote containing a concise bibliographical survey that features important works in the area that your argument does not take up directly. However, eschew an overly long survey of "research-to-date," which only carries prestige in a dissertation or in a book bibliography entitled "Works Consulted."

2. Wide-ranging survey as the essay's raison d'être.

3. Offer much valuable and fascinating research on the back of an unclear agenda. Spurn insufficient analysis, tenuous argumentation, and illogical construction.

4. Polemic and unsubstantiated remarks on other scholars' work or on the authors who were competing contemporaries of your subject author.

5. Restating arguments presented by earlier literary critics and researchers because you neglected to read past 1995 in the scholarly literature.

6. Colloquial phrases and stylistic ambiguities. Ban indistinct language from your MS.

IV. 3 innovative methods to consider

1. Accept the challenges and benefits of co-authorship.

2. Embrace interdisciplinary scholarship.

3. When an editor offers a "revise and resubmit," do it! And work with your editor: incorporate the reviewers' suggestions for revision; upon resubmitting offer an outline of how you revised your paper in line with those suggestions; and include any objections and explanations of why you declined to follow a specific suggestion. Most reviewers are offering their take on what would make this essay better, but you should also be happy with the way your work appears in its published form.

To submit, choose the link "For Authors" or "Submissions" at ECF at UTPress. Log in and then uploadyout manuscript (in MS WORD or other word processing software only, not pdf format) by following the instructions on the site. Please read the information about ensuring that your electronic file is anonymous.

Questions
If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
Questions: Si vous avez des questions concernant le formattage de votre texte, veuillez contacter.

Once an article has been accepted for publication in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, the editors request that you provide the manuscript in its finalized electronic form, but avoid sophisticated formatting or desktop publishing within the finished document. Please provide the plainest possible formatting: do not include adjusted margins, typefaces, font sizes, bold fonts, spacing, tab settings, and so on, because they simply have to be removed before your article can be typeset and formatted for the layout of the journal. To submit your revised manuscript, choose the link "For Authors" or "Submissions" at ECF at UTPress. Log in and then upload the revised manuscript (in MS WORD or other word processing software only, not pdf format) by following the instructions on the site. Or, you may send a revised version of your essay in MS WORD to ecf@mcmaster.ca.

Questions
If you have any questions about formatting, please contact Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor.

[French version/en français]
Questions: Si vous avez des questions concernant le formattage de votre texte, veuillez contacter.