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While the working-paper format is more modest in scope and intent than the full-length scholarly article, contributors are nevertheless expected to adhere to the highest standards of clarity, argumentation and scholarly convention. Quality is assured by a team of postgraduate reviewers and a senior editorial board of MHRA members. To ensure that work submitted by postgraduate researchers is at a sufficiently advanced stage to be considered for publication, postgraduates are asked to submit with their paper a letter from the supervisor.
Authors are asked to submit their work online. Papers should be in English, should not exceed 3,000 words and should include a 300-word abstract in a specified format. For guidelines on all matters relating to format and submission, please see Online Submissions
Your paper should begin with an Abstract of approximately 300 words, in which you address the following questions (as appropriate):
- How does the work fit into your wider project?
What research questions does the paper set out to answer?
What methods are used?
What hypotheses do you present?
What conclusions do you reach?
For questions of spelling, as well as bibliographic and formatting standards, please refer to the MHRA Style Guide, 2002.
If you are a postgraduate student, your submission should be accompanied by a letter from your supervisor (he or she should email it to the editors) in which the supervisor confirms that he/she has read and commented on the paper and that you have redrafted the initial version in the light of his/her comments. This is intended to ensure that papers reach us in a sufficiently advanced form to be considered for publication.
In order to facilitate anonymous peer review, please submit your paper with your name removed. If you cite one of your own works in the body of the paper, please substitute ?─˛author?─˘ for your name in the footnotes and bibliography. Please also remove your name from the document?─˘s Properties, which in
Microsoft Word is found in the Film menu.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca) are activated and ready to click.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
- A supporting letter from the supervisor/mentor has been added to confirm that the paper has been previously reviewed.
For copyright matters, please refer to the MHRA Rights and Permissions.
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Last updated: 09/11/2009