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Author Guidelines

Before submitting an article, please make sure that your text observes the following guidelines. Articles that do not comply with the Atlantis style sheet will be returned for resubmission before being sent out to referees.

 § 1. External presentation

1.1. Abstract

The first page of each article must include a title plus a 100-200 word summary. The abstract should be written in an 11-point Times New Roman font, indented (0.5 cm) and positioned immediately before the body of the text. It should consist of one paragraph and contain no bibliographical reference in parenthetical form.

 1.2. Keywords

Just after the abstract, append a list of up to six keywords, separated with semi-colons, so that your contribution can be accurately classified by international reference indexes. Do not use period at the end of the list of keywords.

 1.3. Language

Manuscripts are to be submitted in English. Authors must consistently follow either British or American spelling conventions. A version or translation of the title, abstract and keywords in Spanish must be provided. For those contributors who do not handle Spanish the Editors will provide the translation.

 1.4. Length

For articles: 6,000-8,000 words (including abstract, keywords and references); for book review articles: 3,000-4,500 words.

 1.5. Submission

Authors must submit their contribution (Microsoft Word document) accompanied by the following documents in separate files:

  • Checklist (this can be downloaded from the journal's webpage)
  • Personal data and a bionote of approx. 60 words
  • An institutional address and phone number following the example below

Address: Departamento de Filología Moderna. Facultad de Educación. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Plaza de la Universidad, 3. 02071, Albacete, Spain. Tel.: +34 000000000; ext. 0000. Fax: +34 000000000.


§ 2. General stylistic, structural and formatting guidelines

All manuscripts should follow the guidelines of the latest edition (now 16th edition) of the Chicago Manual of Style unless otherwise specified.

 2.1. Format

The text should be submitted single-spaced. Use a 12-point Times New Roman font for the main text and an 11-point Times New Roman font for the abstract, footnotes and indented quotations.

The first line of each paragraph should be intended 0.5 cm (please use the indentation tool included in Word, not the tab key), with the exception of the first line in the first paragraph of each section. The first line of all footnotes should also be indented 0.5 cm.

 2.2. Titles of contributions

Place them at the top and centre of the page on which the text begins. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and all other significant words (nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs) as well as proper nouns. Always capitalize the last word. Do not use period after titles.

 2.3. Textual divisions and headings

Section headings should be used with discretion. They must begin from the left margin, with no period at the end. Headings may be numbered. The use of Arabic numerals is recommended. If absolutely necessary, further division within a section should follow the same format used for section headings. They must be preceded by Arabic numerals separated by period (e.g., 1.1). Do not capitalize headings in full (only contents words should be in capital letters) and use small caps.

 2.4. Tables, drawings and graphic items

Please avoid their proliferation, since it may result in an excessive number of pages. This could affect the eligibility of your work for publication. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and referred to by their numbers within the text (e.g., as we see in example/table/figure 1). Take into account that graphs must be clearly understood when printed in black and white.

 2.5. Punctuation

All punctuation marks, except colon and semicolon, should precede closing quotation marks (e.g.,“the bookshelf,” she replied).

Question marks (?) and exclamation marks (!) should not normally be used in scholarly writing unless they are part of a quotation.

Do not use commas (,) before “and” and “or” in a series of three or more. Never use a comma and a dash together.

Square brackets ([ ]) are used for an unavoidable parenthesis within a parenthesis, to enclose interpolations or comments in a quotation or incomplete data and to enclose phonetic transcription. Slash marks (/ /) are used to enclose phonemic transcription.

 2.6. Numbers

Spell out whole numbers from zero to one hundred and numbers followed by hundred, thousand, hundred thousand, million or billion. Spell out all numbers beginning a sentence.

 2.7. Dates

Centuries are spelled out and lowercased (the twenty-first century). Use standard dating (April 13, 1990). No comma is used between month and year when no day is given (May 1990).

 2.8. Italics

Use italics for emphasis or ironic sense (only when necessary), foreign words, technical terms and linguistic forms (words, phrases, letters) cited as examples or as subjects of discussion. Italicize titles of books, plays, periodicals, films, television and radio programmes, paintings, drawings, photographs, statues or other works of art.

 2.9. Capitalization

Capitalize the first letter of the first word and all of the principal words—including nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs in hyphenated compounds, but not articles, prepositions and conjunctions—in titles of publications, lectures or papers. In mentioning magazines, journals or newspapers (e.g., the Gentleman’s Magazine), do not treat an initial definite article as a part of the title.

Do not capitalize references to standard parts of a specific work, such as preface, acknowledgements, appendix, chapter, etc. (e.g., as discussed in chapter four).

 2.10. Quotation marks

Double quotation marks (“ ”) are used to enclose quoted speech or writing when they are run Into the text. They are also used for titles or articles, book chapters and poems. Do not use straight double quotation marks (" ").

For quotations within run-in quotations use single quotation marks (‘ ’)

 2.11. Quotations

All quotations should correspond exactly with the originals in wording, spelling, capitalization and internal punctuation, indicating any change included—e.g., “this is for HER [my capitals] and you know it.” The italicizing of words for emphasis (use with discretion) or the modernizing of spelling should also be explicitly indicated. If the source contains a spelling error, insert the italicized word sic in square brackets ([sic]). Clarifications, as well as translations, must be enclosed in brackets—e.g., “He [Stephen Spender] is one of the finest poets Britain has ever produced.”

When using the author-date system, the reference of the quotation should always be placed at the end of the clause, before the punctuation mark—e.g., a “nice suggestion” (Russell 2016, 36).

 2.12. Run-on and indented quotations

Unless special emphasis is required, prose quotations up to about 75 words should be run in the surrounding text. Longer quotations should be set off, indented (0.5 cm) and never enclosed in quotation marks. An 11-point font should be used.

Verse quotations of up to two lines should be run in, with the lines separated with a slash, leaving one space on either side (/). Longer verse quotations must be set off.

 2.13. Ellipsis within quotations

Use three periods enclosed in brackets […] to indicate that part of a quotation has been deleted. Avoid using this device to open or close quotations that are obviously complete syntactic fragments.

 2.14. Em dash (—)

The use of em dash instead of parentheses is advised. Do not leave any space before or after them—e.g., haunting ghosts of the past—slavery and its legacy—to rest before a better future can be built.

 2.15. Footnotes

These should be limited to authorial commentary that cannot be easily accommodated in the body of the text and their use is discouraged. They must not be used to give bibliographical references that can appear in parenthetical form within the text. They should be numbered, superscripted and placed after the closest punctuation mark. The first line of the footnote should be indented 0.5 cm.

 2.16. Exemplification

If the author provides a list of examples including sentences they should be listed, indented (0.5 cm) and written in an 11-point font following the example:

(1) Hello my name is Charlie. My town is xxx. (S5b4P)

(2) Hello! Mr. and Mrs Edwards. I’m Julia and I live in xxx. (S210g5P)

(3) Hello family! My name is Berta and my surname is Santos. (S1g6P)


§ 3. Documenting sources

Do not forget to add to your list of works cited all the references you mention throughout the text. Bear in mind that specific page numbers must be provided for all quotations included.

Leave page numbers in full, not abbreviated. Do so for in-text citations—e.g., (Suedfell 1997, 849-861)—as well as for pages in the works cited list—e.g., Political Psychology 18 (4): 384-395.

Never use Latin reference tags (op. cit., ibidem, etc.).

If you want to indicate that some information is missing you can use the following devices: n.p. for “no publisher”—where the publisher’s name would appear in your entry—also for “no place of publication” and “no page”—e.g., online material without pagination. The use of n.d. is advised for “no date.” If the author or editor is unknown, the entry should begin with the title of the publication.

Publishing company names are abbreviated in the list of works cited. Remove articles, business abbreviations (Co., Inc.) and descriptive words (Publishers and so on). Any university press will be abbreviated according to one of these two patterns: U of Miami P or Toronto UP.

Avoid giving initials for authors in your works cited. Full names should be provided when possible.

 Two different types of documentation will be used: parenthetical in-text citations and a works cited list following the examples provided below. Other cases not included here must also follow the Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition).


Books and book chapters

Books with single author:

Barnes, Julian. 1984. Flaubert’s Parrot. London: Jonathan Cape.

(Barnes 1984, 38)


Several books by the same author (and same year of publication):

Samaddar, Ranabir. 1999a. The Marginal Nation. Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal. Delhi: Sage.

—. 1999b. Reflections on Partition in the East. Kolkata: Vikas.

(Samaddar 1999a, 124)

(Samaddar 1999b, 241)


Books with two or more authors:

Allan, Keith and Kate Burridge. 1991. Euphemism and Dysphemism. Language Used as Shield and Weapon. Oxford and New York: Oxford UP.

(Allan and Burridge 1991, 24)

Burford, Barbara, Gabriela Pearse, Grace Nichols and Jackie Kay. 1988. A Dangerous Knowing. Four Black Women Poets. London: Sheba.

(Burford et al. 1988, 45)


Book by a corporate author:

American Cancer Society. 1987. The Dangers of Ultra-Violet Rays. Washington: ACS.

(American Cancer Society 1987)


Edited books:

Broadbent, John, ed. 1974. Poets of the Seventeenth Century. 2 vols. New York: New American Library.

If the same author appears as editor, list your references following the model:

O’Halloran, Kay. 2004. Multimodal Discourse Analysis. London: Continuum.

—, ed. 2005. Mathematical Discourse: Language, Symbolism and Visual Images. London: Continuum.



Bakhtin, Mikhail. 1981. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Translated by Michael Holquist and edited by Caryl Emerson. Austin: U of Texas P.


Second and successive editions:

Wiener, Martin J. 2004. English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.



Treharne, Elaine, ed. (2000) 2010. Old and Middle English c. 890-c. 1450. An Anthology. Reprint, Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.

(Treharne [2000] 2010, 98)


Multivolume work:

Wiles, Rassele, ed. The Complete Prose of Claus Rassele. 9 vols. Chicago: U of Chicago P.

Rassele, Claus. 1959-1972. The Eternal Fire. The Complete Prose of Claus Rassele, edited by Randal Wiles, vol. 3. Chicago: U of Chicago P.


Book chapters or parts of a book:

Olsen, Tillie. 1977. “Tell Me a Riddle.” In Jewish-American Stories, edited by Irving Howe, 82-117. New York: Mentor-NAL. 

Berger, Samuel. 1983. Introduction to International Terrorism, by Morris Provis, xiv-xxii. Champaign: U of Illinois P.



Journal articles:

Pope, Marcel Cornis. 1990. “Poststructuralist Narratology and Critical Writing: A ‘Figure in the Carpet’ Textshop.” Journal of Narrative Technique 20 (2): 245-265.

(Pope 1990, 247)


Journals consulted online:

Please DO NOT include any URL. Add, however, the date of access at the end. For example: [Accessed online on June 12, 2013].

Anderson, Jane. 2013. “Intertextual Strategies in Emma Tennant’s The Beautiful Child.” Journal of Intertextual Studies 76: 11-33. [Accessed online on November 25, 2015].

(Anderson 2013, 30)

Suedfeld, Peter. 1997. “Reactions to Societal Trauma: Distress and/or Eustress.” Political Psychology 18 (4): 849-861.

(Suedfeld 1997, 860)


Newspaper articles/reviews:

Please DO NOT include any URL. Add, however, the access date [Accessed online on Month day, year] at the end followed by a period. If the web is no longer available, use [No longer available].

Banks, Sandra. 1986. “The Devil’s on Our Radio.” People, May 7, 72.

Smith, Ali. 2012. “Once upon a Life.” Observer, May 29. [Accessed online on August 2, 2015].

(Smith 2012, n.p.)

Churchwell, Sara. 2012. Review of Home, by Toni Morrison. Guardian, April 27. [Accessed online on July 13, 2015].

Sorby, Angela. 2008. “A Woman in Saudi Arabia Chafes at Gender Restrictions.” Review of Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America, by Joan Shelley Rubin. American Historical Review 113 (April 2008): 449-451.


Unpublished dissertations, theses and manuscripts:

Sandrei, Maria. 1990. “Life and Death in Eighteenth-Century Love Letters.” PhD diss., University of Oviedo.

Vedrashko, Ilya. 2011. “Advertising in Computer Games.” Master’s thesis, University of Arizona.

Klein, Katherine. “Postmodern Literary Theory Revisited.” Unpublished manuscript, last modified October 2, 2013, Microsoft Word file.


Lectures / papers presented at conferences:

Dunker, Patricia. “Salvage: On Writing Neo-Victorian Fiction.” Lecture given at the AEDEAN Annual Conference, Málaga, November 2012.



Films, Cds, Dvds, Vhss:

Mehra, Rakeysh Omaprakash, dir. 2006. Rang de Basanti. ROMP and UTV Motion Pictures.

Cleese, John, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. 2001. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, special ed. DVD. Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Culver City, CA: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.

Handel, George Frideric. 1988. Messiah. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw. Performed December 19, 1987. Ansonia Station, NY: Video Artists International. Videocassette (VHS), 141 min.


Online multimedia:

Please DO NOT include any URL Add, however, the access date [Accessed online on Month day, year] at the end followed by a period. If the web is no longer available, use [No longer available].

Pollan, Michael. 2007. “Michael Pollan Gives a Plant’s-Eye View.” Filmed March 2007. TED video, 17:31. [Accessed online on July 13, 2013].

Harwood, John. 2008. “The Pros and Cons of Biden.” New York Times video, 2:00. August 23, 2008. [Accessed online on February 22, 2015].



Please DO NOT include any URL. Add, however, the access date [Accessed online on Month day, year] at the end followed by a period. If the web is no longer available, use [No longer available].

Flinders, Matthew. 2014. “Politics to Reconnect Communities.” OUPblog (blog), April 2, 2014. [Accessed online on May 23, 2015].


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.

  1. 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).

  2. The submission is the result of the author’s / authors’ own personal research and nobody else has been involved, other than the author(s).
  3. When submitting to a section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. Make sure to check all boxes carefully (articles that do not comply with the Atlantis style sheet will be returned for resubmission before being sent out to referees):

    §1.1 ☐    §1.2 ☐    §1.3 ☐    §1.4 ☐    §1.5 ☐    §2.1 ☐    §2.2 ☐        

    §2.3 ☐    §2.4 ☐    §2.5 ☐    §2.6 ☐    §2.7.☐    §2.8 ☐    §2.9 ☐      

    §2.10 ☐  §2.11 ☐  §2.12 ☐ §2.13 ☐  §2.14 ☐  §2.15 ☐  §3 ☐

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Copyright Notice

When you submit a contribution to Atlantis you understand that it cannot be republished within two years of the publication of the issue that contains it. This condition holds from the moment the Editor receives your work. This is the relevant text as it was passed by the Valencia 2004 General Assembly:

Authors are expected to know and heed basic ground rules that preclude simultaneous submission and/or duplicate publication. Prospective contributors to Atlantis commit themselves to the following when they submit a manuscript:

  • That no concurrent consideration of the same, or almost identical, work by any other journal and/or publisher is taking place.
  • That the potential contribution has not appeared previously nor is about to appear within two years, in any form whatsoever, in another journal, electronic format, or as a chapter/section of a book.

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