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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the International Review of Scottish Studies Open Journal system. Detailed instructions are available below. It is not necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission. Formatting Electronic Files Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office. Acceptable Formats • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) • Rich Text (.rtf) File Contents Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit any figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format. Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes. General Specifications Book Review Submissions Book reviews should adhere to the same grammatical and stylistic conventions as research articles. Citations from the book being reviewed should be embedded in the text, following the relevant quote. They should be in parentheses in the following format: (pp. 8-9). References to other books should be kept to a minimum and should be cited as endnotes in the Chicago Style. Research Article Submissions Manuscripts being submitted for consideration to the Journal should be carefully proofread and fully documented. Notes should appear at the end of the article and be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Manuscripts should not contain previously published material or material that will be published in the next eighteen months. The Journal employs a blind reviewing process; all obvious references by which the referees could identify the author must be removed by the author prior to submission. In particular, do not include a title page. Manuscripts that do not meet these standards will be rejected without consideration by referees. Manuscripts should not normally exceed 8,000 words in length. The manuscript should have 1-inch margins all around and should be single-spaced throughout, including the text, all quotations, equations, appendices, references, endnotes, tables, figure legends, and headings. Citation Guidelines Follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, with appropriate allowances for reference to manuscript sources that require special forms of reference. Note that all titles, in the text and in endnotes, should be capitalized, and dates should be consistent with the journal style—for example, 10 January 1856—throughout. The IRSS uses the following style for endnote references to printed documents: First reference to a book A. James Hammerton, Cruelty and Companionship: Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Married Life (London: Routledge, 1992), 16. [Note that first reference includes the full title, including any material placed after a colon. If the author publishes under his/her full name, the full name must be provided in the first citation.] Second reference to a book Hammerton, Cruelty and Companionship, 119. [Note that only author’s surname, a short title, and page reference are included.] First reference to a journal article James Buzard, “The Uses of Romanticism: Byron and the Victorian Continental Tour,” Victorian Studies 35, no. 1 (Autumn 1991): 29-49. [Note use of double quotation marks and placement of comma inside quotation marks. Note also the inclusion of the issue number and month/quarter of publication.] Second reference to a journal article Buzzard, “Uses of Romanticism,” 37. [Note use of author’s surname and short title of article.] Contributions to a multi-author work Anne Carr and Douglas J. Schurrman, “Religion and Feminism: A Reformist Christian Analysis,” in Religion, Feminism, and the Family, ed. Anne Carr and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996), 11-32. Archival citations Copy of Queen Elizabeth’s speech before Parliament, 10 February 1558/9, Lansdowne MS 94, fol. 29, British Library (BL). [Note that citations to Add. Mss. should include the designation BL prior to Add. MSS. For citations from The National Archives, please refer to The National Archives web site.] Parliamentary Papers Churchill, Speech to the House of Commons, 18 January 1945, Parliamentary Debates, Commons, 5th ser., vol, 407 (1944-45), cols. 425-46. Use “ibid.” when appropriate rather than repeating information from the preceding note. Do not use “op.cit.” or “passim” in your endnotes. Accepted Research Articles Authors of accepted manuscripts are responsible for providing an electronic file, which must adhere strictly to the guidelines outlined below. Accepted manuscripts that depart significantly from the house style will be returned for revision prior to being considered for copy editing. Please do not justify the right margin. Do not underline characters. Material that should appear underlined when printed should be in italics in your manuscript (except for URL addresses). Non-Canadian authors should note that except in direct quotations, the Journal uses Canadian-English spelling (labour, not labor; defence, not defense; colour, not color, etc.) throughout both the text and the endnotes. The IRSS also uses North American punctuation, which means that double (not single) quotation marks are employed and that punctuation is contained within (not outside) the quotation marks. For illustrations of this style, see the description of endnote form in previous section. Footnotes are not acceptable; use endnotes only, with Arabic numerals rather than Roman numerals. Grammatical Conventions The IRSS adheres to the grammatical conventions outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. By incorporating these into your initial draft, you will save yourself considerable time during the revision process. Listed below are two of the most frequently encountered issues: • Always insert a comma before the “and” between the last and second-to-last items in a list. Apples, pears, and oranges are all fruits. • If a sentence ends in a quotation, always place the period inside the quotation marks, rather than outside. As Julius said, “Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.” Finally, please include full contact information with your submission (regular postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address). Editorial correspondence should be sent to the following address: Alice Glaze and Marian Toledo Candelaria Assistant Editors, International Review of Scottish Studies Centre for Scottish Studies Department of History University of Guelph Guelph, ON N1G 2W Canada E-mail: scottish@uoguelph.ca If you have any questions about manuscript preparation that are not fully explained in these guidelines, please contact the editorial office at scottish@uoguelph.ca. Online Submission Instructions Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process: • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author • A brief abstract of the article Register with the International Review of Scottish Studies Open Journal System and submit your manuscript. If you have already registered on the website, please go to the login page.

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