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Author Guidelines


How to contribute

Unsolicited contributions, in English or Spanish, should neither be published nor being considered for publication elsewhere.

The recommended length for articles is of 6,000 to 8,000 words.

Authors are expected to upload their anonymous contributions on the journal webpage.

An abstract of no more than 200 words should also be provided, together with five key words and a translation into Spanish when possible.

Reviews are also accepted of books that are of general interest in the field of English studies and that have been published within the last four years (recommended length: 1,500 words). They should not only be a mere description of the contents of the book, but should also provide an explanation of its contribution to the field within which it belongs. Reviews will also be refereed.

Notes (brief reports on language, literature, history and lexicography) are also accepted.

Invited (non-refereed) contributions from leading scholars will be acknowledged as such.

There will be no restrictions placed on authors’ use of their material for reprints or other publications as long as their first publication is acknowledged.


Double quotation marks should be used for citations. Single quotes may be used to draw attention to a particular item in the text. Italics are used for foreign words, or for emphasis. References in the text to publications should include the author’s surname, the year of publication, and, if necessary, page numbers, as in the following examples:

“…narrative to their function” (Labov and Waletzky 1967: 12).

…following Blakemore (1987: 35),…

…perform a distinctive function in discourse (Blakemore 1987).

…this issue has received a lot of attention by relevance theorists (Blakemore 1987, 1992; Wilson and Sperber 1993).

Should part of the original text be omitted, this will be made clear by inserting […], NOT (…).


Bibliographical references

Bibliographical references should be included in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript and under the heading WORKS CITED. Authors’ full first names should be used unless the authors themselves customarily use only initials. Set the author’s last name(s) in small caps. References to two or more works by the same author in a single year should be accompanied by a lower-case a, b, etc. after the year of publication, both in the reference list and in citations in the text. References to books should include the place of publication and the publisher’s name, and references to articles in journals should include volume, issue number (if necessary) and page numbers. Titles of books and journals will be written in italics. Titles of articles and of book chapters will be placed in double inverted commas. 


Author’s Surnames(s), Author’s first name(s). Year. Title in italics. Place: Publisher.

Author’s Surnames(s), Author’s first name(s). (Year of 1st edition) Year of edition actually used. Title in italics. Place: Publisher.

Editor’s Surnames(s), Editor’s first name(s). (ed.) Year. Title in italics. Place: Publisher.

First Author’s Surnames(s), First author’s first name(s), Second author’s first name(s) Second Author’s Surname(s) and Third author’s first name(s) Third Author’s Surname(s). Year. Title in italics. Place: Publisher.

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). Year. Title in italics. Trans. Translator’s initials. Translator’s surname(s). Place: Publisher.

Chapter or article in a monograph:

If only one chapter or article has been used:

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). Year. “Title in double inverted commas”. In Editor’s surname(s), Editor’s first name(s) (ed.) Title of monograph in italics. Place: Publisher: 00-00.

If two or more chapters/ articles have been used:

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). Year. “Title in double inverted commas”. In Editor’s surname(s), Editor’s first name(s) (ed.): 00-00. (The reference of the edited book should be written, in full, as a separate entry).

If the book is a compilation of another author’s works:

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). (Year of 1st edition) Year of edition actually used. In Editor’s surname(s), Editor’s first name(s) (ed.) Title in italics. Place: Publisher.

Article in a periodical or journal:

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). Year. “Title in double inverted commas”. Name of journal in italics number (volume): 00-00.

Citations on electronic sources:

Author’s Surname(s), Author’s first name(s). Year (if given). “Title in double inverted commas”. Information about print publication (if given). <Information about electronic publication>. Access information.

If no author is given begin the entry with the title of the document, inserted in alphabetical order with the rest of the references.



Gerlach, John. 1989. “The Margins of Narrative: The Very Short Story. The Prose Poem and the Lyric”. In Lohafer, Susan and Jo Ellyn Clarey (eds.) Short Story Theory at a Crossroads. Baton Rouge: Louisiana U.P.: 74-84.

Neale, Steve. 1992. “The Big Romance or Something Wild? Romantic Comedy Today”. Screen 33 (3): 284-299.

Safran, Steve. 2007. “E&P: VT paper should be considered for Pulitzer”. <>. Accessed July 25, 2008.

“Stars Slate Bush at Relief Event”. 2005. BBC News. (September 19). <>. Accessed February 21, 2010.

Turbide, Diane. 1993. “A Literary Trickster: Thomas King Conjures up Comic Worlds”. Maclean’s (3 May): 43-44.

Williams, Tennessee. 1983. La gata sobre el tejado de zinc caliente. Trans. A. Diosdado. Madrid: Ediciones MK.


The following norms should also be taken into account:

  • Endnotes, which should appear before the Works Cited list, should be as few and short as possible, and their corresponding numbers in the main text should be typed as superscripts.
  • Additional comments should appear in between long dashes: (—) rather than (-); —this is an example—, leaving no spaces in between the dashes and the text within them.
  • There should be no full stops after interrogation and exclamation marks.
  • Inverted commas should never appear after punctuation marks (e.g. “this is correct”, but “this isn’t.”).
  • Current (CG Times or Times New Roman) typefaces should be used, and special symbols should be avoided as much as possible.
  • “&” should be avoided whenever possible.
  • Generally speaking, punctuation and orthography should be coherent (British or American style) all through the article. For example: “emphasise/ recognise” rather than “emphasize/ recognise”; “colour/ colour” rather than “colour/ color”.
  • Authors are encouraged to divide their articles into entitled subsections.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Miscelánea: A Journal of Enghlish and American Studies agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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