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Author Guidelines

Submission overview

Click the appropriate link under ONLINE SUBMISSIONS (above):

A. If you are already registered as an author for this journal, click "GO TO LOGIN".

B. If you don't already have an account on our system

  2. Fill out the form. Near the end in answer to the "Register as" question, select all roles you are interested in, including "Author" and maybe also "Reader" and "Reviewer".

C. If you already have an account on our system, but are not registered as an author for this journal:

  1. Click "GO TO REGISTRATION", but click "Click here" instead of filling out the form
  2. Log in, but also answer the "Register as" question, specifying "Author" etc.

Once you have logged in, click "User Home" in the main menu. Under Humanist Studies & the Digital Age you will see links for each role you have in the journal. For the Author role, click [New Submission].

There is a simple 5-step electronic submission process. You will:

  1. agree to a checklist,
  2. upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document,
  3. provide metadata including the title, your and any coauthors' names, etc.
  4. possibly upload supplementary files such as appendices or data,
  5. confirm the submission

There are no charges to authors for submission or publication.

For an online video tutorial describing the registration and submission proces, visit

Detailed manuscript preparation guidelines

This online open access journal is devoted to the reformulation of received philological and philosophical ideas of writing and reading literary works, motivated by the advent of electronic texts (Lollini 1).

Although articles in English are preferred, manuscripts are accepted in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Manuscripts should be edited so that the writing is clear and concise; note that shorter manuscripts have a higher acceptance rate. We strongly recommend obtaining assistance from a copyeditor before submission. If you are submitting an article in a language other than your own, it is particularly important that it be reviewed by a fluent writer of the language.

This journal normally publishes three types of articles: "perspectives" (normally limited to 25 double-spaced pages), "interventions" (15 pages max), and "projects" (15 pages max). Occasionally a special issue will solicit manuscripts of different lengths or content. Please see "Policies" under "About the Journal" for more information.

To ensure blind peer review, the text of your manuscript should not include your name or other identifying information. You will include your name and that of any coauthors as metadata at the time of article submission. The manuscript should begin with the proposed article title, but should not include the name of the author. Each article should include a single-paragraph abstract of 150 to 300 words, both at the beginning of the manuscript after the article title and in the metadata.

All submissions should be (except as noted below) in "MLA 7th" style, i.e., should comply with the guidelines in the MLA Handbook 7th Edition (2009) or equivalently the MLA Style Manual Third Edition (2008). An excellent online source describing MLA style is the Purdue OWL website (2010). MLA style specifies a format for manuscript submissions, proper use of references, and rules for grammatical style.

When submitting to the journal, please upload a document in Microsoft Word format (either .docx or .doc). Such documents can be generated by most commonly used word processors including OpenOffice, Apple Pages, WordPerfect, and many others. Ensure that the text: is consistently double-spaced and left-aligned (not justified); is consistently in a standard 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman; indicates new paragraphs by indentation of the first line of the paragraph; is consecutively paginated beginning with the title page; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); uses a single space between sentences; has been spell checked. The Works Cited section at the end should be correctly alphabetized and should appear in a hanging-indent format.

Place all illustrations, figures, and tables within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If you need to include notes, use the Microsoft Word "endnote" or "footnote" feature, which creates and automatically numbers notes in the text. New paragraphs should begin indented one tab stop. Block quotations (including poetry) should be indented two tab stops or the equivalent. Avoid use of spaces for indentation (e.g., at the beginning of lines), and avoid use of Word line breaks (as opposed to paragraph breaks).

In-text parenthetical citations should be provided for all references and quotations, with corresponding bibliographic entries in a Works Cited section at the end. Long footnotes or endnotes should be avoided. Do not use Chicago-style footnotes as an alternative to entries in the Works Cited. Be sure to include a reference to the source you actually consulted. For references to web sites include a URL when possible even though MLA 7th no longer requires it. If an article has a DOI, please include it instead of a URL, at the end of the reference without a trailing period.

Please verify that all quotations include a citation that reflects the actual source from which you copied the quotation, even if the work is a well-known classical work; the edition or translation you quote may be critical information for your reader. If you include translations for quotations, note the source of the translation; if translations are your own, a footnote to that effect can be provided associated with the first example.

We expect that articles will be published as PDF files, possibly with embedded images and links. The article content must be accessible to readers who print the PDF file, which means that you should not plan to take advantage of advanced or interactive PDF features. For example, although you can include audio to illustrate your article you should write the article in a way that allows a reader (including deaf readers!) to appreciate the intellectual content of the article without listening to the audio. If you do have additional media, we will include it as supplementary materials, possibly with a link to it within the PDF file. If you have video or a complex interactive web site, we would normally expect that you would continue to maintain that external site and simply reference it in your article, rather than including it as a part of the article per se.

You may wish to submit additional supplementary files associated with your manuscript, for example collections of images, rich media, or datasets. Supplementary files should be limited to 30MB maximum size per file. Supplementary files should be in a generally readable file format. Consult the editor if you have questions about what sorts of files are appropriate.

Note that this journal is open access, and in addition does not charge an author submission or publication fee. Since this is a free journal, we need to keep production costs to a minimum, and expect that the author will do the lion's share of copyediting.


Lollini, Massimo. "Humanism in the Digital Age." Humanist Studies & the Digital Age, 1.1 (2011): 1-7. Web. 15 Jun. 2011. doi:10.5399/uo/hsda.1.1.1206

Modern Language Association. The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009.

Purdue Online Writing Lab. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue University, 2010. Web. 15 Nov. 2010. <>.


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 is an original work that has not been previously published in any form, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor), and will not be submitted to another publisher while under consideration here.
  2. If this is a work by multiple authors, then all authors approve of its submission by the corresponding author.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format. Both traditional Word (.doc) and Word XML (.docx) file formats are acceptable.
  4. Full citations including page numbers have been provided. Where available, URLs and DOIs for references to online works have been provided.
  5. The text: is consistently double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); is paginated sequentially; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  8. The work is free of plagiarism, including self-plagiarsm. A key standard is that authors must not present the work -- including both phrasing and ideas -- of another as if it were their own.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Article and journal metadata is released under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
  3. Authors may 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.
  4. Authors are permitted to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as this can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access). Indicate that the manuscript is under submission.


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