Style Sheet and Guide to Authors

General Points

Contributions should be clearly typed in double spacing leaving a wide (c. 2 inch) margin at the left hand side of the page for editorial marking. Copy should be submitted as an email attachment to the relevant editor (see below). A short 100 word abstract should accompany each submission. Copies should not contain any information that identifies the author. In general authors should adhere to the usages and conventions in Fowler’s Modern English Usage (second revised edition, Oxford, 1968), which should be consulted for all questions not covered in these notes. Word limit: none.

Despatch of accepted manuscripts by Email

Once it has been accepted for publication please email a copy of the accepted article, preferably in MSword or  RTF format (retaining italics, accents, superscripts, footnotes etc.).


Quotations of more than six lines should be indented and double spaced. For shorter quotations use single inverted commas. All references should appear as footnotes. Use square brackets for interpolations; use three dots to indicate the omission of material within a quotation. Original spelling and punctuation should be retained unless otherwise stated.
Capitals should be used sparingly. Capitalize proper names and substantives where they refer to particular individuals. Thus, `the King fled to Dover’, but ‘kings do not habitually depart in haste’; `The Parliament refused to be threatened’, but `parliaments are malleable’.
Dates and numbers should take the following form. For dates the form is, ’14 July 1789′. Write ‘seventeenth centur”, not ‘C17th’. Numbers under 100 should be spelled out, apart from page numbers, dates and month, or where they occur as part of a series. The second or subsequent number of a pair or series may be abbreviated as appropriate, thus, 253-6, and 254-61.
Italics, abbreviations. Use italics for non-naturalised words of foreign origin. Thus Weltanschauung but elite. Omit full stops from common abbreviations and acronyms, thus, MP, USA.
Greek: Please use Times New Roman Special G1 or Symbol GreekP fonts.


Footnotes should be embedded in the text. Numbering should be consecutive throughout the article.

References to books should take the following form for the first reference: J.P. Sommerville, Politics and Ideology in England (London and New York, 1986), pp.120-6, and subsequently: Sommerville, Politics and Ideology, p. 140.
Reference to articles should take the following form: Q.Skinner, `The Ideological Context of Hobbes’s Political Thought’, The Historical Journal, IX (1966) pp. 286-317, p.2 90, and subsequently: Skinner, `Ideological Context’, p. 290.
Use Ibid. only to refer to the preceding footnote and taking care to avoid any ambiguity. In all other cases use the name and short title; do not use op. cit.
MSS sources, Tracts, Ephemera. Where such material is quoted the standard catalogue number (e.g. Wing) should be given, or the source library’s accession or reference code, thus, The Afflicted Man’s out-cry (1653), British Library, E711 (7).
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Please answer all queries on the proof itself and ensure that all queries are responded to. If you agree with a change then a simple ‘Ok’ will do. If you disagree cross out or mark change with ‘no’. Please return the proofs to the address on the cover sheet. Please note that only minor author amendments can be accepted at this stage.