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Instructions to Authors and Reviewers


All material to be considered for publication should be submitted in electronic form via the Journal's online submission system here .

Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site through the link above. Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here .

Correspondence (editorial)

For any queries regarding your manuscript submission or Manuscript Central, please email the editorial assistant Stephanie Sacharov .

Manuscript preparation

All material should be double-spaced including notes, references, extracts, poetry, and figure legends. Please note that essays should not be longer than 7,000-9,000 words, inclusive of the works cited section. Notes should be kept short and to a minimum in number. Subheadings can also be very helpful in providing clarity for an essay.
Do not divide words at the ends of lines. The journal encourages the submission of suitable illustrations. (See below for details.) Please also submit an abstract with your essay. This should not be more than 125 words long and should be included on the word document at the start of your paper.

Reviews and Review Articles
Contemporary Women’s Writing also features reviews and review articles. The limit for a review of a single book is 700 words, and that for a review of two books is 1,200 words. Review articles should be between 3,000-4,000 words. Contributors interested in submitting a review or review article should contact one of the Review Editors, either Denise DeCaires Narain or Sarah Brophy . Review Editors will arrange for complimentary review copies to be sent to reviewers. Publishers submitting books for review should send them to the Review Editors as detailed above.

For reviews, please give the title(s) of the book(s) reviewed at the head of the review in the following style:

Reames, Kelly Lynch. Women and Race in Contemporary U.S. Writing: From Faulkner to Morrison. London and New York: Palgrave, 2007. Print. $68.95. Hardback.

The price of the book should be given in either pounds or dollars and should indicate the format of the review copy received.

Contemporary Women’s Writing welcomes rigorous, formal interviews that probe the work of women writers in depth and make a significant contribution to the understanding of their writing. Interviewers must have an extensive knowledge of the writer’s oeuvre so that they can engage fully and perceptively with the author’s comments and views. We also suggest that a photo of the writer should accompany the interview (see section below on Illustrations).

It is recommended that you use this consent form , which makes it clear to the interviewee exactly the format of the interview and the understanding that their agreement will be sought before anything is published in the journal. CWW will also consider hosting a recording of the interview online and the editors also recommend that this is discussed beforehand to ensure the recording is of the best possible quality for hosting as a podcast. The format for submission of the recording should be an MP3 file.

Interviews should not duplicate material already available in earlier interviews that authors might have given. Explorations of the range and variety of a writer’s work are welcomed. Equally effective are interviews that have a sharp focus on, for example, a writer’s changing aesthetic practice, the relation of their work to academic theory and scholarship, a writer’s experience of literary institutions (reviewing, the publishing industry, book awards), a writer’s relation to their audiences and readership etc.

The interview should be prefaced with an introduction that situates the author and her work. Some overview of the oeuvre , its critical reception and relevant historical or geographical contexts would be helpful. Together the interview and the introduction should be, approximately, 5,000-7,000 words in length.

Style and Layout
Contemporary Women’s Writings follows the Modern Language Association (MLA) style as outlined in the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook (8th edition: 2016). Authors should follow these guidelines in the final preparation of their manuscripts. The Editors of CWW have prepared a Short Guide to the MLA Style that highlights the most common issues of documentation, format, and style, and also a guide to reference format . See also issues of PMLA (Publication of the Modern Language Association) published after May 2016 for examples of the MLA Style. As essays in the journal are double blinded, you will need to upload the title page as a separate file from that of the main manuscript and should include the names of all contributing authors, the contact details of the corresponding author (including postal address, email and telephone number) and a biographical note of all contributing authors.

Assemble the sections in the following order:
title page
works cited
figure legends

CWW welcomes illustrative material in article submissions. Please ensure that you have read the permissions instructions in the section below.

Prepare your figures at print publication quality resolution, using applications capable of generating high-resolution .tif files (600 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for color and halftone artwork).

The printing process requires your figures to be in this format if your paper is accepted for publication.

Acknowledgements and details of support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.

The authorship of the paper should be confined to those who have made a significant contribution to the design and execution of the work described.

If your first language is not English, you may wish to have your paper professionally edited. This will ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing is optional and does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here . Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Permissions for illustrations and figures

Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editorial assistant Stephanie Sacharov . It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section. Information on permissions contacts for a number of main galleries and museums can also be provided. Should you require copies of this, please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department .

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers
If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Licences and offprints

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Authors will receive electronic access to their paper free of charge. Authors are entitled to a gratis copy of the issue in which their article is published. Rates for purchasing offprints are indicated on the offprint order form which the author will receive with the proofs and must be returned with the corrections. Orders for printed offprints received after the deadline will be subject to a 100% surcharge.

Please note: Orders from the UK will be subject to a 17.5% VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


Contemporary Women's Writing expects that authors will observe high standards with respect to publication ethics. For example, the following practices are unacceptable: (1) falsification or fabrication of data, (2) plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors' own work, in whole or in part without proper citation, (3) misappropriation of the work of others such as omission of qualified authors or of information regarding financial support. Allegations of unethical conduct will be discussed initially with the corresponding author. In the event of continued dispute the matter will be referred to the author's institution and funding agencies for investigation and adjudication.


Authors are sent page proofs by email. These should be checked immediately and returned to the publishers by annotated PDF, email or fax (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.

Self-archiving policy

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .

Open Access Option For Authors

Contemporary Women's Writing authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Contemporary Women's Writing can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1750/ $2800 / €2275
List B Developing country charge* - £857 / $1400 / €1138
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

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