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Instructions to Authors

Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online

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.

The existence of ISLE reflects the rapid growth of ecological literary criticism and environmental scholarship in related disciplines in the United States and around the world in recent decades, which in turn reflects the steady increase in the production of environmental literature and the rising visibility of such writing in classrooms at all levels and in a wide range of publications. ISLE seeks to encourage such scholarship, writing, and teaching, while facilitating the development of a theoretical foundation for these activities. It also seeks to bridge the gaps between scholars, artists, students, and the public. ISLE is presently indexed in The American Humanities Index (AHI) and the MLA International Bibliography .

We encourage submissions of scholarly or creative work by writers representing a wide range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. Although our touchstones are “literature” and “environment,” we believe interdisciplinarity is essential to effective environmental thinking. Likewise, we strongly encourage international scholars and writers to share work rooted in their cultural backgrounds.

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts must be double-spaced and must include references in a single .rtf or .doc file. A one- or two-sentence biography of the author(s) should appear in the “Notes on Contributors” section of the submission template. For articles, in addition to the full title, authors should supply a running title that would appear at the heads of the pages (if the manuscripts are accepted for publication). A short abstract (100 words) should also be provided. For further information on style, please consult the most recent available edition of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers .

Your manuscript should be saved as a .rtf or .doc document and submitted online.

Online submission of manuscripts

The Editors welcome electronic submission of manuscripts through the journal's online submission system. To submit online, please visit Manuscript Central.

Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published tables, illustrations or more than 200 words of text are to be included, then the copyright holder's written permission must be obtained. Copies of any such permission letters should be enclosed with the paper.

To contact the editorial office, please send an e-mail.

ISLE does not currently accept emailed, faxed, or hard-copy submissions, nor does it consider simultaneous submissions.


The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required to reprint any material from other copyrighted permissions. Both print and online permission are required. Guidelines on obtaining permissions and a form to be used are available from the editorial office; please also see Permission Guidelines for more information.

Permissions are required to reuse figures, photos, illustrations, and significant portions of text from other copyrighted works. A “significant portion of text” can be defined using a combination of both quantity and quality. Current guidelines suggest that a single prose extract of less than four hundred words; a series of prose extracts of less than 300 words each, with the series totaling less than 800 words; and 40 continuous or separate lines from a poem, provided that this does not constitute more than 25 percent of the poem, would not require permission to reprint. However, if the material quoted could be considered the heart of the original work, permission may be required. Quotations should be kept as short as possible to avoid quoting a large percentage of the work.

When quoting from other works, please consider

  • how much of the work is being quoted.
  • if the quotation is the heart of the original work.

Please see Permission Guidelines for more guidance.


Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or.eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required at revised submission stages to supply high-resolution .tif files (600 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for color and half-tone artwork). We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission. For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to http://cpc.cadmus.com/da.

Please note that all labels used in figures should be in upper case in both the figure and the caption. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material.

The number of illustrations should be kept to a minimum. Captions for figures should be listed on a separate sheet. All tables must bear a title. Footnotes may be used in the tables but not in the text.

Advance Access Online Publication Procedure

ISLE operates an Advance Access publication system, which means that once your proofs are approved, the final version of your paper will be hosted immediately on the Advance Access part of ISLE 's web site. You will receive an email with a URL allowing you to view your paper online. The process of Advance Access publication takes only 4–6 weeks from submission to Oxford Journals. Your article is now officially published and will remain on this page, accessible only to paid subscribers, until it is assigned by the editor to an issue.

Your article can still be cited before it is assigned to an issue by way of its DOI number that you will see at the top of the article. The volume and issue will be assigned once the article moves to an issue, although the DOI remains the same. If you have any queries about this form of publication then feel free to ask the editorial office.

Gratis Copies

Authors will be given free online access to their articles and will be sent two free copies of the issue in which their articles appear.

Please note that there can be a time delay before your article is assigned to an issue. We recommend that you sign up for the electronic table of contents alerting service (which you can find on the home page of the journal) and review the issues published to see when your article is assigned to an issue, or you may wish simply to keep in touch with the editorial office for information on the issue to which your article has been assigned.


It is a condition of publication in ISLE that authors grant an exclusive licence to ISLE , published by Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning the licence, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Author self-archiving/public access policy

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

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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