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Instructions for Authors

1. Submissions
2. Presentation
3. Managing Third-Party Permissions
4. Style
5. Proofs
6. Licence to Publish
7. Offprints
8. Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy
9. Crossref Funding Data Registry


Manuscripts for publication (no longer, in normal circumstances, than 10,000 words including notes; special cases may be discussed in advance with the relevant period editor) should be submitted to the Review of English Studies Online Submission Site. Your submission should be accompanied by an abstract, intended for publication at the head of the essay, of about 200 words. Please avoid verbatim repetition between the abstract and the opening of your essay. Essay titles should be economical and informative. You may proceed directly to the site, which provides step-by-step instructions, or refer to the separate page of instructions here.

Authors will be notified as soon as possible (normally within 12 weeks) on the suitability of their submission; the Editors will not enter into correspondence about material considered to be unsuitable for publication. Authors may not submit typescripts which are under consideration for publication elsewhere. No one, including authors, may reprint articles within two years of their publication in The Review of English Studies.

Neither the Editors nor the publisher accept responsibility for the views of authors expressed in their contributions. Securing permission for the reproduction of illustrations (normally a maximum of two) and quotations from copyrighted material is the responsibility of the author.

Language Editing: Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about such services please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Read the complete online submission guidelines here


Articles and Review Articles should be submitted to our online submission system. To facilitate the RES's double-blinded peer review policy, the manuscript file should contain no identifying author information (such as references to your own forthcoming work). A separate title page should contain authors, affiliations, acknowledgements, and an address and email for correspondence. This separate title page document should be given the file designation of ‘Title Page’ when you upload your manuscript submission.

Please number pages consecutively. Notes will appear as footnotes in the published journal, but in typescript should be printed in one double-spaced sequence at the end of the document, beginning on a new page. Number notes consecutively through the document; an initial unnumbered note may be added following peer review to give brief acknowledgements. Copies of any illustrations (normally a maximum of two) should be supplied as separate high-resolution files, clearly labelled ('Fig. 1' etc.). If they are to be integrated with the text, the preferred location should be indicated by a textual note.

Type with a minimum of formatting, unjustified on the right, without hyphenation except for compound words. Use the tab key once for paragraph indents. Where possible use Times as the base font and Symbol for special characters. Please take care to ensure thorn and yogh characters are displaying correctly.

Displayed matter Type flush left, with an extra carriage return before and after the whole extract. Use the tab key only to indicate extra indentation (e.g. alternate lines of a poem). Add a note regarding any special display requirements not achieved in the text.
Headings Indicate the hierarchy of any subheadings clearly.
Figures Save any figures generated electronically as separate files, not embedded in the text. NB: RES figures are only printed in Black and White/Greyscale.


Please ensure that you have checked that you have secured the necessary permissions for any third-party material you have used (images, quotations, etc). For further advice on the matter, please follow this link and you will find comprehensive permissions information under the ‘Rights and permissions guidelines for authors’ section, including the detailed Guidelines for Author Permissions document. You will need to ensure that any third-party material is cleared in advance of submission (or not later than at revision stage if your article is accepted) and the article must have the rights secured to reproduce the material both in print and online, worldwide, and without limit of time for the online version. Time-limited licences cannot be accepted. Should you have any questions regarding permissions, then do let the editorial office know as your article may be held up if permissions are not cleared in advance of submission into production.

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.


Contributions should be presented in the journal's house style, which is based on New Hart's Rules. In writing your paper, please refer to the RES Style Checklist for any style guidance. References should appear in endnotes rather than the body of the text, and be used sparingly.


Authors will be sent PDF proofs by e-mail. The Review of English Studies aims to publish articles within 6 weeks of acceptance. Authors are asked to return corrections within 3 working days to ensure that it is possible to meet this target.


It is a condition of publication in RES that authors grant an exclusive licence to the Journal, which is operated on the Journal's behalf by the Publisher, by completing a Copyright Licence Form. 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 licence 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 granting an exclusive licence, Authors may use their own material in publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce verbal or visual material from copyright sources.

RES 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 RES can use the following Creative Common licence 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)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

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 - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
  • Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
  • Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour 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 your account for your own local VAT correctly.


The publisher will supply authors with free online access to their article, and, if requested via the Oxford Journals Author Services site, 25 free offprints for Original Articles. Further offprints may also be ordered for both Book Reviews and Original Articles by using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


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


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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