Submission Preparation Checklist

All essay submissions, special issue and review essay proposals are to be sent to

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.

  • Submission of an abstract is required alongside a full version of the manuscript.
  • The submission is a Microsoft Word document. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The submission has not been previously published, or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.
  • If the text is an article proposed for review, it does not include any identifying characteristics (notably, your name).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Unless directed otherwise, follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993). References must be in the form of endnotes.


1. Full titles of countries, states, institutions, organisations, etc. should be used at the first reference; subsequent references may be abbreviated.

2. Use a full stop after an abbreviation (e.g. ed.), but not after a contraction (Mr, Vic, eds).

3. Do not use any full stop with abbreviations that consist of capitals: (NY, ALP; also BA, PhD, MA), nor with their capitals.


1. Use double quotation marks for quotations; within a quotation use single quotation marks.

2. Indent quotations of more than fifty words.

3. Always preserve the spelling, grammar and punctuation of the original. Use [sic] to indicate unconventional usage.

4. If omitting material from a quotation, use a three point ellipsis: ‘…’

5. Close quotations after a final punctuation mark (e.g. “because it is dependant on the conditions pre-established by history, the praxis of transcendence must … reveal these conditions and appropriate them.”


1. Emphasis is to be marked by italics; bolded and underlined text should be avoided

2. Use italics for uncommon foreign words; the inclusion of a word or phrase in the Oxford English Dictionary indicates that it is no longer considered uncommon


The first citation should contain: author’s initial(s) or given name(s) as used on the title page, surname, title of book, name of translator/s, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, and page reference if appropriate. The subtitle is capitalised and follows a colon. The place of publication is a city, not a suburb. For example:

Walter Benjamin, The Origins of German Tragic Drama. Trans. John Osborne. London: Verso, 1992, 183.


Russell Grigg, “Absolute Freedom and Major Structural Change.” Traversing the Fantasy: Critical Responses to Slavoj Žižek. Eds. Geoff Boucher, Jason Glynos, Matthew Sharpe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, 184.

Giorgio Agamben “‘I am sure that you are more pessimistic than I am…’ An Interview with Giorgio Agamben.” Rethinking Marxism 16:2 (April 2004, 117).


Use suitable short titles, including author’s surname and key words from title of book, chapter/article or interview. For example:

Benjamin, The Origins, 34.

Grigg, “Absolute Freedom”, 188.


In certain cases repeated references to a single text can be placed within the article as a parenthetical citation. This should be restricted to a text which is to be the extended focus of the article (as a rule one text to which you cite more than 10 times). In such a case you will put all the references in parentheses. For example:

“Paul is a poet-thinker of the event, as well as one who practices and states the invariant traits of what can be called the militant figure” he is “a Lenin for whom Christ would have been the equivocal Marx.” (Badiou, 2)

The first reference to this footnote will be cited as a normal endnote, with the following addendum: ‘This and all parenthetical references are taken from Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: the Foundation of Universalism. Trans. Ray Brassier. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003,’ or words to this effect.

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