Formatting of articles
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Notes: any notes should be included as footnotes rather than endnotes.
Margins: should be at least 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Spelling: Either British-English (as per Cambridge/Oxford English Dictionary) or American-English spelling is permitted. Spelling should be consistent throughout.
Paragraphs: Indent the first line of all paragraphs 1/2 inch.
Spacing: Leave only one space after a full-stop or other punctuation mark.
Tables and figures: Tables and figures should be supplied at the end of the submitted document, with clear indication in the article where they should appear i.e. [table 1 here].
Works cited list: Organised alphabetically by author or by document title if no author. For multiple entries by the same author, use three hyphens and a full-stop (—.) in place of the author’s name in subsequent entries. Align the first line of each entry with the left margin. All subsequent lines should be indented 1/2 inch.
Citation: Short quotations (no more than four typed lines of prose or three lines of verse) should be enclosed in double quotation marks, i.e. “ ” Question marks and exclamation points that are part of the quotation should be included inside the quotation marks but all other punctuation should fall after the parenthetical reference. Verse line breaks should be indicates with a forward slash i.e. /
Long quotations (more than four lines of prose or three lines of verse) should be placed in a separate block of text, on a new line and not enclosed in quotation marks. The entire quotation should be indented 1/2 inch from the left margin. The parenthetical reference should fall after closing punctuation. Verse line breaks should be maintained.
Editing quotations: If adding material to a quotation, indicate the addition by enclosing it in square brackets e.g. Ann Ardis connects Hull’s novel to 1890s New Woman fiction, suggesting that “Hull borrows from and builds upon [this] tradition of women’s subversive writings about ‘improper’ femininity” (292).
References: Formatted in accordance with MLA 8. References should be given in parentheses in the text immediately following a citation e.g. (Regis 25). If the author’s name or the title of the work is apparent from context, then the reference may omit this information e.g. Karen Chow suggests that “Diana’s changes of clothing give her the power of transgression through masquerade: in men’s clothing she is able to take on the ‘male’ privilege of independence” (79).
Ebooks without pagination: Please indicate the chapter or paragraph number e.g. Kincaid, ch. 4; Marshall, para. 2.
Formatting of Citations
Regis, Pamela. A Natural History of the Romance Novel. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Translated by Alan Sheridan. Allen Lane, 1977.
Radway, Janice. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. 2nd ed., The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Chapter in a book
Moody-Freeman, Julie. “African-American Romance.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, edited by Jayashree Kamblé, Hsu-Ming Teo and Eric Murphy Selinger, Routledge, 2021, pp 229-251.
McCann, Hannah and Roach, Catherine M. “Sex and Sexuality.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, edited by Jayashree Kamblé, Hsu-Ming Teo and Eric Murphy Selinger, Routledge, 2021, pp. 411-27.
More than 2 authors
Kamblé, Jayashree et al. “Introduction.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, edited by Jayashree Kamblé, Hsu-Ming Teo and Eric Murphy Selinger, Routledge, 2021, pp. 1-23.
McCulliss, Debbie. “Bibliotherapy: Historical and Research Perspectives.” Journal of Poetry Therapy, vol. 25, no. 1, 2012, pp. 23–38.
Dissertation or thesis
Abdullah-Poulos, Layla. Muslim Love American Style: Islamic-American Hybrid Culture and Native-Born American Black Muslim Romance. 2016. SUNY Empire State College, MA thesis.
Newspaper or magazine article
Beckett, Lois. “Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels.” The Guardian, 4 Apr 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/04/fifty-shades-of-white-romance-novels-racism-ritas-rwa.
Trinidad, Andrea Anne. “‘Shipping’ Larry Stylinson: What Makes Pairing Appealing Boys Romantic?” Think Globally, Love Locally? The 7th International Conference on Popular Romance Studies, Sydney, Australia, June 27, 2018. Conference Presentation.
Love Between the Covers. Directed by Laurie Khan, Blueberry Hill Productions, 2015.
Episode of a TV show
“Potential Future Spouse.” We Are Lady Parts. Channel 4, 27 May 2021.
Entire TV show
Daniels, Greg and Michael Schur, creators. Parks and Recreation. Deedle-Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios, 2015.
Song or album
Whitney Houston. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Whitney, Arista Records, 1987.
Social media post (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit)
Milan, Courtney. “So the narrative structure.” Twitter thread. 22 July 2020. https://twitter.com/courtneymilan/status/1286016663972753408