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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The journal accepts both regular and special dossier submissions. Deadlines are: April 15 (for the November issue), October 15 (for the May issue).

If the submitted article does not adhere to the guidelines, it will be sent back to its author to be revised accordingly. The citation style required is MLA, 8th / 9th edition. When you upload your article to the OJS platform, be prepared to introduce a short bio (max. 110 words) , name, affiliation, email contact, and an abstract (approx. 200 words) as part of the process. Please do not write any personal information in the article text document.



Extension: .doc / .docx / .odt

Length: 6-7000 words approximately, including references and footnotes. 

Format: A4, 2.5 cm margins.

Images: you will have to submit your images as separate attachments in the best quality possible (.png / .jpg). As far as film/TV stills and comic panels are concerned, the editorial board believes it is not necessary to obtain permission to reproduce them as long as they are used strictly for academic criticism/analysis/review purposes; in any case, the author will be responsible of copyright violations. We also invite you to reduce the number of images to those necessary to get your analysis across and, in general, avoid inserting more than 5 (unless reasonably justified). Please, make sure to caption each image with its complete reference.



American or UK English usage are both accepted, as long as there is consistency throughout the text.

Formatting: Palatino Linotype 12pt, 1.25 line spacing, without indents. Please, avoid page breaks.

Title: max. 14 words, bold.

Sections: number sections with an Arabic number and a period followed by a space and the section name. Format them as following:

Level 1 Heading: bold, flush left

Level 2 Heading: italics, flush left 

Short in-text quotations: up to three typed lines, enclosed within double quotation marks.

Long quotations: place the quotation a free-standing block of text omitting quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented 2 cm from the left margin.

Footnotes: we discourage extensive use of explanatory or digressive notes. Please, insert footnotes only when necessary.

Bibliographic references: insert the list of works cited at the end of your article. Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 1.5 cm to create a hanging indent.

Please, refer to the MLA Handbook for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, numbers, italics, abbreviations, and principles of inclusive language.




The MLA format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text (within parentheses), and a complete reference should appear on your Bibliographic References section. Please, refer to the MLA Style Guide.

Books Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Year.

Scholarly journal article Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages.

Film Last Name, First Name, director. Title. Film studio or distributor, Year.

Ebook Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. Ebook, Publisher, Year.

YouTube (and similar platforms) video Author’s Name. “Title.” YouTube, uploaded by Uploader (if different from the author), Date, URL.

TV series Last Name, First Name, creator. Title. Producer, Year. [alternatively: “Episode Title.” Series Title, season #, episode #, Producer, first broadcast date. Streaming platform, URL.]

Tweet @handle. “Tweet text.” Twitter, date, time, URL.


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