(All submissions must also adhere fully to our Guidelines)
Alphaville uses English according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
It follows MLA style, except for in a minority of instances (each listed in the Check List below).
It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that Oxford English spelling and the rules of MLA style—as well as those set by the Editorial Board—are adhered to meticulously throughout each piece that is submitted for consideration.
Please consult the following resources for more thorough reference points, if needed:
Oxford English Dictionary Online Resource: http://oxforddictionaries.com/
MLA Book: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition (2009)
MLA Online Resource: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/
Please pay attention to the following when preparing your article/review/report/interview for submission:
The title of the article/review/report/interview should appear at the beginning of the page (left aligned), in font Times New Roman size 12 and in bold. It should not be in italics or underlined. (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
Set the margins of your document to 2.54 cm (or 1 inch) on all sides.
Indent the first line of each paragraph by 1.27 cm (or half an inch): MLA recommends that you use the Tab key in Word instead of using the Space key five times.
Use Times New Roman, font size 12 throughout.
All submissions should be double-spaced (including Notes, Works Cited, and all indented quotes).
Include page numbers in all articles, reviews and reports. Use Times New Roman size 12, and place in the top right-hand corner of each page.
Alphaville uses English according to the Oxford English Dictionary (except for one instance, as outlined below). Please set your document to either “English (Ireland)” or “English (UK)”, as opposed to American English. Differing from the Oxford English Dictionary, however, is our use of “ise” endings instead of “ize”: contextualise, organise, etc. But, authors should not change the spelling of any quoted material.
If needed, use endnotes (numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.). These notes should be used for additional information or necessary comments only. If something is crucial to the text, then it should appear within the text itself. Therefore, notes should be kept to a minimum.
The Notes section should be titled so and appear after the body of the article: with the word “Notes” as a heading (left aligned), in font size 12 and in bold. (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
The Works Cited section should list all works cited (including films) within the article and appear after Notes on a separate page; with the words “Works Cited” as a heading (left aligned), in font size 12 and in bold. (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
For text breaks, use em dashes (—) without a space on either side. When listing page numbers or when making reference to a particular duration (1940–1942), use en dashes (–) without a space on either side.
Italicise the titles of books, journals, films, television shows, art works, plays, newspapers, etc. according to MLA style.
Foreign words not commonly used in the English language should also be italicised.
Other italicisation (such as emphasis) should be kept to a minimum.
In the case of italics within a quote, please state if it is the author’s original emphasis or if emphasis was added: by including the words “author’s emphasis” or “emphasis added” in brackets directly after the quote.
Use double quotation marks throughout. The only exceptions to this rule are: quotes within quotes (instead, use single quotation marks); and quotes of more than four lines. Long quotes should be started on a new line; the entire quote should be indented from the left of the margin by 2.54 cm/1 inch; double-spacing should be maintained throughout; and parenthetical citation should appear after the closing punctuation mark.
We advise that authors limit the use of scare quotes to an absolute minimum.
Do not place punctuation inside of the quotation marks, unless it appears in the original quote. (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
Films Cited within an Article
All films cited within the text should appear as part of the Works Cited, and not as a separate “filmography”.
Primary Sources: First Mention
On the first mention of a primary source (film, video, installation, etc.), please give the name of the director(s)/creator(s)/artist(s) and the year of release/production in brackets (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
Websites should not be in hyperlink form, but should include the full URL. Date of the author’s access should also be given.
Texts that have been reproduced in the English language need not be given in their original form when quoting material from them: simply reference the translated source in the Works Cited, according to MLA style. However, if you are translating material from its original into English, please give the translated version of the text within the body of the article and include the original version of the text as an endnote, referencing the source as per MLA style (NB This differs to standard MLA guidelines)
This should be sent with all submissions.
When submitting an article, the Information Document should include the following:
- Author’s name
- Article title
- Author’s affiliation
- Author’s email address
- Article abstract (max. 200 words)
- Up to five keywords for the article
- A short biographical note (max. 100 words)
When submitting a review, report or interview, the Information Document should include the author’s name, affiliation, and a short biographical note (max. 50 words).
Spelling and Space Check
Please complete a thorough spell-check of both documents (article/review/report/interview document and Information Document) before submission (ensuring that this feature is set to either “English (Ireland)” or “English (UK)”).
Ensure that there are no multiple spaces within the documents. To check this, simply use the “find and replace” feature in Word: change all double or triple spaces (etc.) to single spaces.
There is no set limit for illustrations, but the Editorial Board reserves the right to restrict the number of illustrations per submission. Authors must seek permission wherever necessary for the use of images from films and other media including stills, clips, posters, etc. and for written material, where appropriate. The Editorial Board of Alphaville will not pay for illustrations and the responsibility of obtaining reproduction clearance rests with the contributor. Once a submission is accepted subsequent to peer review (in the case of article submission), contributors should immediately begin to request images and permission for reproduction if they have not done so before. As Alphaville is a non-profit-making scholarly journal, contributors should try to negotiate a reduced fee for illustration and reproduction, in the case that costs are incurred.
If film, video or television stills are used in an article/review/report/interview for the purposes of criticism and/or review, the Editorial Board of Alphaville considers that it is not always necessary to obtain permission for reproduction to reproduce film stills, as long as they are used directly for these purposes. However, if images are used for purely illustrative purposes, the board advises that permission be sought from the rights holder. Furthermore, authors should only use an amount of images necessary to demonstrate the points being made in the article.
Full credits should be provided for the source of every image, whether or not permission has been sought.
Digital still images should be sent as JPG, PNG or GIF files. Two copies of all images should be submitted: one in 72 dpi and another in 300 or higher dpi (print resolution). At least one submitted image should be 250x150 pixels or larger in 72 dpi. Images should be sent as separate email attachments and not embedded within the text. At the final submission stage, please supply digital images of all suggested illustrations accompanied by a list of images including captions and credits as a Word document. Please specify if you have a preference for where the image is positioned by indicating the appropriate place in the body the text in bold and brackets: e.g. [Filename.jpg].
With regard to other illustrations, such as photographs, posters, other printed matter and any other images, authors should first establish that the image is protected by copyright and apply for permission for use from the rights holder, if necessary.
If a contributor feels that s/he is not completely fluent in the English language, the editors advise that s/he gets the piece proofread before submission. While the editors will be happy to respond to queries from contributors regarding guidelines, each contributor is encouraged to submit her/his article/review/report/interview as a publishable piece.
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