Guide for Authors

Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies accepts submissions based on the Publication Manual of Modern Language Association (MLA), the recent edition. Authors need to submit their manuscript online using the journal website. The corresponding author should complete the submission form online. Furthermore, in the case of papers with multiple authors, only one submission form should be completed, by the corresponding author.
The corresponding author takes complete responsibility for the manuscript guaranteeing that the article is an original work that has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The corresponding author is also responsible for communications between JELCS and co-authors, before and after publication, and ensuring that inquiries are answered on behalf of all the co-authors in a timely fashion. Before submission, s/he has to make sure that all the authors of the article are included in the submission form and the order in which they appear has been agreed upon by all authors, and that all authors are aware that the paper was submitted.
When accepted, the proof will be emailed to the corresponding author, and s/he communicates with JELCS on behalf of all co-authors. Please note after publication, we will not necessarily correct errors if they were on the proof sent to the corresponding author before publication, and were not indicated as errors to be corrected. The corresponding author is responsible for making sure that all names of co-authors are included in the final article, correctly spelled, and that affiliations are rightly mentioned.

Copyright Form and Conflict of Interest Form
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete the “Journal Publishing Agreement” and “Conflict of Interest Form”.
For the Copyright Transfer Form, please email the journal editor-in-chief. It will be sent to authors automatically after acceptance of their manuscripts.
For the Conflict of Interest Form, please email the journal editor-in-chief. It will be sent to authors automatically after acceptance of their manuscripts.

Acceptance of Papers
JELCS operates a double- blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal: Relevance of content to the scope of the journal, word length (5000-8000 words), and similarity of content to other published work. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The editor's decision is final.

Authors Responsibility
The requirements of publishing in this journal are:

All named authors must have contributed to the writing of the paper.

Papers must not contain substantial duplication of research published elsewhere although papers referring to new aspects, or new interpretations, of research published elsewhere are acceptable.

Authors must confirm that the paper, or portions of it, has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Where overlap exists with other papers the authors should declare this in a note to the editor (notes to the editor can be included during the online submission process).

Authors are responsible for ensuring they have complied with the legal and ethical requirements of their countries and institutions, and that they have secured all the necessary ethics approvals.

Authors must ensure that reports of their research as contained in the paper they submit are accurate descriptions of the research and that no falsification of procedures, data or outcomes is included. Authors must be willing to provide access to the data on which the paper is based on reasonable request.

If during the review process or after publication of a paper authors become aware of errors or inaccuracies in their work they must inform the editor right away and be prepared to provide a statement of retraction or correction.

Authors must declare the source of any financial support that has contributed to the research discussed in the paper or to the writing of the paper (such a declaration can be made as part of the online submission process but is usually also included in the acknowledgements section at the end of the paper).

Authors must declare as part of the submission process any potential conflicts of interest that might affect the paper or the process of publication.

Article Structure
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Literature Review

Research Questions or Hypotheses
Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be replicated including participants, materials/instruments, and procedure).

The results should be clear and concise. Tables and Figures must be based on MLA format and next to the related text in the article.

This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

The main conclusions of the study should be presented in a short Conclusions section, which should not simply repeat earlier sections.


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.
Note. Avoid footnotes. You might use Endnotes, if necessary.

Title Page Information

Concise and informative, no more than 12 words. Avoid abbreviations where possible.
Author names and affiliations
Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

A concise and factual abstract is required (between 150-250 words). The abstract should state briefly the territory of the study, purpose of the research, participants, the materials or instruments used, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of").

Referencing Style/Works Cited

The author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address should be given on the title page of the manuscript. Manuscripts should be double-spaced on A4 sized paper with margins of 1.25” on both the right and left sides of the page and 1” on the top and bottom. All quotations in the main text should consistently be in double quotation marks. Italicize titles of books, films, long poems, poetry books, novels, dramas, newspapers, documentaries, movies, and journals. Put into inverted commas titles of essays, book chapters, poems, short stories, and articles. References should be parenthetical, and manuscripts should include a list of works cited and brief footnotes (each 100 words max.). Footnotes should be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.).

Note kindly: The author should upload the title page without the author's name (s) and affiliation (s) as a supplementary file for the editor to review in order to prevent the identification;

Contributors should also include a brief abstract of content between 150 and 250 words for each critical article. This should be followed by 4 to 7 keywords (preferably phrases or a combination of words and phrases; single-word keywords are not encouraged.)

References: “Works Cited” will list full bibliographical references. The Journal asks contributors to observe the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA) convention. Full details can be found at

Following are some examples:

Book by a Single Author:

Kaku, Michio. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

An Anthology or a Compilation:

Johnson, Fred J., ed. An Anthology of Neo-Latin Poetry. New Haven: Yale UP, 1998.

Two or More Books by the Same Author:

Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.

 ---, ed. Design for Learning: Reports Submitted to the Joint Committee of the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1962.

A Book by Two or More Authors:

Jakobson, Roman and Linda R. Waugh. The Sound Shape of Language. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1979.

An Anonymous Book:

Encyclopedia of Victorian. New York: Somerset, 1996.