Submissions and Guidelines

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Contributions for The Use of English should be sent to:

Editor, The Use of English
The English Association
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH



It helps the editor greatly in the preparation of manuscripts for the printer if authors adhere to a few ground rules. Articles and reviews should keep to the following conventions:

  • Manuscripts should be typed with double spacing and with a wide margin on both sides. Paragraphs should be indented. Wherever possible the hard copy should be accompanied by either a disc or electronic submission to the email address above.
  • Titles and authors of articles should follow the example given here:
    Teaching the Eighteenth Century
    Ian Brinton
  • In the case of articles with subheadings, the subheading should not be capitalised, e.g.
    16+ English Parties: What is going on?
    Martin Hayden
  • Titles of books and plays should be in italics and not set between quotation marks: e.g. Bleak House
  • Titles of poems, short stories, essays and articles should be set within single quotation marks: e.g. ‘The Snake’.
  • Quoted matter inside a sentence should be set within single quotation marks: e.g. Plainly there can be no ‘right’ answers to such questions.
  • Extensive quoted matter, whether prose or poetry, should be set clear of the body of the article or review and indented on the left only. Quotation marks are then unnecessary: e.g.
    I write the ‘Ezra Pound’ couplet, ‘In the station of the Metro’, on the board:

    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough

    The effectiveness of the second line is then discussed and …
  • References and notes at the end of the article should follow the style of this example:
    1) Westall, R. (1979) The Vacuum and the Myth, in Teenage Reading, ed. P. Kennerly (London: Ward Lock Educational) p. 38.
    2) Chambers, A. (1983) The Child’s Changing Story, Signal 40, p. 52.
    3) Grieg, S. et al (1989) Greenprints: for changing schools (London: Kogan Page), p. 12.
    4) Gould, S.J. (1993) Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History (London: Jonathan Cape), p. 281.
    5) Dickinson, P. (1992) A Bone from a Dry Sea (London: Victor Gollancz)
  • Numerals: one to ninety-nine should be spelt out, 100 and over should be given as figures.

Additional Information

  • Articles and reviews should show the number of words used; manuscript pages must be numbered.
  • Writers of articles should provide, on a separate sheet, brief personal descriptions suitable for inclusion in the ‘Contributors’ column of the journal.
  • Illustrations for articles may be accepted (either line drawings or good quality black and white photographs) and should be accompanied by caption and credit, if required.
  • Reviews should be set out in exactly the same style as the current issue: e.g.
    Children’s Literature: an Illustrated History, edited by Peter Hunt. (Oxford University Press, £22.50)
  • If italicisation is unavailable, italics should be indicated by continuous underlining: e.g. Children’s Literature: an Illustrated History

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