Submissions and Guidelines

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Contributions for The Use of English should be submitted online.


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.
  • Reviews

The reviews section of The Use of English covers recents works of fiction, poetry, scholarship, textbooks and works on educational theory and practice. Reviews range from short notices giving a clear account of the contents and scope of a book (500-1000 words) to longer review articles exploring the themes a work raises (up to 3000 words, by arrangement with the editor). Our readership is largely secondary / VI Form College English teachers and so the accent is on how a book might add to our readers' subject knowledge, professional development and classroom practice. We welcome reviewing voices from all sections of the education profession. Review copies sent to The Use of English are announced via a mailing list from time to time and anyone interested is invited to volunteer. There is usually 3-4 months' notice for a review. Reviewers are unpaid but receive a free copy of the book.

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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