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Author Guidelines

 1.            Format and Length

Articles are published in the printed Journal of Literary Theory. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words or 50,000 characters incl. spaces and footnotes in length. Please submit your article as Rich Text Format (*.rtf) document.

Please include an abstract of your article in the online submission process. This summary should be about 800 to 1,000 words (5,000 to 6,000 characters). This abstract will appear in the printed version of JLT and on JLTonline.

Please indicate whether you are using American or British English.

You will receive a hard copy of the issue your article appears in and have access to a digitalized version of your article via de Gruyter.


2.            Submission

Please use our online submission process to submit your article.

To do that, proceed as follows:

(1)          Enter

(2)          The websites of the Journal of Literary Theory consist of four independent sections: ARTICLES – REVIEWS – CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS – CALLS FOR PAPERS. Please choose the section ARTICLES.

Should you already be registered as author for this section, please proceed with step (4).

(3)          Register with JLTonline: Choose the section Articles, click on ›Register‹ und fill in the information marked with *. Under ›Register as‹ please choose ›Author‹ and finish the process by clicking on ›Register‹.

(4)          Submit an Article: In the section Articles, click on ›Log in‹, enter you data. On your ›User Home‹ page, choose the role of ›Author‹ and click on ›Start a New Submission‹ and follow through with the five-step submission process.

Step 1: Under ›Journal Section‹, please indicate whether you want to submit your article for a specific upcoming focus topic (choose section ›Focus‹ and indicate the topic below in the field ›Comments for the Editor‹), or not (choose section ›Articles‹).

Step 2: Please check your personal information and fill in everything that is marked with * as well as your academic affiliation. At this step, please enter the abstract of your article and 3-6 keywords (at ›Indexing‹).

Step 3: Upload the article. Please upload Rich Text Format documents (*.rtf) only. For ensuring a blind review, please make sure that the document does not identify you as author and that no document metadata in the uploaded file contain your name. 

Step 4: You can upload additional supplementary files, like source material, charts, illustrations, etc.

Once you finish the online submission, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail. The editorial office is automatically informed of your submission.

All submissions will be passed on to the advisory board for review. The result of the reviews will be communicated to the authors within about four to six weeks. If necessary, suggestions for revisions or corrections will be supplied. You will have about four weeks to revise your text. The final decision on whether the article is going to be published with JLT or not will be based on the revised version. You will receive the proofs of the article for corrections before printing.


3.            Formatting

All Formatting should be reduced to a minimum to facilitate the layout process.

Please do not use page headers and de-active automatic hyphenation.

Paragraphs should be separated by a blank line.

Headlines and sub-headlines are continuously numbered in Arabic numerals. Please use Title Capitalization.

Please italicize work titles (e. g. monographs, journal titles), foreign language expressions (e. g. par excellence) and terms you would like to emphasize. Quotations should not be italicized.

Please indicate the titles of journal articles etc. by using single quotation marks in the main text body.

Please use the automatic footnote management of your text processing programme. Footnotes are labelled continuously using Arabic numerals. Footnote marks succeed punctuation marks. Please use as few footnotes as possible and avoid extensively long footnotes.

Omissions are indicated by dots in square brackets […].


4.            Citation

4.1.        Quotations

References should be given in the main text body and not within footnotes. Please include the name of the author, year of publication and page numbers in parentheses.

»Direct quotations are indicated by double quotation marks while ›quotations within quotations‹ only use single quotation marks.« (Meier 1990, 55) Indirect quotations are marked with cf. (cf. Schmidt 1960, 42). References to sources cited immediately before are indicated using ibid. and, if differing, page number (ibid., 43).

Quotations that are longer than 3,5  manuscript lines are indented and do not need quotation marks. The source is indicated after the final punctuation mark in a new same line. Additional punctuation is not necessary since the reference closes the indentation. (Zimmermann 1950, 45)

Quotations in verse are always to be indented.

Quotations should be given in the original language of the source.

Online sources are quoted accordingly.

Footnotes should be used sparingly and only for additional comments.  


4.2.        List of References         

Please give all referenced sources in a list at the end of your article. Please italicize only work titles and journal titles, all other information, including titles of articles, do not need to be specifically marked. For discographies, filmographies, etc., please create a separate list.

Online publications are not listed separately; please indicate the date of last access (28.2.2011).

Please use Title Capitalization for English titles.

You may use this sample list as a reference:



Althaus, Albert, Monograph, Cambridge, MA 1993.

Althaus, Albert, Publication by Same Author, Göttingen 2008 (Althaus 2008a).

Althaus, Albert, Publication by Same Author Same Year, Frankfurt a.M. 2008 (Althaus 2008b).

Becker, Bernd, Article in a Well-Known Academic Journal, PMLA 76 (2007), 64–84.

Cresspahl, Christiane, Article in a Journal, Journal Title 3:1 (1867), 3–4.

Diekmann, Diana/Ernst Erdmeier (ed.), Anthology, Berlin/New York 1981.

Förster, Franz, Article in an Anthology, in: Diana Diekmann/Ernst Erdmeier (ed.), Anthology, Berlin/New York 1981, 45–54.

Gärtner, Gerd, Article Published Online, Name of Online Journal 5 (2008), (25.8.2009).

Hartmann, Hans, Private Weblog, (13.1.2002).


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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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Richt Text Format (RTF).
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed and all references to the author's name have been removed in the uploaded file.
  5. Please note that De Gruyter’s Copyright Transfer Agreement is effective if and when the article is accepted for publication.

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