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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should be prepared for blind reviewing: neither the author's name nor the author's affiliation should be included in the manuscript, and references to the author's own work should be phrased in such a way that they do not reveal the identity of the author. Any other identifying information, including acknowledgments, should likewise be removed.

Final drafts of articles by authors whose first language is not English must have been edited by a native English speaker before being submitted.

ARTICLES • are at most 8,000 words • are in English (British English preferred, but American English accepted, as long as the author uses either style consistently throughout the article • have an informative title and subtitle • carry an abstract of max. 200 words in English as well as in the author’s native language, plus max. 4 keywords in English • contain the author’s contact information • use endnotes • contain a separate bibliography • carry some personal information about the author at the end (where relevant: research subject, function, most important publications) under the header About the Author • may contain high resolution images within the text, with captions • contain, if possible, hyperlinks.

BOOK REVIEWS • are at most 2000 words.

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS • are welcome and eligible for publication in the journal when they either reflect directly on issues in life-writing studies, or when they somehow invite sustained reflection on creative practice from a life-writing studies point of view. • Like all other articles they are peer reviewed and should also be prepared for blind reviewing: neither the author's name nor the author's affiliation should be included in the manuscript, and references to the author's own work should be phrased in such a way that they do not reveal the identity of the author. Any other identifying information, including acknowledgments, should likewise be removed.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CONVENTIONS

BOOKS: Author's last name, first name. Title in italics. Place of Publication: publisher, year (if desired, a page indication in round brackets), like so: Wagner-Egelhaaf, Martina, Autobiographie. Stuttgart: Sammlung J.B. Metzler, 2005 (23).

JOURNAL ARTICLE: Author’s last name, first name. ‘Title of Article.’ Journal Title in italics 00 [volumeand/or issue number seperated by colon] (year), pages. Like so: Ashplant, Timothy. ‘Een estafetteloop tegen de sterfelijkheid. On Diary van Philippe Lejeune.’ Biografie Bulletin 20:2 (2010) 10-14.

ARTICLE IN VOLUME: Author’s last name, first name. ‘Title of Article.’ In: Author’s name (ed.), Title in italics. Place of publication: publisher: year, pages, Like so: Rodigina, Nataliya and Tatiana Saburova, ‘Changing Identity Formations in Nineteenth-Century Russian Intellectuals’ Autobiographies.' In: Marijke Huisman e.a. (eds.), Life Writing Matters in Europe. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2012, 9-19.

WEBSITE: Author’s Last name, First name. 'Title of the Article or Individual Page'. Title of the Website, pages, Date of Publication in Day Month Year format,  url, doi, date accessed in Day Month Year. Like so: Ribberink, Anneke et al. 'Introduction: Gender and Politics in Auto/Biographies.' European Journal of Life Writing, December 2015, GP1-GP8,  http://ejlw.eu/article/view/205/390, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/ejlw.5.205.Date accessed: 28 July 2018. 

 

In the case of several authors: Two authors: Last name, first name and first name last name. Three authors: Last name, first name, first name last name and first name last name. More than three authors: Last name, first name et al.

ENDNOTES are formatted as follows:  Books: Author’s last name, first name. Title in italics. Place of Publication: publisher, year (if desired, a page indication in round brackets), like so:  Lejeune, Philippe, Le Moi des demoiselles: Enquête sur le journal de jeune fille. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1993 (210).

BOOK REVIEWS: Author’s first name, last name. Title of book (Place: publisher, year, ISBN). Like so: Sarah Herbe and Gabriele Linke (eds.). British Autobiography in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Heidelberg: Winter, 2017, ISBN 978 3 8253 6848 7). 

If a source has been mentioned before, the following will suffice: author’s surname followed by first name and year of publication. To avoid confusion, a shortened (article) title may also be mentioned. Use idem when the author and work are the same as cited immediately before, but the page number is different: idem, page 56. Use ibidem when the reference is exactly the same as the preceding citation • Titles of long works like novels and anthologies are italicized • Titles of short works like sonnets, short poems, songs, chapters, and short stories are placed in quotation marks ‘like this’.

 

 

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 in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs and DOI numbers for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. Author Guidelines concerning article set up, bibliographical conventions, layout and interpunction have been followed.
 

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

    • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).



 

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