Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Submission

Authors should submit manuscripts online via the Modern Philology Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission. It is the policy of Modern Philology not to review manuscripts that have been published elsewhere or that are being evaluated for publication elsewhere; in addition, a manuscript may not be submitted elsewhere so long as it is under consideration by MP.

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats

Microsoft Word (.doc) (any recent version)
PDF (.pdf)
Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts will be required to submit high-resolution TIFF (.tif) files of all figures during production.

Cover letters are not required for original submissions. If you choose to submit a cover letter, please submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.


Revised Version of Manuscript

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please follow the prompts on Editorial Manager and include your responses to the reviewers' comments in the text box provided. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version. The revised manuscript must be submitted in Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. If special characters in your Word or Rich Text file become corrupted during the online submission process, you may submit your own PDF of the file, in addition to the Word or Rich Text file. Please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.

General Specifications

Do not provide a separate title page with the submission, but rather add the title of submission to the top of the first page of the article. Remove any text (even on title pages or in headers or notes) that might identify any authors of the submission. (This does not apply to book reviews.)

Make sure that you provide page numbers (Arabic numerals) in the upper right-hand corner of your manuscript.

Submissions must be double-spaced throughout, including notes and quotations. Footnotes are not acceptable; use endnotes only, with Arabic numerals rather than Roman numerals. The printer will typeset the notes as footnotes, but the manuscripts must be processed with endnotes. Endnotes must be generated using the automatic numbering system available in Microsoft Word. In general, MP does not accept submissions over 10,000 words long (including notes). Authors are required to provide the total word count of their submission directly under the title on the first page.

Note that MP does not italicize or boldface words for emphasis.

In general, formal aspects of submitted manuscripts should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, although a few stylistic practices are unique to MP.

Except in direct quotations, MP uses American spelling (i.e., labor, not labour; defense, not defence, etc.) throughout both the text and the notes. MP also uses American punctuation, which means that double (not single) quotation marks are employed, and that punctuation is contained within the quotation marks (not placed outside it).

Upon first mention of a primary source in the run of the text, please provide the publication date in parentheses, for example, Dante's Commedia (ca. 1304–7), Nabokov's Lolita (1955).

MP uses the following style for references to printed documents:

1 Gillian Overing, Language, Sign, and Gender in "Beowulf" (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990), 13–14.
2 Philip Cohen, "Horace Benbow and Faulkner's Other Early Failed Idealists," South Carolina Review 18 (1986): 78.
3 Overing, Language, Sign, and Gender, 119 n. 2.
4 Daniela Coli, "Hobbes's Revolution," in Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850, ed. Victoria Kahn, Neil Saccamano, and Daniela Coli (Princeton University Press, 2006), 75–92.
5 Ibid., 77.
6 Thomas Lodge, Wits Miserie, and the World's Madnesse (London, 1596), 56.
7 Eliza Haywood, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751; repr., London: Pandora, 1986).

Note that for books cited, both the place and publisher are given, except in the case of books published prior to 1900, which omit publisher. If the name of the publisher includes the place of publication (e.g., Cambridge University Press), MP omits the place from the citation. To indicate a title within a book title, MP uses quotation marks. For journals, the issue number, month, and season are omitted if the volume number is given. Subsequent references to a cited work are by surname, shortened title, and page number only, or, when appropriate, by "Ibid." When a work is referred to frequently, the citation of the work should indicate that further references to that work appear in the text parenthetically.

Open Access Policy

Paid Open Access. Authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication (“open access”). The fee is $2,500. Contact the managing editor at the editorial office for more information. UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for “gold” OA, because the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for “green” OA.


"Green" Open Access. UCP supports green OA for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy. See UCP’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.

Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above

Cover letter (optional) as a separate file

Information to be typed into the peer review database: title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author

Go to the MP Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.