Contributor Guidelines

Consult the call for submissions page for descriptions of upcoming issues and deadlines for the submission of manuscripts. Send manuscripts, review copies, and all correspondence to:

Michael Cornett, Managing Editor
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Duke University
351 Trent Hall, Box 90656
Durham, NC 27708-0656

Email address: jmems@duke.edu

Manuscripts cannot be returned without an SASE.

Contributor Guidelines for Submissions
Completeness of Editorial Content
Preparation of Visual Materials
Preparation of Manuscript

Completeness of Editorial Content

A manuscript submitted for publication should have no gaps of information or material needing to be added at a later time. Bibliographical information in note text should be complete.

Once an article accepted for publication has been copyedited, all issues raised by the editor must be resolved so that no rewriting or additions will be necessary after the manuscript has been typeset.

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Preparation of Visual Materials

Authors can obtain images in all sorts of ways. The following guidelines will help you prepare visual materials--such as artwork, diagrams, figures, and other images--to appear sharp in printed form.

Submit artwork as early as possible for review


Do not include any images in your manuscript file


Original tables (i.e., those created by you) are not considered art


Avoid scanning images from previously printed materials


Do not submit images from the Internet


Image file specifications


Submitting image files


Permissions for reproduction


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Preparation of Manuscript

When sending a submission to JMEMS, submit two hard copies of the manuscript with a cover letter that includes your street and e-mail addresses. An exact electronic copy of the manuscript should be submitted by e-mail attachment or on a CD along with the hard copies of the manuscript. Note that a file written with a Mac program must be saved as a MS Word file for us to be able to work with it.

Double space all materials, including block quotations, notes, and captions for figures or illustrations.

All material in the document, including extracts and endnotes, should be formatted in a 12-point Courier font (not in a proportional font like Times Roman).

Use 1.25 inch margins for each side; do not justify margins.

Underline to indicate italics; do not use an italic font.

The journal follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.) in most matters of style. Notes are to be formatted according to the guidelines in chapter 14, humanities style, not MLA style. Be sure publishers are included with book citations and both volume and issue numbers for article citations. For pre-1900 imprints, publisher names are not required.

Frequently cited primary sources, after being documented in the notes upon first citation, may be cited parenthetically in the text thereafter. Document secondary sources only in the notes. After initial citation of secondary sources, a short form of citation may be used thereafter (see CMS 14.24-31, 196).

Notes must be placed at the end of the article as endnotes, double-spaced, with no extra space between notes. Superscript note numbers in the text; in the endnotes, do not insert a period after note numbers, just a single space. JMEMS does not allow cross-referencing in the notes. An acknowledgment note, if used, should be unnumbered and placed at the beginning of the notes. Do not strip the notes from the text; the auto-numbering function must be preserved during editing.

The Latin abbreviations cf., e.g., et al., i.e., and ibid. are not italicized and should be confined to parentheses and notes. Note that the abbreviations inf., loc. cit., op. cit., and sup., whose referents are indeterminate or difficult to locate, should not be used.

Follow old-style abbreviations of states, CMS 10.28

For inclusive numbers, follow CMS 9.58-63.

For use of ellipses, follow CMS 13.48-56, and for permissible changes in quotations 13.7-8, 15-16.

Foreign or special characters should be obtained through the "Symbol" section of MS Word. If you must use characters not obtainable here (such as Middle English yogh, Greek, Hebrew, or Arabic), print them any way you can, but include a memo notifying us of their presence and a legend of all such characters used in the article; they will have to be set by hand by people unfamiliar with these languages.

In general, languages that do not use the Latin alphabet, especially those that are read from right to left, should be transliterated for the journal's wide audience. Again, because of our desire to make the journal readable for a broad audience, include translations where needed in brackets, not in quotation marks, immediately following the original.

Format any lists or tables in a consistent manner and as close as possible to the way you wish for them to appear in print.

Citing primary sources
JMEMS articles typically feature many citations of primary sources. Keep in mind that while certain short-forms of reference may be clear to specialists in one particlular field, JMEMS readers range across many fields and periods, and so these references need to be clear to nonspecialists too. The following should be observed when citing primary sources:


Quoting primary sources and translations
Because various formats are used for quotations of primary sources and translations, it is necessary for consistency that authors follow house style. The following should be observed for JMEMS:

For further guidance on matters of style and format, please refer to current issues of JMEMS.



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