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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text spacing is 1,5 lines; 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

General information

Please register as author and submit your article through the EMCO submission system. Articles and reviews submitted via e-mail will not be considered for publication under normal circumstances. When you register and submit, you will initially receive automated e-mail responses before being contacted by the editor. Feel free to contact the editor directly if you have questions not addressed in these guidelines. Please include your affiliation (alternatively "independent scholar") in the information you provide.

Style sheet (New 2018)


Use 12 point Times New Roman; 1,5 line spacing; spaces between paragraphs (no indentation on the first line).

In-text citation and works cited lists should be formatted according to the most recent MLA style guide. References should be in brackets, not in notes.

Please use endnotes, not footnotes for annotation.

For all other style concerns, consult the most recent MLA style guide.

Articles that deviate significantly from these guidelines will not be peer reviewed before they have been emended by the author.


Ideally, articles should be 5000-7000 words. The minimum length for a peer-reviewed article is 4000 words. Maximum length can be discussed, but we are not likely to read submissions exceeding 10.000 words.


Please provide an abstract of 200-250 words.


Please attach a list of suggestions for keywords with which we might tag the article or review.


Images must be of a high enough quality to serve their purpose. Compression artefacts, small sizes and low resolutions should be avoided. You must secure written permission(s) and pay any applicable permission or reproduction costs for any images for which you do not hold the copyright. Links to online versions of images may be used instead of the images themselves, as long as they point to stable URLs.

Images should be numbered and captioned thus:


1. Person McPainter Name of Painting (year).

And referred to in the text thus (for example):

“Among the best are McPainter’s striking Name of Painting (Fig. 1), and its subsequent copies.”

Book reviews

Book reviews should quote sparingly from the book under consideration. Book reviews should not have a works cited list and annotations should be avoided. This means that if the reviewer wishes to compare the work under consideration with another work, they should provide the name of the author, the full title and the year (the latter in brackets) in the text. Submitted book reviews should contain the following information before the review itself: Title of the work; publisher and year; name of author(s); name (and affiliation) of reviewer.


Interviews to be submitted by agreement with the editor. 

Perspective, opinion and commentary

In this non-peer reviewed section we invite perspective articles (1000-2000 words) on current themes in the field of Early Modern studies; opinion pieces (1000-2000 words), evaluating new studies; and commentaries (c. 1000 words) that may address anything from thoughts around new research to the presentation of a single item of research (a "note"), such as a line in a poem, a single emblem, a detail in a painting, a little-regarded architectural feature, or any other small but interesting detail.  

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