Quodlibet: The Australian Journal of Trans-national Writing

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Submission of papers    Guidelines for papers   Sample references

Submission of papers

Quodlibet is published twice a year (March and September) and welcomes the submission of unpublished papers on Postcolonial literatures, New Literatures in English and International Writing.

Articles should be written in such a way that they are also accessible to educated, non-specialist readers.

Submissions are accepted throughout the year. The refereeing process is detailed below.

Selection process:

Articles submitted to Quodlibet go through a two-step selection process:

Step 1: Editorial Board review

Submissions to Quodlibet are first assessed internally by the Editorial Board. To be recommended for Step 2, articles must:

  • fall within Quodlibet’s designated research fields;
  • meet the academic standards for articles published in Quodlibet.

Following the Editorial Board’s assessment, contributors are notified by email of the Editorial Board’s decision.

Step 2: External peer review

Submissions that meet the Editorial Board’s requirements are then sent for blind peer review from experts in the field. Following the review, the authors are sent copies of the external referees’ comments and are notified as to whether or not the article is accepted for publication.

Contributors may expect to be notified of the outcome of their submissions to Quodlibet within three months of receipt of articles by the Editor.

The Editorial Board reserves the right not to publish any content submitted, and its decision is final. The responsibility for the content of any contribution published by Quodlibet rests with the author.

The Board also reserves the right to make editorial or stylistic changes where deemed appropriate.


Article Length

Articles should not exceed 5000words, including endnotes.


Please include an abstract of about 200 words with your submission.

Style Notes

Quodlibet uses the MLA style of formatting text and references (see MLA Style Guide Manual, ed.  Joseph Gibaldi, New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1998).


Any terms that may puzzle readers should be spelled out. Well-known abbreviations/acronyms may be used (eg AIDS, UNICEF, PhD, e-mail, OED), but with no full-stops.


The names and initials of persons (eg J.W. Howard, R.G. Hosking).

The names of months and days of the week (eg Sunday, May).

Titles that immediately precede personal names (Prime Minister John Howard), but not persons’ titles used alone (eg the prime minister, a professor of English, the doctor said … ).

In titles and subtitles of works, capitalize the first words, the last words, and all principal words (eg The Mouse That Roared, For Love Alone, As I Lay Dying) but not articles (a, an, the), prepositions (against, as, between, in, of, to) (eg The Media of the Republic, Not Only in Stone, Prints in the Valley).


Omit from years (eg  1960s); use for possession; to form the possessive of any singular proper noun, add an apostrophe and an s (eg Barthes’s theories, Dickens’s London); to form the possessive of a plural proper noun, add only an apostrophe (eg the Barthes’ marriage; the Dickenses’ London home). Ancient and biblical words do not have an extra s (eg Jesus’ words).


Contractions do not require full-stops (eg PhDs, Dr, Mr).


Spell out centuries in lower case (eg the twenty-first century)

Add commas after the month and the year (eg July 19, 1966, saw the arrival of … ) but leave out punctuation in months and years only ( eg October 2004).


An ellipsis is indicated by three un-spaced full-stops, with a space at either end (eg ‘South Australia’s universities … agree that …’) If the ellipsis occurs after a full-stop, then a space should still appear (eg ‘Many have commented that William Shakespeare’s use of metaphor is exhaustive. …For a time, it was believed he … ’)


Use italics for published books, journals, plays, films and works of art.


Punctuate numbers in the following ways:

(1,000; 45,000; 7,567,966).

For numbers less than ten write out as words (eg nine, seven, two).

For numbers over ten, write in numeric form (eg 11, 38, 14).

With abbreviations or symbols, write numbers in the following ways:

(5.15 pm, 9%, 2 cms)

For very large numbers (eg 6.9 million)


Use single quotation marks.

Double quotation marks should be used for quotations within quotations.

Quoted passages of more than three lines should be indented and separated from the main text by one line above and one line below. Do not use quotation marks on indented, long quotations.


Make all notes endnotes at the end of your article. Title them Notes.

Number each entry consecutively.

Do not include a space between the superscript numeral and the beginning of the citation.

Do not leave spaces between entries.


Referencing Style

First reference

Journal articles

Author’s name, “Title of Journal Article,” Journal Name 17 (1999): 39.

Author’s name, “Title of Journal Article,” Journal Name 3. 2-3 (2001): 61.


Book by a single author:

Anne Cranny-Francis, The Body in the Text (Melbourne University Press, 1999) 15.

Book by two or more authors:

Adele N. Hamber and Edward Forster, Carpentry Today (Signet, 2002) 230-232.

A Work in an Anthology

Jean Rhys, “The Insect World,” The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1996) 1561.

An Edition

W.B Yeats, Selected Poetry, ed. A. Norman Jeffares (London: Pan Books, 1962) 20.


Remains of the Day, dir. James Ivory, perf. Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and James Fox, Merchant-Ivory Films, 1993.

Internet sources

Online Scholarly Project, Reference Database, or Professional or Personal Site:

“Selected Seventeenth-Century Events,” Romantic Chronology, ed. Laura Mandell and Alan Liu, October. 1996, U of California, Santa Barbara, 22 Nov. 1996 http://humanitas.ucsb.edu/projects/pack/rom-chrono/chronola.htm.

Online Book:

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ed. Henry churchyard, 1996, 10 Sept. 1997 http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/prideprej.html.

An Article in an Online Periodical/Journal:

Kathleen Coyne Kelly, “Malory’s Body Chivalric,” Arthuriana 6.4 (1996): 52-71, 27 Aug. 1997 http://dcwww.mediasvcs.smu.edu/Arthuriana/Ablist3.htm.


Rachel Smirnoff, “Six Crates of Vodka in One Day,” The Daily Enquirer 14 June. 1995, 7.


Denise R. Stephenson, “Blurred Distinctions: Emerging Forms of Academic Writing,” diss., U of New Mexico, 1996, 34.

Subsequent references

The MLA Style Manual suggests: ‘After fully documenting a work, use a shortened form in subsequent notes. … Include enough information to identify the work. The author’s last name alone, followed by the relevant page numbers, is usually adequate.

Frye 345-47

If you cite two or more works by the same author—for example, Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism and his The Double Vision—include a shortened form of the title following the author’s last name in each reference after the first.

            Frye, Anatomy 278.

            Frye, Double Vision 1-3.

Repeat the information even when two references in sequence refer to the same work. The abbreviations ibid. and op. cit are not recommended.’ (MLA Style Manual 305)



Articles should be single line-spaced, unjustified and typed using only one font (e.g. 12 point Times).

New paragraphs should be denoted by indenting the first line by using the tab key and not the space bar. Do not leave line spaces between paragraphs.


Full-stops should be followed by one space (between sentences).

Referencing numbers

Use Arabic numbers 1,2,3 etc as endnote references, not Roman numerals.

How to Send in a Contribution

Send articles electronically

All submissions to Quodlibet are to be sent in electronic form. Submissions can be emailed as attachments to Quodlibet at:




Submissions can be sent as ‘Word’ documents from either Mac or IBM platforms.


Quodlibet: The Australian Journal of Trans-national Writing :: Flinders University, South Australia :: ISSN   1832-0813

Journal Information
About Quodlibet: The Australian Journal of Trans-national Writing

Quodlibet, formerly the CRNLE Reviews Journal, is a freely accessible, fully refereed international e-journal published twice a year by the Department of English, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

The journal aims to publish high-quality academic work produced by scholars associated with tertiary institutions who are conducting research in the areas of

  • Postcolonial literatures
  • New Literatures in English
  • International Writing

Unpublished papers are invited from researchers in both Australian and overseas universities. Postgraduate and Honours students are encouraged to submit papers.

ISSN 1832-0813

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