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Contributor Guidelines

All articles for publication in E-rea undergo a process of anonymous examination by at least two members of the Advisory board. The Editorial board bases its decision to publish, to request alterations or to reject on the recommendations of these readers.

All articles submitted must contain the following elements:

  • title, and if desired, subtitle;

  • the author’s name, position, institution and/or research group, email address;

  • abstracts in English and in French (résumé);

  • a selection of keywords (maximum of 6) in English and in French;

  • headings for significant sections of the article;

  • List of Works Cited (MLA conventions);

  • biographical notice for author ;

  • optionally: epigraph, expression of thanks.

Dos and don’ts

Spelling and usages should be consistently either English or American. Use –ize or –ise spellings consistently for words such as globalization/organization.

Typographical conventions proper to the language used must be scrupulously observed throughout, with particular attention to criss-cross, i.e. long quotes in English in a text in French.

Double punctuation signs: (:, ;, !, ?) have no preceding space in English, but an unbreaking space in French.

French quotation marks: (« quote ») have unbreaking spaces after opening and before closing. They should on no account be used in a text in English. (The language setting in Word deals with these aspects.)

English double “ ” or single ‘ ’ quotation marks have no spaces. English double quotation marks should not be used in texts in French, save for quotes embedded in quotes.

Never use straight (non-typographic) quotation marks.

Suspension points to be followed by a space.

Opening and closing brackets (parenthesis) to have no spacing.

No tabulations to be used (exception: quotes from poetry needing a specific layout).

All double spacing should be eliminated.

Any personal styles used are not carried over when texts are styled for conversion into the html form used online. Localised forms (e.g. bold, italic…) are preserved.

Underlining is only preserved locally, as when it is being used, say, in textual analysis.

There is no preferred font.

Bibliographic references

Book titles should never be underlined, they should be in italics.

The term “ibid” should not be used. Works should be systematically referenced by author name and publication date, as given in the article bibliography.

Possible exception: a work receiving a one-off mention in a footnote.

Articles will be written following the MLA style, with in-text references, in the following manner (Name page number).

Ex.: Poststructuralism ... by positing language or discourse as both preceding and exceeding the subject, deposed the author from his or her central place as the source of meaning and undermined the unified subject of autobiography (Anderson 6).

If the List of Works Cited features several works by the same author, an abridged title will be used:

Ex.: Murray states that writing is “a process” that “varies with our thinking style” (Write to Learn 6). Additionally, Murray argues that the purpose of writing is to “carry ideas and information from the mind of one person into the mind of another” (A Writer Teaches Writing 3).

In case of several authors bearing the same name, the initial of the first name will be used:

Ex.: (A. Paterson 183-85)

If there are several authors:

Ex.: (Rabkin, Greenberg, and Olander vii)

Bear in mind that if there are more than 3 authors, ‘et al’ will be used:

Ex.: (Lauter et al. 2425-33)

List of Works Cited

Distinction will be made between paper (print) and electronic (web) sources. MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations, but date of access should be provided.


Ex.: “de Kooning, Willem.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2008. Web. 15 May 2008.

Dostoevsky, Feodor. Crime and Punishment. Trans. Jessie Coulson. Ed. Goerge Gibian. New York: Norton, 1964. Print.

Baker, Nancy L., and Nancy Huling. A Research Guide for Undergraduate Students: English and American Literature. 6th ed. New York: MLA, 2006. Print.

Martin, Michael T., ed. New Latin American Cinema. 2 vols. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1997. Print.


Read through an online database:

Ex. : Sherrard-Johnson, Cherene. “‘A Plea for Color’: Nella Larsen's Iconography of the Mulatta.” American Literature 76.4 (2004): 833-869. EBSCOhost. Web. 10 Sept. 2009.

Print version:

Ex. : Doggart, Julia, Melissa Tedrowe, and Kate Vieira. “Minding the Gap: Realizing Our Ideal Community Writing Assistance Program.” The Community Literacy Journal 2.1 (2007): 71-80.

For more information on the listing of various sources, authors should refer to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. A good compendium can be found at


Images are welcome. However, they must be in .JPG format and must be inserted in the text of the article using the “Insert” function and NOT by copy and paste. (Any image captions should be placed before the image, not beneath.) Please be aware that the use of images may involve copyright permission © and it is the responsibility of the author of the article to check this point and obtain such permission where necessary.


Authors carry sole responsibility for what they write. Views and opinions expressed in articles and other texts published by E-rea must be deemed those of the author or authors and not those of the Editorial board.

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