The Journal of Popular Culture : STYLE SHEET
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All contributions to The Journal of Popular Culture will be forwarded to a member of the editorial board or other reviewer for comment. Manuscripts must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by The Journal of Popular Culture's editorial board or outside readers.
Manuscripts should be sent to Gary Hoppenstand, Editor, The Journal of Popular Culture, Department of American Thought and Language, Michigan State University, 235 Bessey Hall, East Lansing, Michigan 48824. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors must submit three hard copies of the article and an electronic copy on disk in MS Word. A single title page must accompany one of the hard copies, containing complete contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address). On the first page of each of the three copies of the article, only include the article's title, being sure not to include the author's name. The JPC will be instituting a triple "blind review" process, meaning that a copy of the article will be sent to one of three reviewers. The author's name will not be revealed to the reviewer.
Essays should be written in clear U.S. English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. Authors should be sensitive to the social implications of language and choose wording free of discriminatory or sexist overtones.
For documentation, The Journal of Popular Culture follows the Modern Language Association style, as articulated by Joseph Gibaldi and Walter S. Achtert in the paperback MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th ed. (New York: MLA, 1999), and in The MLA Style Manual, 2nd ed. (New York: MLA, 1998). This style calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanation.
For punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style, The Journal of Popular Culture follows the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual, supplemented as necessary by The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).
It is essential for authors to check, correct, and bring manuscripts up to date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places, and dates, and double-check all direct quotations and entries in the Works Cited list.
Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication must subscribe to The Journal of Popular Culture for at least one year at the time of acceptance. Subscription includes membership in the Popular Culture Association.
Book review inquiries should be sent directly to the Book Review Editor, Peter C. Holloran at Worcester State College, Department of History, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602. E-mail: email@example.com.
Before final submission, the author will be responsible for obtaining letters of permission for illustrations and for quotations, which go beyond fair use as defined by current copyright law.