RoN follows MLA guidelines as outlined in the 9th edition MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. This publication is the best source to follow while preparing your article for production. For quick reference, you can consult the following website at Purdue University. Please note that we request however works cited to include the place of publication.
FORMATTING AND LAYOUT
- Precede the article itself with the following items in the following order: title, author, affiliation, abstract of essay. Any epigraph should follow the abstract.
- Include a short biographical notice about yourself at the end of the essay.
- Double-space throughout, including quotations and notes. Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Italicize titles and foreign words; do not underline.
- Include your Works Cited in the body of your article, immediately following the last sentence of the article (rather than at the end of your endnotes). Title this section “Works Cited.” Please clearly mark any URLs in your articles. If you are using Word, allow Word to create a link (highlighted in blue) or manually highlight in bold. We need to make sure we catch all of these so that we can encode them properly.
- Clearly mark any figures (and their titles) within the body of your document (e.g., ‘Fig. 1: Ring and the Book manuscript draft’). It is helpful if you can mark these in bold. Submit the figures themselves as separate documents, clearly marked. Document format can vary but you should consider using those formats that are most universally readable (jpg, tiff).
STYLE AND GOOD PRACTICE
- Indent as a block citation any quotations longer than two sentences or any poetry longer than two lines of verse.
- RoN uses American style punctuation; please use double quotation marks where the British use single quotation marks, and vice versa. (See past articles for examples.) Also, commas and periods are inside the quotation marks. By submitting in this format, you will save our copyeditor a great deal of time and avoid error.
- British and Canadian authors may use British spelling. Foreign words, however, should be in italics.
- Provide dates in the following order: September 20, 2018, rather than 20 September 2018.
- Before submitting your text, check all your quotations, page numbers, dates, the spelling of proper names, especially unfamiliar places.