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Renaissance Quarterly welcomes papers with a body text between 10,000 and 13,000 words, and with a total maximum word count of 18,000 including notes, bibliography, and any appendixes.
Please review the Submission Guidelines and Style Sheet for complete instructions for the format of submitted articles. Articles that do not follow the submission guidelines and style sheet will be returned to the author.
Article submissions must be made through Editorial Manager. Renaissance Quarterly does not accept hardcopy submissions or submissions via email. The peer-review process typically takes between three and six months.
Book review submissions
Book reviews are commissioned by the reviews editor and are not accepted as unsolicited submissions. Reviewers are to consult the guidelines for reviews provided by the RSA office (guidelines will be included with the book when it is mailed to the reviewer). In general, reviewers must follow the style guide for articles, with the following modifications:
Renaissance Quarterly does not print footnotes to reviews. Quotations within the text from the book under review are followed by a page number in parentheses: e.g., “the history of the text” (132). Please avoid excess quotation. For quotations in languages other than English, please either paraphrase in English or provide English translations of quotations and omit the foreign-language original. Use double quotation marks for the primary quotation, and single quotation marks for quotations within the quoted material. For example:
In his introduction Jones notes that “this style is described by Vasari as ‘the imitation of the Greek manner,’ a claim whose full impact historians have only begun to consider.”
Please limit references to other works; these are cited parenthetically as follows:
“The history of the text” (Thomas Writer, The Book Cited , 132).
“The history of the text” (Thomas Writer, “The Article Cited,” The Journal 62.1 : 132).
“The history of the text” (Thomas Writer, “The Article Cited,” in Collection of Essays, ed. Tricia Writer : 132).
Note that parenthetical citations to books in reviews do not include the name of the publisher or the place of publication.
Use italics for short phrases in foreign languages, e.g., ut pictura poesis. If well known to an anglophone audience, there is no need to translate them. Otherwise, an English translation must be provided in parentheses immediately following the phrase. Do not italicize or place quotation marks around the translation.
Please do not use italics or quotation marks for emphasis. Quotation marks are reserved for actual quotations.
Use arabic numerals for chapter and section numbers (if roman numerals are given in the book, please convert them to arabic, e.g., convert “part III” to “part 3”).
Do not capitalize the words chapter and part. The titles of chapters and parts should be given in quotation marks. For example:
Smith’s primary argument is developed in part 2, “Memory.” Of particular importance is chapter 5, “Repetition and Remembrance,” in which Smith introduces his ideas about repetition.
Series names are neither italicized nor placed between quotation marks. For example:
This book, part of the University of Chicago series The Other Voice, is beautifully designed.
At the top of the review, type the name of the author(s), editor(s), and/or translator(s), the title of the book, and the publication date. The RSA editorial staff will add other bibliographical details to this header information.
At the end of the review, give your name and institution as follows:
Submit your book review
Please submit your review online at Editorial Manager. You will need to log in with the username and password emailed to you when you accepted to write the review. Please follow these steps to submit your review (please see our online guide for detailed instructions):
1. You must log in as an Author (not as a Reviewer). Once logged in, go to My Accepted Invitations. Hover over Action Links, and select Submit Invited Manuscript.
2. You will be asked to submit a title. Please title your review using a short title of the book and your own last name: e.g., Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, review by Fitzpatrick.
3. On the next page, your name will appear as the author of the review: click “next” to go directly to the following page where you will enter the word count of your review, not including any bibliographic header information or your affiliation, in the comments field.
4. On the next page, upload your review as a Word file, and click next. On the next page, click Build PDF. Then click the link for Submissions Waiting for Author’s Approval page.
5. Hover over Action Links, where you must first view and then approve your submission.
Reviews may be edited for clarity and length. Reviewers will receive via email a formatted, copyedited version of the review for approval. The RSA editorial staff asks that reviewers read the review carefully and check the bibliographical header information for accuracy.