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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Complutense Journal of English Studies (CJES) welcomes contributions in the form of articles, reviews and book notices written in English. Submissions should represent original research, not published elsewhere or under review in another journal. It should also be related to one of the areas covered by the journal.

Types of Submission

The journal publishes the following types of contribution: full-length articles, short, free-form squibs and discussion notes, replies and rejoinders, reviews of books not more than five years old, brief book notices, biographical notes, as well as debates, reports and interviews in all areas of English Studies: Linguistics (both theoretical and applied), Literatures in English (and comparative literature), Critical theory and Cultural Studies.

Length of articles:

Complutense Journal of English Studies (CJES) welcomes articles between 6000 and 9000 words. Longer contributions (up to 12000 words) are acceptable for articles which are themselves lengthy or which are deemed to be particularly important to the field.

All contributions should follow these guidelines: 1,5 spacing, 12pt type size, Times New Roman, including Abstracts (see below), end notes and References. No contribution should exceed 2,600 characters (letters + spaces) per page. Margins should be as follows: upper and lower margins, 2.5 cms.; left and right margins, 3 cms. Text should be justified.

Submission Process:

This journal only accepts electronic submissions. Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts using the OJS (Open Journal System) web site ( The Publisher and Editors regret that they are not able to consider submissions that do not follow this process. Should authors encounter difficulties with the online system, please contact the journal editors.


Cover Sheet:

1. Title
2. Author’s name, professional affiliation (university and department) and email address.
Abstract (Maximum 200 words), followed by key words (max. 5).
Contents List (see Article Structure below).

Article Structure:

a. Subdivisions - numbered sections:

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (Note that the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

b. Letter types for section and subsection headings:

Main section: Capitalized, not in bold, e.g. 1. INTRODUCTION

Sub-section: Capitalize only first word (and words which require capitalization according to the spelling rules of the language in question), in bold, as 1.1. Aims and scope of the study.

Sub-subsection: as in sub-section but in italics, not in bold, e.g. 2.2.1. The sociolinguistic perspective.

Quotations: Short quotations (of up to about 40 words) should be incorporated into the text using inverted commas. Longer quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Single and double quotation marks: Use double quotation marks around a word or quotation from another author. Use single quotation marks to indicate the translation of single words and phrases, words intended to indicate a meaning, and quotations within quotations.

Examples: They should be numbered with Arabic numerals between parentheses and set apart from the main body of the text by leaving spaces before and after. Examples in a language other than English should be accompanied by a translation or gloss as appropriate.

Italics: Use italics for titles of books and journals, to emphasize particular words or phrases under discussion, and cited linguistic forms (e.g. the Latin word sum ‘am’).

Notes and References: Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. There should also be a REFERENCES section at the end of the manuscript.

PLEASE NOTE: In the REFERENCE section, Italics are to be used only for the titles of books and journals. Inverted commas should not be used to enclose titles of articles. Note the use of full names for authors; date of publication in brackets followed by full stop; place of publication and publisher, separated by a colon; title of journal/book in italics, volume number, colon, page numbers. Articles in edited collections are cited by: title of the article, name(s) of the editor(s), year of publication and pages numbers only. The full reference of the edited collection must be included in the alphabetical list of bibliographical references.

Examples of the reference format are as follows:

McHale, Brian (1987). Postmodernist Fiction. London and New York: Routledge.

Espinal, Maria Teresa (1991). The representation of disjunct constituents. Language 67: 726-62.

Rouchota, VilIy and Andreas H. Jucker, eds. (1998). Current Issues in Relevance Theory. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Curcó, Carmen (1998). Indirect Echoes and Verbal Humour. In Rouchota, VilIy and Andreas H. Jucker, eds., 305-325.

Contributors are requested to observe these norms rigorously. Failure to do so on presenting a final version can cause postponement of an article to a later issue.

Citations: References within the text and end notes should give the author’s last name, the year of publication and the page number(s), where applicable.


a) within a sentence: ...according to Leech (1983:18); Fillmore’s (1975, 1982) analysis of bachelor is well-known;

b) after a quotation: “…” (Kresst 1990: 87)

Capitalisation: Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle: Gone with the Wind, The Art of War, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Titles in languages other than English should be capitalised according to the orthographic conventions of that language.

Editorial policy: Most papers are evaluated by at least two, and sometimes three, experts in the relevant field(s) in addition to our editors-in-chief. EIUC employs a doubly anonymous review system, meaning that the identities of the referees are not revealed to the author, and papers are forwarded to the referees without any identification of authorship. Please do not include any personally identifying features (name, university affiliation) in the main manuscript of your initial submission.

As soon as a publication decision is taken, authors will be notified. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be sent page proofs for correction and a .pdf version of their published article. For those interested in a hard copy of the issue, please contact the UCM publishers’ service (

The contributors have sole responsibility for the contents of their text. It is also their responsibility to seek permission for the reproduction of any copyright material used in their contributions. According to International copyright legislation, complete texts such as poems and short stories cannot be reproduced without permission from the author or publisher. Acceptance of a piece of work for publication involves the transfer of all copyright, in whatever medium and by whatever means, to the publisher.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, MicrosoftWord, RTF or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Where available, DOIs have been included.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlines in the Author Guidelines, which is found in ‘About the Journal’
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ‘Ensuring a Blind Review’ have been followed

Copyright Notice

In order to support the global exchange of knowledge, the journal Complutense Journal of English Studies is allowing unrestricted access to its content as from its publication in this electronic edition, and as such it is an open-access journal. The originals published in this journal are the property of the Complutense University of Madrid and any reproduction thereof in full or in part must cite the source. All content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 use and distribution licence (CC BY 4.0). This circumstance must be expressly stated in these terms where necessary. You can view the summary and the complete legal text of the licence.


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Complutense Journal of English Studies
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