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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.
  • 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).

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

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  • Where available, DOIs have been included.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlines in the Author Guidelines, which is found in ‘About the Journal’
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ‘Ensuring a Blind Review’ have been followed
  • It is required that the Author Declaration be signed and scanned by all authors attached to the Amaltea email address
  • Submit a signedcopy of the Transfer Copyright Agreement attached to the Amaltea email address
  • Make sure you submit your Author ID:  ORCID, Redalyc, Research Gate, Mendeley, Academia, Google Citations, etc

Author Guidelines

Deadline for reception of articles: 31st Decembre

1. Introduction

Amaltea. Journal of Myth Criticism only accepts original and unpublished works addressing ancient, medieval and modern myths in contemporary literature and arts (from 1900 to our day). Each issue of the journal is a thematic issue devoted to a particular subject, although they always include a ‘Miscellany’ section.

The deadline will be 31st December of each year. Authors are asked to register under the role of AUTHOR at <https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/AMAL/user/register>. They will obtain a username and a password that will allow them to start the submission process, after logging in <https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/index/login>.

The authors’ personal information by no means will appear in the article—whether be it in the main text or in the footnotes. Likewise, any reference that may identify the author shall be removed. Authors’ personal details (name, surname, institution, email address) will be entered through the form which authors are asked to fill in during their online submission (Step 3. Entering the Submission’s Metadata). Please find further details on the submission process at <http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/docs/userguide/2.3.1/authorSubmission.html>.

Amaltea. Journal of Myth Criticism will acknowledge receipt of the submissions. Submissions will be subjected to an external double-blind peer review process. The Editorial Board, upon hearing the reports, can accept the article, reject it or else recommend changes to be made to the article. If necessary, an additional external review will be asked for. Authors will receive notification of this decision no later than four months after their first submission.

Authors are requested to observe the Best Practice Guidelines included below.

Amaltea. Journal of Myth Criticism does not have either article submission charges or  article processing charges (APCs).

2. Length and Text Formatting

Submissions will be written in English, French or Spanish. They will be between 4,000 and 7,500 words in length.

Submissions will be formatted as follows:

Right and left margins: 3 cm.
Top and bottom margins: 2,5 cm.
Line spacing: 1,5; do not add extra space between paragraphs of the main text.
Typeface: Arial, 12 pt, for main text and quotations; 10 for footnotes.
Quotations over three lines must be indented 1,25 cm to the left in a separate paragraph.
First line indentation: 1,25 cm.
Paragraph spacing before and after: 0 pt.

Do not use bold typeface or underline the words for emphasis. If some words are to be highlighted, please use italics. Expressions in foreign languages will be italicized.

3. First Page

The first page of the submission will include the following:

Title of the article in the original language, centered. Do not type it in all capital letters.

Abstract, up to 100 words in the same language, 10 pt.

Keywords in the same language (3-8), separated by commas.

Translation of the title to one of the other two official languages of the journal.

Translation of the abstract into a second language (resumen, résumé).

Keywords in a second language (palabras clave, mots clés). If the submission is written in English, the title, abstract and keywords will also be translated either into Spanish or French.

Author ID: ORCID, Research Gate, Academia, Mendeley, Google Citations, Redalyc…

4. Outline of the Article

If necessary, the article might be divided into a reasonable number of sections. Leave two extra spaces before each heading and one after. Headings will be numbered with arabic numerals. If subheadings were needed, these will follow a numbered plan; each new level will be indented an additional 0,5 cm. Do not use more than three levels. Do not leave extra spaces between headings and subheadings.

1. Introduction
2. The literary experience

2.1. Scope of the present study

5. Quotations and Footnotes

If a quotation runs more than three lines, put it in quotation marks (“. . . ”) and incorporate it into the text. If a quotation is longer than four lines, set it off in a different paragraph, single-spaced, 1,25 cm indentation to both sides and no quotation marks. Leave one extra space between and after the quotation (12 pt). For an ellipsis within a quotation, use brackets: [. . .]. If the ellipsis appears in the quoted text, use parenthesis: (. . .).

Use footnotes sparingly and place them at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced. Use 10 pt Arial, first-line indentation of 1 cm, single-spaced. Bibliographical references will be included parenthetically in the main text. However, sources can be commented in footnotes.

6. Referencing System

Authors will follow the MLA referencing system (7th edition, 2009). References will be parenthetically included in the text.

Usually the author’s last name and a page reference are enough to identify the source and location of the quoted material. If the author name is included in the sentence, provide only the page:

Durand has argued this point (128-134).

If the author is not mentioned in the sentence, include it in the parenthetical abbreviation:

This point has already been argued (Durand 128-134).

Several critics agree with this idea (Sanz 124; Garrido 23).

If two or more works by the same author are cited, put a comma after the author’s last name and a shortened version of the title along with the page reference:

(Ulla, Encuentros 112)

(Ulla, Invenciones 45)

If your paper is written in English, follow the MLA style recommendations concerning spelling, punctuation, italics, numbers, capitalization, etc.

For further reference see:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009, 7th edition). https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/

7. The List of Works Cited

The list of works cited appears at the end of the paper, under the heading ‘Works Cited’. Entries will be arranged in alphabetical order by the authors’ last name. Use a 1,25-cm hanging indentation for each entry. References should be 12 pt Arial, 1,5 line spacing, indentation hanging 1,25 cm.

If more than two works of the same author have been cited, alphabetize them by title, taking into account the first relevant word or keyword used in the in-text parenthetical reference. Give the author’s surname only in the first entry. Thereafter, instead of the surname, type three hyphens followed by a period and the title:

Ulla, Noemí. Encuentros con Silvina Ocampo. Buenos Aires: Editorial de Belgrano, 1982. Print.

---. Invenciones a dos voces. Ficción y poesía en Silvina Ocampo. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Ediciones del Valle, 2000. Print.

---, ed. Poesía inédita y dispersa. By Silvina Ocampo. Buenos Aires: Emecé Editores, 2001. Print.

DOI numbers (Digital Object Identifiers) are unique number combinations assigned to an article. With the help of this DOI number the article can always be located. If the works or articles cited have a DOI, authors are requested to include it in its corresponding bibliographical reference:

Cook, W. A. (2004). “Ripley's Game and The American Friend: A Modernist and Postmodernist Comparison.” The Journal of Popular Culture 37: 399–408. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-3840.2004.00075.x.

Authors can check whether a DOI number exists for a particular article on the Crossref website: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery.

For further reference see:

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2009, 7th edition). https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/

8. Submission of Reviews

Book reviews should be sent by 31st July of each year. Their length will be 1,500 to 2,000 words. The format of reviews will be identical to that of articles, but without a ‘Works Cited’ list or footnotes. The following details of the book reviewed will precede the text:

Franklin, Benjamin. Autobiografía. Ed. and trans. Javier Alcoriza. Madrid: Cátedra, 2012. ISBN: 9788437629827. 231 pp.

The submission of reviews will also be made electronically after registration: <https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/AMAL/user/register>.

Author ID: ORCID, Research Gate, Academia, Mendeley, Google Citations, Redalyc…

9. Submission of Pictures

In case illustrations or pictures are to be submitted, they will be attached during ‘Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files.’ Images should be sent as TIFF files and have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Also, they should be saved in the CMYK mode. Requesting permissions for the inclusion of materials whose copyright is not owned by the author is the author's responsibility.

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