Author Guidelines


Victorian Review is a Canadian publication and uses Canadian spellings. Our house dictionary is the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.


Victorian Review does publish greyscale illustrations to accompany articles. Illustrations should be scanned as grayscale .TIF files at high resolution (600 DPI) and encoded for PC. They should be burned to a CD and mailed, not emailed, to the editor, Lisa Surridge ( Authors are responsible for securing permission to publish illustrations and for providing a caption for each. In the captions, please use the phrase “Courtesy of . . .” for free illustrations and “By permission of . . .” if payment was required.


Victorian Review uses the serial comma: “a, b, and c” not “a, b and c.” Please put commas and periods inside closing quotation marks, except in the case of an in-text citation immediately following a quote, in which case the punctuation follows the citation. Colons, semicolons, questions marks, and exclamation points are placed outside the closing quotation mark, unless they are part of the quote itself.


Please use double quotation marks in general, single only for quotations within quotations. Please ensure that any emphasis in quoted material is noted as either “in original” or “added.” When omitting parts of quotations, do not bracket the ellipses you insert unless there are ellipses in the original and your omissions need to be differentiated from the quoted text. When omitting text from quotations, follow the three-dot and four-dot ellipses conventions. If the material you are omitting is less than one sentence in the source document, and does not correspond with a sentence break in your reconstituted quote, use three dots. If your quotation omits a sentence or more, or if your quotation corresponds with a sentence break in your new quote, use a four-dot ellipsis.


Numbers that can be written with one or two words (such as seven, thirty-eight, and one thousand) should be spelled out. All other numbers (such as 106, 6.05, and 1,948) should be expressed using numerals. When writing out dates, use “day month year” format, with no commas (11 October 1852).

MLA Citations and Works Cited

Please format your citations and Works Cited according to MLA guidelines, using parenthetical citation style. Please ensure that all claims and quotations have appropriate in-text citations.

Document Layout

Please double space and left justify your document. Use Times Roman 12-point font. Please use the “Indent first line” command in Word to indent paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab. The first paragraph of the article, paragraphs after subtitles, and paragraphs after block quotations should be flush with the left margin, not indented. After terminal punctuation, a single space is all that is required. Do not insert two.


Italicize rather than underline the titles of books, plays, long poems, periodicals, and so on.