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Author Guidelines

*** For both the Culture Machine journal and the InterZone section, Culture Machine is currently only accepting submissions on specific themes, as announced in its regularly issued calls for papers which are distributed via a variety of mailing lists. ***

Authors should follow the Culture Machine Style Manual below when preparing their articles. Examples of style and formatting are also to be found in the current edition of the Culture Machine journal.

Authors who wish to make submissions which include built-in dynamic content, for example elements in JavaScript, are advised to contact the editors well in advance of the relevant submission date. (Although every effort will be made by Culture Machine to incorporate such dynamic material, the final responsibility for verifying the deliverability of work across all platforms will rest with the author/s).

Contributions, unsolicited or commissioned, and irrespective of length, should be submitted in the form of an e-mail attachment in MS Word, or as an html file. Authors should retain a copy of their files.

Authors are asked to supply a short biography of between 50-100 words, with a full mailing address, plus e-mail.

Contributions will be rendered anonymous for the purposes of refereeing.


All references to books, articles and other source materials should be identified at an appropriate point in the text by the author’s last name, year of publication and pagination where appropriate, all within parentheses, e.g. (Lingis, 1985: 200).

If the author's name appears in the text of the sentence making reference to a specific work then a reference should appear as (1985: 200).

With dual authorship give both names conjoined by '&'; for three or more authors use 'et al.'.

If there are references to more than one work by the same author then distinguish works with the same year of publication by the use of the letters 'a', 'b', ‘c’, etc., attached to the year of publication, e.g., (Derrida, 1974a).

A series of references should be enclosed within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semi-colons, e.g. (Derrida, 1974: 17; Bernasconi, 1994: 25; Grossberg, 1992: 36).

Parentheses should be placed after quotation marks but before full-stops and commas, colons and semi-colons: e.g. ‘founded’ (1992), or ‘founded’ (1992).

When occurring at the end of a sentence, parenthesis should be placed after quotation marks but before full-stops.

When occurring in the middle of sentences, parenthesis should be placed after quotation marks but before commas: e.g. ‘founded’ (1992),


Quotations within the text should always be within single inverted commas except for quotations within quotations, in which case double inverted commas should be used on all occasions.

Inverted (and double inverted) commas should be placed before full-stops except in cases where the full-stop is part of the original text.

Quotations longer than around 45 words should be typed in an indented paragraph format and inverted commas omitted.


Notes should be listed numerically at the end of the piece and indicated in the main body of the text by superscript numbers. Please DO NOT use the footnote facility on your word processor!

Superscript numbers should be placed after full-stops and commas, colons and semi-colons, etc.


List all references, and any other items used in the preparation of the text which you wish to include, alphabetically, by author and year of publication, at the end of the text in a separate headed section, in the following format:

Barthes, R. (1995) The Pleasure of the Text. Trans. R. Miller. New York: Hill and Wang.

Bourdieu, P. (1993) The Field of Cultural Production. Oxford: Polity Press.

Derrida, J. (1992) 'Ulysses Gramophone: Hear Say Yes in Joyce', in J. Derrida, Acts of Literature (ed.), D. Attridge. New York and London: Routledge.

Grossberg, L. et al. (eds) (1992) Cultural Studies. New York and London: Routledge.

Morley, D. & Chen, K-H. (eds) (1996) Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies. London: Routledge.

Readings, B. (1995) ‘Dwelling in the Ruins’, The Oxford Literary Review 17: 15-28.

Rorty, R. (1998) ‘The Dark Side of the American Left’, The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 3).

Williams, R. (1983) ‘Culture’, in D. McLellan (ed.), Marx: The First 100 Years. London. Fontana.

Please note: (ed.) includes a full-stop, (eds) does not. Both are followed by a comma in the latter part of the reference, but are not in the former (see, for example, the references to Williams (1983) and Morley and Chen (1996) above).


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.


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