General Guidelines for Essay Submission

NPEC welcomes submissions that deal with all areas of the long eighteenth century. Authors who are not members of SEASECS are asked to join at the time of submission.


  • Essays should fall within the 4000-5000-word range, not including endnotes or bibliography


  • Essays should be submitted electronically as Word documents

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including quotations, endnotes, and bibliographies

  • Manuscripts should use a 12pt font

  • Pages should be numbered in the upper right corner using an abbreviated form of the title as the identifier

Because NPEC uses a double-blind system of review, essays should be stripped of any details that would identify the writer. Authors should attach, as a second document, a cover page containing the full title of the essay, the name and affiliation of the author, contact information, both email and snail mail, the word length of the essay, not including the endnotes or bibliography, and a 150-word abstract.


  • Essays should be written in English

  • Quotations in other languages should be translated into English

  • Original language quotations of fewer than 10 words should appear in parentheses

  • Original language quotations in excess of 10 words should be incorporated in the endnotes


  • Citations should be in endnotes, using the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

  • Consult CMS for appropriate use of block quotations

  • Avoid discursive footnotes

  • Incorporate significant additions to the argument in the body of the essay

  • For repeated references to primary sources, employ parenthetical citations after the initial reference

  • In addition to the endnotes, include a bibliography of primary and secondary sources that are critical to the discussion

  • When authors incorporate substantive suggestions made by reviewers, these contributions should be given appropriate attribution

Review Process:

  • Essays are initially read by the Editor-in-Chief to establish that they conform to the above guidelines

  • Essays that pass the initial reading are sent to two readers for substantial reviews and recommendations (accept; accept with minor revisions; accept with major revisions; reject)

  • Authors are normally informed of our decision within 3 months

All queries and correspondence regarding NPEC, excluding book reviews and advertising, should be addressed to:

Joe Johnson, Editor
Department of Humanities
Clayton State University
Morrow, Georgia 30030 
Telephone 678-466-4737

Correspondence and inquiries regarding reviews of books should be addressed to:

Book review editor for English:

Erik McCarthy
Gordon State College
419 College Dr. 
Barnesville, GA 30204

Book review editor for other languages:

Kathleen Hardesty Doig
225 Kings Hwy.
Decatur, GA 30030-5225
Telephone 404-373-1158

The Book Review Editors welcome suggestions for book reviews; however, unsolicited reviews will not be accepted. Reviews must not exceed 700 words, excluding title of book, and name of reviewer. Review essays may exceed that number; however, prior arrangements must be made with the book review editor.

All submissions must be sent double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12, using the latest version of Word.

Correspondence and inquiries regarding advertising should be addressed to:

Diane D. Kelley
Managing Editor
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington 98416-1073
Telephone 253-879-3354 

The views contained in the articles and book reviews represent the sole opinions of their authors, not those of the editors, Auburn University, SEASECS, the Editorial Board, or the editorial staff.