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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 to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses an 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Instructions for Authors

All information about author(s), including the bionote(s), should be provided in the submission form, not in the submitted text.


InterCultural Perspectives uses the MLA Style Guide for citations and bibliography formatting (8th edition, please consult the online guide compiled by the Douglas College Library available HERE). Manuscripts containing special fonts or characters should be submitted as both .docx and .pdf files. 


Download this TEXT TEMPLATE to format your contribution. The paper should be formatted according to the following guidelines:

  • Title of the article: Times New Roman 14, capital letters
  • Abstract: Times New Roman 10
  • Keywords: Times New Roman 10, italics, five or more
  • Text body: Times New Roman 11, single-spaced, except for block quotes and footnotes, which should be written in Times New Roman, 10
  • Works Cited: Times New Roman, 10, all but first line hanging

Sections may or may not have headings. Headings begin flush left, using headline-style capitalization. The first paragraph after a heading or an unheaded section break is not indented.

Contributions should count at least 5,000 words but not exceed 7,000 words including footnotes and the 'Works Cited' section.

Please do not insert page numbers and do not format text using tabs and multiple blank spaces.


Running text

The first line of each new paragraph should be indented, except where it follows a heading. There should be no space between paragraphs.

Use the em dash (—) without any space before or after it to mark a break within a continuing sentence.


Please type all headings—chapter titles, main and sub-headings—with capital letters. Leave additional spacing above and below section headings and above and below indented quotes.

In-text citations

Accuracy of all reference data is the responsibility of the author. Quotes must reproduce the wording, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation of the original exactly. The following situations may constitute exceptions from this rule:

  1. A change in capitalization at the beginning of a quote may be made, without being signalled through the use of brackets.
  2. The terminal punctuation may be omitted or changed to a comma if necessary.
  3. Obvious typographical errors may be corrected, but idiosyncratic spellings found in older works must be kept. Spellings that are likely to be thought incorrect may be followed by sic in brackets.

Prose quotes that are at least four lines in length are set off from the text as block quotes. The first line is not indented (see examples of block quotes in the Text template above).

Quotation marks

Double quotation marks should be used throughout, with single quotation marks used for a quote within another quote. Commas and periods go inside the closing quotation marks, unless there is a parenthetical reference following, in which case the required punctuation should be placed after it.


Within the text, numbers indicating footnotes should come after any punctuation marks. The footnotes themselves should appear at the bottom of the page in Times New Roman, 10. Footnotes may contain material that cannot be conveniently included in the text, such as explanatory comments or additional bibliographic information.


Commonly used abbreviations include cf., chap. (chaps.), ed. (eds.), e.g., esp., et al. (used of people), etc. (used of things), fol. (fols.), i.e., introd., l. (ll.), lit. (“literally”), n. (nn.), pt. (pts.), repr., sec. (secs.), ser., s.v., vol. (vols.). If the cited source does not have a date, publisher or pagination, the following abbreviations must be used: n. pag. for sources without page numbers, n.d. for no date, and N.p. if name of the publisher is omitted.