VTU Review: Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Guidelines for authors


VTU Review welcomes submissions of articles in the humanities and social sciences. Articles should be submitted via email attachment to the Editors at vtureview@gmail.com.


General information

Manuscripts should follow the MLA style as set in the MLA Handbook, 2016 (8th edition). Manuscripts, containing special fonts or characters, should be submitted as both .doc/dox and .pdf files.


Please use British spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript. However, we use “-ize” rather than “-ise” where variant spellings exist.


Articles and Review Essays

Submitted articles and review essays should have the following structure:

Title of the article/review essay: 14 Times New Roman, bold, title case capitalization;

Name(s) of author(s): 12 Times New Roman, bold;

Institutional affiliation: 12 Times New Roman, bold;

  • the author’s/authors’ academic title/s, institutional address/es and email/s will be displayed in a footnote on the first page of the article;

Abstract: 11Times New Roman, single-spaced, justified, no more than 15 lines long;

Keywords: 11Times New Roman, no more than 10;


▪ 12 Times New Roman, justified, double-spaced;

▪ all paragraphs, except the first one, should be indented;

▪ sections may or may not have headings;

▪ headings (12 Times New Roman, bold) begin flush left, using title case capitalization;

▪ all references are cited parenthetically in the text; quotations that are more than 4 lines of prose and 3 lines of verse start on a new line and are indented 1/2 inch from the left margin; quotation marks are omitted and the parenthetical citation comes after the closing punctuation mark;

Works Cited: 11 Times New Roman, single-spaced;  

Footnotes: 10 Times New Roman; Arabic numbering;

Length: 7 000 – 9 000 words, including references and footnotes;



Book reviews

Book reviews of ca 800 – 1000 words should conform to the guidelines given for articles. The information on the author(s) and the book reviewed should be given as follows:

Name(s) of author(s)/editor(s). Title of book. Publishing House, Year. No. of pages. ISBN.



In-Text Citation:


  1. Dreams may express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes 186).
  2. According to Foulkes, dreams may express “profound aspects of personality” (186).
  3. In Moll Flanders Defoe follows the picaresque tradition by using a pseudoautobiographical narration:

My true name is so well known in the records, or registers, at Newgate and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work. . . . It is enough to tell you, that . . . some of my worst comrades, who are out of the way of doing me harm . . . know me by the name of Moll Flanders. . . . (1)


  1. More than one text by the same author:

Reading is “just half of literacy. The other half is writing” (Baron, “Redefining” 194).

  1. Online source:

The Purdue OWL is accessed by millions of users every year. Its "MLA Formatting and Style Guide" is one of the most popular resources (Russell et al.).


generations. But this time they are hitting the world all at once. We have never seen any era when we have been hit by all these multiple crises at the one time’ [21].


Sardar, Ziauddin. The Postnormal Times Reader (Page 16). International Institute of Islamic Thought. Kindle Edition.


       Works Cited:

         Book by one author

Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.

         Book by two or more authors

Ducrot, Oswald and Tzvetan Todorov. Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Sciences of Language.

         Trans. Catherine Porter. Johns Hopkins UP, 1979.

         Translated book

Puig, Manuel. Kiss of the Spider Woman. Translated by Thomas Colchie, Vintage Books, 1991.

         Anonymous book (e. g. medieval poem)

Beowulf. Translated by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy, edited by Sarah Anderson, Pearson, 2004.


         Article in journal

Baron, Naomi S. “Redefining Reading: The Impact of Digital Communication Media.” PMLA, vol. 128, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 193-200.


Kincaid, Jamaica. “In History.” Callaloo, vol. 24, no. 2, Spring 2001, pp. 620-26.




Chapter in edited collection


Copeland, Edward. “Money.” The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster, Cambridge UP, 1997, pp. 131-48.


Multiple books and or articles by one author

Borroff, Marie. Language and the Poet: Verbal Artistry in Frost, Stevens, and Moore. U of Chicago P, 1979.

---. “Sound Symbolism as Drama in the Poetry of Robert Frost.” PMLA, vol. 107, no. 1, Jan. 1992, pp. 131-44. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/ stable/ 462806.

---, editor. Wallace Stevens: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice-Hall, 1963.


Online source

Tribble, Ivan. “Bloggers Need Not Apply.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 July 2005, http://www.chronicle.com/article/Bloggers-Need-Not-Apply/45022.


Russell, Tony, et al. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL, 2 Aug. 2016, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.



*** According to the MLA Handbook (2016), there are cases in which the place of publication might matter. Thus, “books published before 1900 are conventionally associated with their places of publication” and for this reason, “in an entry for a pre-1900 work you may give the city of publication in place of the publisher’s name.” You may also provide the city of publication whenever it might help the reader locate an unfamiliar publisher. ***