Excavatio Guidelines for submissions
1. All articles are to be submitted electronically as attachment files, in Microsoft Word files, to the Editors, Juliana Starr (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Carmen Mayer (email@example.com).
2. The maximum length, including footnotes, is 8000 words, and the minimum is 6000 words.
3. Longer articles cannot be considered. Submission should be accompanied by a cover letter stating the originality of the essay and asserting that it has not been published nor is under consideration elsewhere. A 100-200 word abstract and a 50-word biographical notice must also be submitted with the article.
4. Contributions may be in English or French. Our editorial policy requires that articles in any other language be accompanied by a translation into one of these two languages. See the Excavatio style sheet below for more information about format and accompanying documents.
5. Excavatio subscribes to a policy of “blind” submissions. After initial review by the editors, essays that meet Excavatio’s criteria for subject matter, quality, and format will be sent to at least two independent readers. Members of the editorial board and outside specialists will not know the identity of the authors whose essays they are asked to review. Consequently, authors should omit references to their identity within the text and should submit their work with a separate cover page listing article title, author’s name, professional affiliation, address, e-mail, and fax number. Decision on publication normally takes three months.
6. Because the simultaneous submission of an article to more than one refereed journal can result in duplication of the task of reviewing the manuscript, Excavatio will not review articles that are under consideration by other journals. An article found to have been submitted elsewhere will not be published in Excavatio even if it has already been accepted for publication. Once accepted for publication, consent from the Editor must be obtained before a manuscript or any part of it is reproduced elsewhere.
7. Authors who agree to have their articles published in Excavatio are bound to accept editorial modifications required by the publication process.
8. Membership in AIZEN is a prerequisite for the submission of articles. Information about the association and membership can be found at:
9. All correspondence should be sent to:
Prof. Juliana Starr, Editor of Excavatio
Department of English and Foreign Languages
291-A Liberal Arts Building
The University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
Prof. Carmen Mayer, Editor of Excavatio
Department of Modern Languages & Classics
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0246
Excavatio Style Sheet
1. Excavatio has adopted the parenthetical documentation recommended in section B.1 of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper, 5th edition (pages 268-285), or 6th edition (pages 298-313), with a minor change that brings it more in line with international bibliographical formats. Instead of including a separate “Works Cited” list, authors should cite the first reference to a work in a footnote. Subsequent references to literary works will appear parenthetically in the text, while subsequent references to secondary sources will appear in notes. There is no separate bibliography, so footnotes must be accurate and must provide complete bibliographic information. See section B.1 of the MLA Handbook for more discussion of this practice and examples of bibliographic format appropriate for footnotes.
2. Manuscripts should be double-spaced. The first paragraph of each article as well as any subsequent sections should be flush with the left margin. All other paragraphs will be indented. Please do not include extra spaces between paragraphs.
3. Citations may be in English or French. There is no need to translate them. For articles in French, use standard French spelling and vocabulary. Capitalize according to the rules of the two languages. When citing passages in other languages within an English or French text, the quotation should be translated into the language of the article and placed, using square brackets, in a footnote. The name of the translator or a reference should be given. For capitalization of titles in other languages, please follow the rules provided by the MLA Handbook (section 2.8).
4. For general spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and quotation format in English, please consult the MLA Handbook in conjunction with the Oxford or Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. Use either British or American spelling consistently and avoid mixing the two. Spell out all numbers one hundred and lower. Use italics for titles of books, plays, and periodicals. Use double quotation marks for titles of articles and shorter works. Use accents on capital letters in French (i.e. write Émile and not Emile). Please note that the words "naturalist" and "naturalism" should not be capitalized. Please note the spelling of the adjective fin-de-siècle and the noun fin de siècle.
5. Concerning the use of documents accompanying an article, authors are responsible for obtaining permission rights to reproduce any text or images. For more information about “fair use” and obtaining permissions, see The Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition), sections 4.43-4.73. If the essay is accepted for publication, images and tables should be submitted in camera-ready format.