Author Guidelines

Submissions of academic articles and book reviews are warmly welcomed. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically using our online submission form.

Submissions must be accompanied by a 100- to 200-word abstract and a brief author biography in the third person. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript itself, as this will be sent out for blind review.

All submissions undergo a blind peer-review process. Subject to process, the editors aim to make publishing decisions within eight weeks of receipt of submission. Authors are requested to respond to any requests for correction and emendation promptly and thoroughly.

The journal’s acceptance rate in 2015 and 2016 was 30%.

Authors of articles receive one copy of the issue in which their article appears free of charge, and have the opportunity to purchase further copies at a 15% author’s discount.

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Inklings Studies operates a green open access policy with a 18-month embargo period. Authors may deposit a pre-publication version of their submission on a private or institutional repository, to be openly available 18 months after print publication.

House Style

The Journal of Inklings Studies uses UK spelling and grammar.


Notes are always footnotes. Full bibliographical details are given in the first reference to a book or article, as follows:

(a) Book or chapter in a book:
Alan Jacobs, The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (London: SPCK, 2005), p. 5 [or: pp. 5-12].
Paul Fiddes, ‘Lewis the Myth-Maker’, in Andrew Walker and James Patrick (eds.), A Christian for all Christians (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990), pp. 132-56 (here p. 135).

(b) Article:
Dermot Quinn, ‘Lewis, Chesterton, and the Uses of Enchantment’, The C.S. Lewis Chronicle 3, no. 2 (2005), pp. 4-10.

For subsequent references, the short title system should be used, e.g., Jacobs, Narnian, p. 56; Fiddes, ‘Myth-Maker’, pp. 72-5; Quinn, ‘Enchantment’, p. 6.

Ibid. and op.cit. (art.cit.) may be used when the reference is immediately clear.

Series and periodicals titles should not be abbreviated.


Extended quotations (40+ words) should be blocked. In blocked quotations, no quotation marks appear around the quotation itself.

Quotation marks for non-blocked quotations should be single (‘…’), except for quotes within quotes (‘He asked, “What is your name?”’.). Closing quotation marks should be placed inside final punctuation (as in the example above).

Footnote indicators should be placed outside the final quotation and punctuation marks (‘Lewis was fond of beer’.24).

Quoted material, translations and page references must be exact.