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Author Guidelines

Guidance for Contributors to Scottish Studies

Scottish Studies seeks to encourage academics with an interest in Scottish ethnology to contribute to its publications. We ask that authors whose articles have been formally accepted follow the guidelines provided as closely as possible. For manuscripts at the submission stage, there is no need to align format and style with these guidelines. If the style guidance is not appropriate for a particular text, the author is requested to use his or her judgement in finding a rational and consistent set of conventions.

Any queries not dealt with in these guidelines can be addressed to the editor, by postal communication or email. Most major European languages are read, and a number are spoken. See Contact page for addresses and numbers.

(a) Computer Programmes

Texts are to be written using Microsoft Word or a compatible equivalent. All lengthy lists, bibliographies, etc are to be written using Microsoft Excel or an equivalent and compatible programme.

 (b) Written Style

Scottish Studies is intended primarily for scholars, but also seeks to be accessible to a wider readership. The form and prose style of contributions should reflect these multiple purposes.  The form of contributions should be scholarly, with references and supporting bibliographical material.  An alphabetical list of technical or dialect terms and a bibliography should be appended to each contribution.

Your paper should be submitted electronically. Please do not send a hard copy. You may also submit a PDF version of your article in addition to the MSWord version in order to avoid any possible corruption of your Word file that may occur during transmission, especially if it contains illustrations. Such things have been known to happen.


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Updated May 2018