Submission Guidelines


Submission Guidelines

By submitting an article, an essay for Profession & Pedagogy, or a review to MLS the author certifies that they have not been simultaneously submitted to, or have previously appeared in, any other publication in whole or in part, in English or in another language. Simultaneous submissions for fiction and poetry are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Authors should submit their manuscripts using MLA style for citations and notes. Please use parenthetical citations that reference a works cited list; notes and works cited should appear at the end of the text. Submissions to the reviews section do not need a works cited list.

MLS employs a double-blind peer review system for critical essays and essays on the profession and pedagogy. Please clear all identifiers from submitted manuscripts and from electronic submissions, including the author and company fields in “Properties” under the “File” menu. We also ask that authors try to avoid revealing their identity within the body of the article.

We encourage electronic submissions in Microsoft Word format. These should be set in 12 point Times, double spaced, and use superscript for footnote numbers rather than the footnote function. Electronic submissions must be accompanied by a cover message that includes the author’s relevant affiliations and a U.S. or international postal address. Address all e-mail submissions and correspondence to

NeMLA membership is not required to submit to MLS; however, membership is required for publication.

Statement of Ethical Practices

  • MLS editors and staff will maintain the confidentiality of all submissions, treat all contributors and potential contributors with respect, and adhere to the highest professional standards throughout the editorial process.
  • Authors will ensure that their submissions are entirely their own work, and they are responsible for obtaining any necessary copyright permissions.
  • Reviewers will commit to giving constructive, well-considered evaluations in a timely manner, and will treat all submissions with respect.