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Authors Guide-lines for Electronic Submission of MSS to Third Text

Very important

End notes

Do not use the footnote or endnote facility in your word-processing program; simply add the notes at the end of the main text in the same font as the main text with double spacing, no line space between each note, same font and point size as main text.

All citations should appear as endnotes, not footnotes or bracketed in the main text. Footnotes should conform to the following format:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • City of publication
  • Country - if not obvious from city
  • Date
  • Page number (p 5, pp 22-23, en-dash not hyphen between page extant)

Items to be separated by comas (no brackets, colons or semi-colons), no full stop at the end of the citation unless it contains a sentence. No full stop after note number unless there is a sentence in the note - one tab - or after p, pp or Ibid, Ibid and op cit not in italics. Foot or margin notes numerals in text in Superscript, Arabic not Greek. vol 1, no 2.

10 Laura U Marks, The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2000, p 104

And an article in a book
20 Radhika Subramaniam, ‘Urban Physiognomies’, in Ravi S Vasudevan et al, eds, Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life, Sarai, The New Media Initiative, Delhi, 2002


It is the responsibility of the author to supply all necessary images to the correct specification 300dpi black and white, 400dpi colour, 150mm width scans, jpeg - and to obtain copyright permission to reproduce the images they wish to use in their article.

This permission must be for print and online reproduction. We cannot reproduce any images without this permission (permission may be in the form of an email, but in all cases must originate from the copyright holder).

All images must be supplied with full captions, conforming to the Third Text style sheet, (see below) including picture credit. You may submit up to five images.

Picture captions
All slides, transparencies, photographs or digital images should be submitted with the following information as a list at the end of the article, after the notes, titled CAPTIONS;
artist’s (or author’s) name, title of work - in italic, date of work, media, dimensions, collection (or place of exhibition), photo credit

Lani Maestro, Cradle, 1996, cheesecloth, sisal strings, palm mats, 1618 x 964 cm, collection of the artist, photo: Ronald Dobson (no full stop at end of caption)

When an article is on the work of a single artist, and there is no work by other artists reproduced in the article, the caption for each photograph should not bear the artist’s name.

Indicate in your text the approximate place for an image to appear thus: [IMAGE]


Articles should not be more than 7,000 words long; we prefer 4-5000 words.

Reviews are normally commissioned and should not be more than 2,000 words long.

All submissions should be accompanied by a 150 word abstract as well as 10 keywords/ “search terms”.  Please include your complete institutional and home address, telephone numbers, fax and email. Include a short biography - up to fifty words - at the end of the article, concentrating on current positions and recent book publications, date of publication only.

Please do not try and design your pages; and do not use a DTP. Stick to simple word processing programme, preferably MS Word. Use Times New Roman, 12pt, double spacing, no page numbering, no headers, no footers and no running heads.


  • Title: 20 pt, Capitalised, right aligned, Sub Title: 16pt, followed by author’s name, 14pt Times New Roman, bold, also right aligned
  • Main text: left-aligned, non-justified (ragged right-hand margin), 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Sub-titles (of sections) in capitals, bold and italicised. SUB TITLE, titles of films should remain in italics.
  • No underlining throughout text - use italics for book/film titles, single inverted commas for chapter headings/article/poem/artwork titles.
  • No centring throughout text
  • Single space after full stops
  • 0.5cm tab for paragraph indent, no space between paragraphs.
  • Use En-dashes - for sub-clause, (with a space on each side of the En-dash), not Em-dashes - or hyphens -
  • Use single quotation marks unless there is a quote within a quote, eg: ‘Grammar should be “particular” in all cases.’
  • If a quote is incomplete then the closing inverted comma should lie within the full-stop, ie: ‘as he had said in the first place’. If it is a complete sentence then the closing inverted comma should lie outside the full-stop, ie: ‘He repeated what he had said in the first place.’
  • Title of ‘Exhibition’ in single inverted commas, Title of Individual Works, books, magazines, newspapers, in italics
  •  Also in main text no full stop after initials or abbreviations: ie, etc, V S Wilson
  • Quotes under thirty words are placed in the body of the text ‘in single quotation marks’. Quotes of thirty words or more should be separated from the main text by one space above and one space below, indent 0.5cm and set in 11 point, 1.5 line space, not in italics and not in inverted commas, unless these appear within the quote and no ellipsis at beginning of quote, even if it starts with an uncapitalised word. If there are gaps in the quote, use three dots… with one space after, no brackets around the ellipsis.  
  • Do not indent first paragraph, or first paragraph of a new section, leave one line space before a new section.
  • Use English spelling rule, ie: realise, not realize. Labour, not labor. Colour, not color. Catalogue, not catalog, programme, not program (unless referring to a computer program).
  • Full stops should be followed by one space, not two.
  • Do not use bold for emphasis, always use italics.
  • Numbers spelt out from 1-99, ie, twenty-five, use Arabic numerals for 100 and up.
  • Possessive nouns: Second s if it is one syllable, ie, James’s or Brooks’s but Jesus’ (two syllables).
  • Do not use auto numbering or ‘bullet-point facilities


Full name of interviewer and interviewee the first time they appear in the text (in bold), thereafter initials only, no full stops or spaces between initial letters (also in bold), ie: RA As I said earlier… (two spaces after initials, before text)


Author’s details right aligned
Title, sub-title and authors name - left aligned
Details of book/exhibition at end of review, title, (venue), date/s, (publisher)


  • Dates: 21 August 2006
  • Film-maker (not film maker or filmmaker)
  • Gold
  • naive NOT naïve
  • postwar, NOT post-war or post war
  • artwork NOT art work
  • Humankind not Mankind
  •  Article NOT essay
  • Massachusetts NOT MA, etc
  •  (L‘Or), (1995)

Any article submitted for publication in Third Text must not have previously been published elsewhere, either in print or online, and must not be scheduled for publication elsewhere within eighteen month of the publication date of the issue of Third Text in which it is scheduled to be published. The editors of Third Text reserve the right to edit your text for publication, with your approval. You will receive a proof of your article from Routledge before it goes to print. We do not expect any major changes to the text at this stage, apart from the author’s final check for misspellings and grammatical errors.

Sending submissions

Send submissions to:
Third Text

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289 Cricklewood Broadway


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