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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

BC Studies is a peer reviewed scholarly journal which welcomes the submission of manuscripts dealing with all aspects of British Columbia's political, economic, and cultural life, past and present. The average article length is 25 to 30 double-spaced pages, although shorter and longer submissions may occasionally be considered.

Please submit an electronic copy of your manuscript (Microsoft Word preferred).  Your name must not appear anywhere in the manuscript as a copy will be sent for peer review.

Authors are advised to conform as closely as possible to suggested guidelines for consistency of style. Text and footnote style should follow The Chicago Manual of Style or its summarized version: Manual for Writers of Term Papers and Theses, Kate Turabian.

Only original articles are accepted for publication. Submitting manuscripts to BC Studies implies authors' commitment to publish in BC Studies. Authors must certify in writing that neither the article submitted nor a version of it has been published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere; such certification must accompany the manuscript. Authors thereby agree to transfer their copyright to the publisher of BC Studies.

Please consult the Oxford English Dictionary to confirm correct spellings. If the dictionary recognized alternative spellings, the first one listed is preferred.

The following examples are provided to illustrate general rules. However, the Manual should be consulted for detailed comments on exceptions to these rules.


all text doubled-spaced (including footnotes/endnotes, if possible)

footnotes are preferred, but endnotes are acceptable

margins: justify, except quotes

block quotes: indent one tab (0.5 inches) and single-space; right margin not justified

italicize (not underline) titles of books, foreign words, etc.


do not hyphenate a word ending a line unless it is a hyphenated word (co-editor but not manu-script)

dashes within sentence: double dashes with one space on either side ( -- )

insert a comma before the last item in a series: apples, oranges, and pears

periods and commas at the end of quoted matter: to be placed inside the closing quotation marks e.g. He said the legislation was "hopelessly inadequate."

spaces: one space after p. ( p. 7.)

leave one space between the initials of personal names: R. W. B. Lewis


Examples: 18 July 1976 (day precedes month); 27 September; September 1940 (no comma); 1960s (no apostrophe); nineteenth century (spell out).


Spell out numbers less than 100 that indicate quantity: eighteen miles; ninety years; 127 citizens. Express with figures numbers that do no indicate quantity: grade 6; 8 percent; 2 o'clock.


Acronyms, omit periods: e.g. bc, cpc; nato; ubc.

Scholarly abbreviations: do not underline the following: ibid, et al., ca., i.e., e.g.


Generally, only proper nouns and formal titles should be capitalized, except when capitalization is necessary to avoid ambiguity.

Quoted Matter

quoted matter less than four lines long is generally run into the text

block quotes: indent one tab

spelling mistakes will be assumed to be typist's errors and will be corrected before typesetting unless followed by [sic]


in reference to articles or books the title is italicized: A Crossroad in the Forest: The Path to a Sustainable Forest Sector in BC; The Resettlement of British Columbia.

in references to newspapers, the city name is italicized, the article omitted: Vancouver Sun, 7 July 1990; Victoria Colonist, 17 April 1989.

page references are not preceded by "p."

Geographical Terms

North Atlantic, northern Atlantic; the Continent, continental Europe

Nationalities, Tribes, and other groups of people

Specific racial, linguistic, tribal, and other groupings of people are capitalized: American Indian, Asian, Aborigine, Native American, Caucasian, Indo-European


BC Studies welcomes the addition of illustrations, maps, graphs, or photographs to your article. BC Studies has a preferred style for illustrations and maps, and may request illustrations and maps be reworked by a cartographer familiar with this style. If your article includes graphs, please be prepared to provide either the original data, eps or tiff files. We encourage the inclusion of photographs with manuscripts. If you would like to use photographs, we require prints (or slides) from which to scan the image (or tiff files, provided they meet our specifications). The author is responsible for obtaining permission (copyright) and any costs associated, but BC Studies will assist where necessary. Please note that BC Studies is a non-profit organization, thus not-for-profit rates and discounts apply when seeking permissions or prints.

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