Renaissance Quarterly: Style Sheet

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(Revised October 2001)



Three hard copies of the manuscript plus three hard copies of an abstract (100 words or less) are required; please do not send a computer diskette at this point. The author's name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address should be included on a separate sheet, but the author's name should not appear on the title page or on other pages of the manuscript or on the abstract; this anonymity allows us to obtain "blind readings" from our referees.

Manuscripts should be typed or printed on letter quality printers. Manuscripts should be double-spaced including inset quotations, endnotes, and bibliography. A bibliography of printed sources is required. Photocopies of illustrations are acceptable at this stage; do not send original artwork or illustrations at this point.


Authors of accepted manuscripts should not send revised manuscripts until they hear from the RSA office regarding format and style. Once authors have prepared final, revised versions of the manuscripts, they should send one hard copy and one IBM compatible high-density 1.44mb diskette. Please label the diskette with your name, article title, and the word processing program (including version number) used to create the file. Alternately, you may send an electronic copy of your article as an email attachment to . If sending the electronic copy via email, you do not need to send hard copy. Please be advised that the disk copy or electronic copy of the manuscript will be the definitive version used by the office for editing purposes.


Renaissance Quarterly uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed., as a guideline for style, with some exceptions noted below. Accepted manuscripts that do not follow these rules may be delayed in publication. Avoid jargon. Spelling should be American in style. Titles of well-known works should appear in English in the text even if the author has listed the original in the bibliography.

The author's name should appear on a separate line after the title, and the author's institutional affiliation should appear at the end of the body of the text.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including inset quotations, endnotes, and bibliography. Authors are required to use endnotes, and the endnotes should be inserted using a word processor endnote function. Illustrations should be unmounted glossy prints, and copies of the permissions to publish the illustrations should be sent to the office along with the manuscript.

Gender-specific language should be avoided in generic statements: "Renaissance people" (not "Renaissance men"); "humanity" (not "mankind"); "ingenious authors will find elegant solutions to their problems" (not "an ingenious author will find elegant solutions to her problem"); and so on.

Avoid the use of "I," "me," and "my" in the text of articles. Please provide life dates for historical figures and publication dates for works discussed as needed. Avoid chronologically vague terms such as "early modern."


The numbers one through ninety-nine are spelled out in the text except in dates, page numbers, and when used to refer to parts of books: "one chapter deals with" vs. "chapter 1 deals with." All roman numerals should be converted to arabic numerals except when they refer to introductory materials, legal citations, personal titles, or original page numbers.

Dates should be written European style: "1 January 1400." "Circa" is abbreviated as "ca." when used in parentheticals and endnotes; please spell out when used in the body of the article. Page numbers of more than two digits are written thus: 66-67; 100-09; 115-508. Numbers that identify centuries are spelled out. When used as an adjective, the century name should be hyphenated: "sixteenth-century art. …