Writing Guidelines

Authors | Proofreading

Clio’s Psyche mostly follows the standards and style presented in Turabian. Clear, non-technical language is encouraged and notes are normally discouraged. When present notes should begin as full citations in parentheses within the text and then be followed by the author’s last name, the italicized title, and the page number. Refer to recent issues of Clio’s Psyche to determine any variations in style.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 6th ed. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 1996.

Author Checklist
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Manuscripts should be composed on a word processor and sent electronically as a Microsoft Word document to Paul H. Elovitz by e-mail at cliospsycheeditor@gmail.com.
Abstract & Keywords:

  • All manuscripts must include an abstract of a maximum of 150 words.
  • All manuscripts must include 6-10 keywords that stress the psychohistorical aspects of the article.
  • Abstract and keywords should be placed after the title, author, and affiliation and before the article text.
Length:

  • 2,000-word maximum for most articles, including title, author, biography of the author, keywords, and abstract.
  • Occasional articles of 3,500 words will be accepted, provided that these have deeper scholarship.
Font:

  • Title: Arial, size 16, bold.
  • Author: Arial, size 14, bold.
  • Affiliation: Arial, size 12, regular (with long dash between author and affiliation).
  • Keywords and Abstract: Times New Roman, size 11, italics.
  • Text: Times New Roman, size 12, regular.
  • Author biography: Times New Roman, size 12, italics.
  • Clio’s Psyche is always written in Imprint MT Shadow.
Quotations & Citations:

  • We use internal citations, which should begin as full citations in parentheses within the text and then be followed by the author’s last name, the italicized title, and the page number.
  • Quotations must have specific references in parenthesis.
  • Article titles are in quotation marks; book and journal titles are in italics.
  • Block quotes (quotes 5 lines or longer) are discouraged; short quotes are preferred.
  • When used, block quotes are not italicized, and are indented ½” on either margin.
  • We do not publish bibliographies, endnotes, or footnotes.
Spacing:

  • Two spaces are always used between sentences.
  • One space is used after a colon.
  • Single-space the text of the article.
  • 6-point space between paragraphs.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph ½”.
Author biography:

  • No more than 100 words.
  • End with your e-mail address.
  • Underline titles of books and journals in biographies.
General Style:

  • Clio’s Psyche mostly follows the standards and style presented in Turabian (Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 16th Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
  • Clear, non-technical language is encouraged.
  • Notes are normally discouraged.
  • The first person singular is encouraged. “Myself” is discouraged.
  • Starting a sentence with “And” is generally not acceptable.
  • Italicize foreign words.
  • Numbers 10 and above are written in numerals; below 10 are written out in English.
  • Centuries are written with a superscript next to the numerals (i.e., 19thcentury).
  • Percentages are expressed with the symbol % and numerals.
  • Lists should have a comma before “and.”
Review Essays of Films or Books:

  • Maximum length of 1,000 words.
  • Begin with “Review of…” and the full citation of the work you are reviewing. This paragraph should be in italics.
Letters to the Editor:

  • Maximum length of 1,000 words.
  • Begin “Dear Editor” and end “Sincerely yours,” and your name, along with a 100-word maximum biography.
  • Exclude author and affiliation byline.

Proofreading

Proofreading Guidelines

Proofreading focuses on consistency and not having errors.  The biggest danger is when text is missing or hidden from view.  The approach is minimalist.  Spacing is important.

Font:

  • Title: Arial, size 16, bold.
  • Author: Arial, size 14, bold.
  • Affiliation: Arial, size 12, regular (with long dash between author and affiliation).
  • Keywords and Abstract: Times New Roman, size 11, italics.
  • Text: Times New Roman, size 12, regular.
  • Author biography: Times New Roman, size 12, italics.
  • Clio’s Psyche is always written in Imprint MT Shadow.

Spacing:

  • Two spaces are always used between sentences.
  • One space is used after a colon.
  • Single-space the text of the article.
  • 6-point space between paragraphs.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph ½”.
  • 6-point space after title.
  • 12-point space after author/affiliation.
  • No extra space after keywords.
  • 12-point space after abstract.
  • 18-point space after author biography.
  • Bullets are indented ¼”.
  • Block quotes are indented ½” on both margins.

Punctuation:

  • Periods, commas, exclamation points, and question marks are included within quotes.
  • Double quotation marks around direct quotes.
  • Single quotation marks around quotes within quotes.
  • Square brackets [ ] for when parenthesis are within parenthesis.
  • Check for curled quotation marks “ ”, not straight.

Abstract & Keywords:

  • All manuscripts must include an abstract of a maximum of 150 words.
  • All manuscripts must include 6-10 keywords that stress the psychohistorical aspects of the article.
  • Abstract and keywords should be placed after the title, author, and affiliation and before the article text.

Author biography:

  • Author name and degree are in bold, but the comma following is not.
  • First line indented ½”.
  • Ends with author’s e-mail address.
  • Book and journal titles are underlined.
  • Ends with q.

Quotations & Citations:

  • We use internal citations, which should begin as full citations in parentheses within the text and then be followed by the author’s last name, the italicized title, and the page number.
  • Quotations must have specific references in parenthesis.
  • Article titles are in quotation marks; book and journal titles are in italics.
  • Quotes 5 lines or longer should be indented ½” on either margin.
  • We do not publish bibliographies, endnotes, or footnotes.

Scholar Interviews:

  • Introduction in italics.
  • Bold initials of interviewer and interviewee.

Book/Film Reviews:

  • First paragraph in italics, beginning with “Review of…” and the book/film information.

Letters to the Editor:

  • Begins with “Dear Editor” and ends with “Sincerely yours,” and the author’s name.
  • Includes title and author biography.
  • Does not include author/affiliation line.

Bulletin Board:

  • Bold names of members in the first instance they are mentioned.

General Style:

  • Italicize foreign words.
  • No hyperlinks. Website addresses should be in regular type, black color, no underline.
  • Ignore the “Y” touching the “E” below on the masthead of the inside cover.
  • Clio’s Psyche mostly follows the standards and style presented in Turabian (Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 16th Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
  • Clear, non-technical language is encouraged.
  • The first person singular is encouraged.  “Myself” is discouraged.
  • Starting a sentence with “And” is generally not acceptable.
  • Numbers 10 and above are written in numerals; below 10 are written out in English.
  • Centuries are written with a superscript next to the numerals (i.e., 19th century).
  • Percentages are expressed with the symbol % and numerals.
  • Lists should have a comma before “and.”