Writing Guidelines

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Author Checklist

Clio’s Psyche mostly follows the standards and style presented in Turabian (see below). 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. 9th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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.

Author Checklist
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Abstract & Keywords:

  • Articles must include an abstract of a maximum of 100 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.
  • Reviews and commentaries of symposium should have only keywords, not abstracts.
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 be in parentheses within the text and include the author’s last name, the italicized title, and the page number.
  • Quotations must have specific references in parentheses.
  • 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  • We do not publish bibliographies, endnotes, or footnotes.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. 9th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018).
  • 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:

  • Usually 300 words, maximum length of 500 words.
  • Begin with “Review of…” and the full citation of the work you are reviewing. This paragraph should be in italics. See the example below:
  • Review of Daniel Rancour-Laferriere’s The Sign of the Cross from Golgotha to Genocide (New Brunswick, NJ: Transactions Publishers, 2011), ISBN 978-1-4128-1130, pages i-ix, 304, hardbound, $32.69.
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 for our Volunteers and Staff

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:

  • Articles must include an abstract of a maximum of 100 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 an italicized 12 point font box.

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. See the example below:
  • Review of Daniel Rancour-Laferriere’s The Sign of the Cross from Golgotha to Genocide (New Brunswick, NJ: Transactions Publishers, 2011), ISBN 978-1-4128-1130, pages i-ix, 304, hardbound, $32.69.

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. 9th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018).
  • 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.”

In-Depth In-Text Citation Style Notes

  • The in-text citations are a “modified” Chicago Manual of Style
  • Article in-text citation format includes the following information if available: (First and last name of author—initials optional, “Article Title,” Name of Journal/Website, Vol. #, No. #, Date, Page numbers) [Subsequent citations: If the same citation is used but it’s in a separate paragraph from the previous mention, it can just include a brief, partial citation. For example: (Jones, Thoughts, 87).]
  • Book in-text citation format includes the following information if available: (First and last name of author—initials optional, Name of Book, Date, Page numbers)
  • If any of the info typically included in the citation is in the same sentence outside of the citation, it does not need to be repeated in the citation. Ex: As biologist Edward O. Wilson writes in Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, “the undeniable truth is that each society creates culture and is created by it” (1998, 141).
  • If the same citation is used but it’s in a separate paragraph from the previous mention, it can just include a brief, partial citation. For example: (Jones, Thoughts, 87).
  • Page numbers should only have a “p.” or “pp.” before them if it’s unclear that they’re the page numbers.
  • The date should be spelled out—so instead of 11/20/2020, write out November 20, 2020
  • If two sentences in a row/same paragraph use the same citation, there should only be one citation at the end to encompass all of them. But if it’s unclear that the sources are the same or page numbers are unclear, then a brief note should be written to the author asking for clarification. Ex. [Author to confirm that the end citation is for this as well.]
  • Examples of past in-text citations for articles (Note: For websites, if there’s enough information to find the page, no link should be included because links have a tendency to change and that creates problems):
    • (Melvin Konner, “A Bold New Theory Proposes That Humans Tamed Themselves,” The Atlantic, March 2019 Issue)
    • (Moti Nissani, “A Cognitive Reinterpretation of Stanley Milgram’s Observations on Obedience to Authority,” American Psychologist, Vol. 45, No. 12, December 1990)
    • (available at Public Health, “LA County Daily COVID-19 Data”)
    • (see Tom Dart, “Klete Keller: why did an Olympic champion invade the US Capitol?,” The Guardian, January 19, 2021)
    • (Jeffrey L. Eaton, “The Obstructive Object,” Psychoanalytic Review, 92, No. 3, 2005, 355-372)
  • Examples of past in-text citations for books:
    • (Richard Wrangham, Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence, 1996)
    • (Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Small Places, Large Issues, 2015)
    • (Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America and Two Other Essays, Isaac Kramnick, ed., 2003, 583-587, 662).