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Author Guidelines


  • Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc format. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be asked to resubmit in .txt format to facilitate publication.

  • Manuscripts should be at least 1500 words, excluding bibliography. Authors should include a brief abstract (not exceeding 100 words) summarizing their subject or argument.

  • Content should reflect university-level understanding of English grammar and punctuation, as well as MLA style. Arguments should be clear, concise, and focused.

  • Simultaneous submissions are discouraged, and The Albatross reserves exclusive right of first publication.

  • Illustrations are accepted where pertinent to the essay. Where applicable, authors must secure glossy prints or digital files and reproduction rights.

  • All manuscripts are subject to a blind review process, and will be reviewed by up to three peer editors before going before the editorial board. As such, the author’s name should appear only in the top left hand corner of the first page.


  • If a manuscript is chosen for publication, the author will be asked to submit all footnotes in a separate document. Within the text of the original essay, the numerical superscript footnotes should be replaced with regular 12 point font numbers instead.
Manuscript Style
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced with one-inch margins, and written in Times New Roman 12 point font.

  • The Albatross uses the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Seventh Edition) and the Canadian Oxford English Dictionary. Undergraduate authors may consult either of these, in addition to the University of Victoria Writer’s Guide.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or TXT document format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The submission is original undergraduate scholarship written by an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Copyright Notice

Any submissions made by the author to the Albatross are in agreement of release under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license. This license permits The Albatross as well as others to share this work through any means for non-commercial purposes given that proper attribution is given to the author as well as the publisher.

Authors retain copyright of their work.

By submitting their article to The Albatross, the author grants the The Albatross the rights for first publishing.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


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