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Manuscript submissions to the journal should be between a maximum of 8,000 words, not including notes. On rare occasions, the editors will give consideration to a lengthier submission of exceptional quality. The text and bibliographic documentation of the manuscript must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 16th edition. We require that authors use footnotes rather than endnotes and that they doublespace the entire manuscript.

Manuscripts must have a separate title page that includes the author’s name, affiliation, e- mail address, postal address, an abstract of no more than 150 words, a list of keywords, an author bio of no more than 50 words, and a competing interests declaration (see below for guidance on what this declaration should look like). The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. All references to the author’s work in the text or notes should be in the third person. Textual quotations in any language aside from English must be accompanied by a footnote with an English translation of the quoted text.

In the footnotes, full bibliographical documentation must be given in the first reference. Please refer to the following examples.


1.  Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin, eds. The Post-colonial Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 1995).

2.  Karin Barber, "Literature in Yoruba," Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature, eds. Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. Vol. 1. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011), 357–78.

3.  Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000).

Journal articles

1.  Eric Auerbach, "Philology and Weltliteratur," Trans. Edward Said and Marie Said. Centennial Review 13.1 (1969): 1–17.

2.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "Tell Me, Sir, . . . What Is ‘Black’ Literature?" PMLA 105.1 (1990): 11–22.

In subsequent footnotes, use a shortened version of the main title. For example: Auerbach, "Philology," 12. The journal’s house style does not use "ibid." or "op. cit."


The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry has moved to an online submission and peer-review system, ScholarOne. Papers should be submitted via the following website: If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one. If you require any assistance with using this system, please contact the editorial office at:

Open Access Policies Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

English Language Editing Services Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.


Authors will be sent proofs via email. They should mark the PDF proof electronically or in hard copy and are requested to return their proof corrections by email within three days of receipt. Please let the Editorial Office know if you are likely to be away for any extended period at that time, or if the proofs should be sent to anywhere other than your normal email address. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for excessive correction of nontypographical errors.

Individual articles will publish online ahead of print publication as a FirstView article. Articles are corrected and published online as soon as possible after they are corrected. This means that articles are published very quickly and publication is not delayed until they can be included in a print issue.

Authors of articles and review essays (but not book reviews) will receive a .pdf file of their contribution upon publication.


All authors must include a competing interests declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.


Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 15 May 2020