Instructions to authors

• Articles can range between 3,000 –6,000 words plus endnotes. If an article is longer please contact the Editor who will make a final decision on whether it can be included.
• Article should be emailed to the Editor as a Word document
• Typescripts should be double-spaced.
• Pages should be numbered.
• 4–6 illustrations/photographs. Please read the section below on image size and resolution. These must be cleared for copyright.
• Illustrations should be sent separately via an Internet-based large file transfer site such as
• DO NOT EMBED IMAGES INTO THE TEXT. Indicate on your typescript where the images ideally should go in the text.
• Each image requires a caption giving map title, maker, date of production, where made, size in metric. The source of the image must be acknowledged. Eg. ‘Reproduced with the permission of …’ or other wording that has been stipulated by the copyright holder.
• The author should supply a short profile.

Shorter articles of 1,500–2500 are placed in our ‘Worth a Look’ section. A maximum of 2–3 images will be accepted.

Book reviews should be 500-1,000 words long.

The Editor reserves the right to reject any article or to edit contributions according to our house style. Please note that acceptance of an article for publication gives IMCoS the right to place it on our website. Authors will not receive payment but they will receive four free copies of the Journal in which the article is published.

House style
Abbreviations: do not use except in units of measurement.
Centuries to be written in full e.g. eighteenth century. Note century is in lower case.
Dates should be given as 2 May 2016 unless when quoting original text.
Ellipses are not necessary at the beginning or end of a quotation.
Endnotes: see References
Foreign words and phrases should be italicised.
Measurement: Use metric measures (height x width).
Numbers less than twenty should be spelt out, those above twenty in figures.
Quotations: Single quotation marks are used for all quotations, except where there is a quotation within a quotation in which case use double quotation marks.
John Morelles, The life and times of William Sturt, London Pen Press, 1988, pp. 121–34.
S. G. Hopper, ‘British attitudes towards Portuguese literature’, Literary Journal, No. 45, 1976, pp. 969–76.
Spelling: Use English spelling as given in the Oxford English Dictionary.

* Digital images can be submitted either as attachments to an email (individually), via an Internet-based large file transfer site (e.g. or, via Dropbox or on a CD-ROM/USB stick which we can return if required.
* We need jpegs or tiffs at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and at a size no smaller than 20 cms across. The larger the image the better – this gives full flexibility for design and good detail. 5 or 6 MB is more likely to be appropriate. Files should have the quality option set between 8 (high) and 12 (maximum). Good tiff files are larger and are best sent via an Internet-based large file transfer site on a CD-ROM or USB memory stick.
* The source of the illustrations should be credited and it is assumed that all rights for the publication will have been cleared by the author.

For further information contact the Editor, Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird.
Mailing address: 14 Hallfield, Quendon, Essex CB11 3XY, UK.