Nuts and Bolts for Contributors

This page provides information and instructions for contributors to the edited anthology Rock and Romanticism.

  • The question asked by this anthology is, “How do the intersections of rock and roll and Romanticism expand, nuance, and challenge our definition or understanding of Romanticism?” How does your essay help us answer the question, “What is Romanticism?” Try not to just draw comparisons between your figure(s) in rock and in Romanticism, but to theorize or historicize that comparison.
  • But while you’re doing this very serious work, have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to be bold, creative, transgressive, or to take risks.
  • Write well. The tendency in academic publishing is toward clarity of expression, but I have no interest in suppressing any styles or approaches. Write what works best.
  • We have a very large number of contributors, so it is possible the anthology will run to two or more volumes.
  • My current plan for the organization of material is to arrange essays chronologically by rock figure and then to divide the anthology into two volumes: “The Classic Rock Edition” and “The Post-Punk and Gothic Edition.” I at present have a third volume planned as well, but I am still collecting essays for it to fill it out. I will also provide alternative tables of contents listing essays by rock figure, by Romantic figure, and thematically.
  • Please use Times New Roman 12 pt. font throughout.
  • Please use only one space following a period. I know that will be odious to authors who learned to type before the 1980s or 1990s, but in the event that these essays are available in electronic or other eBook form that extra space will invariably become at times an unnecessary space at the beginning of a line near the left margin. Line lengths and page widths are not fixed in many forms of electronic publishing.
  • Please follow Chicago Style, notes and bibliography.
  • Please use endnotes rather than footnotes.
    • If you’d like some guidance about following Chicago Style for sound recordings, this lib guide should help. I would cite the recording as a whole when quoting song lyrics because music and lyrics are copyrighted together for songs. If you know of any other practices to follow for song lyrics specifically, please let me know, and if I learn of any, I will post an update here.
  • Please keep your essays to about 5000 words, including notes.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission to use artwork, photographs, or lyrics. While we will have to follow the guidelines established by the press who ultimately chooses to publish this volume, this is the most common rule followed by most presses. Get to work on this early.
  • Tentative project schedule [UPDATED Nov. 19th]:
    • Sept. 4th: full proposal sent to first publisher.
    • Dec. 31st: first drafts of essays received from contributors. Email your essays to jamesrovira at gmail dot com.
    • Jan. 15th: first drafts of essays returned to contributors with feedback and requests for revisions.
    • Feb. 1st: revised drafts of essays due.
    • Feb. 15th: first draft of anthology sent to publisher if we have secured a publisher by that date.

    I am still accepting essays for future volumes.

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