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    Authors of accepted manuscripts assign to Interpreting Ceramics the right to publish the text both electronically and in any other format and to make it available permanently in an electronic archive. Authors may subsequently use material published in Interpreting Ceramics in other publications as long as notice is given to the editor(s) and Interpreting Ceramics is acknowledged as the original place of publication.

  • Interpreting Ceramics is a refereed journal and articles that are submitted for publication are subject to a process of blind peer review by selected members of the editorial advisory board. Three decisions are possible: accept, modify, or reject for publication. In all cases feedback is given to the author.

Information Required from Authors

  • Date of submission.
  • Title of the article.
  • First name and surname of the author.
  • Surface mail address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Email address
  • Fax number (where available)
  • Job title and institutional affiliation (where appropriate)
  • Details concerning any previous publication of all or parts of the text. Authors should not submit papers which are currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.


  • It is essential that an abstract of the article is provided which summarises the text in no more than 120 words.
  • Four key words (or very short phrases) should also be provided. Try to be as specific as possible e.g. 'ceramics' is too broad to be of any use but qualified, for example, as 'figurative ceramics' might be more useful.

Length of Articles

  • Articles should normally be between 3000 and 6000 words in length (excluding notes and any appendices etc.) but submissions which fall outside of these guidelines will be considered on merit.

Illustrations (and other material such as audio and video clips)

  • Authors are responsible for obtaining any illustrations or other material used in connection with their articles such as audio and video clips, and are also responsible for securing permission for their use.

General Layout

  • Please keep the layout of your submission simple so that we can easily format the text to fit in with the style of the journal.
  • Justify on left only.
  • Use double spacing for main text and single spacing for indented quotations.
  • Insert an empty line between paragraphs and before and after indented quotations.
  • Do not use tabs at any time.
  • We prefer articles to be divided up by a few sub headings.


  • All copyediting should generally be in accordance with the documentary note or humanities style.

Layout of Notes

  • The first reference to a book should show the author's name with surname last, the title in italics, the edition where relevant, the place of publication, the publisher, the date of publication, the page number(s) of the quotation or passage referred to where necessary. An example is given as follows: Charles Harrison, English Art and Modernism 1900-1939, 2nd edition, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1994, p.26.
  • Subsequent references can then be shortened. All you need is the author's surname, the shortened title, and the page number(s) where necessary, e.g. Harrison, English Art, p.64.
  • The first reference to an article in a journal should show the author's full name with surname last, the title of the article in quotation marks, the title of the journal in italics, the volume (where appropriate), the part number (where appropriate), the date, the page number(s) of the contribution, followed by the page numbers(s) of the quotation (where applicable). An example is given as follows: Dora Billington, 'The New Look in British Pottery', The Studio, vol.cxlix, no.742, January 1955, pp.18-21, p.19.
  • Subsequent references can then be shortened. All you need is the author's surname, the shortened title, and the page number(s) where necessary, e.g. Billington, 'The New Look', p.21
  • Abbreviations for volume (v.), part number (no.) and page number(s) (p. or pp.) may be included or omitted as long as the order laid out above is followed consistently.
  • Do not use Latin abbreviations such as ibid and op cit. A shortened reference as described above should be used instead.

Bibliography, List of References or Works Cited

  • It is not essential to include this but if you do so then the items should be listed in alphabetical order according to the author's surname which should precede his/her initials or first name. The subsequent layout of the entry should follow that for the first reference to a book or article given above but omitting the page number(s) of the quotations, e.g. Billington, Dora. 'The New Look in British Pottery', The Studio, vol.cxlix, no.742, January 1955, pp.18-21.
  • Entries where no author is available should be listed alphabetically according to title or source.


  • Short quotations (less than two lines long) should be incorporated into the text and distinguished by single quotation marks. Longer quotations (two lines or more) should be indented with no quotation marks. Do not use any other distinguishing feature for quotations e.g. italics.
  • Authors are responsible for securing permission to quote from copyright sources.

Numbers and Dates

  • Use numbers for years, percentages, fractions and statistics, e.g. 1960, 25%, 1 1/2.
  • Spell out whole numbers, e.g. one hundred and sixty two, thirteenth.
  • Dates should be given as follows: 16 August 1985.
  • Spell out names of centuries and decades, e.g. twentieth century, the thirties.

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