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Author Guidelines

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The deadline for the submission of articles is July 15, of yeach year.

The journal of literature Literatūra focuses on research into various literatures and cultures. It publishes articles, academic reviews and reports of conferences. Proceedings of conferences are also invited.

Papers submitted for publication should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. They are reviewed by at least two anonymous referees. The journal uses double blind peer review policy.

All manuscripts in an electronic version should be sent to editors-in-chief of the respective issue:

Literature 1 (Lithuanian literature):
Literature 2 (Russian literature):
Literature 3 (Classical literature): 
Literature 4 (Western literature):

Manuscripts are sent in two formats: MS Word (*.doc or *.docx ) and Portable Document Format (*.pdf). Please check the converted PDF for formatting errors (margins, paragraphing, charts, pictures, etc.)

Papers should not normally exceed 5, 000 words in length; in some cases significantly longer papers can also be considered.

Papers should be prepared according to the requirements set out below in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Lithuanian or Russian. If the language of the paper is not a native language of the author(s), the paper should be proof-read by a native-language specialist to check its correctness.

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that the final version of their paper fully conforms to this style sheet.

The author(s) warrant that their paper is original and no property rights (including copyright or other intellectual property rights) of any third parties have been violated. Literatūra follows the policy of screening for plagiarism. The authors will be required to sign a licence agreement and an honesty declaration. Articles published in Literatūra are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

The editorial team and reviewers of Literatūra follow the COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) code of conduct and best practice guidelines which aim to define best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing. The authors who submit articles for publication to Literatūra are also strongly recommended to follow the guidelines of COPE for best publishing practices.

Since the journal follows a double blind review policy, the author(s) have to submit two versions of the paper. Version one should be prepared according to this style sheet and version two should have all author identifying features removed both from the text of the article and from the document properties.

1 Structure and form
Papers submitted for publication should correspond to the general requirements of research papers and cover the following points: the research question/problem and aim, review of previous research on the subject, methodology/theoretical framework, analysis, conclusions and references. Papers that do not conform to the requirements will be returned to the authors for revision before further processing.

Papers should be printed on A4 paper size with a 1.5 cm margin on the right and 2.5 cm margins on the top, left and bottom; the pages should be numbered beginning with the title page at the top right corner of the page. The authors should use 1.5 spacing between the lines throughout the paper. The font is 12 pt Times New Roman. The text should be justified left.

The paper should contain:
(1) the title of the paper, 14 pt, bold
(2) the full name(s) in bold and affiliation(s) of the author(s), 12 pt. The affiliation should be given in the language of the publication in full, including departments/centres.
(3) Abstract
It should contain not more than 150 words and be in the language of the publication.
(4) Keywords: a list of 5–7 keywords in the language of the publication, separated by commas. Articles written in other languages than English should have keywords both in the language of the publication and in English.
Cicero about translation: Exploring the meaning of words
Audronė Kučinskienė
Department of Classical Philology
Vilnius University

A paper should be followed by a summary (400 words) in English. If the paper is written in any other language of the journal except Lithuanian, there should be the second summary in Lithuanian. The summaries should bear the title (in bold, 14 pt) and below it, the author’s first and last names, and the word Summary (12 pt) in the next line. Below the body of the article, the author’s address and e-mail address (hyperlink should be removed) should be indicated together with the date of the article’s submission for publication.

2 The text

The text can be divided into sections and subsections, each of them decimally numbered beginning with 1 (e.g.: 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc.) and titled. The number and title should be in bold type.

Figures and tables (12 pt) should be numbered and titled separately under the figure/table. The illustrations will be printed black and white, their resolution should not be less than 300 dpi.

Use italics for foreign words (especially et al.); use bold face for emphasis. Use square brackets [like this] for personal additions.

Quotations. Short quoted sections in the running text should be enclosed in double quotation marks “like this” (the original citation is given in round brackets). Use single quotes for special forms, for quotations within quotations, and for paraphrases of (foreign) words. Quotations longer than three lines (ca. 40 words) should be given in a separate indented paragraph (5 pt) in italics.

Footnotes set in 10 pt should be numbered consecutively throughout the text using superscript Arabic numerals.

List of Abbreviations should precede References.

3 References in the text
All references should be given at the appropriate point in the text in brackets (author’s name or title of publication, year of publication, comma page(s) referred to, if relevant), like this: (Leach 2004, 4–5; Hill 1999, 4). Different sources of reference should be separated by semi-colons (Lindley 1992, 1997; Shohat, Stam 1997). If letters of Slavic or some other non-Latin alphabet have been used, the names and titles should be transliterated. The following transliteration webpage can be used:

4 Reference list
All data sources works cited in the text, and only those, should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in separate sections under the heading References. Each reference entry is given in a separate paragraph; the second line of the paragraph is indented by 10 pt. All lexical words are capitalized only in the Names of Periodicals; only the first word is capitalized in the Titles of books (proper names, etc. are exceptions). Papers written in languages other than Lithuanian should provide translations of Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian, Polish book and article titles in brackets. Please follow the pattern given below:
Ivanauskaitė, Jurga. 1997. Kelionė į Šambalą. [A journey to Shambhala]. Vilnius: Tyto alba.

Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths & Helen Tiffin, eds. 1995. Post-colonial studies reader. London: Routledge.
Bale, John, Mike Cronin. 2003: Introduction. Sport and Postcolonialism. Sport and Postcolonialism. John Bale & Mike Cronin, eds. Oxford: Berg. 1–14. 
Dostoevskij, Fëdor. 1972–1990. Polnoe sobranie sočinenij: V 30-ti tomah. Leningrad: Nauka.
Gill, Rosalind, Elena Herdieckerhoff. 2005. Rewriting the romance? Chick lit after Bridget Jones. Available at: http://www.uel. Accessed: 8 September 8 2008.
Green, Jeremy. 2005. Late Postmodernism. American fiction at the millennium. New York: Palgrave.
Monaghan, David. 1978. Mansfield Park and Evangelicalism: A reassessment. Nineteenth-Century Fiction 33, 215–230 .
Paunksnis, Šarūnas. 2012. Heaven or freedom: Nationalist discourse as politics of imagination in India. Humanitarinių mokslų daktaro disertacija. Kaunas: Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas.
Reilly, Charlie. 2006. An interview with John Updike. Contemporary Literature 43(2), 217–248.


Each year deadline for submission to Literatūra is June 01.


Lithuanian literature (Issue 1)
Department of Lithuanian Literature of Vilnius University
Universiteto g. 5, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. (+370 5) 268 72 16

Russian literature (Issue 2)
Department of Russian Philology of Vilnius University
Universiteto g. 5, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. (+370 5) 268 72 24

the Classics  (Issue 3)
Department of Classical Philology of Vilnius University
Universiteto g. 5, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. (+370 5) 268 72 20

Western literature (Issue 4)
Department of French Philology of Vilnius University
Universiteto g. 5, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. (+370 5) 268 72 32

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