Submission Guidelines

Submission Process


All manuscripts submitted to Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 should be submitted online at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sel.

The editorial office, editors, and specialist reviewers will use the system for communication about submissions, reports, revisions, and decisions. The online process allows us to track submission and review processes more efficiently and to streamline workflow.

Manuscript Central Directions


Please log on to the Manuscript Central Website, first creating an account if necessary. After logging on, use the Author Center to guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript and any additional files. For questions and a user guide, please click the "Get Help Now" button at the top right of every screen. Additional help is available through the Manuscript Central customer support team at 1-434-964-4100 or 1-888-503-1050.

In situations where electronic submission is difficult or unavailable, the editors will accept submissions via regular mail. Please contact the SEL office at 713-348-4697 or selweb@rice.edu for specific guidelines.

Submission Guidelines


SEL invites historical and critical essays of moderate length (ca. 7,000 words not to exceed 8,000 words including endnotes) that contribute significantly to the understanding of English literature, 1500–1900. Submissions should be double-spaced throughout, including inset quotations and endnotes, and should be prepared in conformity with the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. We prefer Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

For more information on SEL's house style, please refer to the manuscript preparation sheet for accepted articles.

We will not consider articles being simultaneously submitted elsewhere, nor will we print essays to appear in a book published within a year of scheduled publication by SEL. We encourage authors to submit a short cover letter and an abstract of 100 words or fewer with the article in the Manuscript Central system. The Author Center will prompt you to upload files for a cover letter, an abstract, or image files.

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by email. Editorial decisions often take four months.

SEL only reviews books in a commissioned omnibus review that concludes each of our issues. We do not assign individual reviews.

For additional information, please feel free to contact:

Leslie Marie Aguilar, Managing Editor
SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
Rice University MS-46
407 Fondren Library
6100 Main Street
Houston TX 77005-1892
713-348-4697
lesliemaguilar@rice.edu
selweb@rice.edu