Please contact the e-cibs co-editors with questions and submissions:
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
Truman State University
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501 USA
Tel. 660 / 785-4067
Department of German Studies
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416 USA
Tel. 253 / 879-2457
e-cibs Style Guide for Submissions
Please use the following guide as you prepare your file. e-cibs is the online performance and features journal of the IBS and our guidelines for authors may differ from those of the Brecht Yearbook, the academic journal of the IBS.
Contact the co-editors with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest in publishing your work in e-cibs!
Text. e-cibs accepts submissions in either English or German. Your text should be saved as a Microsoft Word file. Submissions should be made as an electronic file to the editors. There is no strict word limit unless specified by the editors. Please provide the following with your contribution:
title, author name, affiliation, contact Information
- Images: Provide any illustrations (the inclusion of which must be approved beforehand by the editors) in individual image files (JPEG preferred) labeled with appropriate captions if applicable. Under no circumstances should any illustrations be embedded in text files. All illustrations, along with any necessary permissions, must be submitted with your text files.
- Video clips: e-cibs welcomes video files (and/or links to video clips) with your contribution. Please contact an editor to discuss details.
Permissions documentation. Provide copies of all permissions and permissions correspondence for any material under copyright that you wish to reproduce in your submission, whether textual or illustrative. If a permissions document is for an illustration, label it accordingly.
Use minimal formatting throughout, observing the following:
Page layout. Pages should be letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) and have one-inch margins all around.
Text. Text should be 1.5 spaced, including abstract, notes, and any extracts. All text—even chapter titles, subheads, and notes—should appear in Times New Roman font at twelve-point size. Do not use boldface or capitalize all the letters in a word. Avoid underlining.
Quotations. For block quotes, please indent by a half inch with left justification only (generally indent for quotations of over 100 words). For poetry quotes, arrange the lines just as you want them to appear (but double-spaced). For shorter prose quotations (generally under three lines of text) use double quotation marks and regular line spacing (i.e., not set off from the main text). Quotations within quotations should be indicated by single quotation marks within the double quotation marks.
Notes. Insert notes as endnotes to your essay, using Microsoft Word’s automatic notes feature (i.e. with superscript Arabic numerals). Never key in note numbers manually. Please use notes for reference purposes, not as a parenthetical citation of your text (unless referencing the same work multiple times). Try to place the note at the end of the relevant sentence, after the punctuation. In the finished e-cibs issue, notes will be set as endnotes at the end of the relevant text.
We follow MLA style conventions on virtually all matters of style, punctuation, capitalization, and hyphenation. We therefore prefer US-style punctuation (e.g., use double quotation marks, and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations; and place commas and periods inside quotation marks).
If you are used to „German-style“ quotation marks, you can use the find/replace feature to change the double-quotation marks. For single-quotation marks used within the “occasional ‘quote within’ a quote,” you will need to select the text, use the “Tools” dropdown to change the language of the selection to English (US), then make the punctuation correction. This is because find/replace confuses the German opening single-quotation mark with a comma.
All commas, semicolons, and periods should remain “inside the quotation.” You can use find/replace to correct this as well.
Use American spelling conventions, not British.
Use new German orthography, including altering the ß within a quotation if current convention dictates.
Here are a few style preferences to pay attention to in particular:
- Use the serial (“Oxford”) comma for English-language submissions: “Brecht, Weil, and Eisler” not “Brecht, Weil and Eisler.”
- Use ellipses to indicate omissions from quoted passages.
Citing Brecht’s works. Quotations from and references to Brecht’s works should generally be from the Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe (BFA), unless the context demands otherwise. If they are from this edition, then references may be abbreviated to:
title, BFA volume number, page number
(e.g. “Eine notwendige Feststellung zum Kampf gegen die Barbarei,” BFA 22.1, 141).
There is no need to include a full citation for this edition, but other editions must be fully referenced (e.g., Gesammelte Werke in 20 Bänden).
References to documents in the Bertolt Brecht Archive may be abbreviated to:
BBA folder number/sheet number (e.g. BBA 174/28).
Quotations from Brecht’s works in English should generally be from the Bloomsbury-Methuen Drama edition, unless the context demands otherwise. In this case, however, full bibliographic references are required.
Please also pay attention to all relevant copyright laws and fair-use regulations!