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Style sheet for TV/SERIES

Texts should be submitted as .DOC typescripts (not .DOCX).

Illustrations are welcome and should be included with your typescript. Please insert them in your article. Illustrations should be free of any frame, decorative element or superimposed text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for the use of copyright material. Screen captures, on the other hand, can be considered “academic fair use” and will not require permission. Also, make sure to indicate clear references to the illustrations in your text.

Example: (see Plate 1).

Size for the illustrations: minimum width should be 1400 pixels.

Caption: the caption of the illustration should at least indicate the number of the plate (Example: Plate 9). A comment comprised of a few words or a sentence (not exceeding one line in length) should be added.

Texts will be submitted for peer review without indication of authorship or origin, but please include in your typescript a brief biographical notice (100 words maximum, in English and in French); an abstract (300 words maximum, in English and in French); 5 to 10 keywords (in English and in French). The abstract and the biographical notice should be placed before the text of the article.

We would be grateful if you could follow the following guidelines very carefully:

Character Spacing : Use only 1 space after periods, colons, commas and semicolons.

To create a dash, type 2 hyphens with one space before the preceding word and one space after the following word.

Example: Desperate Housewives – both a satire and a soap opera – should be considered…

Do not hyphenate words.

Add a non-breaking space before page numbers.

Example: p. 34

Use double quotations marks: “ “

Use the curly apostrophe and not the straight one (use ’ and not ')

Titles should be in italics, with the first letter of the first and last word of the title capitalized. All principal words, including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions should also be capitalized. After a colon, the first word again should be capitalized. Do not capitalize articles, prepositions, coordinating conjunctions, or “to” in infinitives (unless they fall at the beginning or the end of a title):

Examples: Daria, The Wire, How I Met Your Mother, Dharma and Greg.

A few common abbreviations:

  • chap. (not ch.)

  • ed. (editor)

  • p. (and not pp.)

  • scr. (screenwriter)

  • dir. (director)

  • prod. (producer)


Length: Quotes should be integrated into the body of the text if they are less than 3 lines long. If they are three lines or longer, they should be in a separate paragraph that is indented 1cm (using the ruler and not tabs or spaces). The long paragraph quotes should not be enclosed in quotation marks.

For dialogue quotes: the name of the speaker should be given in small capitals, followed by a period and a space before giving the dialogue itself.

Example: Dexter. I will kill him tonight…

To reference an episode: Season 3 episode 10, or S03E10

Acronyms should not have periods between the letters: ABC, HBO, F/X

Please give exact references to a TV series (the original broadcasting channel and the years of broadcast) in the body of the text when you mention it for the first time.

Examples: Lost (ABC, 2004-10)
Mad Men (AMC, 2007-)

Any editing of a quote (omission, commentary) must be signaled by the use of square brackets […].

Example: Desperate Housewives […] is both a satire and a soap opera.


Whatever the punctuation, it must always appear after the footnote:

Will Bill marry a fourth woman
Deadwood is a Western unlike any other
President Bartlett says you’ve correctly placed your “footnote
“Please insert the DVD into the DVD player correctly

Bibliographic information

All bibliographic information should appear in footnotes.

Book: First name, Last name, Title in italics, Editor, Place of publication, Publisher, Year, Page.

Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Critical Methods and Applications, Routledge Communication Series, London, Routledge, 2006.

David Lavery, “‘It’s not Television, It’s Magic Realism’: The Mundane, the Grotesque and the Fantastic in Six Feet Under”, in Reading ‘Six Feet Under’, ed. Kim Akass and Janet McCabe, London, New York, IB Tauris, 2005, p. 32 [p. 19-33].

Article: First name Last name, “Title in quotes”, Title in italics, Volume, Number, Year, Page.

Margaret Mackey, “Television and the teenage literate: Discourses of Felicity”, College English, Vol. 65, No. 4, 2003, p. 391 [p. 389-410].

Websites:, consulted June 15th, 2010. (Please note the period if not the exact date of the website visit, and insert an active web link.)

Please make use of the abbreviation Ibid. when you are quoting the same work and the same page.

When first mentioning a work, please use the author’s full first name, followed by their last name. After the first reference, the last name and page number are sufficient.

Russell Manning, “A Boy Who Swims Faster than a Shark: Jean Baudrillard Visits The Office”, in The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life, ed. J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, London, New York, Blackwell, p. 146 [p. 141-150].

Then: Manning, p. 145.

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