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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines


1.1 Presentation

Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words, unless otherwise specified in the CFP. Articles are supposed to be between 5,000­-7,000 words long, including footnotes and/or endnotes, but excluding the bibliography. Articles can be submitted in both Irish and English.

1.2 Format

All submissions must be Times New Roman, black font, 12pt for the main body of the text and 14pt bold for main headings, 12pt bold for sub­headings. Heading must be centred, sub­headings left­aligned. All articles must be justified. Both text and foot­ or endnotes should be typed single­spaced. A4 format must be used, with 2,54 cm at all margins. Page numbers must be placed at the top right of the header. A new paragraph must be indented by 1,27 cm unless it is a longer quotation (see Quotations below).

1.3 Spelling

Aigne accepts both British and American spelling, but consistency with regard to this must be observed and is a criterion for peer review. Quotations must, however, be kept in the original spelling, even if the spelling of the main text is different, i.e. if a British author is quoted, then the quotation must be left unchanged even if the article is written in American English.

1.4 Quotations

A quotation which is up to, but no longer than, twenty words can be enclosed in the flow of the main text; it must be placed in double quotation marks. A quotation within a quotation should be placed in single quotation marks. Quotations exceeding the twenty­word limit must be placed as a separate paragraph and must be indented on the left and right. Indentations should be 1cm on each side and have a font size of 11pt. No quotation marks should be used for longer quotations.

1.5 Translations

All quotations in foreign languages should be accompanied by a Modern English translation, which should be enclosed in double quotation marks and placed in a footnote. Translations of quoted poetry should likewise be enclosed in double quotation marks and placed in a footnote. Poetry in footnotes should be printed in continuous prose and should indicate line breaks with a forward slash. E.g. “This is line one of the poem, / and this is the second line; / this is the final quoted line”. The reference to the work cited should always follow the translation. Quotations within a footnote should likewise be followed by their reference. The translation should then appear in double quotations marks and in round brackets (with no colon or comma preceding the brackets) and the reference to the translation placed into the brackets as well, separated from the translation by a comma.

1.6 Numbers

Numbers should be written as words up to one hundred, and if not within a specific reference or measurement or other mathematical data, e.g. the twenty-first century, but 21% if part of extensive statistical data.

1.7 Text figures (including maps)

Aigne has no restriction with regard to the number of text figures. It is the responsibility of the contributor to obtain permission for the reproduction of any image from the authority holding the copyright.

Text figures (including maps) should be separate from the typescript of the text itself, and clearly identified. Ideally, you should supply figures, which have been drawn professionally. Any wording incorporated in the figure itself, e.g. in a key explaining symbols, should accord in spelling, punctuation etc., with the above conventions. All images and maps must be captioned.


All references should be made using the Harvard system. For more information, including the citing of more specific sources, authors are directed to:

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