Guidelines for Contributors

UBR only accepts critical articles that fully comply with the standards of academic research and critical excellence. Make sure your article explicitly states your personal contribution to the current state of criticism on your topic.

We also welcome book reviews of recently published titles (not earlier than three years before the issue that hosts the review). Such contributions will feature in a designated section of our journal.

 Our Peer-Reviewing Policy

Since 2010, we have gone from a simple/open blind peer-review to a double-blind peer-reviewing system in order to ensure the quality of our published material.

Therefore, all submitted articles must be kept anonymous at all times during the reviewing process, as must the identity of the reviewers. The reviewers are called to represent the interests of both the authors and the editors by making sure that the content and form of the articles match the highest standards in academic research and publication.

We regret we are unable to accept submissions that do not observe the anonymity prerequisites outlined above.

Articles of 4,000-5,000 words (including footnotes and Works Cited) should be sent at the email address

Please also include at the beginning of the article an abstract of 250-300 words and a list of 5-7 keywords.

Your name and a bio of 75-100 words should be detached and included as a separate envelope in your postage or attached as a separate electronic document to your email, in order to preserve the anonymity of the author.

 Editing Style

All submissions must adhere strictly to the MLA Style for editing and citing. Please refer to the following Guidelines, which are in accordance with MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., (2009). Alternatively, you may find useful guides at

Please also note the following exceptions and additional editing requirements from the Editors:

Use Times New Roman 11, single spacing, justified alignment for the body of your article. The first line of each paragraph should be indented 0.5 inches.

Quotations: Indent block quotations 0.5 inches and use Times New Roman 10, single spacing, justified alignment. Use double quotation marks for quotations in running text (single quotation marks for a quotation within your in-text quotation) and no marks for block quotations.

Footnotes containing marginal explanations and supplementary information may be included. Please do not include editorial data in the footnotes; use the MLA in-text citation system only. Use Times New Roman 10 (Regular) for footnotes.

  1. Start with the title of the article, followed by a list of 5-7 keywords (separated by semicolon), and an abstract. Use Italics for title, keywords, and abstract with the exception of book titles which should be typed in Regular font here, but in Italics in the body of the article.
  2. Differentiate between double quotation marks and single quotation marks ‘…’ for special use of words. E.g. In this paper, I am using the term ‘presence’ to ….
  3. Check punctuation (place all your commas and periods before the closing quotation marks; all other punctuation marks are to be placed after unless they are part of the quoted material).
  4. Leave no spaces with your slashes, e.g. race/ethnicity (not race / ethnicity).
  5. We are sorry we can accept no more than 3 photos per article. They should be saved in the .jpeg format. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any illustrated material for which they do not hold the copyright.