TC Journal's Publishing Handbook

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This is a work in progress. As we publish articles, we will continue to add to and revise this handbook.

Please review our CSS style sheet for additional options that we provide to authors.

First, many of the issues that arise when writing for Technoculture are handled in the FAQs found at the bottom of every pages of Technoculture. Having said that, generally, critical articles and reviews should be in the most current MLA format; other styles such as APA or Chicago may be used after consultation with the editor.

Here are other issues and exceptions that have come up on the past:

DO NOT put two spaces after a period. There should only be a single space.

All media should be archived on the TC website; authors should avoid links to other materials on the web to prevent webrot.

Proper compound nouns (Asian American) do not have a hyphen (whether used as an adjective or a noun).

Parts of a book (chapters, sections, or parts) should be placed in double quotation marks (not italicized). Full titles of books, movies, and other full length works should be italicized.

Endnotes should be generated by the Footnotes module: the <fn> and </fn> tags should enclose the text of any endnotes (you cannot embed HTML within the two endnote tags, thus making titles impossible to italicize).

<fn value="1">The endnote's text should be inserted inside these tags in the text where the endnote should appear; the value is the number of the note. We use Arabic numerals, not Roman numerals.</fn>

<footnotes /> should be inserted at the point authors want the notes to appear, usually before the Works Cited or References section (without this tag, the notes will appear at the very end of the text, not where it should be).

Thus, this is the text proper.1

Here is the code that will produce that endnote in your essay:

This is the text proper.<fn value="1>And this is the endnote itself!</fn>

You may create as many endnotes as you need by changing the number in the values attribute.

Series titles or references such as "the Harry Potter series" which are NOT the official title of a given text should not be italicized. Thus, authors should refer to the Potterverse or Potter fan fiction but to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the actual title of the book). Another example: the Buffyverse (no italics) but Buffy, the Vampire Series in italics as it is the title of both the movie and the television series. Exception: the original style of citations should be preserved rather than being silently emended to fit TC's style sheet. (Where italics are used, they should be coded as <em> rather than <i>.)

Final quotation marks should enclose commas and periods (following American or U.S. style) rather than having the punctuation outside the quotation, as in British usage

Use the long dash code &mdash; in place of two dashes ("--").

Use five underscores in place of dashes when quoting subsequent works (after the initial citation) of a given author's work.

Any media associated with a linear text under consideration (such as a Word doc or .rtf) should not be embedded in the text but merely described:

[audio clip: description, filename]

[video clip: description, filename]

[image: description, filename]

Include your media as separate attachments (for video, contact us and we'll work out a method of getting your files to us).

Use <p> rather than <br><br>; those both create a double spaced line but in our environment, there is a definite difference between the exact spacing of two breaks as opposed to one paragraph tag.

  • 1. And this is the endnote itself!