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Instructions to Authors


Manuscripts must be submitted online in an anonymous form and will be sent to two external reviewers. Short commissioned reviews will not be externally reviewed.

Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission website. Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here.

Editorial communications should be sent to:

Dr Deborah Cartmell
Editor, Adaptation
School of English and Performance Studies
De Montfort University
The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH


For detailed instructions on style, presentation and formatting conventions, please see our Style Guide for Authors. If you use EndNote and/or Reference Manager to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available here.

In general the journal follows the recommendations of the MLA Style Manual. Further information on the key elements of MLA style can be found at the following unofficial site For the comprehensive style details we recommend authors refer to the official MLA site at: For specific instructions on style contact the Editor at the above address.

Manuscripts should be typewritten with wide margins and all material should be double-spaced including notes, references, extracts and figure legends. Do not divide words at the ends of lines. Each section of the manuscript should begin on a separate page. The manuscript should include the author's address and telephone number (as well as fax number and e-mail address if available) on a separate, unnumbered page.

Acknowledgements and details of support must be included at the end of the text before references and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.

The journal encourages the submission of suitable illustrations. Prepare your figures at print publication quality resolution, using applications capable of generating high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for colour and halftone artwork).

Colour figures should be supplied in CMYK not RGB colours. Most photo editing software will allow you to select CMYK colours when you save the figures. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print clearly.

A number of different file formats are acceptable, including: PowerPoint (.ppt), Tagged Image File Format (.tif), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg), Graphics Interchange Format (.gif), Adobe Illustrator (.ai) (please save your files in Illustrator's EPS format), Portable Network Graphics (.png), Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Excel (.xls) but not Portable Document Format (PDF).

The printing process requires your figures to be in this format if your paper is accepted for publication. For further information on the preparation of electronic artwork, please see

All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online). Authors may choose to also publish their figures in color in the print journal for per figure: you will be asked to approve this cost after your article is accepted for publication. Color figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch at their final sizes. You will be issued an invoice at the time of publication. Figure captions must be suitably worded to apply to both the print and online versions of the article.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication without a time limit, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see Guidelines for Authors section. Information on permissions contacts for a number of main galleries and museums can also be provided. Should you require copies of this, please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or the Oxford Journals Rights department.

Film and TV Image Permissions


It is a condition of publication in Adaptation that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the licence agreement, Authors may use their own material in other publications provided that Adaptation is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the Publisher.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Adaptation authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Adaptation can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1600/ $2550 / €2100
Reduced rate developing country charge* - £800/ $1275 / €1050
Free developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


All authors must declare any conflicts of interest. When submitting your manuscript via our online submission website, you will be asked whether you have any conflicts of interest. As submitting author, it is your responsibility to ascertain any conflicts of interest from your co-authors and to highlight these accordingly. If you are unable to declare any conflicts of interest on behalf of your co-authors, all contributing authors will need to complete and return Conflict of Interest forms. These must be sent to the editorial office by fax to: +44 (0)1865 355 950.

Any potential conflict of interest that might constitute an embarrassment to any of the authors if it were not to be declared and were to emerge after publication should be declared. Such conflicts might include, but are not limited to, author (or first degree relative) shareholding in or receipt of a grant or consultancy fee from a company whose product features in the submitted manuscript or which manufactures a competing product.


For main articles, the corresponding author is entitled to receive 25 printed offprints free of charge. These can be claimed using the Oxford Journals Author Services site. You will receive a link to this site from the Production office when your paper has been accepted for publication in the journal.

All authors of Articles and Reviews receive free online access to their paper.

Note: Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.


For information about Adaptation’s self-archiving policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


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