Submission & editorial Guidelines


Authors must submit essays for consideration through our online submission management system: see our CFP page.

Format all submissions according to MLA guidelines.  Please observe the limit of 1,500 words (exclusive of the notes and works cited).  Please include URLs for any web citations.  Format the entire document—text, quotations, notes, works cited—with 1-inch margins, double spacing, and a 12-point font.  MS Word files work best.  And remove anything in the text that would serve to identify the author.


Editorial Policies:

All submissions are subject to several stages of blind editorial review.

First the editors will assess each submission for fit with the journal's mission, quality of scholarship, relevance, and place in the scholarly conversation.  At this stage, the editors will decide whether to send an essay on for review by members of the editorial board.

Essays selected for secondary review will then read by at least two members of the editorial board.  They will return a report in which they recommend publication, rejection, or a request for revisions.  We strive to offer some constructive feedback on all submissions, noting strengths, weaknesses, and concrete suggestions for improvement.

Essays that receive favorable reviews from the editorial board will be considered by the editors; they will make a final decision to publish, reject, or return to the author with requests for revision.

The editors are committed to returning a decision on every submission within three months from the date of submission.


Ethical Considerations:

Authors agree that all submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.  Any breach of this requirement will result in: 1) a formal inquiry into the suspected plagiarism or redundancy by the journal editors; 2) a letter to the author outlining any evidence of plagiarism or redundancy and requesting a response from the author regarding the concerns; 3) if the author is determined to be guilty of plagiarism or redundancy, rejection of the manuscript; and 4) if the case is clear and egregious, notification being sent to source of the original essay and to the author's institution.  This process is based on the recommendations developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics.


Author Agreement:

By submitting work for consideration to Quarterly Horse, authors agree to the following conditions:

The work is original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The author retains copyright, grants Quarterly Horse right of first publication, and agrees to have the work distributed under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.  The conditions of this license allow others to read, copy, download, print, and distribute full texts of the articles without asking prior permission of the publisher or the author provided they acknowledge the author and initial publication in Quarterly Horse.

The author grants Quarterly Horse non-exclusive commercial publishing rights.