Bibliography Guidelines

IASIL Bibliography for 2018

General Points Updated March 2019. Please note 22.

For queries, contact Chris Cusack,


  1. What to include: books and articles (in journals, collections of essays or conference papers, etc.) on individual Irish writers and on Irish literatures and theatre more generally. For the ‘General Studies’ section, items of a general cultural nature may also be listed, e.g. on language, film, folklore, etc.


  1. What not to include: historical, geographical and sociological articles and books, unless there’s a significant literary or cultural angle, nor translations of Irish literary works into other languages, unless there is an introduction and/or notes, commentary etc.


  1. The ‘General Studies’ section includes subsections to make the information easier to use. The subsections are (a) Literature (b) Theatre (c) Language and Culture (d) Irish- related work by non-Irish writers. Please adhere to these categories as you’re compiling your submission.


  1. Any studies on the literature of the Irish diaspora, either in general terms or on specific authors, are welcome and should be listed under ‘General Studies’, subsection (d).


  1. Items on Irish-related work by English writers such as Edmund Spenser, Anthony Trollope, William Makepeace Thackeray, Matthew Arnold vel sim. are also welcome. Rather than being listed under the writer’s name in the ‘Individual Authors’ section, these should be included in subsection (d) in ‘General Studies’.


  1. On book reviews: we will consider reviews, especially extensive ones which develop larger arguments. An indication of word length would be 2,500+ words. If you are in doubt about the significance of a book review, ask the contributor to justify its inclusion.


  1. Any items missed in previous years can be included. Just provide the year of publication if not 2018.


  1. Do not include articles listed in a previous IASIL Bibliography unless they have been reprinted in a different journal. In such cases, please also include previous publication details.


  1. Do not include reprints of books or the publication of paperback editions, unless material has been added, such as a new introduction. On books in general, if you’re working from publishers’ lists, try to establish that the book actually appeared in 2018 and wasn’t postponed.


  1. If in doubt about whether any item should be listed, include it anyway, and I will make editorial decisions.


  1. When compiling your list, please arrange items under the varying subsections of ‘General Studies’, where appropriate, and then under ‘Individual Authors’, rather than alphabetically throughout the whole list. This will make it easier for me to incorporate your items to the master list.


  1. Proofread all items carefully: check author’s name, title of article or book, publication details. Take care particularly with diacritical marks. I won’t be able to double-check every entry, so what I receive from you will end up in the published list. If I have queries about anything in your returns, I will get in touch.


Editorial Instructions


  1. Please use Times New Roman and 10 point throughout, with the first line justified left (not centred) and indentation for run-on lines; for example:


KATZ, Daniel, ‘Beckett’s Measures: Principles of Pleasure in Molloy and First Love’, in

        Modern Fiction Studies, 49:2, pp. 246-60.


Note: author’s surname in capital letters; single inverted commas for articles, and use’ from now on; include the ‘in’ before the journal title, volume and issue number (where applicable); and insert a space after pp.; note the guidelines for page numbers: 60-85, 60- 7; 123-35, 462-6, and so on. Don’t include year of publication, unless it’s not 2018 — see 7 supra.


  1. For articles and books in languages other than English, add a rough translation of the title after a slash; for example:


FARAUT, Martine, ‘Les Tories, la famine et l’Irlande, une lecture de Blackwood’s “Edinburgh Magazine”, janvier 1844-décembre 1848 / The Tories, the Irish Famine, a lecture in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Jan 1844-Dec 1848’, in Etudes irlandaises, 28:1, Spring, pp. 109-24. [In French].


Note: for articles, the original title should be in italics, but not the translation; for books, both titles should be in italics. There should be a space before and after the slash. Indicate the original language at the end between square brackets.


15. Within single inverted commas you should use double quotation marks, as in:

COUGHLAN, Patricia, ‘”Does a Man Die at Your Feet…”: Gender, History, Representation in The Catastrophist, in IUR, 33:2, pp. 371-91.


  1. If more than one publication by an author is included, the second entry should not repeat the author’s name. Instead, use a double em-dash followed by a comma, as in:


HASHIMOTO, I.Y., ‘On Seamus Heaney’s Hair’, in Iowa Review, 33:1, pp. 159-63.

——, The Bottomless Centre: The Uses of History in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney,          Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Lodzkiego (Lodz), 185.


  1. If a book is published by two publishers (most often US and UK), provide both names and locations (and page numbers, if different). For example:


FOSTER, R.F., W.B.Yeats, A Life II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939, OUP (New York), 798, &

OUP (Oxford), 822.


  1. Where there are several editors or authors, punctuation and initialing should be as follows:


MALCOLM, D., KUBIŃSKA, O., & MODRZEWSKI, S., eds., Eseje o współczesnej poezji brytyjskiej i irlandzkiej / Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, Vol. 2, University of Gdańsk Press (Gdańsk). [In Polish].


If there are more than three authors, use ‘et al’.


  1. Abbreviations, especially for journals and publishers, are acceptable. Commonly accepted abbreviations such as PMLA, ELH, IUR, E-I, plus OUP, CUP, and more generally UP after any university press should be used. However, do not use abbreviations that readers in other countries would not normally


  1. The listing of collections of conference papers or articles by numerous contributors can cause problems. The easiest way to ensure that everyone’s contribution is acknowledged in the minimum of space is to follow the following method:


Full bibliographical details of authors/editors, title, publication details and total page numbers should appear under ‘General Studies’, for example:


DE TORO SANTOS, Antonio Raul, & CLARK MITCHELL, D., eds., As Nove OndasFirst International Symposium on Celtic Studies, Servicio de Publicacións da Universidade da Coruña (A Coruña), 212. [Articles in English, Galician and Spanish].


If a collection is author-based, then the item would be as follows. For example, under SWIFT:


REAL, Hermann J., & STÖVER-LEIDIG, Helgard, eds., Reading Swift: Papers from the Fourth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift, Fink (Munich), 452.


Articles within the collection are then listed under individual contributors if still under ‘General Studies’ (or under an individual author as in the case of Swift above), as follows:


CASTIÑEIRA NOVO, Manuel, ‘Notas en torno ao celtismo: Plácido R. Castro / Some Notes on Celticism: Plácido R. Castro’, in De Toro Santos & Clark Mitchell, pp. 169-76. [In Galician].


If a collection is listed under ‘General Studies’ but an article should appear under a specific author, then the entry would be as follows, for example, under EDGEWORTH:


FERNÁNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Carmen María, ‘Las representaciones de Irlanda en “The Absentee” de Maria Edgeworth / The representations of Ireland in Maria Edgeworth’s The Absentee’, see under GENERAL STUDIES, LITERATURE: De Toro Santos & Clark Mitchell, pp. 67-73. [In Spanish].


It’s important for reasons of space that we omit full publication details for each contribution but equally important that all individual articles are properly acknowledged. If however details of individual items in an author-based collection (such as Swift above) are hard to get, you can omit them.


  1. For books or articles on two or more novelists, poets etc, put the full bibliographical details under the heading of the first or primary author discussed. The following item would appear under McGUINNESS:


McMULLAN, Anna, ‘Unhomely Bodies and Dislocated Identities in the Drama of Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr’, in Segal, Naomi, Taylor, Lib, & Cook, Roger, eds., The In/Determinate Body, Macmillan (London), pp. 181-91.


Under CARR, the entry would read: See under McGUINNESS: McMullan.

  1. If possible, for publications available online (including articles, chapters, books, etc.), include the stable URL and, if available, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). As the Bibliography is now published digitally, this will allow us to directly link to the publications.


  1. For further examples of the above, please see the most recent Bibliography in the Autumn/Winter issue of IUR.


Guide written by Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos. Updated by Chris Cusack. 

March 2019