Notes for contributors to the Follies Journal

The journal adheres, as far as is possible, to the MHRA Style Guide, the handbook of the Modern Humanities Research Association. This can be found on-line at

The following is a summary of the most important information for authors. If you have not published before, and find the following notes rather daunting, please get in touch with one of the editors who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

Bramham Temple

Permission to publish; copyright

It is the responsibility of the author to check that their material may be published, and where necessary, to obtain permission (from land or property owners, museums, archives, and record offices) to reproduce photos and other original material, and to quote from documents, before submitting the article to the editor. Please send proof of any permission that has been granted to reproduce material subject to copyright agreements. It may be advisable, as a courtesy, to contact owners where you have been given special access, before submitting material, to ensure there are no legitimate objections of any kind to publication.

Any charges involved in procuring material and reproduction rights are the responsibility of the author. In some cases, charges will be waived or reduced if you explain that the journal is published by a charity, that it is non-commercial, and has a limited distribution. Please contact the editor if you need further help with this.


It is important that full information on sources is given (in endnotes, numbered in sequence) when referring to any published books, journals, magazines, and newspapers, or documents held in libraries, record offices, and archives. Apart from providing evidence and support for your account or argument, a major reason for supplying such information is to help readers follow up references if they need to (ordering or borrowing books, requesting photocopies, consulting archive material, etc.). Its purpose is genuinely practical, and is invaluable; it is not just a pedantic convention. Please see the references to such material given in the endnotes in the articles already published and use these as models. Below is a list of the information that is required in references. It is not easy to get to grips with all the conventions if you are not used to them, but what is important is that you provide all the information in an explicit way, so that the editors can ensure it is presented in the standard form adopted for this journal.

Please give the publication details in this order:

Books: Author(s), title (as given on title page), editor(s) (where relevant), t translator (where relevant), series title and number (if part of a series), edition, number of volumes (where relevant), place of publication, name of publisher, date of publication, volume number (where relevant), page number(s) (where specific pages are referred to).

Articles in books: author(s) and title of article, ‘in’ + the details of the book (as above), page span, page number of particular reference (where relevant).

Articles in journals: author(s), title of article, title of journal, volume number, part number (where relevant), year of publication, page span, page number of particular reference (where relevant).

Articles in magazines and newspapers: author, title of article, title of magazine/paper, date of publication, page number(s).

If you do not have some of this information, then please explain this when you send the material.

If you require more detailed information, please refer to MHRA Style Guide (2002); also available on-line at


Images can be submitted as prints, slides, or in electronic format. In the case of the latter, files must be accompanied by hard copy output. Electronic images must be supplied as tiff or eps files saved at minimum input scanning resolution of 350–400 dpi for half tones (e.g. b/w photos), 800 dpi for simple line, and 1200 dpi for fine line. Jpeg files will not be accepted. Send images on CD-rom (closed), not copy protected.

Write captions to any illustrative material on a separate page, stating what the image shows, acknowledging photographer or other source, date (if relevant), and acknowledging permission to reproduce (if relevant). Use the captions in previous issues of the journal as a guide. Please refer the reader to relevant illustrations at appropriate points in the text, e.g. ‘(Figure 1)’.

Metric weights and measures

As far as is practicable, please use metric systems for weights and measures. In the case of historical material, where the imperial system is used, please indicate approx. metric equivalent where possible.


Follies may be eccentric, and are often associated with half-truths and tall stories, but the journal aims for accuracy in every respect.

Copy deadline

The journal is published in November each year: please submit articles by 31 January (for publication that same year).


An article is written to be read. Please bear in mind, at all times, your reader. It is the writer’s job to lead the reader successfully through the text. Before submitting your article, please get someone else to read it through and check it for ‘readability’ – and to spot any typos.

Please remember: if you are in any doubt, get in touch with one of the editors who can give advice and assistance.