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New Left Review welcomes the submission of articles, comments and book reviews on all the major issues facing us today. Authors should bear in mind that NLR is a journal of ideas, not an academic publication: lively, intelligent and thoughtful writing is highly valued—prose models would be Benjamin, Bloch or Marx rather than the average conference paper—and articles should be submitted with an educated and discerning general readership in mind.

Word length

This should be guided by intellectual necessity; however, the majority of articles published in NLR are between 4,000 and 12,000 words long, while book reviews are around 2,000–3,000 words.

Footnote style

Footnotes are set at the bottom of the page, and are welcomed for their role in clarifying sources and suggesting parenthetical or tangential ideas. They should not be used to amass cumbersome apparatuses of unnecessary bibliographic information, and should never refer to works that authors have not yet read. Contributors are also encouraged to refrain from self-citation.

The general house-style for NLR footnotes is:

  1. Susan Woodward, Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War, Washington, DC 1995, pp. 28–9.
  2. Fredric Jameson, ‘Marx’s Purloined Letter’, in Michael Sprinker, ed., Ghostly Demarcations, London 1999, p. 51.
  3. Lorna Sage, ‘The First Bacchante’, London Review of Books, 29 April 1999.
  4. Johanna Brenner, ‘The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: US Feminism Today’, NLR I/200, July–August 1993, pp. 156–7.

Please note that footnotes are not used in book reviews.


Articles should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word for Windows (or similar) to , or by post (with accompanying disk) to: New Left Review, 6 Meard Street, London W1F 0EG, UK.