The Age of Johnson:
A Scholarly Annual

Style Sheet

Revised 13 January 2012

The Age of Johnson follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., in most matters. These guidelines provide examples of Chicago style and explain the few departures our house style makes from it.

Preparation of MSS and Mechanics

All submissions to The Age of Johnson should be double-spaced throughout, including quoted extracts and endnotes. A page number should appear in the upper right corner.

Other than in direct quotations, spelling and punctuation should follow standard American practice.

Always include the serial comma: "Boswell, Thrale, and Hawkins."

Follow Chicago's rules for possessives of nouns ending in s: s's for all words (class's, Wilkes's, Rasselas's, Rabelais's) except Greek names, Jesus, and Moses.

Dates should take the form "17 April 1765," with no commas. In the text, spell out all months; in citations, abbreviate the names of months longer than five letters: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.

In decades, use an apostrophe to indicate omitted digits, not to mark the plural: the 1770s should be the '70s, not the 70's.

Use [sic] sparingly, only when there is a genuine danger of confusion.

Indicate sections in your article with either centered arabic numerals or centered section titles. Keep the section titles short; they'll have to fit on a single line in Small Capitals.


Book reviews should provide the author or editor, the work's full title (underscored or italicized), the place of publication, the publisher, the date, and the number of pages (with preliminary pages in lowercase roman numerals):

Harry M. Solomon. The Rise of Robert Dodsley: Creating the New Age of Print. Carbondale: Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 1996. Pp. xi + 340.

There is no need for ISBNs or prices.

In reviews themselves, provide page numbers for all quotations. Book reviews contain no footnotes: if you cite another work, put the complete citation in parentheses.


Quotations should always be taken from either original or standard scholarly editions. Avoid nonscholarly editions unless you particularly want to comment on their editorial matter.

Original orthography should be preserved litteratim in quotations, except that (1) 'inverted commas' should be replaced with "quotation marks" as necessary; (2) commas and periods outside quotation marks should be moved inside to conform to American practice; (3) passages predominantly in italics (such as in prefaces) can be silently converted to roman; and (4) if the sentence requires a change in the case of the first letter of a quotation ("[T]hus"), make the change silently (without brackets). Any other departures should be indicated.

There is usually no need for leading or trailing ellipses in quotations.

Use 'single quotation marks' (inverted commas) for quotations within quotations. If the two quotations, inner and outer, are coterminous — e.g., "'like this'" — there is no need for two sets of quotation marks.

Indicate Small Caps in quotations with either small capitals in your typescript (a feature available on most word processors) or double underscore. Please distinguish small caps from ALL CAPS.


On their first appearance, all works should be cited in full in an endnote. Thereafter, cite page numbers in parentheses in the text (see below).

Page Numbers

Most works should be cited by page number (exceptions appear below). Parenthetical page numbers should always come after the quotation. In citations of single-volume works, give the page number, always preceded by "p." for a single page and "pp." for multiple pages. If the work being cited is not immediately clear from context, provide an author's name or short title followed by a comma: "(Greene, p. 45)"; "(Schwartz, Problem of Evil, pp. 17–23)."

For multi-volume works, give the volume number and page numbers separated by a colon (without "p." or "pp."):

Poems, 1:365.

Lives, 3:137–45.

Citations of notes should include the page number, a space, and "n" for note or "nn" for notes. If the notes are numbered, include the note numbers:

"This must be a mistake in Mr. Shandy; for Graaf wrote upon the pancreatick juice" (Tristram Shandy, 2:791 n).

Mossner "impl[ies] no evaluation of the latest revival of the native tradition" (The Life of David Hume, p. 376 n. 1).

In citations of multiple pages, give at least two digits for the ending page: i.e., "pp. 196–97," not "pp. 196–7." A hyphen should never precede a zero: closing page numbers in the first decile of each hundred (100 through 109, 200 through 209, etc.) are shortened (104–9, 401–7, etc.). (These rules apply to all inclusive numbers, such as line numbers and dates.)

p. 196 4:196
pp. 196–97 4:196–97
pp. 196–204 4:196–204
pp. 204–7 4:204–7
pp. 1350–55 4:1350–55

Do not use "f." or "ff." to indicate following pages; always provide a complete page range.

For unnumbered pages, specify the signature, using "r" and "v" for recto and verso:

sig. A2r

sig. B1r–v

2:sig. A4v–B1r

In citing manuscripts that are foliated rather than paginated, use "fol." or "fols.," again specifying "r" and "v":

Henry Mackenzie to John Pinkerton, 6 Jan. 1806, in BL Add. MS 29747, fols. 85v–86r

Lines, Acts, Scenes, and Sections

Not all works are best cited by page number: in some works, line numbers, numbered aphorisms, Bekker or Stephanus numbers, and so on are more appropriate.

Poems are usually cited by line number. Specify "line" or "lines" only when confusion would otherwise result.

For other works not commonly cited by page (such as acts and scenes, book and line numbers, or numbered works within a larger work), use arabic numerals separated by periods.

Horace, Odes, 4.1.3.

Aristotle, Poetics, 1453b2.

Hamlet, 1.3.1–12.

Paradise Lost, 11.94–97.

Periodical essays should be cited by both page and essay number, omitting "No.": Rambler 4, Spectator 419. Novels may include chapter number, but should always include a page reference for the best edition.

Letters should be cited by sender, recipient, date, and page (or folio) number:

Johnson to Boswell, 25 Feb. 1775, in Letters, 2:181

Michael Lort to Lord Hardwicke, 11 May 1773, in BL Add. MS 35350, fol. 45r

Abbreviations and Cue Titles

Some works are cited often enough in The Age of Johnson that standard cue titles have become familiar. As usual, a full citation is always necessary on the first appearance. Thereafter, however, the following short titles are preferred:

Submitting Articles and Reviews

Please do not send unsolicited diskettes or E-mail attachments: best is to contact the editor by E-mail about a submission. Any article or review, once accepted, should be submitted either on a diskette, a CD-ROM, or as an E-mail attachment. Any of these file formats is acceptable, in order of preference:

Please do not send Nota Bene, Claris Works, or Lotus Word Pro files, which I cannot read; please convert the text to one of the formats above.

Avoid sophisticated formatting or desktop publishing: adjusted margins, typefaces, font sizes, spacing, tab settings, and so on simply have to be removed before your article can be set. Don't worry about aesthetics: provide the plainest possible formatting.

Differences between a typescript and the electronic version of the document are easily missed. If you have hand-corrected or otherwise marked up the typescript, be sure to note this prominently in a cover letter.


If anything is unclear, please contact the editor:

Jack Lynch, Editor
The Age of Johnson
Department of English
Rutgers University
360 M. L. King Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102