Romance Studies Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The Romance Studies editorial board welcomes new submissions. If you are working on a book-length project dealing with the culture, language and literature of the Romance Languages appropriate for Penn State Romance Studies, please prepare the following materials for submission:

  • cover letter (include all contact information, including email and personal webpage address)
  • abstract (300–500 words)
  • table of contents (preferably annotated)
  • technical description (word count, illustrations, charts, diagrams, date manuscript will be complete)
  • if this is a revised dissertation, please describe the revisions
  • sample chapter
  • a brief description situating your work within the scholarly conversation
  • curriculum vitae or résumé
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your material returned 

 Send written submissions to:

Penn State University Press
Editorial Department
820 North University Drive
University Support Building 1, Suite C
University Park , PA 16802-1003 

The board restricts the number of proposals it accepts for publication. Preference will be given to the single-authored scholarly monograph. Every proposal will be reviewed and, if deemed appropriate for the series, forwarded to the editorial board. With the board’s approval, authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts for formal peer review. The press will solicit reviews in consultation with the board. As appropriate, reviewers will be drawn from, but not limited to, members of the advisory board. 

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their significance for the field of Romance Studies. To be accepted for the series, each work must advance scholarship in one or more of the following ways: by presenting new scholarly information, offering original interpretations, advancing theoretical discussion, or synthesizing a body of literature. Preference will be given to works marked by clear and jargon-free writing.