Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association


Submissions should be prepared according to the MLA Handbook, 9th edition, and should be uploaded as Word documents to Manuscript Manager. They should be written in English, Spanish, French or German; when text in another language is quoted, translations into English should be provided. In general, articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length, and should be of at least 4,000 words.  The JMMLA does not review articles that have been submitted to other journals.  In the event that an essay includes materials (e.g., quotations that exceed fair use, illustrations, charts, other graphics) that have been taken from another source, the author must obtain written permission to reproduce them in print and electronic formats. 

Here is the concise JMMLA Style Sheet 2021-2022 for your convenience, and here are additional JMMLA Manuscript Manager Instructions.

Important guidelines for submitting essays with images

  • Clearly mark the figures in the text
  • Use images that are 300 dpi tif if possible
  • Insert a figure call out in the text (e.g. “Figure 1 goes here” between two paragraphs)
  • The image files should be pulled out of the Word file and labeled.

Please see our main Journal page for current calls for article submissions.