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Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF) publishes +20 peer-reviewed, research articles every year. Submit your work to ECF online now.

Submit a manuscript

  • Send your academic research article to the ECF Editor, Dr. Eugenia Zuroski, for consideration: choose the link “For Authors” or “Submissions” at the online submissions platform for ECF journal. Please see links to the guidelines below. The ECF editors seek research essays of 6,000 – 8,000 words.

How ECF works: recent peer review statistics

  • Total manuscript submissions in 2017: 90.
  • Submissions received in 2017 that were then sent for outside peer review: 67.
  • Review turnaround time in 2017: average number of days from the date of submission to the initial editor decision: 58 (!).
  • We strive for 3 months’ turnaround time following submission, and in 2017 the ECF editors and reviewers averaged 2 months!
  • Annual acceptance rate over the past 10 years = 36%.
  • ECF schedules the publication of 22 peer-reviewed research articles each volume year.

Recent articles cover a wide range of topics in 18th-century literature and cultural studies; for example:


The ECF editors seek research essays of 6,000 – 8,000 words. Please read the submission guidelines and the editorial policy prior to submitting your manuscript:

Questions? Contact/Contactez-nous
Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor, E-mail:

Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Chester New Hall 421
McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L9
Tel: 905-525-9140 x 27123 | Fax: 905-777-8316

NOTE: The ECF editors adhere to the “Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications” with regards to research that is funded by the Canadian Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR).

The ECF protocol: In order to ensure that authors can publish in ECF and still comply with their funders’ open-access requirements, the ECF editors have implemented the following policy.
An author may upload the accepted Eighteenth-Century Fiction article or essay document file to his or her own institutional online repository. The ECF editors ask that the date and place of publication of the finalized article be noted and that a link to the ECF website be included with the file that is uploaded to an institutional or disciplinary (subject) repository.
The ECF editors require that authors wait until after the date of publication of their articles in the journal Eighteenth-Century Fiction to post their accepted manuscripts to any institutional open-access repositories.
This ECF policy meets the Canadian Tri-Agency requirements on open access, 2017-18. / Cet aspect du protocole répond aux demandes de la « Politique des trois organismes sur le libre accès aux publications », 2017-18.

ECF authors are requested to sign a contract with Eighteenth-Century Fiction/McMaster University that states: Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF), McMaster University, obtains and owns the copyright on the contents of its journal. To clarify the rights of authors and ECF, and thus insure the protection of both, ECF requires that an author formally assign all rights to ECF before an article is published. Section 6 of the contract includes the right of the author to republish in certain forms: “We will accede to any request by the Author(s) to use part or all of their article in an article or in a book published under either the Author(s)’s exclusive authorship or editorship, provided that acknowledgment of its first appearance is made in a manner approved by ECF, and in such cases no fee for reprinting shall be payable to us.” For the complete text of a standard ECF article contract, please contact

NOTE to all ECF authors and book reviewers:
Please remember that is not an institutional repository; use only the link to ECF on Project MUSE and the abstract of your own ECF article for notices on about your recently published work.

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