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The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord
Guidelines for contributors

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord is a fully refereed, quarterly journal published by the Canadian Nautical Research Society. It is distributed both to CNRS members, and to members of the North American Society of Oceanic History. The journal is also posted electronically. It is devoted to the study of maritime affairs and the inland waterways of the nations that touch the seas of the northern hemisphere. While the emphasis is on historical essays, the journal welcomes submissions which reflect other approaches or are interdisciplinary. Topics of interest include – but are not limited to – ships, shipbuilding, ship owning, technology, merchant shipping, trade, labour, maritime communities, ports, naval history, fishing, whaling, sealing, underwater archaeology, and maritime biography.

Articles should normally not exceed fourteen pages, (about 9,000 words), inclusive of footnotes. To stay within the page count, the word length must be reduced for maps, figures, and all other illustrative materials. Submissions for consideration in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord may be written in either English or French. Shorter research notes, of not more than 5,000 words, on a more narrow topic may also be considered. Contributions may be sent by e-mail to William Glover.

Manuscripts should be prepared using footnotes rather than endnotes. In editing English language articles for publication, the primary references used are The Chicago Manual of Style, The Oxford Concise Dictionary, and Fowler's Modern English Usage. A style sheet is available on request or here. Les normes rédactionnelles en langue française sont disponibles sur demande.

Authors must provide an abstract or précis of their article not exceeding 100 words that can be translated into the language in which the article is not written. Photographs or other graphic material should be in TIFF or JPEG format with captions. Provenance must be indicated. Permission to reproduce materials which are copyrighted or under similar restrictions must be obtained by the author, who is also responsible for any associated fees.

All papers are read by at least two anonymous referees. The collated comments are forwarded to authors. The editor's decision on publication is final. If a contribution is accepted, the author will be required to sign a permission to publish form. This gives copyright to CNRS for the purpose of publication in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, and outlines the conditions for future use elsewhere. It may be reviewed on the CNRS website.

Upon publication each author is entitled to five free offprints of his or her article.

These guidelines are available here in pdf format.


Style guidelines

To assist authors in preparing essays for TNM/Lmn, below we provide the following suggestions:

1. Manuscripts shall be prepared using double-spacing throughout; line breaks and carriage returns shall be used at paragraph ends only.
      IMPORTANT: Do not use tabs either at paragraph beginnings or, more specifically, in tables.
      TABLES: shall be supplied as separate documents, with a "place holder" e.g. "[Insert Table 1 here]" at the appropriate point in the MSS.

2. For included graphics or photographs, the requirements are either:

  1. digital reproductions in TIFF or minimally compressed JPEG format with a minimum lesser (width or height) dimension of 1,800 pixels (6 inches at 300 dpi) in greyscale.
  2. Images obtained from the internet are rarely acceptable (specialized image repositories at major archival institutions being the rare exception.)
  3. IMPORTANT: Do not "embed" images in your MSS. They must be sent as separate files and your MSS should contain suitable "place holders" e.g. "[Insert Image 1 here]".

3. Express numbers in words if less than one hundred (e.g., seven, eighty-one), otherwise use arabic numerals (e.g., 100, 789). Percent is written as one word. If percentages are in whole numbers, write out the number and percent; if decimals are used, use arabic numbers and a percentage sign (e.g., 98.1%).

4. Dates should always be in the standard Canadian style, viz. 29 August 1774. If required, state calendar usage (Julian, Gregorian, other).

5. Abbreviations and contractions should be avoided where possible. If an abbreviation is used, it must be cited in full at its first use, e.g. Canadian Nautical Reseach Society (C.N.R.S.) and subsequent use should include the periods/full stops. The sole exception is geographic locations, which should be abbreviated in CAPS without a period, e.g., MA for Massachusetts.

6. If a ship name is used, it should be italicized. More details concerning ships' names are available here.

7. TNM/Lmn follows standard, "short" humanities footnoting rules. While our idiosyncrasies are minor, a few guidelines may be helpful:

  • Books: Chester G. Starr, The Influence of Sea Power on Ancient History (Cambridge, 1989), 144-177. (N.B.: Books require place and date of publication, but not the name of the publisher.)
  • Articles: John McDonald and Ralph Shlomowitz, "The Cost of Shipping Convicts to Australia," International Journal of Maritime History, II, No. 2 (December 1990), 4-6. (N.B.: Volume numbers should be expressed in roman numerals. The number within a volume is optional. Do not use p. or pp. designations.)
  • Theses: Stephanie Jones, "A Maritime History of the Port of Whitby, 1700- 1914" (Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of London, 1982), 238-262.
  • Documents: Municipal Archives of Amsterdam, Notarial Archives, 63/63, 25 November 1593. (N.B.: The general order is: archive, collection, reference number, date. Normally, we do not require page references for archival material unless it is part of the reference number.)
  • Newspapers: The Times (London), 23 July 1854. (N.B.: The title should appear as on the masthead. If the city is not part of the title, place it in parentheses. We do not need page or column numbers.)

8. Fonts: use only one font that is widely available e.g. Times Roman. If special sets are required, a note should be placed at the head of the MSS e.g. "kochi-mincho font is used in footnote 3."

9. After acceptation and typesetting, authors will be given the opportunity to proof-read their work. Failure to return the copy within a specified time period may result in cancellation of the publication agreement. Upon publication each author is entitled to five free offprints of his or her article. Additional copies, which must be requested at the time the proofs are returned, may be ordered at cost.

10. The copyright on all materials published in The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, including digital reproduction, is the property of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part of any material in the journal, in any form or by any means - including graphic, electronic or mechanical - without the prior permission of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, is prohibited.

These guideline for contributors, not including the stylesheet, are also available in .pdf format.


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