contributor is asked to submit an essay of no longer than 4,000 words
in length. Contributors must have secured the rights to their use of
any audio, graphics, or video used in their essay (though linking to
external sites will negate this problem). Articles should be in electronic
format, either in Word, WordPerfect, or (valid) HTML. Copies may be
sent by e-mail attachments or on disk to either editor (addresses below).
essay will then be reviewed by the Editorial Board and either: accepted,
accepted with recommended alterations, or rejected.
essay for Dragons in the Sky should not be seen as a major research
exercise. Instead, contributors should see their contributions as an
opportunity to draw together their ideas relating the past to the present.
Enjoy the exercise of exploring areas which would normally be excluded
from standard academic journals.
the need to explain the elementary to the reader without patronizing
him or her:
liturgy was central ...' [assumes that reader understands liturgy]
Church's formal rituals such as daily Mass, special feasts and fasts
on prescribed occasions and the sevenfold daily recitation of psalms
and prayers known as the 'Divine Service' all fall under the general
term 'liturgy,' and the liturgy was central ...' [i.e. this gives
the new reader a clue as to what 'liturgy' is]
is certainly more economical, and economy is important, because general
readers will probably be less patient than academic scholars, but that
impatience will be exercised first where the reader does not feel sufficiently
are free to include original languages of everything quoted, but you
should provide translations in every case. Follow 'broken out' quotations
with the translations in the same format as the original, with a white
space between the original and the Modern English translation.
6. We shall
use no footnotes as such. Instead, follow the citation style of The
Anglo-Saxons edited by James Campbell, and key comments on bibliography
to several pages at one time, and add a bibliography for the whole site,
and provide a comment on particularly pertinent sources at the beginning
of the notes for each new chapter or section of the site.
illustrate, illustrate. Cf. Paul Fussell, The Great War in Modern Memory,
for examples of what we mean.
the potential of electronic publishing by exploring intergration with
other sites and media beyond the limitations of print-base.
to maintain a balance between then and now, never letting either end
fall below 1/3 of the material presented.
style must convey that you can go beyond mere dilettantism. In order
to write with authority in the style we need to use, writers will of
course need to know more data than they can ever allude to on any point.
One approach might be to write a damned fine undergraduate lecture.
Stuart D Lee
Editor, Dragons in the Sky
University of Oxford
Patrick W. Conner
Editor, Dragons in the Sky
West Virginia University