This page is designed to help you ensure your submission is ready to submit to Lifewriting Annual (LA).

Before submitting, please ensure that your submission firs the "Focus and Scope" of the journal, read the journal's "Author Guidelines", work through the below checklist, then register an account (or login if you have an existing account) to begin the submission process.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Please do not submit your article as a PDF.
  4. All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
  5. Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
  6. All tables and figures must have captions within the text. All supplementary files must be labelled (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc).
  7. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred). LA also requires authors to secure any permissions for the reproduction of images as figures within articles that are currently licensed to be reproduced under restrictive terms (e.g., an artist's estate). Evidence of any granted permissions will need to be shown to the LA team prior to an article's publication in the journal.
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the "Author Guidelines". Please ensure that your article includes a competing interest statement in accordance with our guide on how to declare competing interests.
  9. Every effort has been made to ensure that author names are removed from the manuscript. The following link provides information on ensuring an anonymous review.
Copyright Notice

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors retain copyright. Works are released under a Creative Commons license, which provides unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons License stipulates that: "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)."

The citation of articles published in LA must include: the name(s) of the authors, the name of the journal, the full URL of the article (in a hyperlinked format if distributed online) and the DOI number of the article.

All articles published in this journal are available in full-text semantically rich JATS XML with metadata and structured citation data. Open OAI-PMH endpoints are available to crawl the articles.

Peer Review

The majority of submissions to LA will be double-anonymously peer reviewed by active researchers. For further information on the journal's peer review process, please see the "Journal Policies" page.


Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Publication Fees

LA is published by the Open Library of Humanities and does not charge any author fees; publication costs are paid by an international library consortium. For further information, please see the journal's "About" page.

Publication Frequency

This journal is published continuously all year round in one issue and volume.


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