Style Guide

The Robert Frost Review house style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. We use the "notes and bibliography" method for documentation. This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Robert Frost Review.

Formatting Requirements

  • Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the editors.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
  • Write your article in English, exceptions allowed as needed.
  • Submit your manuscript, including endnotes, bibliography, tables, and figures, as a single Word file. Figures should appear close to the relevant text; the endnotes and bibliography immediately follow the main text, in that order.
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Double space the entire document, including endnotes.
  • Use a single column layout with left justification.
  • Use the Times New Roman font for the Main Body and Bibliography (12 pt) and Endnotes (10 pt).
  • If figures are included, use a format that produces high-resolution images (300 dpi+) that will reproduce well.
  • Additional Recommendations

    Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

    Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces.

    Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, which should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

    Language & Grammar

    All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.

    Authors should use proper, standard English grammar.

    Article Length

    Articles should be no longer than 5000 words, not counting endnotes and bibliography.

    Emphasized text

    Use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it.

    Font faces

    Except when special symbols are needed, use Times New Roman Font.

    Font size

    The main body of text should be set in 12pt.

    Foreign terms

    Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.


    Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps. Use the same font face for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size. There should be space above and below headings.

    Main text

    The font for the main body of text must be in Times New Roman font.


    Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

    Tables and Figures

    To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


    Endnotes will be used for both commentary and citations and will appear immediately after the main text, separated only by a line break. Endnotes should be in 10 pt. Times font and should be double spaced. Endnote superscript numbers in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. The format for citing some common types of sources is shown below.
    1. Cramer, Poems, 64–65. (for a book)
    2. Sokol, “Physics and Tolerance,” 107–28.(for an article)
    3. “Coos County, NH Mines.” (for a website)


    It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. The bibliography should begin immediately after the Notes, separated by a line break. Use Chicago Style of Manual formatting; examples of some common source styles are shown below. Refer to The Chicago Style of Manual for other types of sources.


    Bagby, George. Robert Frost and the Book of Nature. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1993.
    Frost, Robert. Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays. Edited by Richard Poirier and Mark Richardson. New York: The Library of America, 1995.
    ——. The Collected Prose of Robert Frost. Edited by Mark Richardson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.


    “Antique and Vintage Stromberg Carlson Telephones.” Collectors Weekly. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://www.collectorsweekly.com/telephones/stromberg.

    Journal Article

    Adelson, Glenn and John Elder. “Robert Frost’s Ecosystem of Meanings in ‘Spring Pools.’” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 13 no. 2 (2016): 1–17.

    Newspaper Article

    “Eclipse of Moon Hidden by Clouds; Museum Observers in Plane Have to Go Up to 18,200 Feet to Study ‘Blackout.’” New York Times, October 28, 1939, p. 17.