OFC Contributors’ Style Guide

Basic Formatting

  • MS Word file format (.doc or .docx only)
  • File name: author’s last name in caps and article title
      Example: JOHNSTON Beowulf Essay
  • Use MLA Style Manual, 7th edition
  • Font: 12 point Times New Roman throughout
  • Spacing: double space throughout, including block quotations, notes, et. al
  • Alignment: left justify entire document
  • Style: no style codes, tables or auto-formatting except for endnotes
  • Paginate the essay

Endnote Formatting

  • Electronically embed endnotes using Microsoft Word
  • Endnotes should be minimal and succinct
  • No more than one endnote per sentence

Works Cited Page

  • Formatted according MLA Style Manual, 7th edition
  • Works Cited page must be submitted as a separate MS Word document
  • File name: author’s last name in caps, Works Cited, article title (no commas)
    • Example: JOHNSTON Works Cited Beowulf Essay


  • Submit images in the article, as well as individually as jpg files
  • In MS Word document, place images where you want them to appear in the web published version of the essay (this will also be the placement of the images in the archival pdf file)
  • Send each image as jpg file. Files should be named with your last name in caps, the word “image,” and numbered according to their placement in the article
    • Example: JOHNSTON image 1 (for image that appears first in the article)
  • Include credits for each image