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NANO Submission Guidelines

PART I: Style

  • Submissions should be sent to NANO as Microsoft Word documents or as RTF documents.
  • Use the 8th edition of Modern Language Association (MLA) style, including in-text parenthetical citations and a list of Works Cited.  
  • NANO does use URLs for web sources. See examples below.
  • Each parenthetical citation should refer to an entry in the list of Works Cited.
  • NANO does not publish endnotes or footnotes.
  • NANO does use hyperlinks, but they must be vetted by the editorial team.
  • Separate sentences by a single space.
  • Submissions should be free of specialized formatting, including line, page, or section breaks.
  • Text should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and use a standard font, such as Ariel or Times New Roman.
  • Any unfamiliar, non-English words should be italicized.
  • Avoid using quotation marks or italics for emphasis.
  • Titles of books, movies, and journals should be italicized.
  • Standard American English is preferred.
  • Use gender-neutral language.
  • The author assumes responsibility for securing permission to reproduce media files (images, film, sound, etc.) published by NANO. Please refer to nano’s Fair Use information on the Submissions page.
  • [Please contact NANO if you have any specific questions about style, citations, or format: [email protected]]


PART II: Selected 8th Edition MLA Works Cited Examples:


Note: NANO does not use access dates


Single Author Book:

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. New York UP, 2011.


Online Book:

Arnold, Matthew. Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Social and Political Criticism. Smith, Elder, and Co., 1869. Google Books, www.books.google.com/books?id=85nZEJzAcyAC&pg=PA5&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false.


Translated Book:

Certeau, Michel de. The Practice of Everyday Life. Translated by Steven Rendall, U of California P, 1984.


A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection:

Sontag, Susan. “In Plato’s Cave.” On Photography, Essays of the 1960s & 70s, edited by David Reiff, The Library of America, 2013, pp. 529-544.


A Poem:

Whitman, Walt. “I Sing the Body Electric.” Selected Poems. Dover, 1991, pp. 12-19.


Academic Journal:

Hadlaw, Janin. “The London Underground Map: Imagining Modern Time and Space.” Design Issues, vol. 19, no. 1, 2003, pp. 25-35.


Online Academic Journal:

Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture and Policy: Current Conditions and Future Directions.” Social Work and Society: The International Online-Only Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008, www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/60/120.


Online Magazine:

Howard, Jennifer. “Lead Humanities Journal Debuts Open Peer Review, and Likes It.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 Jul. 2010, www.chronicle.com/article/Leading-Humanities-Journal/123696/.


Online News Service:

Howard, Muriel A. “Higher Education and the Public Good.” New York Times, 12 Oct. 2004, www.nytimes.com/ref/college/coll-howard-pres.html?8bl.


Personal Blog:

Martin, Lyndsay. “The Great Bear.” Lyndsay2905’s Weblog, 14 Apr. 2008, lyndsay2905.wordpress.com.



Scanlan, Sean. “Re: nanostyle.” Received by Rebecca Devers, 28 Sept. 2013.



@nanocrit. “Sedaris in June 3 NYorker: Hugh cooking fish: 'he poached what might as well have been a hairbrush.'” Twitter, 5 June 2013, 11:50 a.m., twitter.com/nanocrit/status/342322428996898817.


YouTube Video Clip:

“2012 American Birkebeiner-Midway Leaders.” YouTube, uploaded by Skinnyski, 26 Feb. 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUMT6GEJWNs.



The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer, performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benecio del Toro, Polygram, 1995.


Sound Recordings:

Beethoven, Ludwig van. The 9 Symphonies. Perf. NBC Symphony Orchestra, Cond. Arturo Toscanini, RCA, 2003.


Digital Files:

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Moonlight Sonata. Crownstar, 2006.


An Image (photograph):

Tuft, Diane. Seascape, Greenland Ice Sheet. 2010, color pigment print, Marlborough Gallery, New York.


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