Style Guide for Authors
The Journal of the Life and Culture of San Antonio uses the Chicago
Manual of Style, (15th ed.; Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
2003) as its source for appropriate style. Writers should
consult it, or Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term
Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, (6th ed.; Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1996) in order to present their work in acceptable
style and format. Further, editors recommend studying the subject
matter and style of previously published articles and entries.
Writers make submissions electronically by emailing their work as an
attached Word Document, version 6.0 or more recent. The Journal
will arrange anonymous review by scholars and associate editors who are
experts in the subject area. Their recommendations will determine the
suitability of submissions, and editors will write revision recommendations
for authors. Publication on the Journal’s website occurs after
final revision and acceptance by the editors.
Research Paper Documentation:
A Style Guide for Footnotes
- Document all factual statements except those commonly known in order
to guide readers to the paper’s sources of information.
- A footnote may reference more than one source; a semicolon will separate
- A footnote may not apply to more than one paragraph.
- Use superscript sequential numbering for footnotes.
- All quotations require documentation.
- After first reference to an archival library, use abbreviations: “Institute
of Texan Cultures, hereafter cited as ITC.”
- Use DRTL for Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, CAH for
Center for American History, BCDR for Bexar County Deeds and Records.
- Use “ibid.” when the entire previous footnote applies
- Use “et al” for books and articles with more than two
- When referring to a previously mentioned book or article use the
author’s last name, and an abbreviated form of the title that
preserves title word order.
- Avoid citing an entire chapter as “Chapter 8,” but rather
indicate the page numbers.
- Avoid “passim”, “ff.”, “loc.cit.” and “op.
- Keep to a minimum the use of “see also.”
- Keep discourse in footnotes to a minimum; when it occurs, it
precedes the citation.
- Bear in mind that the purpose of the footnote is to allow readers
to find the same information used in the preparation of the paper.