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,


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,


Online Magazine:

Howard, Jennifer. “Lead Humanities Journal Debuts Open Peer Review, and Likes It.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 Jul. 2010,


Online News Service:

Howard, Muriel A. “Higher Education and the Public Good.” New York Times, 12 Oct. 2004,


Personal Blog:

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



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.,


YouTube Video Clip:

“2012 American Birkebeiner-Midway Leaders.” YouTube, uploaded by Skinnyski, 26 Feb. 2012,



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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