Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction
Foundation is the essential critical review of science fiction, and is published three times a year by the Science Fiction Foundation. ISSN: 0306-4964258. It is peer-reviewed.
Editor: Graham Sleight
Production Editor: Zara Baxter
Reviews Editor: Andy Sawyer

Call for Papers on All Aspects of Science Fiction

Notes for Contributors to Foundation

Please send electronic text to us via e-mail (to, as an attached file in RTF, Word or ASCII or as straight text in an e-mail message. Single spaced please.Do not refer to authors by only their first names. Full names or surnames. Please Indent quotations using the indent command (do not change the margins).

Avoid using colons in the title. The standard pattern for this kind of title is "Something poetic and meaningless: something that actually tells you what the article is about".

The Edges of Science: Crossing the Boundary from Physics to Metaphysics
Masters of Time: How Wormholes, Snakewood and Assaults on the Big Bang have Brought Mystery Back to the Cosmos
The End of Physics: The Myth of a Unified Theory
The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age
Generally, the journal prefers truth in advertising.

Foundation is an inter-disciplinary journal and our citation system reflects the need to accommodate a wide range of sources.
All references should be in foot-notes or end-notes except page references to the main fictional text(s) discussed in the article, which can be inserted in the text thus: (p. 21). In this more traditional system, there are no "Works Cited" (although we may occasionally publish a bibliography as a research tool). Notes will be printed as end-notes.
Please leave endnotes embedded in the text, as it is easier for us to extract them after editing. Note numbers in the text should be in superscript, and should follow the punctuation.
References should be in the following form:
1. Hari Seldon, Did Psychohistory Predict Isaac Asimov? (Trantor: Trantor Univ. Press, 12001), p. 21 (and subsequently: Seldon, op. cit., p. 22; or Seldon, Psychohistory, p. 22, if more than one work by Seldon is cited).

2. Valentine M. Smith, "Not So Strange: My First Visit to Earth", in Lazarus Long, ed., Messiahs and Other Beings (Mars City: Phobos Press, 3001), pp. 28-51, at p. 32 (and subsequently: Smith, op. cit., p. 31).

3. Pardot Kynes, "Sand, More Sand, and Some Spice", Journal of Planetology 61 (3001), pp. 1-54, at p. 53 (and subsequently: Kynes, op. cit., p. 50).
All story-titles should be within double inverted commas; the titles of novels or films should be underlined or italicised. With novels and short stories, give details of original publication in addition to the reference to the edition, collection or anthology whose text you may be using, thus:

4. Kilgore Trout, "Galactic Death Squad" (Unbelievable, June 1953), reprinted in E. Rosewater, ed., The Worst SF (New York: Deuce, 1965), pp. 1-22.With novels that have seen numerous editions, both in the USA and elsewhere, it is appropriate to give chapter numbers as well as page references, since readers will probably not have access to the same edition you are using. With television programmes please give the full date of the first broadcast (day /month/year); with films and novels the year alone is sufficient. Please note that we follow British practice in punctuation. With quotations or phrases within the double inverted commas that do not constitute a full sentence, a comma or full-stop (period) comes after the double inverted commas. With a story title punctuation only comes inside the inverted commas if it forms part of the original title. We follow British spelling (except in quotations from non-British texts). We use ise and isation rather than ize and ization in appropriate verbs and nouns; sf is the abbreviation for science fiction -- not SF, and not sci-fi!


There are very few objectionable words as far as the editorial team are concerned, but "impacted" is one of them. Wisdom teeth are impacted. Otherwise you mean either "to have an impact upon", "to make an impact" or "affect". 

Graham Sleight (Editor)

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