Guidelines for Contributors

Guidance notes for contributors to Regional Furniture


i) The editor encourages authors to submit articles on any aspect of furniture and furnishings that fall within the Society’s areas of interest. If in doubt as to the suitability of material, contact the editor.

ii) There is no word limit for submissions to Regional Furniture. Articles may be as long or as short as the author considers necessary. Bear in mind, however, that very long articles may be difficult to accommodate within the budget allocated for the year. If in doubt, ask the editor.

iii) Submissions should be made as Word or Word compatible documents, submitted either by email or on disc. Text should be double-spaced.

iv) Notes to the text should be footnotes, not endnotes, formatted as below in section 4.

v) Submissions should include a full bibliography at the end of the article.

vi) Acknowledgements, if any, should be placed at the end of the article. Keep them brief.

vii) Contributors should include a short autobiographical note (60 words maximum) with their submissions. The note will include the author’s e-mail address unless the author asks for it to be omitted.


i) Regional Furniture will be published every October.

ii) Submissions can be made at any time, but the deadline for each year’s copy is January 1st in the year of publication. However, restrictions on space, subject matter or other considerations mean that the editor cannot guarantee publication in that year.

iii) The editor will respond to authors directly in the first instance, before sending articles to one or more reviewers.

iv) Reviewers will submit their reports by March 1st.

v) Amended texts, if required, should be returned to the editor by April 1st.

vi) Proofs will be e-mailed to authors as PDF documents between April and June. Final corrected proofs will be signed off by August 31st.


Submissions should include a full bibliography at the end, divided into three sections, viz:

i) manuscript sources

ii) published sources

iii) electronic sources.

Manuscript sources should be cited as follows:

  • Location, document reference, document title, (date).
  • Example: Flintshire Record Office, D/E/280, Inventory of Erddig, seat of John Meller esq., (1726).
  • Example: The National Archives, Prob 3/32/127, Inventory of Richard Roberts, (1733).

Published sources should be cited as follows:

  • Book: Author, Title (Publisher:Place of publication, date).

Example: Jones, David, The Edinburgh Cabinet and Chair-Makers’ Books of Prices, 1805-25, (Cupar: Kirk Wynd Press, 2000).

  • Article: Author, ‘Title,’ Journal or Publication, Vol. (date), pages.
  • Example: Jones, David, ‘The Laburnum Tradition in Scotland,’ Regional Furniture, VI, (1992), pp. 1-9.
  • Example: Pickvance, Chris, ‘Shropshire 17th century furniture? Problems of interpretation,’ Regional Furniture Society Newsletter, No. 49 (Autumn 2008), pp. 3-4.

Electronic sources should be cited as close to the following format as possible:

Any other sources:

Try to maintain the following format: location, title, reference no. (date, if any). If in doubt, contact the editor.


Footnotes are used in conjunction with the bibliography at the end of the article. They should be kept as short as possible, but may include explanatory notes. If a long note is unavoidable, authors should consider whether it might be better as part of the text, or as an appendix.

Manuscript sources should be noted as follows:

Location, reference no.

Example: Flintshire Record Office, D/E/280.

Example: The National Archives, Prob 3/32/127

Published sources should be noted as follows:

Book: Author (date), page(s).

Example: Jones (2000), p. 42.

Article: Author (date).

Example: Jones (1992)

Example: Pickvance (Autumn 2008).

Electronic sources should be noted as follows:

Website, reference no.

Example:, t.17680706-47.

When more than one source is cited in a footnote, each source should be separated from the next by a semi-colon.


i) Authors are responsible for sourcing, ordering and delivering all images used in their article.

ii) It is the author’s responsibility to clear copyright and obtain permission to publish images.

iii) Image loan or reproduction fees should be met by the author. The Society offers bursaries to help with research and publication costs, but these cannot be applied for retrospectively. Details of bursaries, including how to apply, can be found via a link on the Membership page of the RFS website.

iv) Digital images are preferred, but photographs can be submitted either as prints or transparencies

v) Digital images should be submitted as either jpeg or tif files, but please bear in mind that tif files may cause difficulties if sent by email. Submissions on disc are therefore preferable in such cases.

vi) Images should be cited in the text as (Fig. 1), (Fig. 2), &c.

vii) A list of captions to figures, including credits/copyright, should be given at the end of the article.


i) The author retains copyright of the text and is free to reproduce it in any format.

ii) If the text is reproduced elsewhere the Society asks that authors acknowledge the Regional Furniture Society using the following from of words: “This article was first published in Regional Furniture (year).”