About the Journal

The Trinity Postgraduate Review, hereafter TPR, is an international research journal for postgraduate students published by the Graduate Students' Union, Trinity College Dublin. TPR showcases the work of postgraduate students both from Trinity College Dublin, and from other universities. Drawing on the peer review tradition, TPR encourages interdisciplinary collaboration in a peer review tradition for the advancement of knowledge and scholarly engagement.

Submission Guidelines:

Re-print Policy: Trinity Postgraduate Review allows articles published in one of its volumes to be re-printed in other journals. Articles published in TPR may be re-printed in other journals only once the author has sought, and been granted, permission from the TCD Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) President and TPR Editorial Board. Although permission is usually granted, the TCD GSU and the TPR Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse permission. Re-prints must credit Trinity Postgraduate Review.

Research: All research product created by Trinity College Dublin students is acceptable for submission to TPR, with preference given to work being created while affiliated with Trinity College.

Postgraduate Science students: Papers presenting findings or hypotheses related to negative results, or preliminary results in an unfinished research project are open for consideration. In addition to this, the Editorial Committee will consider papers related to replication studies.

Manuscript Guidelines:

1. Length

Papers should be c.5000 words and contain no more than 30 bibliographic references.

2. Format

All manuscripts must be double-spaced and submitted in “Times New Roman” font size 12. Acceptable file formats include .doc and docx. Please do not send .pdf files.

3. Components

a. Title

The title of the paper should be at the top of the submission, accompanied by the author's full name. Authors’ affiliations should include the department, institution, city, and country, and should be added as a footnote to the authors’ name. You may also add relevant contact information for the corresponding author, including address, phone number, and email address.

b. Abstract

Original research papers require an abstract of 200 words or less, which should be included before the start of the paper proper, followed by a list of no more than 5 keywords.

c. Main Text

Where relevant to the discipline, research papers should be organised as follows: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References. Combining Results and Discussion is discouraged. Please avoid using more than three levels of headings. Papers in the arts and humanities, or papers that are literature reviews, can be structured according to the needs of the research.

d. Acknowledgement/ Declaration of conflicts of interest

All acknowledgments, including those for financial support, should be listed in a section to precede the References. Any declarations of conflicts of interest should be made in this section.

e. Abbreviations

Use abbreviations sparingly. Provide an Abbreviations section, a list of all nonstandard abbreviations, before the Introduction section. Use the metric system for all measurements. Define all symbols used in equations and formulas.

f. References

References should conform to Chicago style. The Chicago style refers to footnotes at the end of each page and a reference list at the end of the article.

Footnotes are written as such:

#. Author's First name Last name, Title of Book (Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication), page.


1. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.

The second time that the same footnote is used it is included in its shortened form:

#. Author’s last name, Shortened Title, Page number


18. Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, 3.

If the same footnote is used again immediately, Ibid. is inserted instead.


5. Farmwinkle, Humor of the Midwest, 241.

6. Ibid., 258–59.

7. Ibid.

8. Ibid., 333–34.

Please see here for more information: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec015.html

and http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec025.html

The references at the end of the document are written as such:

Author’s last name, first name. Title. Location: Publisher, Year


Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

For directions on how to write the reference list/bibliography please see this TCD Library document in the section under University of Chicago: http://www.tcd.ie/Library/assets/pdf/Academic%20Style%20Guides.pdf. This site is also helpful (N.B. please conform to the Notes & Bibliography style): http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

If in doubt, please refer to the fourteenth chapter of the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_toc.html

g. Table

Tables should be numbered (with Roman numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes below the table.

h. Figures

Figures (including photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. The captions for illustrations should be separated from the text, and collated in a separate section called “Legend to Figures.” Electronic artwork should be in .tif, .eps, or .jpg format. Only gray-scale figures will be accepted for publication.

i. Supplementary Appendix

We encourage all necessary data, tables and figures to be included in the official manuscript, since there is limited capability to publish Supplementary Material.