Documents and Formatting

RIDE transforms submitted reviews into XML documents adhering as much as possible to the TEI standard. If possible, please submit your review as a Microsoft Word Document (doc, docx).  While editing your review, please observe the following rules on formatting and editing:

  1. Format the title as heading 1 (the title of your review should usually be the name of the project you are reviewing)
  2. Structure the document using headings 2-3 (don’t use levels below 3).
  3. You may use bold, italics, underlining and strike-through.
  4. You may not use colours other than black.
  5. The paragraph font size may not vary.
  6. Use a Unicode font.
  7. Quotes are in single quotation marks: ‘Text of the quote’.
  8. Mark gaps in quotes with square brackets and three dots: […].
  9. Avoid, as much as possible, the use of footnotes. (Footnotes will be transformed into endnotes.)


RIDE welcomes pictures and especially screenshots of reviewed projects that help the reader to understand what the project is or is not doing. Screenshots, moreover, serve a documentary function, making available to the reader the state of a certain aspect of the project under review; while editions are expected to change their appearance in the future, the review will remain stable. If you want to include pictures in your review, please number them in the order they are supposed to appear in the review (picture-1.png, picture-2.png, etc.) and save them in the PNG format. Please make sure that the quality of your screenshots is appropriate for online publications.

Please do not insert the pictures into your review; instead, enter a mark in the following format where you would like the picture to appear: ###picture-1*Subtitle for this picture###


Obviously, RIDE allows links to webpages. Please provide a complete link including the protocol (http, https) and mark the beginning and end of a link with angle brackets (<>).

Instead of the ‘Accessed: Date’ information that is usually required in the bibliographic accounting of web-links, we ask reviewers to create a snapshot of each link they refer to in their text using the ‘Save a Page’-service. In order to create a snapshot, navigate to and enter the link in the ‘Save a Page’ form. This will create a snapshot and refer you to the saved paged. Please use the link of this saved page instead of the original link in your written review. Example:

Original link

Snapshot link:

Caveat: Unfortunately, not every page is archivable using the ‘Save a Page’ service. Some server configurations are incompatible with the service and sometimes the application itself will make it impossible to refer to a specific page. Please always check whether the snapshot really contains the data you try to archive. Should you be unable to create a usable snapshot, revert to the ‘Accessed: Date’ method outlined below.

Bibliographical Rules

RIDE uses the Chicago Author-Date style. A short summary can be found here. If you want to look at examples at RIDE, please use the reviews from Issue 3 onwards.



Published: Nov 2015