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Author Guidelines

Part 1: Style sheet

1. Layout

1.1. Page layout

Please use the dummy template (download template) created in MS Word.

This dummy template contains all the page settings and styles that are necessary to create your own document.


1.2. Endnotes

Use endnotes, not footnotes.

Try to limit the number of endnotes in your document.

Do not use endnotes for simple referencing purposes.


1.3. References and quotations

See APA style (6th edition) sheet for details


1.4. Division of the text


Begin the article with an abstract in English. Do not use the header Abstract for this section.Simply use italics for the abstract text. Do not exceed 15 lines.


Use the decimal system to indicate subsections:







Do not exceed 3 or —in exceptional cases only— 4 levels.



If the quotation consists of fewer than 40 words, integrate it into the text and enclose the quotation with double quotation marks.

If the quotation exceeds 40 words, display it in a freestanding block of text (see dummy template for additional information and examples).

Translation examples and back translations

See dummy template for layout.

If the article (e.g., in French) contains translation examples in a language other than the language of the article (e.g., Chinese, German, …), back translations must be provided in the language of the article.

2. Article size

Limit your text to a maximum of about 38000 characters. This number includes the references, endnotes and spaces.

3. Language

Articles can be submitted in: English, French, German or Spanish. If you are not writing in your native language, have your text checked by a native speaker.

If alternative spellings exist (e.g., British and American English), choose one variant and use it consistently. For German texts, the new spelling is preferred, but texts in old spelling will not be rewritten.

4. Quality control

Even though your abstract has been accepted, we reserve the right to refuse contributions that

  • have been previously published,
  • are submitted after the stated deadline,
  • do not comply with the instructions of this style sheet,
  • do not correspond content-wise with the abstract,
  • fail to come up to the required language standards.

Part 2: References

In-text citations and Reference list

Please use the referencing guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th edition).

A few examples are given in the dummy template.

However, when referring to a translated publication, include the following information in the references:

Translation into English: Condé, M. (1992). I, Tituba, black witch of Salem. R. Philcox (Translated into English. Original Tituba sorcière … Noire de Salem, 1988). New York: Ballantine Books.

Translation into Dutch: Condé, M. (1989). Tituba. De zwarte heks van Salem. E. Klapwijk (Translated into Dutch. Original Tituba sorcière ... Noire de Salem, 1988). Amsterdam: In de Knipscheer.

Translation into German: Condé, M. (1988). Ich, Tituba, die schwarze Hexe von Salem. D. Knaur (Translated into German. Original Tituba sorcière ... Noire de Salem, 1988). Munich: Ingeborg Ebel

Depending on the language of the article, you may need to use the following wording:

  • Translated into X. Original (for contributions in English) (e.g., Translated into English. Original)
  • Traduit en X. Original (for contributions in French) (e.g., Traduit en anglais. Original)
  • Übersetzt ins X. Originalausgabe (for contributions in German) (e.g., Übersetzt ins Englische. Originalausgabe)

The in-text citation should be as follows:

(Condé, 1988/1992) (the year of the original followed by the year of the translation)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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