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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration at another journal (if needed, you may provide an explanation in Comments to the Editor)
  • The file to be submitted is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is fully anonymized and adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements for submitted manuscripts (as outlined in the Author Guidelines).
  • The text is double-spaced, uses a 12-point font, employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the appropriate points within the text rather than at the end of the document.

Author Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts:

Anonymity: all identifying details must be removed for blind review. This includes references to the author’s prior publications. Please remember to remove identifying document metadata. 

Language: all accepted papers will be published in English, but submissions can be received in languages other than English. For details, please see our Language Policy.

Length: 10,000 words maximum, including references and footnotes.

Abstract: 250 words, in English (regardless of the language of submission).

Keywords: from 5 to 10, in English (regardless of the language of submission).

Font: 12-point Times New Roman, all text (including footnotes) double-spaced.

Notes: please use footnotes and not endnotes. Footnotes include bibliographical references (Chicago Style), and may also include explanatory notes. A single footnote cannot be longer than 400 words.

Bolding: only the title of the article should be in bold. All headings and subheadings should be in regular font, numbered sequentially.

Quotations: all quotations longer than 100 words should be presented as a freestanding block quote.

Bibliography: all papers must include a bibliography of all (and only) the work cited in the paper.


Accepted manuscripts:

Once accepted, it is the author’s responsibility to make sure that their paper conforms to the following guidelines:

Final published English versions should follow the rules and conventions of British English.

All published articles should be formatted according to the Notes and Bibliography style defined by the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, (from Section 14.9, page 751, also available at:


Reference examples and templates:

Here are a few illustrations about how the Chicago Style applies to bibliographical references (from ).

For Notes and Bibliography style, use the “Full Note” format the first time a source is cited in-text, and the “Shortened Note” format for subsequent in-text citations (updating page numbers when necessary). If the same source is cited two or more times in a row on one page, you can use “Ibid.” in place of the author and title information. Use the formats for “Bibliography Entry” in the bibliography.

Article (Template)

Full Note:

First name Last name and First name Last name, "Article Title," Journal Title volume #, no. issue # (year): page #. doi.

Shortened Note:

Last name and Last name, Shortened Article Title, page #. 

Bibliography Entry:

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. “Article Title.” Journal Title volume #, no. issue # (year): first page # – last page #. doi.

Article with DOI

Full Note:

Gueorgi Kossinets and Duncan J. Watts, "Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network," American Journal of Sociology 115, no. 2 (2009): 407. doi:10.1086/599247.

Shortened Note:

Kossinets and Watts, "Origins of Homophily," 409.

Bibliography Entry:

Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. "Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network." American Journal of Sociology 115, no. 2 (2009): 405-50. doi:10.1086/599247.

Article without DOI: Use URL

Full Note:

Frank P. Whitney, “The Six-Year High School in Cleveland,” School Review 37, no. 4 (1929): 268. Accessed September 13, 2021.

Shortened Note:

Whitney, "The Six-Year High School," 272.

Bibliography Entry:

Whitney, Frank P. “The Six – Year High School in Cleveland.” School Review 37, no. 4 (1929): 267-71. Accessed September 13, 2021.

*Note: the inclusion of access dates is optional, and usually recommended only when there is no other date provided for a source. 

Three to ten authors

If your source has three to ten authors, in the notes, mention only the first listed author followed by "et al." (which means "and others"). In the bibliography, list all of the authors' names.

Full Note:

Karen Fulcher et al., "Contraceptive Decision-Making and Priorities: What Happens Before Patients See a Healthcare Provider," The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 30, no. 1 (2021): 56-64.

Shortened Note:

Fulcher et al., "Contraceptive Decision-Making," 58.

Bibliography Entry:

Fulcher, Karyn, Meriah Drabkin, Jennifer Gibson, Jenny Francoeur, Abbey Eurchuk, Maria Weaver, Bobbi Turner, and Nathan J. Lachowsky. "Contraceptive decision-making and priorities: What happens before patients see a healthcare provider." The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality 30, no. 1 (2021): 56-64.

Book (Template)

Full Note:
First name Last name and First name Last name, Book Title #th ed. (Location: Publisher, Year), page # - page #.

Shortened Note:

Last name and Last name, Shortened Book Title, page #.

Bibliography Entry:

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. Book Title #th ed. Location: Publisher, year.

Book by a Single Author

Full Note:

Fred Lerner, The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, 2nd ed. (New York: Continuum, 2009), 12-13.

Shortened Note:

Lerner, The Story of Libraries, 15.

Bibliography Entry:

Lerner, Fred. The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, 2nd ed. New York: Continuum, 2009.

Book by Multiple Editors 

Include "ed." or "eds." after the name(s) of listed editor(s) in the author position.

Full Note: 

Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang, eds., Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality (Urbana: University of Illinois Press 1997), 35.

Shortened Note:

Jacobs, Thomas, and Lang, Two-Spirit People, 46-47.

Bibliography Entry:

Jacobs, Sue-Ellen, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang, eds. Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

 “Ibid.” Usage Example

Full Note:

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 (New York: Knopf, 2007), 52. 

Shortened Note:

Ward and Burns, The War, 59. 

If twice or more in a row on one page:

Ibid., 67.

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