Author Guidelines

Submissions must be made electronically through this website. Please submit both a full version and an anonymized version, as well as any illustrations. When anonymizing, please remember not only to omit reference to your own titles from the text and the bibliography, but also to remove personal information from the file (e.g. via the file info, inspect document feature).

Please ensure that you adhere to the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

Research article submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length, including endnotes and bibliography. It should include a title, subtitle, and headings within the text. Please use double quotation marks for quotes, single quotation marks for other purposes (such as ‘scare quotes’) and for quotes within quotes. Long quotations (approx. 50 words of more) should be set off in a separate paragraph. 

Do not use footnotes. Endnotes may be used for comments, but only sparingly, as well as for references to newspaper articles, websites, and other sources not listed in the bibliography. Acknowledgments (including funding information) can be included in a section prior to the endnotes but should also be limited to around 50 words, if possible.

Authors may choose either British or American English, which should be used consistently throughout the article. For non-native speakers of English, we expect authors to get their manuscript checked for grammar and style by a native speaker or professional editor/translator with native competence before final submission. This can take place either before or after peer review. If we receive a final, accepted manuscript that has not been checked, we reserve the right to delay publication until the author has brought the English up to the appropriate quality.

Abstract and keywords

The abstract should be at the most 125 words, outline the research question and/or main arguments, mention methods and/or sources, and briefly summarize conclusions. Please list five keywords after the abstract. 

Author bio

Please state your academic title(s), current position, and institutional affiliation, as well as an email address.


The editors will make the final decision on illustrations submitted. The illustrations should be submitted as JPEG at the highest possible resolution (at least 300 dpi) and have captions (including photographer or source). Desired positions of illustrations should be marked in the text. Please be aware that under the CC-BY 4.0 license, anyone who is looking at the article will be able to redistribute and share the images. The author must therefore secure publishing rights for all illustrations with this in mind. The journal does not pay for illustration costs and authors must submit written proof of the permissions granted before publication (this can be an email confirming that the rights holder is happy for the image to be shared under the CC BY 4.0 license). 


Bibliographic references in the text are given as (Ortner 2005:32) and (Czarniawska & Löfgren 2012; Shaw 1995, 2000). 

Three or fewer co-authors should all be listed (Smith, Müller & Lindberg 2005). Four or more co-authors requires the use of ‘et al.’ after the first author name (Smith et al. 2007). If citations are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year (Bourdieu 1997a, 1997b).

Please check that all references are included in the bibliography and that the bibliography only includes works cited. In the bibliography, the following system is used:

Halbwachs, Maurice 1992: On Collective Memory. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press.

Czarniawska, Barbara & Orvar Löfgren (eds.) 2012: Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies. London: Routledge.

Bauman, Zygmunt 1990: Modernity and Ambivalence. In: Mike Featherstone (ed.), Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. London: Sage Publications, 143–169.

Ortner, Sherry B. 2005: Subjectivity and Cultural Critique. Anthropological Theory 5(1): 31–52, DOI:

Rajaram, Prem Kumar 2015: Beyond Crisis. Rethinking the Population Movements at Europe’s Border. Focaal Blog, (accessed February 11, 2019).