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Article Types

Research Article

Research articles must describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. These should make a substantial contribution to the current understanding of the topic. Research articles should be no more than 8,500 words in length.

This section is peer reviewed.

State of the Art Overview

State of the Art Overview are short papers (up to 5,000 words) discussing a specific question, concept, or a recent development in aesthetics. Submissions under this heading may also include new perspectives on traditional problems or overlooked figures or strands in the history of aesthetics.

This section is peer reviewed.

Critical Note

Critical Notes should reflect upon or critique a recently published book in the field of aesthetics or an article published in Estetika. Authors interested in submitting a critical note should discuss the content with the editors before submitting a manuscript. Critical notes should be no longer than 3,000 words in length.

Book Review

Book Reviews should be on a recent publication in the field of aesthetics or a related field and no longer than 2,500 words in length. Authors interested in writing a book review should contact the editors who will decide on the suitability of the title and who will try to secure a review copy

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system.

Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay processing your submission. Note that while submissions must meet minimum formatting criteria for a research paper / critical note / book review (e.g., proper referencing) and must respect word limits, they need not conform to these guidelines until accepted for publication.

Estetika encourages authors to consider whether their citations may have overlooked relevant works by authors belonging to groups that are under-represented in the field.




Title page
To ensure anonymous peer review, please only list the title and abstract on the submitted manuscript file.

The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional) and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process. All authors must fit within the journal's definition of an author, available here.

Author names should include a forename and a surname. Forenames should not include only initials, unless the author has a clear reason for this preference.

  • J. Bloggs is not preferred. The full name, Joe Bloggs is recommended (this will enhance the 'findability' of your publication).

The affiliation should ideally include ‘Department, Institution, City, Country’. However only the Institution and Country are mandatory.

Research articles must have the main text prefaced by an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.

A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).

The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

Acknowledgements (optional)
Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list.

Funding Information (if applicable)
Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed. 

Competing interests
If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.

All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file under the heading Bibliography.



The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required prior to submission of the manuscript. Permission and owner details should be mentioned for all third-party content included in the submission or used in the research.


Language & Text

For the submission title:

Capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions (i.e., as, because, although). Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions.

  • Saving ‘Disinterestedness’ in Environmental Aesthetics: A Defence against Berleant

Headings within the main text:

Section headings and subheadings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title. Section headings should always be introduced by a roman numeral (I, II, III, ...); subheadings are introduced by the roman numeral of the Section followed by a period and an arabic numeral (e.g., I.1, IV.5). If Sections bear no heading, the roman numerals should be centre-aligned. Headings and subheadings should align right with a period following the numeral (e.g., I. Introduction, III.2. Conclusion).

Headings should be under 75 characters.

Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole of the submission.

  • Colour (UK) vs. Color (US)

When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.

  • World Health Organization, not World Health Organisation

American or English grammar rules may be used as long as the usage is consistent and matches the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma or not.

  • red, white, and blue OR red, white and blue


The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. The font may be changed during the typesetting process.

Underlined or bold text should be avoided, whenever possible.

Italicised text to emphasise a point is permitted, although should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise its efficiency.

Non-naturalized words, titles of paintings, volumes of verse or prose, periodicals, names of ships, films, and symphonies (like the Eroica, but not Symphony No. 3) are italicized. Amongst the italicized words is sic, in square brackets: [sic] – without an exclamation mark.

Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list must be used.

Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their impact.

Quotation marks
Use single quotation marks except for quotes within another speech, in which case double quotation marks are used.

Quotations that are longer than three lines in length must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text and without quotation marks.

Closing quotation mark follows a comma/full stop only when it is part of the quotation or when the quotation includes a full sentence.

Ellipses are in square brackets: ‘[…]’ in mid-sentence and ‘[…].’ at the end.

The standard, non-italicised font must be used for all quotes.

It must be clear from the text and/or citation where the quote is sourced. If quoting from material that is under copyright then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder.

Acronyms & Abbreviations
With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references.

  • Research completed by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows …

A number of abbreviations are so common that they do not require the full text on the first instance. Examples of these can be found here.

Abbreviations should usually be in capital letters without full stops.

  • USA, not U.S.A.

Abbreviations that end with the same letter as the complete word are not followed by a full stop: Dr, St (Saint or Street).

Common examples from Latin origin do not follow this rule and should be lower case and include full stops

  • e.g., i.e., etc.

Nevertheless, abbreviations like e.g., i.e., and etc. should be avoided; use ‘for example’ (bracketed by commas), ‘that is’/ ‘that is to say’ (bracketed by commas), ‘and so forth’ or ‘and so on’.

Use of footnotes/endnotes
Use footnotes (we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication) rather than in-text citations.

Discursive footnotes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed and cannot be presented in the main body of text.

Please insert the footnote marker after the end punctuation. Do not follow a footnote marker immediately with another one; merge the footnotes instead.


Data & Symbols

Symbols are permitted within the main text as long as they are commonly in use or have explanatory definition on their first usage.

Hyphenation, em and en dashes
There is no set rule on the use of hyphenation between words, as long as they are consistently used.

Em dashes are not used, en dashes (bracketed by spaces) should be used sparingly. If they are present, they should denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence and can replace comas, parentheses, colons, or semicolons.

  • The president’s niece – daughter of his younger brother – caused a media scandal when…

En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range. No space should surround the dash.

  • 10–25 years
  • pp. 10–65

For numbers zero to nine please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 10 or higher.

We are happy for authors to use either words or figures to represent large whole figures (i.e. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text.

If the sentence includes a series of numbers then figures must be used in each instance.

  • Artefacts were found at depths of 5, 9, and 29 cm.

If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt, or the sentence should be re-written so that it no longer starts with the number.

  • Fifteen examples were found to exist…
  • The result showed that 15 examples existed…

Do not use a comma for a decimal place.

  • 2.43 NOT 2,43

Numbers that are less than zero must have ‘0’ precede the decimal point.

  • 0.24 NOT .24

Centuries should be spelled out.

  • Nineteenth instead of 19th

Units of measurement
Symbols following a figure to denote a unit of measurement must be taken from the latest SI brochure. See for the full brochure.



This journal uses the ‘'Chicago Notes'’ reference system – see below for examples of how to format (for more information, visit The Chicago Manual of Style Online). The below are for the Bibliography:

  • Books: 

[Last Name], [First Name]. [book title]. [PubLocation]:[Publisher], [year]. doi:[DOI]. 
Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

  • Chapters within books: 

[Last Name], [First Name]. ‘[chapter title].’ In [book title], edited by [Editor First Name] [Editor Last Name], [page range]. [Publisher Location]:[Publisher], [year]. doi:[DOI]. 
Gould, Glenn. ‘Streisand as Schwarzkopf.’ In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308-11. New York: Vintage, 1984.

  • Journal articles:

[Last Name], [First Name]. ‘[article title].’ [journal title] [vol], ([year]): [page range]. doi:[DOI]. (When there is no volume number use ‘no. [iss]’)
Novak, William J. ‘The Myth of the Weak American State.’ American Historical Review 113 (2008): 14. doi:10.1086/ahr.133.3.14.

  • Newspaper articles (print):

[Last Name], First Name]. Title. Newspaper title, Date + Year 
Mendelsohn, Daniel. ‘But Enough about Me.’ New Yorker, 25 January 2010.

  • Newspaper articles (online):

[Last Name], First Name]. ‘Title.’ Newspaper title, Date + Year. URL 
Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Robert Pear. ‘Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote.’ New York Times, 27 February 2010. 

  • Conference papers: 

[Last Name], [First Name]. ‘Title.’ Paper presented at [conference title], Location, Date + Year. 
Adelman, Rachel. ‘“Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On”: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition.’ Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, 21–24 November 2009.

  • Theses and dissertations: 

[Last Name], [First Name]. ‘Title.’ PhD diss., University Name, Year. doi:[DOI]. 
Choi, Mihwa. “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.” PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2008

  • Websites: 

[Author/Organisation]. ‘Title.’ Year. URL 
McDonald’s Corporation. McDonald’s Corporation. ‘McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.’ 2008.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, in part or in whole, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. All third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission has been obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal. Authors acknowledge their responsibility to gain all permissions prior to submission.
  3. All authors qualify as authors, as defined in the authorship guidelines, and have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper.
  4. Tables are all cited in the main text and are included within the text document.
  5. Figures are all cited in the main text and are uploaded as supplementary files. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
  6. All patients included within case reports or other article types in which an individual or a group of individuals can be identified have signed informed consent forms, or had had their legal guardian do so, giving permission to publish the submitted content under a CC-BY licence.
  7. Research has been approved by an appropriate ethics committee, with the name of the committee and reference number of approval included within the submitted file. Otherwise, a statement that ethics approval was not required has been added to the file.
  8. The corresponding author is submitting an ORCID identifier in their author data and co-authors have been recommended to also provide an ORCID, as per the journal policy.
  9. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. Every effort has been made to ensure that the submission is ready for peer review according to the journal's review policy. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the submitted files (including file properties) have been anonymised.

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their websites) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

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