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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.
All word limits include footnotes and bibliography.
To ensure blind 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range. No space should surround the dash.
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.
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.
Do not use a comma for a decimal place.
Numbers that are less than zero must have ‘0’ precede the decimal point.
Centuries should be spelled out.
Units of measurement
Symbols following a figure to denote a unit of measurement must be taken from the latest SI brochure. See http://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si_brochure_8_en.pdf 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:
[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.
[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]. http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxxxxxxx
Gould, Glenn. ‘Streisand as Schwarzkopf.’ In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308-11. New York: Vintage, 1984.
[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.
[Last Name], First Name]. Title. Newspaper title, Date + Year
Mendelsohn, Daniel. ‘But Enough about Me.’ New Yorker, 25 January 2010.
[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. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/us/politics/28health.html.
[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.
[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
[Author/Organisation]. ‘Title.’ Year. URL
McDonald’s Corporation. McDonald’s Corporation. ‘McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.’ 2008. http://www.mcdonalds.com/corp/about/factsheets.html.
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.
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