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Author Guidelines

Papers submitted for review for possible publication in a Footprint issue must be submitted to one of the Issue’s Editors listed in the Call-for-Papers. Please note that Footprint publishes only papers that are submitted in response to a Call-for-Papers. The current call for papers can be found at

A. Manuscript preparation

A1. The manuscript should be uploaded through Footprint's online journal management system.

A2. Manuscripts submitted for publication in Footprint are accepted only in English. British English spelling is preferred.

A3. The manuscript should be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

A4. The authors should prepare the manuscript using a Windows-available serif font (such as Times New Roman), size 12, single-spaced.

A5. A manuscript of a paper should be 6000-8000 words long, incl. endnotes. A review article should be 2000-4000 words long, incl. endnotes. In certain cases the editors accept book reviews, exhibition reviews or interviews, and they should be 1000-2000 words long.

A6. Abstracts of 200 words (max.) are required for all manuscripts submitted. Next to the abstract, the manuscript should include up to 6 (six) keywords.

A7. Manuscripts should be prepared in order to comply with the journal's policy to ensure a Blind Peer Review. Authors should eliminate from their manuscript all references that might allow the reviewers to identify them (such as e.g. 'In my previous research...' followed by a note referring to the author's previously published work).

A8. The sections of the manuscript should be organized in the following order:

A8.1. Title page, including (i) title; (ii) abstract; (iii) keywords (max 6).

Note: Footnote and endnote references are not allowed in the title or the abstract.

A8.2. Main text (The length of the piece should be in accordance with A5.)

Footnotes are not allowed. All notes and bibliographic references should be included in the endnotes.

A8.3. Figures and/or Tables.

A8.4. Notes and References (following the reference protocols mentioned under B).

A9. The author's identification and a formatted list of references for works cited in the submission should be provided in step 3 (Enter Metadata) of the submission process on Footprint's online journal management system.

A10. Figure(s) and/or table(s) should also be uploaded individually as supplementary files on Footprint's online journal management system, and the filenames should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

B. Style Guidelines

As a style guide, Footprint employs the Chicago Manual of Style, with the exception that we prefer British spelling and punctuation.

B1. Spelling:

We prefer British spelling with -ise word endings (e.g. organise rather than organize).

B2. Punctuation:

We prefer British punctuation, an overview of which can be found in the Oxford University Style Guide, at

The most important points to keep in mind are the following:

B2.1. For quotations, we prefer single quotation marks, and double quotation marks when including a quote within a quote.

B2.2. Please note that punctuation marks that do not form part of the original quotation are placed outside of the quotation marks.

B2.3. The first word of a quotation may be changed to a capital letter without indicating it with square brackets. 

B2.4. Text omitted from a quotation is indicated with ellipses, without added spaces. The ellipses need not be placed in square brackets. It is not necessary to start or end a quotation with ellipses if the first or last part of the sentence is omitted.

B2.5. Please note that the n-dash, not the hyphen, is used as a substitute for the word ‘to’, for example in ranges of dates or pages. 

B2.6. After a colon, the sentence continues in the lower case.

B3. Formatting

B3.1: Please indent the first line of each paragraph, except when that paragraph follows a heading or a block quotation.

B3.2: We prefer title case for the title of articles and sentence case for sub-headings.

B3.3: Please indent quotations longer than 40 words as a block, and start the subsequent paragraph without indenting the first line.


B4: Citation

We use the short form citation system as described in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Examples may be found here:

B4.1: At first mention of a source, full bibliographic information should be supplied in a note. In subsequent notes, a shortened version is used. If  a note refers to the same work as the preceding note, the abbreviation ‘ibid.’  (from ibidem, ‘in the same place’) is used.

For example:

1. Samuel A. Morley, Poverty and Inequality in Latin America: The Impact of Adjustment and Recovery (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 24–25. 

2. Regina M. Schwartz, “Nationals and Nationalism: Adultery in the House of David,” Critical Inquiry 19, no. 1 (1992): 131–32. 

3. Morley, Poverty and Inequality, 43. 

4. Ibid., 44.

B4.2: Use of ‘op. cit.’ should be avoided. 

B4.3: If using Endnote in compiling notes, please break the link to notes before submitting the final typescript.

C Figures and Illustrations

C1. The figures and illustrations should have an appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, and must be uploaded individually as "Supplementary Files" in Footprint's online journal management system.

C2. The files of the high-resolution figures should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF or JPEG.

C3. In order to refer in your text to an illustration, place ‘fig.’ and the number of the illustration within rectangular brackets, as in [fig. 1]. The reference to the illustration should be placed immediately after the full-stop.

C4. All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. fig. 1, fig. 2).

C5. Figure captions must always include the source. In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

C6. The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

C7. Copyrights for illustrations must be covered by the author(s). The author(s) will be asked to sign a form guaranteeing that all permissions have been received for publishing the material. 


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 manuscript submitted for publication in Footprint is written in English (British English spelling is preferred) and it has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor).

  2. The submission file is in .doc or .docx format, and the text is single-spaced and uses a 12-point font.


  3. The lenght of the manuscript adheres to Footprint's guidelines for authors (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor):

    A Full paper should be 6000-8000 words long, incl. endnotes.

    A review article should be 2000-4000 words long, incl. endnotes.

    Book reviews, exhibition reviews or interviews, should be 1000-2000 words long.


  4. The Manuscript preparation complies with Footprint's policy to ensure a Blind Peer Review. The sections of the manuscript are organized in the following order:

    A - The title page including:

    i) Title of the manuscript (concise and informative)

    ii) Abstract of 200 words (max.);

    iii) 6 (six) keywords (máx).

    B - Main text

    The length of the piece is in accordance with c) under “Manuscript Preparation” (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor).

    C - Figures and/or Tables

    Note: The Figure(s) and/or table(s), when available, are be included in the manuscript and will be uploaded individually as "supplementary files" on Footprint's online journal management system. (The filenames should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.)

    D - Notes and References

    The Manuscript includes endnotes and references and is in accordance with the reference protocols mentioned in Footprint's “Style guidelines”.



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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a) 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.

b) 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.



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