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 before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The provided template has been used.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

 Online submission guidance

Registration in the journal (if not already a registered user). You must register as an author to submit a paper

The following fields in your profile are mandatory (papers will not be assigned for review if the mandatory fields are not completed):

  1. Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email
  4. Affiliation (Capacity, Institution, Department. Divide the three with semi-colons (;))
  5. ORCID ID This is an international researcher attribute that can be acquired at no cost at It is a very useful way to attribute work to authors and to connect information online. Some funders require this
  6. Country

 If you have already registered, upgrade your profile by choosing the option “author” in the “Roles” field. 

Providing information in two languages

 First fill in your information in the language that the article is written. Then provide in a second language, if desired. If first language is other than English, English should be the second language. Choose the language from language form dropdown list and submit to define the language. First fill in one language, then in the second and save at the end. Do not save in between the two languages. The process is the same for providing article metadata.

Article submission: from your personal user page as an author, choose to submit a new article.

  • Choose the section of the journal for submission (e.g. book reviews, articles etc)
  • Choose the main language in which the article is written from the dropdown list
  • Agree with the submission preparation checklist
  • Attach your paper
  • Fill in the article metadata first in the language that the article has been written, including author information for all authors (as described above). The following metadata fields are obligatory
    • Title
    • Abstract (obligatory in two languages)
    • Keywords(obligatory in both languages. Separate keywords with semi-colons (;))
    • Language (insert en for English, fr for French)
    • References (copy and baste the bibliography of your article in this field. It should be in APA style. This allows the editors to provide direct links to those articles, if they exist online, to help readers of your article directly export bibliographies in various formats, and help track the usage of these references)

 We recommend that you fill as many fields as possible in the ‘indexing’ section beyond the obligatory ones above. Indexing helps network your article and make it more visible in the web.

OpenAIRE metada. If your submission is the result of EC funding through Horizon 2020, this field is obligatory to fill with the grant agreement number of your research grant. This will allow for your publication to become visible in the European repository, which provides open access to all publications funded by the EC.

Supporting Institutions. We recommend that you fill this field if your article is the result of specific funding, for example by an FP7, Horizon 2020 project, by a private Foundation (by filling in e.g. European Commission or Wellcome Trust). 

Manuscript style

Please use and adhere to the following:

By using our styles, you can quickly and easily give your documents a consistent and appropriate look. Styles allow you to apply complex formatting changes to text with a single click

Manuscripts of no more than 8000 words should be submitted electronically via the journal webpage in Microsoft Word (doc) format (tables, figures, images, references included in one file). Longer articles will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. In case of two or more authors, the corresponding author should be indicated. Submissions should also include at least four (4) keywords in the language of the contribution.

All submissions should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words in English.

During submission, authors will be requested to copy and paste their reference list in a separate field. This will enable article readers to export reference lists in various formats.

Authors may follow the progress of their manuscript through all stages of publication via their account on the journal’s website.

Referencing style guide

The author(s’) names should not appear in the text of the manuscript in order to facilitate the blind review. The Editor reserves the right to remove author names from the manuscript, if they appear, to secure the blind review.

References to publications should be given according to the Harvard referencing style which in the text cites authors and year of publication, e.g. (Esping-Andersen 1990; Kleinman and Piachaud, 1993). Page number(s) should be given for all direct quotations, e.g. (Ferrera et al., 2002: 230). If there is more than one reference to the same author and year, they should be distinguished by the use of a, b, c etc., added to the year. References should also be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in a List of References (not Bibliography).

Authors are particularly requested to ensure that each text reference appears in the list, and vice versa. References to books should always give the city of publication and publisher as well as author and title details. For example: Scharpf, F. (1999) Governing in Europe: Effective and Democratic? Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reference to journal articles should give volume, issue and page numbers, and the name of the article enclosed in single quotation marks. For example: Atkinson, A.B., Marlier, E. and Nolan, B. (2004) ‘Indicators and Targets for Social Inclusion in the European Union’, Journal of Common Market Studies 42: 47-75. References to chapters within multi-authored publications should be listed with the chapter title in single quotation marks followed by the author and title of the publication. For example: Leibfried, S. and Pierson, P. (1995) ‘Semisovereign welfare states: social policy in a multitiered Europe’, in Leibfried S. and Pierson P., (eds.), European Social Policy: Between Fragmentation and Integration, p.p. 43-77. Washington D.C.: The Brookings Institution. Book and journal titles should be in italics. Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the paper. Any acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text. Papers that do not conform to the aforementioned style will be returned to the author for revision.

To cite and list web references as a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list. Use footnotes for explanatory statements that develop an idea or expand a quotation, where to do so in the text would disturb the fl ow and balance of the text. Notes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3...) and the note indicators should appear outside the punctuation thus “..., 2...” except for closing parenthesis when the note is part of the parenthetical matter

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