Submission Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines carefully. The submission language is English. In some cases we accept contributions in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. An extensive summary in English will then be required. We encourage authors to use the Oxford referencing system. To give the essay form and improve its readability, we ask that the essay have a clearly defined topic or theme, which is laid out in the introduction to the piece. We also encourage the writer to divide the text into sections, using headings to promote its readability. Authors are encouraged to refrain from self-references. The text should be proofread before submission.

Manuscripts submitted in relation to a thematic issue should be submitted as e-mail attachment to the e-mail address outlined in the specific call for papers. Manuscript submitted as an open paper (not related to a specific theme) should be submitted through the online system. New users should create a new account while previous users can log in using their user names and passwords.

Submission Fee

There is no submission fee for Confero.

General Guidelines

  1. Unless otherwise notified Confero assumes manuscripts to be the property of the submitting author.
  2. Where a version of the manuscript has already been published, the submitting author should attach a statement to this effect and identifying that the article can be published by Confero with no costs incurred by the copyright holders. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders.
  3. A manuscript will be considered under the condition it has not been submitted for publication to any other journal, nor is published or planned to be published in any other journal or publication.
  4. An English language version of an article that has been published elsewhere in another language may be submitted for consideration. When submitting a manuscript in this category the submitting author is required to state that this is the case. Further, the author is required to provide a statement that a re-publication in English is allowed with no cost to Confero incurred by the copyright holders. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders. English language manuscript versions will be processed as others.
  5. All identification of the author should be omitted from manuscripts so that they can be sent anonymously to reviewers. In places where reference is made within the manuscript to the author's own published work, the author should replace this reference with the statement 'deleted for anonymity' and omit details of the publication from the reference list. Please omit the text under the heading Acknowledgements as well. If a manuscript is accepted, the author will be asked to reinsert these details.
  6. Since Confero publishes essays of varying form and shape word length may differ considerably between contributions. Length of texts should be guided by intellectual necessity; however, editorial board of Confero recommend texts between 4000-15 000 words.
  7. A short biography including the name, title(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) should be submitted in a separate document.
  8. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations that have been previously published elsewhere.
  9. Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc).

What happens to the manuscript?

When the manuscript is submitted the editorial group will review it. If deemed within the scope of the journal and potentially possessing the qualities for publication it will be sent for review by at least two reviewers. The review process is doubled blinded. The reviewers will review the article and suggest to the editorial group if it should be accepted, accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, resubmitted or rejected. Based on these recommendations the editorial group will make their decision. It is the ambition of the editorial group to provide feedback on submitted manuscripts within 3-4 months.

Decisions concerning submitted manuscripts cannot be negotiated.

If a paper is accepted with revisions the submitting author will be asked to re-submit within a stated frame of time. Failure to deliver a revised manuscript within this time may result in the manuscript being rejected. The editorial group will review re-submitted manuscripts and if necessary send it out for further review.

If an article is accepted, it is the sole responsibility of the author to deliver a print ready manuscript in accordance with the journal house style and in high quality English.

Language Policy

Confero is attentive to the fact that many authors do not have English as a first language and may find it difficult to make their research available to an English language audience. To encourage contributions from different regions Confero has the following language policy:

  • Articles are published in English. Written forms of English, such as British English or American English, vary in their spelling conventions. Please follow conventions of spelling for your preferred form consistently throughout the article.
  • Articles can be submitted in a language other than English with permission for this from the editors. If you wish to use this option, you need to contact the editors before you submit the article. The editors will give permission if reviewers proficient in the submitting language are available. Such a manuscript needs to be accompanied an extensive summary in English. If the article is accepted, the author is responsible for having it translated it into high quality English. Disclaimer: If it is not possible to find reviewers competent in both the submitting language and academic content, permission for the article to be submitted will not be granted. If this is the case the author will be invited to have the article translated into English prior to submission.
  • In some cases Confero accepts to publish articles in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. An extensive summary in English will then be required. Contact the editors if you wish to use this option.
  • Confero will consider publishing an English language version of an article that has been published elsewhere in another language. (For further instructions, see above point 5, General guidelines.)

Organisation of Manuscripts

  • To give the essay form and improve its readability, we ask that the essay have a clearly defined topic or theme that is laid out in the introduction of the piece. We also encourage the writer to divide the text into sections, using headings to promote its readability.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Times New Roman font, size 12, with double spacing.
  • Paper size of the document should be in A4-size and not e.g. Letter-size.
  • Use new line as separator of paragraphs in body text and reference list (not indentation).
  • Citation in 40 or more words should be formatted as block quotes, i.e. separated from the body text, indented and without citation marks.
  • The article should include 10-15 keywords.
  • Acknowledgements should appear in a separate section, after the main text of the article and prior to the reference list.
  • Tables and figures should be designed to fit into a page 150 x 222.3 mm (15 x 22.3 cm) and attached in a separate document. Their preferred location should be indicated in the main text.

References

  • References should be in accordance with Confero’s guidelines.
  • References should appear in footnotes at the bottom of each page. Note authors' last name and publication year (see example 1). When referring a certain page, include page number (see example 2).
  • When referring a publication with multiple authors, refer to all authors the first time (see example 3) and subsequently use 'et al.' (see example 4).
  • Always use 'and' not '&' between two authors' names within references (see example 3).
  • When referring multiple publications by an author in the same year, differentiate them by letter and separate with comma (see example 5).
  • When referring multiple publications separate them with semi colon (see example 6)
  • If the author is an organisation or institution which has an accepted acronym, show the entire name the first time it appears in the text with the acronym in parenthesis (see example 7). Only use the acronym in subsequent appearances (see example 8).
  • When citing in body text, use double quotation marks.

Examples of references in footnotes:


1 Ricœur, 2005.
2 Ricœur, 2005, p. 12.
3 Henriques, Hollway, Urwin, Venn and Walkerdine, 1984.
4 Henriques et al., 1984
5 Ryan-Flood, 2005a, 2005b.
6 Clarke, 2001; Ryan-Flood, 2005.
7 European Commission (EC), 2001.
8 EC, 2001.

  • A listing of full bibliographic details, a reference list, appears in endnotes, at the end of the text, prior Acknowledgements.
  • Endnote references should be listed alphabetically.
  • A listing of full bibliographic details, a reference list, appears in endnotes, at the end of the text, prior any Acknowledgements.
  • References in reference list follow Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Detailed information could be found in MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.
  • References should be listed alphabetically.

Examples of references in endnotes:

Books with single author

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Books with multiple authors

Lash, Scott, and Sam Whimster, eds. Max Weber, Rationality and Modernity. London: Allen & Unwin, 1987.
Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. The German ideology: Including Theses on Feuerbach and Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1998[1976].

Chapter in an edited book

Willig, Carla. "Discourse Analysis." Qualitative Psychology: A Practical Guide to Research Methods. Ed. Jonathan Smith. London: Sage, 2003. 159-183.

Journal article

Sapiro, Gisèle. "Forms of Politicization in the French Literary Field." Theory & Society 32.5-6 (2003): 633-652.

Newspaper article

Hopkinson, Natalie. "Why School Choice Fails." New York Times 4 Dec. 2011: A27.

Internet

“Essay. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essay [Retrieved 23 December 2011]

Tables, figures and photographs

  • Tables and figures should be designed to fit into a page 150 x 222.3 mm (15 x 22.3 cm) and attached in a separate document. Their preferred location should be indicated in the main text.
  • Tables may be reformatted by the publisher to permit more compact typesetting.
  • Photographs and figures may be supplied in colour, separately, in tif-format and in high contrast glossy print (300 dpi).