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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 text is formatted according to CU's instructions for authors.

  • The manuscript has been anonymized for the double-blind review process.

Author Guidelines

Culture Unbound welcomes contributions in the form of original, unpublished and well-written articles. All research articles undergo a double blind peer review process. Articles should comprise no more than 9 000 words (including notes and references). An abstract of no more than 300 words should be submitted, as well as 5-8 keywords. In addition, a short author presentation (approx. 50 words) should be submitted, including affiliation, research interests and e-mail address.

Manuscripts are submitted following this link (https://journal.ep.liu.se/index.php/CU/login). Culture Unbound uses the JARSS editorial support system, and authors not already registered as users need to create an account and follow the submission instructions in JARSS.

Manuscripts should be in MS Word or RTF format, set in Times New Roman or other standard font, with minimal formatting (see below). Manuscripts intended for peer review should be submitted in two versions: one that is suitable for double blind peer review (i.e. without direct references that make the author identifiable), and one that on a separate first page contains all author information (name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address). For the time being Culture Unbound does not charge any publication fees from the authors.

Body text

The text should be clearly organised, avoiding jargon as well as racist or sexist language. Use either UK or US spellings consistently.

There must be a coherent hierarchy of at most three levels of headings and subheading. Quotations exceeding 40 words are to be set in separate, indented paragraphs.

Notes and references

Notes, should be kept at a minimum and have the form of numbered endnotes (1, 2, 3…) before the list of references.

References should be placed within parentheses in the body text. They should follow Harvard style, i.e. references are cited in the text by author, date and pages (e.g. ‘(Haraway 1991: 176)’) with a full alphabetical listing at the end of the manuscript. Please note that the list of references should always include the first names of all authors and not just their initials. We recommend the authors to follow these examples as closely as possible:

  • Articles in journals: Bourdieu, Pierre & Loïc Wacquant (1998/1999): ‘On the Cunning of Imperialist Reason’, Theory, Culture & Society, 16:1, 41-58.
  • Books: Hannerz, Ulf (1992): Cultural Complexity: Studies in the Social Organization of Meaning, New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Articles in edited books: Ríos, Alicia (2004): ‘Traditions and Fractures in Latin American Cultural Studies’, Ana Del Sarto, Alicia Ríos & Abril Trigo (eds): The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader, Durham: Duke University Press, 15-34.
  • Other kinds of sources are as far as possible refereed in analogous manner (unpublished papers, interviews, non-verbal material etc.)


Illustrations, including pictures, tables and diagrams, should be submitted separately, preferably in jpg or tif format. They should be numbered consecutively, with short descriptive captions including source information, and with a clear indication in the text of where they are to be inserted. (Cf. copyright issues above).

A more comprehensive Instruction for authors can be found here.

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