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Author Guidelines

Guidelines of Culturalistics: Journal of Cultural, Literary, and Linguistic Studies for the article contributors :

The Board of Editors is pleased to invite you to publish your papers in our journal which is published bianually (June and December). The following are guidelines for the authors of Culturalistics: Journal of Cultural, Literary, and Linguistic Studies.

  1. The article has not yet been published and submitted elsewhere, including in conference proceedings by giving a written statement from the contributor that the article sent does not contain plagiarism as supplementary file when submitting.
  2. The submission and review are totally online. Therefore, the author should submit and check the progress of the article on
  3. The full article is written in English, typed in Times New Roman 11 pt, margins all 2,54 cm, single spaced on A4 paper. The text is 5 - 7 pages in length, including references, and tables/figures with MS Word.
  4. The article structure consists of three parts: a) essential title page information; b) abstract and keywords; c) content of the article.
  5. The essential title page information is: a) title (max 20 words; 16 pt); b) complete name (without academic title; 13 pt); c) affiliation and address (present/permanent; 9pt); and d) e-mail (9pt).
  6. Abstract length 100-200 words, and keywords (3-6 words). Abstract heading (12 pt, bolt type). Abstract body text (10 pt, single space). Keywords (10 pt, separated by semicolon).
  7. The article contains: 1. Introduction (with subheadings) consisting of background of the study, problems/aims, review of literature or previous research, and theoretical framework; 2. Methods (for research-based articles); 3. Results and Discussion presented in sub-headings; 4. Conclusion; and 5. References primarily taken from journals in the last 5 years of publication.
  8. Quotations should be integrated in the text, except for those exceeding 3 lines. Separate quotations should be formatted with Left Indent: 0.5 and Right Indent: 0.5 and typed in 1 space, without quotation marks.
  9. The reference and citation should be APA 7 (American Psychological Association) style. See here for APA7 guidebook.

    Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list. The in-text citation for instance, (Levinson, 1987); ...Chomsky (2009); (Aronoff & Fudemen, 2011); ...Hariyono & Carthy (2008); Arifin et al. (2012); (Isnawati et al., 2015); Ma (1992, 1993); (Purwoko, 2008; 2010; 2014); (Fairclough, 1995; Fought, 2006). The References with hanging indent and align left, for instance, 

    Book – One Author

    Aronsson, L. (2000). The development of sustainable tourism. London: Continuum.

    Book – Two Authors

    Cushing, C. E., & Allan, J. D. (2001). Streams: Their ecology and life. San Diego: Academic Press.

    Book – Three to Five Authors

    Hayes, S. C., Stosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (1999). Acceptance and commitment therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

    Editor and no Author

    Carlock, C. J. (Ed.). (1999). Enhancing self-esteem (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Accelerated Development. 

    Chapter or Section of a Book – with an author

    Regulus, T. A. (1995). Gang violence. In R. L. Edwards (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social work (19th ed., Vol. 2, pp. 1045–1055). Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

    Chapter or Section of a Book – no author

    Anderson, K. N., Anderson, L. E., & Glanze, W. D. (Eds.). (1994). Subcutaneous injection. In Mosby's medical, nursing, and allied health dictionary (4th ed., p. 1497). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

    Journal Article (Print)

    ~ If each issue of a volume begins on page 1 or you are unsure, then include the issue number in parenthesis after the volume number (e.g., 285(5)). 

    Koopman, W. J. (2001). Prospects for autoimmune disease: Research advances in rheumatoid arthritis. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 285, 648–650.

    Journal Article from Publisher Web Site (article with no DOI)

    ~ Include print information, followed by the URL of the journal’s homepage.

    Koopman, W. J. (2001). Prospects for autoimmune disease: Research advances in rheumatoid arthritis. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 285, 648–650. Retrieved from 

    Full Text Article with Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

    ~ For more on a DOI, go to:

    ~ If authors number eight or more, use the first six names, then insert three ellipses, then the last author’s name (See p. 184 in APA Publication Manual)

    Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., . . . Tong, G.-Z. (2009). Further evidence for infection of pigs with human-like influenza viruses in China. Virus Research, 140, 85–90. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2008.11.008

    Magazine Article

    Kluger, J., & Dorfman, A. (2002, August 26). The challenges we face. Time, 160(9), 32–38.

    Newspaper Article – no author

    ~ If no author is present, use the title of the article in place of the author’s name. 

    Rotor blades fail inspection. (2002, July 27). Medicine Hat News, p. A1.

    Brochure – Same Author and Publisher

    ~ When the author and publisher are identical use the word author as the publisher.

    Travel Alberta. (2002). Official Alberta vacation guide [Brochure]. Edmonton, Canada: Author.

    Episode from a Television Series

    ~ Use writer and director in place of author, and producer in place of editor.

    Dolinsky, M. (Writer), & Alexander, D. (Director). (1968). Plato’s stepchildren [Television series episode]. In F. Freiberger (Producer), Star Trek. Los Angeles, CA: Paramount Pictures.


    ~ Provide the primary contributors such as producer and/or director.

    ~ If the video is in DVD or Blu-ray formats, you would use those terms in place of “Videotape.”

    Gillespie, M. (Producer), & Ashworth, S. (Director). (2000). Faces of reality [Videotape]. Edmonton, Canada: Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.

    Secondary Source

    ~ Cite only the secondary source in the reference list.

    Eve, R. A., Horsfall, S., & Lee, M. E. (Eds.). (1997). Chaos, complexity, and sociology. London, England: Sage.

    A Review

    ~ In square brackets use the phrase ―Review of the‖ and the type of material reviewed (book, video, etc.). If the article/review has a formal title, it will precede the bracketed text.

    Osborne, R. E. (1998). [Review of the book The fabric of self: A theory of ethics and emotions, by D. Rothbard Margolis]. Choice, 36, 223.

    Corporate Report, Government


    ~ If present, include publication or catalogue number in parenthesis after the title.

    Health Canada. (2006). Residential indoor air quality guideline: Formaldehyde (HC Publication No. 4120). Retrieved from formaldehyde-eng.pdf

    No Author or Editor

    ~ Place the title in the author position.

    Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

    Web Page

    ~ Provide as many of the bibliographic elements as are available.

    ~ Include the complete Web address for the page of information (cut and paste the web address to ensure accuracy).

    ~ Be sure that the Web site hosting a document is the actual author; a Web site might be hosting the information for other organizations.

    United Nurses of Alberta. (2009, June). Fishing for facts on the nursing shortage? Retrieved from

    Wiki Entry

    ~ The date of retrieval must be included when citing a wiki article.

    APA style. (2009, October 15). In Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Retrieved October 20, 2009, from

    Video Blog (e.g., YouTube, etc.)

    ~ Use the screen name that the author/poster has adopted. Nothing is italicized.

    myredroom. (2007, June 10). Paul sings Nessun Dorma high quality video/sound widescreen 16:9 [Video file]. Retrieved from

    Archived Documents (This includes archived letters, limited- circulation brochures, in-house produced documents, private collections, etc.)

    ~ The presentation style and level of information will vary from source to source.

    Vera Bracken Library. (2008, August). New student’s survival guide to Library Services. [Brochure]. Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, Canada. 

    (Blog Post)

    Schroeder, S. (2009, October 5). Apple to Woolworths: Your New Logo Is Too Apple-y [Web log post]. Retrieved from

    No Date

    Rosenthal, R. (n.d.). Social research procedures. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

    Personal Communication

    ~ Do not list personal communications in the reference list.

    ~ Letters, transcripts, audio records, online public forums, etc. that are archived in archives, Internet, libraries, museums, etc. do need to be cited. Refer to Section 6.20 (p. 179) of the APA Publication Manual for details.

    Short Quotation (less than 40 words)

    ~ Format your reference page entry according to the type of material you quoted from (i.e., book, journal article, Web site). Refer to the examples already listed.

    Long Quotation (more than 40 words)

    ~ Format your reference page entry according to the type of material you quoted from (i.e., book, journal article, Web site). Refer to the examples already listed.

    Quotation–no page numbers in the text

    ~ Format your reference page entry according to the type of material you quoted from (i.e., book, journal article, Web site). Refer to the examples already listed.
  10. The article template can be downloaded here.


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 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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