Instruction for Authors

Culture Unbound welcomes contributions in the form of original, unpublished and well-written articles.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 ( Culture Unbound uses the OJS editorial support system, and authors not already registered as users need to create an account and follow the submission instructions in OJS.

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 a version suitable for double-blind reviewing (i.e. without direct references that make the author identifiable).

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.