ISJ-Submission Instructions for Authors

Submission Instructions

To submit a manuscript, a review essay or a book review to be considered for publication in Island Studies Journal, kindly e-mail it to the editors at: All correspondence will proceed via e-mail.

Island Studies Journal publishes research papers:

  • advancing and critiquing the study of issues affecting or involving islands -- these may be small islands or large islands, sparsely populated and remote islands or densely urbanized islands at the centre of power;
  • reviewing, surveying, or providing a fresh perspective on existing and upcoming ‘island studies’ literature;
  • promoting and supporting the comparative study of islands, or of issues, policies and developments thereof;
  • seeing islands as part of complex systems of regional or global interaction and therefore also focusing on ‘island-mainland’ relations and comparisons;
  • disseminating island-based and island-tested best practices that may be proposed, adopted or adapted by island communities, entrepreneurs, governments or civil society associations;
  • encouraging the development of island studies, this being the interdisciplinary and pluridisciplinary study of islands;
  • developing an audience for island studies scholarship and a reputable platform for the growing scholarly community interested in island studies: including teachers, researchers, community representatives, students and public policy officials who are interested in, hail from, live on, or work on, islands… as well as islanders generally.

Authors are expected to engage with the existing body of island studies, as found not only in ISJ but also in other journals and publications. In order to be accepted for publication, a paper needs to place island processes or 'islandness' at the centre of its analysis; it is not enough for an article to simply concern a place that happens to be an island.

In submitting a manuscript to ISJ, authors are also confirming that they do not have an identical or similar manuscript under review, or somehow being considered for publication, with any other journal at the same time.

Style Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word© (.docx) format. They should typically be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long, typed in journal style, single spaced. They should be accompanied by an abstract of about 150 words and at least six keywords suitable for online search purposes. Manuscripts as PDFs are not acceptable.

Authors should state their full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address on the first page of their manuscript.

Any acknowledgments should be terse and noted as the last paragraph prior to the references.

Illustrations: images, tables, and other figures. Submit photographs as .jpg files, preferably with a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi). Submit tables and other illustrations as .png files. Please both submit all photographs, tables, and other figures as separate file attachments and include these in the manuscript to assist in the review process. We encourage authors to provide illustrations (particularly a map of the case study site, if relevant), but we ask that authors limit themselves to a maximum of six illustrations if possible. 

If authors incorporate any material from third parties, they should ensure - at their own expense - that any copyrighted material submitted for publication in ISJ is appropriately cleared with the respective copyright holder(s). This is best done by securing permission in writing, and well ahead of publication, from each copyright holder of any such material to use and reprint such material in ISJ.

Each section and sub-section should be clearly labeled using a consistent notation format. Do not use sub-sub-sections.

Footnotes and endnotes are not permitted. All information must be placed in the body of the manuscript.

Quoted matter, whether in text or notes, should be between double quotation marks (“xxx”). Substantial quotations (of 40 words or more) should appear as a stand alone, indented paragraph, without quotation marks.

All papers must be written in excellent English. Any regional variety of English is acceptable as long as authors are consistent. Papers that are not written in excellent English will be rejected immediately. Note that papers will be changed to Canadian English during the copyediting process.

Citations in the text are to appear alphabetically. Where an in-text citation includes two authors, include both authors in all citations. Where an in-text citation includes more than two authors, include only the first author, followed by et al. For example:

(Quammen, 1996); (Briguglio, 1995, pp. 1671-1672); (Karampela et al., 2016); (Armstrong & Read, 2001a, 2001b; Easterly & Kraay, 2002); (Stratford et al., 2011).

References should appear alphabetically at the end of the manuscript, in descending order by year (i.e. the most recent year comes first). This is the same format as you will get using Google Scholar's 'cite' function (APA style), but if you use Google Scholar to retrieve citations, make sure that all of the necessary information is there (in particular, Google Scholar does not typically pick up the place of publication for books). Here are some sample references:

Dahl, R., & Tufte, E.R. (1973). Size and democracy. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Dommen, E.C. (1980). Some distinguishing characteristics of island states. World Development, 8(12), 931-945.

Olafsson, Á. (2000). Constitutionalism and economics in the Faroes. In G. Baldacchino & D. Milne (Eds.) Lessons from the political economy of small islands: The resourcefulness of jurisdiction (pp. 120-140). New York & Charlotettown, Canada: St. Martin’s Press, in association with Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.

Royle, S.A. (1997). The benefits of insularity on development: the case of Batam island, Indonesia. Paper presented to Development Studies Association Conference. Norwich, UK: University of East Anglia, September.

Brown, L.R. (2001). Rising sea level forcing evacuation of island country. Earth Policy Institute, November 15th. Retrieved from

Scholars will be invited to make an optional donation of 150 Danish kroner (equivalent to around 30 Canadian dollars, 20 US dollars,  or 20 euros) along with their manuscript. This donation will go towards covering the maintenance costs for this website, membership of Crossref (and thereby allocations of DOIs), expenses connected with the journal's inclusion in international indexes, and student grants to cover part of the costs of attendance at Islands of the World (ISISA) conferences. This donation is not refundable. Contact the editor should you wish to discuss this.