Submission Instructions for Authors

Submission Instructions

To submit a manuscript to be considered for publication in Island Studies Journal (ISJ), 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 or providing a fresh perspective on existing and upcoming ‘island studies’ literature;
  • the comparative study of islands and their issues, policies, and developments;
  • seeing islands as part of complex systems of regional or global interaction and therefore also focusing on ‘island-mainland’, 'island-island', and 'island-sea' relations and comparisons;
  • encouraging the development of island studies, the interdisciplinary and pluridisciplinary study of islands.

Authors are expected to engage with the existing body of island studies literature, as found not only in ISJ but also in other journals and publications. Papers must be both theoretically informed and methodologically appropriate for their purpose. 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 must be between 5000 and 10,000 words long, single spaced, including references and any tables/figures (as set out below). The editors will request that authors shorten papers that exceed these length guidelines. Manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract of 150-200 words and by 5-7 keywords suitable for online search purposes. PDFs manuscripts are not acceptable.

Authors should state their full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address on the first page of their manuscript. The remainder of the document should be anonymized and otherwise written in such a way that the identity of the authors is not evident.

Please remove all reference-linking field codes created by programs such as Endnote and Zotero prior to submitting your manuscript. Please also remove any automatic formatting from your paper (for section heads, sub-section heads, etc.). 

Illustrations: images, tables, and other figures. 

Tables and illustrations count toward the maximum article length: half-page or smaller illustrations are regarded as equivalent to 250 words, and larger illustrations are regarded as equivalent to 500 words. Note that papers should nevertheless be a minimum of 5000 words in length excluding illustrations.

Submit photographs as JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi). Submit other images 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.

Please make sure that it is possible for your illustration to  fit legibly within the margins of a page (maximum width of 16 cm, maximum height of 24.5 cm). It is not acceptable to change the orientation of the page from portrait to landscape. In the case of JPEG files, this means a maximum width of 1800 pixels at 300 dpi. If you submit a larger image, then it will probably look worse when shrunken down to the size necessary to fit it into the journal. 

If you are designing a table using Microsoft Word or other software, that is fine; however, please ensure that all elements of your table fit within the page margins, and make the table as styllistically simple as possible, to increase the likelihood that it can be unproblematically transferred to our typesetting program. Don't work hard at making your table look pretty because unless you want your table to be reproduced as an image file (JPEG or PNG), it will be reformatted regardless.

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.

Sections, notes, and quotes

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.

Please do not include an appendix to your paper. All relevant information should be included in the main body of the paper.

Quoted matter, whether in text or notes, should be between double quotation marks (“xxx”), with punctuation occurring within the quotation marks ("xxx,"). Quotations of 40 words or more should appear as a standalone, indented paragraph, without quotation marks.

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


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 or sent back to the authors for revisions. Note that papers will be changed to Canadian English during the copyediting process.

Citations and references

Citations and references follow the APA (American Psychological Association) format. You can find a guide to citing and referencing in line with the APA format here: You are welcome to use reference management software to assist you with your references and citations, but note that it will always be necessary for you to manually check to ensure that references are complete. 

Always provide a full citation; do not use (ibid.). Furthermore, please ensure that in-text citations always either immediately follow the author(s)' name(s) or include the author(s)' name(s). 

References by the same author should appear in descending order by date: i.e. the most recent reference should appear first, followed by the next most recent reference.


Island Studies Journal is an open access publication that charges no publication or submission fees and is accessible free of charge to readers around the world. All work that goes into editing and putting together issues of ISJ is undertaken on a voluntary basis, and the journal has no paid employees. Nevertheless, the journal is subject certain operational and periodic expenses. Authors are thus encouraged to donate 30 Canadian dollars (equivalent to around 20 US dollars  or 20 euros) upon acceptance of their manuscript. To learn how do make a donation, please click here