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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 Microsoft Word document file format (.docx).
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted to Encyclopaideia must comply with the following guidelines.
EnCP welcomes theoretical papers and qualitative research reports, inspired by the phenomenological frameworks and empirical approaches of the journal.

Submission of an article to EnCP implies that the work described has not been previously published, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere (or an explanation must be provided to the Editors), that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. In instances where authors prepare multiple submissions using the same dataset or partially overlapping variables in two or more articles, this needs to be declared up front in the comments to the editor, during the submission process.

Preparing the paper

Encyclopaideia accepts submission, both in Italian and English. Contributions in English may be either translated into Italian or published in the original language. Other languages could be considered if the text is also presented with an Italian or English version.

The authors should write their text in correct English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Non-native speakers who present articles in English are kindly requested to submit their text to professional proofreading to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English. Articles with linguistic and grammatical errors will be rejected.

Submission process

Authors must submit their manuscripts within the platform, using the 5 step submission process. To ensure a blind peer review, the authors of the document must delete their names from the whole text, including references and footnotes. They must also delete any data about their affiliation, workplace, and other elements which make them recognizable. Generic terms such as “author,” “article title,” “university,” and “year” can be used instead. Also the document’s properties must not contain the author’s name or other personal details, using the anonymizing functions provided by the different softwares (see also Ensuring a Blind Review).

The anonymous manuscript will be uploaded at step 2 of the submission process. The manuscript must comply with the guidelines in “Formatting.”

Submission metadata will be provided at step 3 of the submission process, and must include the following:

  1. For each author of the manuscript: first name and last name, email, ORCiD (recommended), personal website (if available), institutional affiliation, country, and a brief biographical note (about 50 words);

  2. Title (please use title case: principal words must start with capital letter);

  3. An abstract (80–150 words);

  4. Five keywords (to be typed one by one).

NB: If the article is in Italian, title and abstract must be provided both in English and Italian, using the “Language Form” tool to switch between languages.


Articles should normally be no longer than 7,000 words, including end-notes, figures and references. Shorter and longer articles may be considered by the board of EnCP.


Submission files should be in Microsoft Word file format (.docx).

The text should be single-spaced and use a 12-point font (Times New Roman), with 10pt for the footnotes.

Paragraph titles should be numbered using the Arabic numeral system. Numbering must have a maximum of two levels. Titles must be formatted using the appropriate heading style (eg: “Heading 1” for paragraph titles, “Heading 2” for sub-paragraph titles).

Notes should be limited and collected at the end of the text. Short quotations (<40 words) should be enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”) and run on with the main text. For a quotation within a quotation, single quotation marks should be used (‘ ’). Longer quotations (>40 words) should be separated by a single line break before and a single line break after the quoted text, should be indented (1cm), and should not be enclosed within quotation marks.

All the links and URL addresses in the text have to be activated and ready to click. They must be exclusively included in the notes or in the references section, with no alternate text (plain URL must be visible).

Articles can be written either in American English or British English, provided that the choice is consistently employed throughout the text. Articles should be formatted according to these norms. Where not otherwise specified (spelling, abbreviations, punctuations, etc.) please follow the APA Style 6th ed..

Some examples:

1 author: (Rossi, 1990), (Rossi, 1990, p. 10), (Rossi, 1990, pp. 10-11) 

2 authors: (Rossi & Bianchi, 2012), (Rossi & Bianchi, 2012, pp. 54-55)

3 to 6 authors:

- first occurrence: (Rossi, Verdi, & Bianchi, 2019), (Rossi, Bianchi, Verdi, Gialli, Blu, & Viola, 1998, pp. 56-57)

- then: (Rossi et al., 1987, pp. 5-6) 

 7 or more than 7 authors: (Rossi et al., 2004, pp. 20-21)


For in-text citations (Author/Date) and the reference list, APA Style 6th ed. must be used. For a comprehensive guide on the style you can refer to several resources, such as the material prepared by the Purdue Writing Lab:

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any reference cited in the abstract must be given in full. Please provide in the reference list a DOI whenever available (written as full web address, with the prefix “”); when a DOI is not to be found, online resources must present their URL (e.g. and the last access date, using only the pattern shown in the following example: […]. Retrieved April 6, 2019 from Any further information, if known (author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be indicated.


Ventura, M. (2012). Between intercultural and critical pedagogy: the subtle exclusion of immigrant students. Intercultural Education, 23(6), 555-565.


Benasayag, M., & Schmit, G. (2003). Les passions tristes. Souffrance psychique et crise sociale. Paris: Éditions La Découvert.


Azzolini, D., Mantovani, D., & Santagati, M. (2019). Italy: Four Emerging Traditions in Immigrant Education Studies. In P. A. J. Stevens, & A. G. Dworkin (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education (pp. 695-745). London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Giroux, H. (2018). Neoliberalism in the Age of Pedagogical Terrorism. Counterpunch. Retrieved November 11, 2019 from

Romanisation of scripts other than Latin

Please use only the recognized standards. In particular:


Standard ISO 9:1995


Pinyin (ISO 7098:2015)




All illustrations, figures, and tables must be embedded in the manuscript file at the appropriate reference points, rather than at the end of the article.

Each image must have a caption with essential information and must be inserted in order of appearance, numbered in Arabic numerals.

In addition, authors are require to upload their images as supplementary files (step 4 of the submission process), stored in a specific archive (.zip) and named with two-digit numbers following the order of their appearance in the text (01.jpg, 02.png, 03.jpg, 04.tiff…).

Illustrations, preferably in .TIFF or .JPEG format, must have a resolution of 300dpi or more, and a minimum width of 1750 pixels.

Diagrams must be in PNG format.

All the images must be accompanied by captions containing basic information. Moreover, they must be inserted according to the order in which they are cited, and numbered in Arabic numerals corresponding to the names of the associated files.


Two or more images cannot be placed side by side (unless they are submitted after having been previously merged into one single image: in these cases it will be possible to insert only one caption).

The position of each image in the final PDF version of the article may vary depending on the space available for every element on each page; in articles containing many images it is therefore likely that some of them could be inserted in a different position from what initially suggested by the author.

If the article contains pictures of paintings, drawings and other works of art, the authors must declare that all the images are free from copyright or that he has obtained permission for publication from the owner. If the authors wish to include any material in their paper for which they do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by informal agreement, they must obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

The authors must send an authorization for publishing any copyrighted illustration and publishing rights to all images with recognizable people.


Tables must be numbered and centered within the page. They must also have a centered caption (e.g. Table 1 – Life expectancy).


Please chose this section only if your paper is part of a special series of articles edited by a Guest Editor who invited you to join his/her project.


Please chose this section if you want to submit a paper for peer-review. This is the ordinary choice.


Please chose this section only if you want to submit a brief discussion on some topic, which will not be subjected to external peer review and will not be listed as a scientific article.


Critical and well-reasoned commentary exploring a book’s contribution to the broader scientific debate within which it is situated (length: maximum 1,800 words)

The books to be reviewed are chosen by the Editorial Board.

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