ISJ-Style Guidelines

Journal Guidelines For Authors

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word© (.doc or .docx). They should typically be between 5,000 and 7,000 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 acknowledgements should be terse and noted as the last paragraph prior to the references.

Images and Illustrations should be carefully scanned, digitized, and submitted as separate file attachments (.jpg or .gif). Aim for a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi): This is a large enough for clarity and small enough to permit download in locations that may not benefit from broadband to access the internet.

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.

All tables and figures should appear in the text (unless they have been digitized, in which case, see images above); labeled (e.g. Table 1, Figure 1), and their preferred location identified within the text as follows: (Table 1 here; Figure 1 here).

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. 

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 all authors at the first citation, but only the first author, followed by et al., in subsequent citations. For example:

(Quammen, 1996); (Briguglio, 1995, pp. 1671-2); (Armstrong & Read, 2001a, 2001b; Easterly & Kraay, 2002).

(Stratford, Baldacchino, Farbotko, MacMahon, & Harwood, 2011); cited subsequently as (Stratford et al., 2011).

References should appear alphabetically at the end of the manuscript, and as follows:

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