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 (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 should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long, single spaced, including references. The editors may request that authors shorten papers that exceed these length guidelines. Manuscripts should 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. 

Illustrations can be very useful in articles, and it is recommended that authors include a map of the island or islands in question for case study articles. 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.

Submit photographs as JPEG files 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.

Please make sure that it is possible for your illustration to  fit legibly within the margins of a page (maximum width of 16 cm). 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 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.

Please supply any equations and special text in the form of a PNG file.

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.

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 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, 2014; 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 (2017, 2014, 2013). ISJ's referencing style 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 present (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.

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, 15 November. Retrieved from


ISJ charges no publication fee or article processing fee. Authors 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.