General guidelines for Articles

Please take an hour or two to format your manuscript exactly according to our stylesheet. The experience is that well-formatted manuscripts stand a higher chance of acceptance. Furthermore, it significantly reduces chances of errors during production.

  • Manuscripts are accepted in American English. We follow Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition) spelling and punctuation.
  • Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation.” Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks. Please also use double quotation marks for an ironic comment or a coined expression.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order:
    • Title;
    • Author and affiliation (plus ORCID if available);
    • Correspondence details;
    • Abstract (maximum 150 words);
    • 4-6 keywords;
    • Acknowledgments;
    • Disclosure statement;
    • Biographical note (150 words);
    • Main text;
    • Endnotes;
    • Reference list;
    • Appendices (as appropriate);
    • Please include the tables and figures within the main text.
  • Please limited the number of explanatory endnotes. If something is important, it probably should be in the main text. Otherwise: delete.
  • Manuscripts should be written in a concise manner and should be to the point. Most articles in CSP are around 8000-9000 words (including notes and the reference list). However, manuscripts up to 11,000 words are accepted, for example when they include multiple case studies or use mixed methods.
  • Section headings should be concise and informative (i.e. not “theory” or “case studies”). The introduction does not have an heading. Headings are not numbered.
  • All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author.
  • All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.
  • Acknowledgements are important. Please mention if your manuscripts builds on any previously published (including in different languages) or non-published work (e.g. conference papers; working papers, dissertations, etc.). There is no harm in reusing previous work, as long as it is explicitly acknowledged (see further). We will take action against self-plagiarism when not acknowledged.
  • Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:
    • For single agency grants: “This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].”
    • For multiple agency grants: “This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx].”
  • Authors must also incorporate a Disclosure Statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their research.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.