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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, 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.

Author Guidelines

The Manuscript

Articles may be divided into sections if necessary. Each section should be num­bered, using Arabic numerals with up to three decimals: 3.2.1., 3.2.2 etc. or provided with section headings.

Short quotations should be incorporated in the text and surrounded with double quotation marks, and quotations within quotations should be surround­ed with single quotation marks. Quotations of more than 30 words and quotations from plays or poetry should be indented on the left-hand margin and set off from the main text. Omitted text in quotations should be marked [...] and the author’s interpolations should be enclosed by square brackets [xxx]. Emphasis should be marked by italics except in linguistic articles where bold type may be used instead. Words and names used meta-linguistically should be given in italics. Commas, full stops etc. should be placed inside the closing quotation mark.

Quotations in other languages than English are permit­ted but must always be translated. Translations should be given within square brackets and should be surrounded by single quotation marks. Titles in other languages than English should likewise be translated in the reference list (see examples below, under 2. References).

References should be given immediately after the quotation, stating author, date and page as follows (Olsen 2016: 43–45). In book reviews of a single work, only the page number needs to be given as follows (p. 14). Place the reference before the end of the sentence when integrated in the text but after the end of a block quotation. Separate the references with a semicolon when two or more works are referred to in the same parenthesis: (Avango 2005: 55; Rautio et al. 2020: 5). Avoid abbreviations such as ibid. and op. cit. Instead of vide, write see, instead of viz., write namely.

Use indentation instead of a skipped line to mark the beginning of a new paragraph.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively through the text.



Avango, D. (2005). Sveagruvan. Svensk gruvhantering mellan industri, diplomati och geovetenskap [‘The Svea mine. Swedish mining between industry, diplomacy and earth science 1910–1934’], Stockholm: Jernkontoret.

Glavatskaya, E. (2005). Religioznye traditsii khantov. XVII–XX vv. [‘Religious traditions of the Khanty. 19th–20th centuries'], Yekaterinburg & Salekhard: RA ARTmedia.

McCorristine, S. (2018). The Spectral Arctic. A History of Dreams and Ghosts in Polar Exploration, London: University College London Press.

Edited book

Rydving, H. & Kaikkonen, K. (eds.) (2022). Religions around the Arctic. Source Criticism and Comparisons (Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion 44), Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.


Olsen, T. A. (2016). “‘Masculinities' in Sami studies,” Journal of Northern Studies, 9:2, pp. 37–53.

Electronic journal

Rautio, A., Kukarenko, N., Nilsson, L.M. & Evengård, B. (2020). “Climate change in the Arctic. The need for a broader gender perspective in data collection,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18:2;; accessed on 30 March 2023.

Chapter in edited book

Hoogensen Gjørv, G. & Lanteigne, M. (2020). “The widening spectrum of Arctic security thinking,” in Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security, eds. G. Hoogensen Gjørv, M. Lanteigne & H. Sam-Aggrey, London: Routledge, pp. 427–431.


Joannou, A. (2023). “15 ‘potential’ gravesites found near former Yukon residential school,” The Globe and Mail 26 Sept.

“Lärarinna säger upp sig för att flyga med kristallarken” [‘Woman teacher resigns in order to fly with the crystal ark’], unsigned article in Aftonbladet 10 March 1935.

Electronic media

United Nations. Sustainable Development Goals;; accessed on 29 Sept. 2023.

Unpublished dissertation

Schweitzer, P. (1990). “Kreuzungspunkt am Rande der Welt. Kontaktgeschichte und soziale Verhältnisse der Sibirischen Eskimo zwischen 1650 und 1920” ['Crossroads at the fringe of the world. Contact history and social relations of the Siberian Eskimo between 1650 and 1920'], diss., University of Vienna.

References to several works by the same author, published the same year, should be numbered 2007a, 2007b, 2007c etc.:

Sundström, O. (2016a).  “Nenets religion,” in Encyclopedia of the Barents region. Volume 2 (N-Z), Oslo: Pax Forlag, pp. 53–55.

Sundström, O. (2016b). “Reconstructing religious identity among the Sami of Scandinavia. Christian Sami contextual theology in the twenty-first century,” in Migration and the Remaking of Ethnic/Micro-Regional Connectedness, eds. T. Yamada & T. Fujimoto, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, pp. 211–228.


Proofs will be sent electronically to the contributor and must be returned within ten days. Only minimal changes should be made and contributors will be required to pay for major alterations from the original manuscript.


The language of publication is English. Articles should normally not exceed 60,000 characters in size, including spaces (c. 10,000 words). This should not, however, include references. Shorter or longer texts may be accepted if the length is motivated by the content.

The manuscript should be accompanied by a separate sheet with a brief note on the contributor (50 words), institutional address, e-mail address, telephone and an abstract of no more than 200 words plus 10 or fewer keywords.

Illustrations should be submitted as separate files via e-mail to the editor-in-chief, either in jpg or TIF format, with resolution 300 dpi for color pictures and 175 dpi for black and white in the proposed size for publication. Note that illustrations and maps should not be inserted into the text manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and presented with brief captions. The approximate placement of the illustration or map in the text should be stated in the article manuscript, and there should be a clear reference to the illustration or map in the text itself.

Unless the author has produced the illustration or map, the original source must be given. The article contributor is responsible for obtaining the right to reproduce the material. Permission should accompany the submitted illustrations.

Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and provided with explanatory captions.

Miscellanea: Notes

The miscellanea section is open for various kinds of non-peer-review texts such as presentations of current or forthcoming research projects, reports from conferences, and information about other upcoming events relevant for northern studies.

Book Reviews

Book reviews in the Journal of Northern Studies should normally consist of 800–1,500 words. Longer or shorter reviews might be accepted after consultation with our book review editor.

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