JofC Stylistic Rules

Here are the basic guidelines for authors submitting to the JofC.  It is strongly recommended that authors also become aware of the content on the page “Guide for Authors” before submitting.

 

Contribution type

 

Articles and Papers

Your manuscript should consist of the following elements:

Title

The title of the paper should appear centralized, in bold. Titles should capitalize only the first letter of each word, except for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions.

When the title includes a subtitle, it should appear as:

< : >

Subtitles should be placed preferably on the line subsequent to the title line.   

For example:

Vibrostaseology:
An In-depth Analysis of the Vibrational State   

The title (or title + subtitle) should not exceed 65 characters, including spaces, to appear in full in the table of contents. Titles longer than 65 characters will have only the first part of the title appearing on the cover’s table of contents.

Author name

The name(s) of the author(s) with correct capitalization and diacritical marks should appear italicized, aligned at the right margin. Please include at least the first name and surname.

If middle names or middle name initials are used, we recommend that those are consistent both throughout the paper and in the case of any future submissions to the journal.

For works authored by two to three persons, the first name to appear should be of the main author/researcher, followed by the other authors in alphabetical order of surname. If all authors have the same level of contribution to the work, their names should appear in alphabetical order of surname.  

For works with more than three authors, only the first/main author name should appear, followed by “et al.”

Note that name(s) will appear in the table of contents (usually placed on the cover) as it is written here.

Abstract

Abstracts should summarize concisely the objective, discussion, and conclusions of the paper. It should be written in a single paragraph of, generally, no more than 150 words. It should be aligned left, using the following format:

ABSTRACT: Amet ligula magnis. Quam. Proin urna turpis pellentesque lorem cras. Ultricies lobortis hac nisi curabitur facilisis platea tempus non et consequat phasellus nonummy justo viverra curae; curae; rutrum Volutpat. Elementum suspendisse interdum sed Natoque ad. Luctus convallis laoreet mauris hymenaeos.

Keywords

This is an optional component.

If keywords are included, please use a maximum of five, listed in alphabetical order. This should appear in the line immediately after the abstract, i.e., in a separate line but with no line space between “abstract” and “keywords”, aligned left. The word “Keywords” should appear italicized, followed by colon and the keywords per se, in the format:

Keywords: curae, dictumst, facilisis, velit, vestibulum.    

Please note that due to electronic search mechanisms, words that appear in the abstract will be found when a researcher looks for them. So, there is no need to list keywords when they are part of the abstract.

Body of Text

Unless it is very short, the paper should be organized into sections.

All enumerations must be made manually, rather than using the automatic numbering tool from your word processing program.

Articles should be no longer than 6,000 words. The limitation on the length is enforced. Submissions that deviate from the aforementioned limit may be accepted, on the basis of the merit and circumstances of each case, at the discretion of the JofC. Usually deviations of more than 20% of the length limit are not accepted.

The titles of the main sections should be capitalized, aligned at left, with two line spaces before and one line space after the section title. The titles of subsections should be written in bold, aligned at left, with one line spaces before and one line space after the subsection title.

Enumeration for sections and subsections are accepted, but it is recommended for papers with a number of sections and subsections large enough to justify enumerating them.  If numbering sections and subsections, authors are advised to use Arabic numerals, outlining their hierarchy, i.e., section 1 would have subsections (second-level headings) numbered 1.1., 1.2., 1.3., etc. and sub-subsections (third-level headings) 1.1.1., 1.1.2., and so forth.

Section titles, subsection titles, first paragraphs of each section/subsection, and other similar components should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent.  Paragraphs in the middle of the text section (after first paragraph of each section) should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

Images, tables, and graphs should normally be centralized. When submitting the paper, a separate file with the editable version of the graph(s) or equivalent should be sent with the paper. Please see “Guide to Authors” for details.

The article’s content should not make propaganda or publicity of any product, service, or organization in any way. It may, however, appropriately cite the respective product, service or organization, when necessary to the understanding of the matter or contextualization of the topic. 

Acknowledgments

This is an optional component. Individuals, institutions, or funding agencies may be acknowledged at the end of the paper. However, it is not appropriate to acknowledge JofC editors or reviewers when in their roles of editors and reviewers.

Appendices

This is an optional component.

Note: whenever possible, authors are encouraged to integrate figures, tables, images and other elements within the flow of text.

References

Any papers, books, electronic articles, and alike cited in the manuscript should all appear in a single reference section.

These should be listed under the word “References”, which should appear in full capital letters, followed by (colon), with three line spaces before and one line space after.

Submissions will only be considered if they come with correct formatting of bibliography. Please see JofC Reference Guidelines for complete details.

Note that when part of other author’s text appears as “citation”, the entry corresponding to it should include the page number of the respective text.

Author’s curriculum vitae

Brief biographical details should be provided, using the following standard: 1) Author’s name [in the format: first name, middle name(s) (if desired), and surname], 2) Title/highest title obtained, 3) Mini-curriculum focused on the aspects more relevant to the paper in question.

The biography should be written in a single paragraph format. Itemized lists are not appropriate.  

For works with more than one author, each author’s biography should appear separately, in alphabetical order or surname, or in the sequence presented in “Author name”.  

Author(s)’s contact details

Complete postal mailing address for each author, including zip or country code, contact phone(s), and e-mail address, if available, should be provided for the author(s).

Note that these details will not be published and are requested for the purpose of contacting the author.

Personal Account

Accounts should be written in an informal way, so as to express the true “tone” of the experience and how it was lived by the author. The recommended length is from 300 to 2,000 words. 

Technical explanations on conscientiology concepts are not appropriate for personal accounts. If discussion of an existing notion or proposal of a theory is the main point of the manuscript, it should be converted into an article where the experience is used as illustration of the arguments or concepts discussed.  

Accounts should have a title that reflects the core of the experience, followed by its description. The title of the paper should appear centralized, in bold, with only the first letter of each word capitalized, except for articles, conjunctions, and prepositions. When title includes a subtitle, it should appear as < : > (colon) + subtitle.  

The name of the author should follow the title, with one line space before and two line spaces after. It should be italicized, aligned with the right margin. Please include at least the first name and surname.

The description of the experience should be in the past tense and include details of the date/period and location of which the experience took place.

Please note the first paragraph should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent. Subsequent paragraphs should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

The contribution should be concluded with the author’s name and title/credentials. The city and state of residence of the author should appear in the subsequent line, followed by resident country in the next subsequent line. This information should appear in regular font, aligned with the left margin.

Book Review

Book reviews should have the header “Book Review” at the top of the page.

Name of the book should appear as a title, centralized, two lines underneath the header.

Technical data about the book must be provided, all aligned at the left margin. Each item must be written in bold, followed by (colon) and the item description per se. Among the data to be provided are the following items:

Title: (of the book being reviewed):

Edition: (inform which edition the reviewed piece corresponds to)

Original title: (in case the above corresponds to a translated version)

Author(s):

Date: (year of the version being reviewed):

First edition: (inform the year of the first edition, in case the reviewed piece is not the first edition)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Comments on the book should follow, separated by two lines. Text should be up to 2,000 words.

It should be concluded with the name of the review’s author, followed by its credentials and affiliation, in subsequent lines, aligned with the right margin.

Please note the first paragraph should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent.  Subsequent paragraphs should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

Movie Review

Movie reviews should have the header “Movie Review” centralized at the top of the page. It should be followed by the title of the film being reviewed, which should also appear centralized, separated from the header by two lines. 

 

Technical data about the movie must be provided, all aligned at the left margin. Each item must be written in bold, followed by (colon) and the item description per se.  These data are to be provided below the movie title, separated by two lines, aligned at the left margin. It should include, but not be limited to, the following items:

Original title: (if different from the above)

Release date: (if more than one countries are involved, for example in the case of a subtitled version being reviewed, please include the release date of the original and of the translated/subtitled version that is being reviewed)

Director:

Producer:

Writer:

Actors: (only main actors, if appropriate)

Duration:

Comments on the film should be up to 3,000 words.

It should be concluded with the author’s name, followed by its credentials and affiliation, in subsequent lines. It should appear aligned with the right margin

Please note the first paragraph should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent.  Subsequent paragraphs should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

News & Notices

A contribution of this type should have the header “News & Notices” centralized at the top of the page, followed by the headline of news being communicated, which should be separated of the header by two lines.

In case of CFP, event information, event reports, or time sensitive news, please include the place, as appropriate, the date(s) and further details of the event. This should appear right underneath the headline.

A brief text describing the news should follow.  The length limit is from 300 to 1,500 words; however, it is recommended that it does not exceed 800 words.

The contribution must be concluded with the name of the organization and/or researcher submitting it.

Please note the first paragraph should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent.  Subsequent paragraphs should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

Correspondence

Correspondences must be related to articles or discussions presented in the JofC. It should be addressed to the editor, stating at the top, aligned at left margin “To the Editor:”.  

The first paragraph must state which article or contribution it is related with.

The recommended length is between 300 to 2000 words. The contribution must be concluded with the author’s name and main affiliation. The name of the author must appear aligned at the left margin.

Please note the first paragraph should be aligned at the left margin, with no indent.  Subsequent paragraphs should be indented at approximately 0.7cm. There should be no line space between paragraphs.

Interview

The title should be “Interview with …”, which should appear centralized, in bold. In the subsequent line, it should appear the interviewed main credentials, including his or her area of expertise. 

The name of the interviewer should follow the title, in the format: “by …”.  Interviewer’s name should be italicized, aligned at the right margin. Please include at least first name and surname. Note that name(s) will appear in the table of contents (usually placed in the cover) as it is written here.

The length guideline is between 2,000 to 5,000 words. Submissions deviating from the aforementioned limits will only be accepted on the basis of the merit and specific needs of each interview, at the discretion of the JofC.

Each question should state the initials of the interviewer and answers should state the initials of the interviewed. They should appear in bold, aligned left. If more than one paragraph exists in the answer, the paragraphs that follow should be intended by approximately 0.7cm.

At the end of the interview, the interviewer’s name should appear again, followed, in subsequent lines, by his/her credentials and affiliation.

If a section “to know more” is required, for instance to include the interviewed book or work related to the topic of the interview, it should appear after the interviewer name, separated by two lines, following the same format as the “reference” section for articles.