Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

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Edited By: Carolyn Heitmeyer, Danielle Hemple and Ulrike Theuerkauf

Online ISSN: 1754-9469

Author Guidelines

1. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism has now adopted Manuscript Central, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

• Quick and easy submission
• Administration centralised and reduced
• Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every Manuscript Central page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Carolyn Heitmeyer in the Editorial Office by e-mail (
Books for reviews should be sent to the Book Reviews Editor at: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. All copyright of papers and other articles submitted to SEN are to be transferred to SEN after the final manuscripts are received by SEN just before publication. By submitting the manuscript to SEN, authors agree to abide by SEN Copyright Guidelines.

Starting with volume 11 number 2, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism has introduced a new article format (Research Notes) in order to accommodate manuscripts whose main focus is on the presentation of original empirical findings in order to complement existing theoretical debates. Please consult the regular manuscript guidelines for further submission and review guidelines.

The second and third issues of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism always contain a features section, dedicated to mapping the "state of play" of various debates on ethnicity and nationalism, and driving  these debates forward. The features section aims to include more established academics and always centres around a specific theme that is of relevance to both the academic and policy-making debate. Please contact the editors for further details on the features guidelines.

It is the individual author’s responsibility to ensure that the manuscript submitted does not cause any copyright infringements, defamation, and other legal issues. SEN will not indemnify any author facing lawsuits from copyright or other legal infringements.

2. Author’s name, title and full address with a brief biographical note should be typed on a separate page. An abstract of 100 – 150 words should be typed on a separate page.

3. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words (including endnotes and references), and should have a minimum length of 5,500 words. Book reviews should be 600 – 800 words long.

4. Quotations should be enclosed within single quotation marks. Substantial quotations of 40 or more words should be indented without quotation marks.

5. Foreign language text should always be italicised, even when lengthy. American spelling is accepted but spelling practice should be consistent throughout the article.

6. The ‘Harvard’ system should be used for bibliographical references in the text and notes: give author’s name, year of publication and page number(s) in round brackets, eg: (Jones 1990:20-1).

7. Tables should be properly titled and numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Illustrations such as diagrams, maps and graphs must be referred to as ‘Figures’, must have their own title and must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Necessary permission must be obtained by the author for the reproduction of any illustration or table already published. It is the policy of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. This is in line with conventional practice amongst other journals. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley-Blackwell require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form before your paper can be published. The Colour Work Agreement Form should be returned to the Production Editor, Jairo Deauna, at

8. Notes, which should be kept to a minimum, will be printed as endnotes and should be typed single spaced as a separate section preceding the References.

9. A bibliography should be included at the end of the article starting on a new page and titled References. The list should be alphabetical by surname of author. Author’s names should be in upper and lower case, while the titles of books should be in italics, eg Archer, Margaret S 1988. Culture and Agency: The Place of Culture in Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

10. It is a condition of acceptance that a contribution has not already appeared in print and that if accepted it will not be reproduced elsewhere without permission of SEN. Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). Authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

11. Proofs will be dispatched by the publisher to the contributor who should return them, with misprints corrected as soon as possible. Other alterations made at this stage will be charged to the contributor. One copy of the issue containing the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding authors.

12. It is the author's role to obtain the original illustrations and copyright permission for both illustrative and written material. Neither Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism nor Wiley-Blackwell will pay for illustrations. Securing permissions can be a lengthy procedure - you should request permission as early in the process as possible. As Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism is a scholarly journal try to negotiate a reduced fee for illustrations and reproduction costs.

The following are some brief guidelines for those interested in writing a book review for SEN:
A review should be headed with a bibliographic citation for the book including the author, title, location of publication, publisher, date, pages and price, in line with the following example:

Marc S. Abramson, Ethnic Identity in Tang China (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, 288 pp., £36.00 hbk.).

Reviewers should aim to provide short, accessible and authoritative reviews which strike a balance between providing a non-evaluative overview of the content of the book and a critical evaluation. The overview part should take up a much larger proportion of the book review (roughly 70-80%) compared to the critical evaluation part (roughly 20-30%). SEN reserves the right to reject book reviews if they do not adhere to our journal’s standards.

Reviews for non-edited volumes should be between 600 and 800 words in length. Reviews for edited volumes can be up to 1,000 words in length. Use Arial in 10 point and double spacing throughout the body of the text. Don’t indent the start of each paragraph, but do leave a single space after each one. Footnotes are not used in reviews. Instead please include a citation in the text itself, followed by a full reference at the end of the review in the Harvard style. All quotations from the book reviewed should be followed by the page number from which they have been taken; for example, (p. 34). For more details on SEN’s referencing style, please follow this link.

The placement of commas in quotations should follow standard usage, except that end punctuation goes outside the quotation marks when the passage is not a full sentence, inside when the passage is a full sentence. Abbreviations, acronyms and technical terms should be explained in the text the first time they occur. Quotations should be enclosed within ‘single’ quotation marks. Substantial quotations should be indented without quotation marks. Quotations within a quotation should be enclosed within “double” quotation marks. Any alteration in a quotation should be acknowledged, for example: (Jones 1990:20-1, emphasis added).

Foreign language text should always be italicised. Only British spelling should be used. Spelling practice ought to be consistent throughout the article. Proper nouns should have Capital Letters according to standard practice and the author's wishes as long as continuity is maintained throughout the submission. For clarity, the following should be used as a guide for these often confusing cases: First World War, Second World War, the Cold War, the Great War, World War I, World War II, either Eastern Europe or eastern Europe, but consistent use only. Conventions to be followed concerning dates are: 5th June 2006. Numbers of 100 or more should be written as numerals such as 1,000. Numbers less than 100 should be spelled out unless they contain a decimal or fraction. ‘Per cent’ should be used rather than ‘percent’ or ‘%’.

Please include your name and institutional affiliation (if any) at the end of the review.

For any queries, please contact the book reviews editorial team at

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production, and, when published online access the article for free. Authors may also nominate up to 10 specialists to receive free access as well. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.