Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines


Types of manuscripts eligible for review in Elsya Journal:

Research Articles are full-length papers of your original/novel contribution to the relevant academic disciplines. Elsya accepts your manuscripts of research articles that are at least 5 pages and contain at least more than 4500 words (not including abstract and references).

Review/Survey/Overview Articles are summaries of the current state of understanding on a topic. A review article surveys and summarizes previously published studies, rather than reporting new facts or analysis.

Research Notes aim to provide discussions of new data sources, research techniques, and/or research practices that are relevant to the academic disciplines this journal focuses on. This type of paper must demonstrate the broad utility of the approach or research tools (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, or formal) and describe the substance of new data sources (making the data available and accessible to the community as well). Elsya accepts research notes containing 3000-5000 words (including references).

Forum articles are short commentaries that stimulate discussion on notable issues of interest to other scholars in the field. This type of paper has the purpose of provoking thought, discussion, and debate. Elsya accepts forum articles containing 2000-3000 words (including footnotes and bibliography).



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Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the Elsya online submission and review website ( This site will guide authors stepwise through the submission process. Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and artwork in electronic form to this address. Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent online submission must contact the Editor (email [email protected]) prior to submission to discuss alternative options. The Publisher and Editor regret that they are not able to consider submissions that do not follow these procedures.

Note, before uploading, authors must check that the files:

  • Follow Elsya Template.
  • Formatted as .doc or .docx.
  • Include 4-5 keywords.
  • Has been spell-checked and proofread based on British English style.
  • Contain references that are cited in-text (displaying doi links is highly recommended).
  • Include titles for any figures and tables (relevant captions are optional).
  • Indicate clearly if specific colours should be used for any figures in the print version of the article in the Editor’s Comment.



  • An original scientific paper that has never been published in any other media or journals.
  • The name of the author(s) is written without academic degrees. If a manuscript is written by a team or more than one person, the editor will communicate only with the correspondence author whose Elsya account submitted the paper electronically.
  • Minimum 5 pages and maximum 12 pages. The length may be extended for review articles.
  • Times New Roman. Font sizes:
  • 14 for manuscript title
  • 12 for text section headings
  • 11 for author name(s), text subsection headings
  • 10 for author affiliation(s) and email address(es), abstract, keywords, body text, table/chart/figure title, and any necessary additional sections for the subsection
  • Write all text, including section titles and figures, in two-column format where each column is 8.5 cm by 24.5 cm (3.35 in by 9.65 in) and there is a 0.6 cm (0.24 in) space between the two columns.
  • Paper size should be A4, this roughly means leaving 2.5 cm (1 in) margins on left and right sides of each page as well as a 2.5 cm (1 in) margin on the top and bottom of each page
  • Indent when starting a new paragraph.
  • The title of the table/chart/figure is placed on the top in font size 10 with appropriate bolded and non-bolded text. Example:

Table 1. Elsya Journal

Chart 1. Elsya Journal

Figure 1. Elsya Journal

  • If the table/chart/figure is not visually feasible for reading in the two-column style of the manuscript, authors may break pages to display the it in a one-column format. If necessary, authors may also submit the .jpg or .png versions as supplementary files.
  • The article does not contain the results of plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication of data.
  • In the revision stage during the peer-review process, authors must use Track Change in Microsoft Word.
  • This journal does not charge any submission fee. There is an article processing charge (APC) that must be paid after the paper has already undergone peer-review process and is accepted for publication. The specifics of the fee can be seen here. At the moment, authors are not charged with any fee if they publish in Elsya Journal during the Covid-19 pandemic.




  • The title should summarise the main idea or ideas of the manuscript.
  • The title must contain at least 10 words.


  • Clearly indicate a brief background of the problem/context, the researcher's objective(s), the data sample and methods, the results, and the main conclusions. It is highly recommended for the abstracts to indicate the research gaps and novelty of the manuscript.
  • The abstract must not be a copy+paste from a passage in the manuscript text.
  • 150-200 words in British English
  • There should not be any in-text citation, except if the research uses a certain previous study or theory as a primary reference.
  • 4-5 keywords (which do not merely repeat words from the title).


  • Provide background of ‘why the research was done’ which clearly identifies the problem/phenomenon.
  • Include a review of the relevant and recent literature that gives context to the manuscript’s position within the current research field.
  • State the research gaps and novelty, objectives, and benefits of the study.
  • Indicate the page when using direct quotes from a cited study. Example: “…” (Author, 2020, p. 27).

Literature Review (Optional)

  • The literature reviewed may include old studies, but must mainly contain studies that were published within last five years.
  • Should mainly review journal articles rather than books or webpages, although they are also allowed if they are necessary to give context and enrich the discussion.
  • The literature review should critically evaluate the contents of the cited literature rather than simply retelling previous studies’ findings.
  • The literature review cannot only consist of direct quotes or various definitions.


  • Provide sufficient detail so that editors, reviewers, and future studies can understand and replicate the study.
  • Specifically states the data sample, collection method and data analysis.


  • Describe the results. If appropriate, present the results as a chart/table/figure which must be described in a paragraph(s) below them.
  • Do not discuss results or speculate as to why something happened; that goes in the Discussion section.


  • Highlight the most significant results, but do not repeat what has been written in the Results section.
  • Interpret and describe the significance of and possible/definite reasons behind these results in light of what was already known about the problem/topic (which must include a review of the relevant literature).
  • Explain any new understanding or insights that emerged as a result of the study. Highlight the novelty of the results.

*Authors may combine both sections into one section called 'Results and Discussion'.


  • This is the “take-home message” of the manuscript, so it should be short and concise.
  • It is not a simple summary of the paper, but a synthesis of the key points.
  • Must include the most significant parts of the Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusions help the reader understand why this research should matter to them after they have finished reading the paper.
  • Recommendations for future research related to your topic should be mentioned.
  • Cannot be written in bullet points; it can only be written as 1-2 paragraphs.
  • No citations in the conclusion paragraph(s).

Acknowledgment (Optional)

  • Give credit to funding bodies and departments that have been of help during the project, for instance by supporting it financially or allowing the research to take place.


  • Uses the APA 7th edition (see the guide).
  • Authors are recommended to attach doi links of the cited studies.
  • Contain at least 10 studies that were published during the last five years (2016-2020).



Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see the Effect of Open Access).



  • The names, email addresses and any contacts entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. In the final copy for the published paper, only the email address of the correspondence author will remain in the published document.