Submission Guidelines

Style Guidelines

Article Length and Content

Research articles and case studies typically range between 8,000 and 12,000 words. Depending on the number of audio/video materials included, this may translate to a page count of anything between 15 and 50 pages, inclusive of references and bibliography (please note: we ask for a bibliography to support the reviewing process, but we only publish references as endnotes). We also suggest a limit of 250 words for abstracts submitted along with articles and case studies during the uploading process.

Language and Grammar

  • YJMR is an interdisciplinary journal committed to excellent scholarship. Considering the way readers from other disciplines might approach your terminology, please clarify technical language when necessary.
  • Authors will submit works using standard American English grammar. If your article is not in English but you feel it aligns with YJMR’s ethos, please contact the editors.
  • YJMR supports the use of inclusive language in all manuscripts. Binary, gendered pronouns should be avoided unless referring to specific individuals. General sentences should be cast in the plural where possible to maintain singular-plural agreement. If that is not possible, consider avoiding pronouns altogether when referring to an individual. Sentences may be recast using “they” and “their” to refer to singular antecedents where necessary. Gender/pronoun and chosen name/gender consistency should be maintained when writing about a trans person’s life.
  • The latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style is the authority for capitalization, punctuation, quotations, and all matters of bibliographical style for YJMR.
  • In the interests of orthographic standardization, refer to Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.
  • For grammatical guidance, refer to The Elements of Style (1999), fourth edition, by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White, as well as the “Grammar and Usage” section of the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Writers should refrain from using contractions, passive language, incomplete sentences, and imprecise terminology, as well as wordy phrases and excessive quotations. AUTHORS MUST PROOFREAD AND COPYEDIT THEIR WORK PRIOR TO SUBMITTING IT TO THE JOURNAL.

Emphasized Text

Use italics to emphasize text in submissions rather than underlining it or applying a color to the font.


In general, a word should be transliterated only if there is no acceptable English equivalent. If no such equivalent is available, authors should follow the ALA-LC romanization tables for the respective language when possible.

Formatting Guidelines

Main Body

  • Use 1.5 line spacing, 12 pt. Times New Roman for the main body of your text.
  • Use 1.0 line spacing, 10 pt. Times New Roman for indented quotes and their annotations.
  • Set off indented quotations from the surrounding text with additional space above and below; double-indent the quotation; do not use quotation marks for indented quotes.
  • Use a single column layout.
  • All margins (left, right, top, and bottom) should be 1 inch (2.5 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Indent the first line of paragraphs, unless the paragraph begins underneath a ranged-left subheading.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers.
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes (see “References” section below).
  • Ensure that there are no colored markups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text (i.e., you may need to “accept all changes” in track changes or set your document to “normal” in final markup).


Distinguish headings and subheadings from the main body text with spacing above and below. Headings should be centered, while subheadings should be ranged left.

Tables, Figures, Musical Examples, and Links

  • To the extent possible, position tables, figures, and musical examples near where they are referenced in the text.
  • Put large tables or figures on pages by themselves.
  • Avoid the use of overly small type in tables.
  • All tables and figures must fit within 1-inch margins on all sides (left, right, top, and bottom) in both portrait and landscape view.
  • Do not upload tables or figures in a separate document or file.
  • Any audio and/or video clips intended to accompany the submission must be described in parentheses where the author wishes them to appear; the initial submission should only contain text, plus any images, tables, and figures. At the time of submission, authors may upload additional files to be displayed on the web page alongside their article (e.g., data sets, video clips, or sound files). Please with any questions.
  • Refer to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style on “Illustrations and Tables” for additional guidance regarding placement, numbering, captions, credit lines, etc.
  • For hyperlink references the URL should be given within pointed brackets.


  • Submissions are required to have full endnote citations as well as a full bibliography (please note: the bibliography is requested to support the review process; the published article will have only the full endnote citations).
  • All references should be complete and formatted according to the note and bibliography system of source citation in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Note numbers should begin with “1” and follow consecutively throughout the text.
  • In the text, note numbers are superscripted.
  • Endnote numbers in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.
  • Use 10 pt. Times New Roman font, single-spaced, for endnotes.

Manuscript Submission Checklist

  • The submission is an original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.
  • The submission is written in English.
  • The submission is a single Microsoft Word file or PDF that includes tables, figures, appendices, etc.
  • The submission adheres to all formatting and stylistic requirements outlined in this guide.
  • The submission has complete references formatted in accordance with the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • The submission is free of author identification for the double-blind peer-review process.

“Submit Article” Guidelines

Once you have completed the steps in the Manuscript Submission Checklist, you may proceed to the “Submit Article” page. Please populate all the metadata fields when prompted, including the fields for article title, cover letter, abstract, and keywords.