International Dialogue

Pristina, Kosovo. 2008 demonstration against EULEX

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for International Dialogue

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to International Dialogue.


Submissions are fully peer-reviewed by a review board composed of the editors, their designees, and members of the editorial boards.

The editors will notify authors within approximately 90 days of their decision. Manuscripts submitted to ID must not have been previously published or under consideration by any other publication while under review by ID editors.

All manuscripts by authors in the Americas, Australasia, and the Caribbean should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief in English (i.e., American, not British). For spelling, punctuation, and style refer to the “Submissions” page, as well as the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Those authors whose primary language is other than English should consult with the Editor-in-Chief as to whether a non-English language version of the manuscript can be published along with the English translation. Those manuscripts by authors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa may be submitted to either the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editor, European Editorial Board, in American English and follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition. Those authors whose primary language is other than English should consult the Associate Editor as to whether the non-English language version of the manuscript can be published along side the English translation. If another language is approved, then the style to which the author is familiar will be acceptable for that non-English language version. Authors whose second language is English will be responsible for an acceptable English translation.

The length of research articles should be between 3500 and 10,000 words, with the length of discussion notes, which are comments or responses to research published in the journal and elsewhere; book and film reviews; review essays, and interviews varying between 1500 and 5000 words depending upon the type of submission.

Submission Procedure

Manuscripts (English language version) should be submitted in Microsoft Word similar word processing format in order to ensure proper processing and should be arranged as follows:

  1. Title page, to include the title of the submission, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, and contact information, including e-mail address, and fax and telephone numbers, of the author(s). The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  2. Abstract page, to include the title of the submission followed by an abstract of 100–150 words.
  3. Biography page indicating in no more than 100 words the author(s) institutional affiliation, research interests and the activities and publications they consider important.
  4. Text
  5. Notes: Notes take the form of endnotes, not footnotes, and should be kept to a minimum and marked clearly in the text at the point of punctuation by superscript Arabic numbers. The use of endnotes is to be limited to instances where the author wishes to make a substantive point related to the main text. The referencing style should be that of citations below.
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. References: A full list of references in alphabetical order should appear at the end the article. Please make sure (a) that all references cited in the text are given in the reference list and (b) that the reference list does not include works that have not been cited in the text.

Manuscripts in languages other than English should be submitted in Microsoft format and arranged as follows: Title page, Abstract page, Text, Endnotes, Acknowledgments, and References.

Referencing Style for Submissions in English

This consists of (a) citations within the text that follow the Harvard style and (b) a list of references following the endnotes that give full details of each work cited.


  • (Waltz 1979)
  • (Huntington 1991: 183–85)
  • (Soguk and Whitehall 1999: 682)
  • (Kaplan et al 2005: 45)
  • (2009: 245–48)


Chomsky, Noam. (2003). Terror and Just Response, in James P. Sterba (ed) Terrorism and International Justice (New York: Oxford University Press), 69–87.

Donnelly, Jack. (1999). Human Rights, Democracy, and Development. Human Rights Quarterly 21, 608–32.

Gutmann, Amy and Thompson, Dennis. (1996). Democracy and Disagreement (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

Manzo, Kate. (1999). Critical Humanism: Postcolonialism and Postmodern Ethics, in David Campbell and Michael J. Shapiro (eds) Moral Spaces: Rethinking Ethics and World Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), 154–83.

Pejanović, Mirko. (2007). The Political Development of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the post-Dayton Period, trans. Borislav Radović (Sarajevo: TKD Šahinpašić).

UNDP (ed). (2000). Human Development Report, Human Rights and Human Development (New York: UNDP Publishing).

Style Considerations for Submissions in English

  1. Avoid the use of abbreviations (“for example” not “i.e.”; “that is” not “i.e.”).
  2. Spell out acronyms on first use, placing the acronym in parenthesis immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references, except where it occurs at the start of a sentence.
  3. Use full points in abbreviations, initials of names, or acronyms (“Sec. 235” not “Sec 235”; “M. Walzer” not M Walzer; “U.S.” not “US”).
  1. Headline-style capitalization should be used when noting the title of a work or when inserting headings to a manuscript. Accordingly, capitalize the first and last words and all words except articles, prepositions, the word to used as part of an infinitive, and coordinate conjunctions ( “and”; “but”; “or”; “nor”; “for”).
  2. Capitalize geographical regions where boundaries are clearly defined (“Central America”; Southeast Asia”). Where boundaries are not clearly defined, use lower case (“southern Iraq”; “eastern Afghanistan”). Capitalize political divisions that deal with the period since World War II (“the West”; “Western Europe”; “Third World”).
  3. References to such parts of a work as foreword, introduction, and chapter should not be capitalized.
Dates and Numbers
  1. Use the following date formats:

    8 August 1955 (date, month, year)

    1980s (no apostrophe)

  2. Inclusive numbers are separated by an en dash and page numbers should be abbreviated in the following way: 3–10; 100–104; 107–9; 1002–3; 321–26; 416–532; 1534–39. This also applies to inclusive year dates: the summer of 2005–2006.
  3. In the text, all numbers through one hundred and all round numbers that can be expressed in two words should be spelled out.
Foreign Words
  1. Italicize foreign words, unless they have been accepted into the English language.
  1. Use serial commas (“Americans, Europeans, and Asians”).
  2. An em dash is used to indicate a parenthetical statement (“It is understood that when a state fails in its primary obligations—maintaining security and a sufficient food supply for its people, it may temporarily lose its rights of sovereign immunity within the international legal system.”)
  3. An en dash is used to mean “to” or to indicate a closed range (“pages 25–35”; “January–March 2009”).
  4. The hyphen should be used where two or more words are used adjectivally (“vote-getting strategies”)
  5. Do not leave spaces before or after the em dash, the en dash, or the hyphen.
  6. The em dash and the en dash can be inserted in a text by choosing them from Microsoft Word’s menu of special characters.
  1. Subheadings are encouraged where their addition increases the clarity of the work. If the author elects to use subheadings, there should be a maximum of two levels of heading. The principal, or first-level, subheading is a centered heading in boldface, capitalized headline style. The second-level subheading is a centered heading, not in boldface, capitalized headline style.
Quotations and Punctuation
  1. Direct quotations other than block quotations require double quotation marks at beginning and end (with single quotation marks inside these for quotations within quotations). Double quotation marks within a block quotation are retained.
  2. Periods and commas should be placed inside quotation marks; semicolons and colons are placed outside quotation marks. Question marks and exclamation marks should be set outside quotation marks unless the question or exclamation is a part of the quotation itself.
  3. All interpolations must be enclosed in brackets [ ].
  4. An omission within a sentence is shown by an ellipse (a series of three points).

“Politics is a craft or skill, and ought precisely not to be analysed…as the mastery of a set of principles or theories” (Geuss 2008:97).

  1. If other punctuation immediately precedes the ellipse, it is placed next to the word. “How can the peasant, the hardworking Egyptian fellah, maintain his dignity when, after sweating in the hot sun all day long, he has to stand in line to receive a frozen American chicken?...”(El-Guindi 1982: 21).
  2. If punctuation occurs immediately before a word that is preceded by ellipse points, that punctuation mark is set before the word: “Moral principles and legal commitments may be invoked to justify a policy…; but they do not determine the choice among different courses of action” (Morgenthau1970: 382).
  3. An omission following a sentence is indicated by four points, the first being the period. “We must return to that pure source from which those people derived their guidance…which is free from any mixing or pollution….From it we must derive our concepts of life, our principles of government, politics, economics and all other aspects of life” (Sayyid Qutb1978: 32–33).
  4. A quotation of two or more sentences that runs four or more lines of text should be set off from the text in single-spacing and indented in its entirety four spaces from the left margin, with no quotation marks at beginning or end. When the text of a block quotation begins with a paragraph in the original, it is given a paragraph indention of four spaces and the first word is capitalized. This means that the total paragraph indention is eight spaces from the left margin. Furthermore, the citation of a block quotation is placed after the last punctuation mark and itself followed by no punctuation mark.
  5. When omitting one or more paragraphs, indicate the omission by indenting four points and placing them on a separate line.
  6. The first word of a text that introduces a quotation, which ends with terminal punctuation or with a colon, is capitalized even though it is not capitalized in the original. The exception to this rule is when the quotation is joined syntactically to the writer’s own words. In this case the first word of the quotation is begun with a lowercase letter.
  1. A single space should separate each sentence.