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Submission guidelines and a sample text formatted in ephemera style: Abc of formatting

This page provides some information about what and how to submit to ephemera. We hope this covers all of your questions. If that is not the case and you are considering contributing to ephemera, please feel free to get in touch with the editors at editors AT


All contributions should be submitted to the editors of the respective special or open issue, as stated in the call for papers. There are no submission or publication fees.


Types of contributions

ephemera encourages contributions in a variety of formats including articles, notes, interviews, book reviews, photo essays and other experimental modes of representation.


ephemera publishes theoretical and empirical articles, which should be no longer than 8000 words. Submitted articles are double-blind peer-reviewed by at least two referees with academic expertise in the appropriate areas.


Notes provide the opportunity to engage reflexively with the theory of practice and the practice of theory, outside of the constraints of a traditional academic article. Notes are particularly useful for reporting research in progress, highlighting methodological issues and presenting rough data. Notes should be between 2000-4000 words.

Book reviews

ephemera publishes book reviews of recent and classic publications. Book reviews should be between 1500-5000 words. If you would like to suggest a book for review, please contact our reviews team at reviews AT


Interviews present an opportunity to explore issues and themes relating to organization in an open and explorative dialogic format. Interviews are less formally structured than a traditional academic article, but they enable complex issues and ideas to be examined from alternative political and epistemological locations. Examples of interviews include theoretical exchange between academics, investigative interviews with whistleblowers and political exchanges between activists.

Other media

In order to exploit the potential of the digital format of ephemera, we also encourage the submission of other media, such as photo essays, montages, short video clips and other artworks. Such formats enable the exploration of alternative representations and articulations of knowledge about organization.


Guidelines for submission

Since ephemera is run by a collective who organize the whole review, production and publishing process of the journal, we ask you to follow our guidelines in preparing your manuscript for submission.


All submissions must be written in English and should not have been published, or submitted for publication, elsewhere. Translations of work published in languages other than English will be considered for publication.


As a rule, keep your formatting simple. Please submit your work in a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman), 12pt, double-spaced, with no special alignment or spacing, but single spaces (one line) between paragraphs. Please use a maximum of two levels of headings that are clearly distinguishable (i.e. first bold, second italicized). You may use footnotes, but try to keep these to a minimum. Emphasis in text should be italicized, not underlined.

Abstract and biographical note

Your submission should include an abstract, keywords and a biographical note. You may also include pictures or videos. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words for articles, and are not required for notes or book reviews. The biographical note can be up to 100 words. It should include personal and/or professional information about yourself and your email address.


We use a version of the Harvard referencing style, which is outlined below and in 'how to submit/abc of formatting' guide (also contains a sample text formatted in ephemera style). We use single ‘quotation marks’ only, with ‘the exception of “quotes” within quotes’, with punctuation marks ‘outside the quotation marks’, unless they are a part of it, followed by the reference, i.e.: (Author, year: page). Quotations that are longer than one sentence should be put into an indented block, without quotation marks and with a text size of 10pt. The quotation should end with a full stop before the reference.


Please check very carefully that your list of references at the end of the article corresponds to citations in the text. We would appreciate your care here as we spend a significant amount of time correcting reference lists. Please adapt these style guidelines:


Ansell Pearson, K. (1999) Germinal life. London: Routledge.
Bergson, H. (1991) Matter and memory, trans. N.M. Paul and W.S. Palmer. New York: Zone Books.
Vries, H. de and S. Weber (eds.) (1997) Violence, identity and self-determination. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Journals articles

Chia, R. (1998) ‘From complexity science to complex thinking: Organization as simple location’, Organization, 5(3): 341-370.
De Cock, C., J. Fitchett and C. Volkmann (2009) ‘Myths of a near past: Envisioning finance capitalism anno 2007’, ephemera, 9(1): 8-25.

Book chapters

Calas, M.B. and L. Smircich (1996) ‘From “the woman’s” point of view: Feminist approaches to organization studies’, in S. Clegg, C. Hardy and W.R. Nord (eds.) Handbook of organization studies. London: Sage.

Conference papers

Brigham, M.P. (2001) ‘The becoming of becoming’, paper presented at the 17th EGOS Colloquium, Lyon, France, July 5-7.

Webpages and websites

Lee, T. (2001) ‘West Bank / West End’, discussion thread posted 12-03-01 at 20:13 to anticolony webboard. [ board/read.php?f=1&i=1& t=1]
Partnership@work (2002) ‘Partnership - mini case studies: Co-operative Bank’. []

Newspaper articles

Booth, R. (2010) ‘WikiLeaks: What happens next?’, Financial Times, 7 December.



ephemera works with a Creative Commons Licence, which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work, so long as the work is attributed to the author(s). It allows non-commercial use of the work, but it does not allow others to alter, transform or build upon the work. See: As copyright remains with you, ephemera doesn’t provide you with a contract. You are also free to use your work as you please (e.g. reprint it elsewhere).