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How to submit

This page provides information about what and how to submit to ephemera. If you have further questions, please contact ephemera at the following address: 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.

See here for formatting guidelines and a sample text formatted in ephemera style: 'Abc of formatting'.

Types of contributions

ephemera encourages contributions in a variety of formats, including articles, notes, book reviews, interviews, and other media. All contributions must engage with the question of organization in the broadest sense, but – as an interdisciplinary journal – ephemera welcomes submissions from a wide range of academic fields.


ephemera publishes articles, which should be no longer than 8000 words. Articles should be based on original theoretical and/or empirical research, grounded in the relevant academic literature. Contributions submitted as articles are double-blind peer reviewed by at least two referees with academic expertise in the appropriate areas.


ephemera publishes notes, which should be no longer than 4000 words. Notes provide the opportunity to engage with topics outside of the constraints of a traditional academic article, in terms of both content and style. Contributions submitted as notes are single-blind peer reviewed by at least two referees, usually from within the editorial collective.

Book reviews

ephemera publishes book reviews, which are usually between 1500-3000 words. Book reviews may discuss recent or classic publications, and may discuss more than one book. We particularly welcome submissions that engage with issues around organization, theory, and politics rather than simply offer a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. If you would like to suggest a book for review, please contact our reviews team at the following address: reviews AT


ephemera publishes interviews. Interviews explore topics in an open and explorative dialogic format. Examples of interviews include theoretical exchanges between academics, political debate among activists, and investigative conversations with journalists, artists, and other practitioners. There is no word limit for interviews, but they may be edited to an appropriate length by the editorial collective.

Other media

ephemera publishes other media, such as photo essays, video clips, sound files, and artworks. Such formats enable the exploration of alternative representations and articulations of knowledge.

Guidelines for submission

ephemera is run by a collective that organizes the entire production process of each issue. We kindly 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. Please submit your work as a Word document, or open access equivalent.

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 the '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).

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