Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Important notice: Please be advised that Foucault Studies does not use the online submission tool. Papers submitted online will not be read. All submissions must be sent directly to the Managing Editor (see "Procedure" below for details).

There are no article processing charges (APC) when submitting your manuscript to Foucault Studies.

Authors are responsible for the stylistic formatting of their own paper, and for proof-reading a word file before publication. Authors are equally responsible for all copyright permissions and are liable for the content of their work. Sexist, racist, ageist, homophobic and libellous language is not acceptable.

Length and Type of Submission

Articles should aim for a target length of 7,000 to 12,000 words and an abstract of 150 to 250 words and 5-6 keywords. Book reviews, which are commissioned, should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Review essays, which are also commissioned, should be between 2,000 to 6,000 words. If you are interested in reviewing a book for the journal, you should contact the book reviews editor before writing a review. Other types of submissions, for example comments or critical notes, conference and seminar reports should be discussed with the editors in advance of submission. Foucault Studies cannot consider submissions that are under review elsewhere.


Papers should be typed, 11,5 point Palatino Linotype, single-spaced, with justified paragraph: they should conform to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. See these two sites for how to apply Chicago Style: Chicago Manual of Style Citation GuideChicago/Turabian Documentation

Please avoid double returns (blank lines) between paragraphs, Instead, indent the first line of each paragraph. Use only one space (not double spaces) between sentences. Please leave tabs at default settings. Papers should be in English. Pictures, diagrams and maps should appear in the text at the relevant place. Embedded web links to other material - for example, video or audio files - are acceptable, but these cannot be hosted on the Foucault Studies website itself. Anonymous papers are required with no mention of the author's name or affiliation appearing. Acknowledgements and references to the author's own work should be removed for the duration of the review process. Please submit a paper in Microsoft Word format or as a Rich Text File (rtf). Please ensure that any files submitted are entirely free from viruses and similar. We will delete such files as we discover them. Please include your full academic or other affiliation, a brief biographical note, your postal address, and a list of works cited throughout the article with your submission, but not in the article intended for review.

DOI Policy

As Foucault Studies is using Digital Object Identifier Numbers (DOI numbers) provided by CrossRef, authors should include the DOI number links with reference that has a DOI number. The DOI is typically located on the first page of the electronic journal article, near the copyright notice. The DOI number should be included after the reference. The formatting of this list of references of works cited should be in the same format and style as in the main manuscript.

The DOI system requires a list of references for all works cited in the submitted manuscript. Therefore, we kindly ask authors to provide a full list of references along with the previously required abstract, keywords and bio statement when submitting articles for Foucault Studies. 


Submission should be sent via email attachment to Managing Editor Andreas Dahl Jakobsen at Upon submission, the editors will do an initial evaluation of the submitted paper to determine whether it should advance to external peer review or not. We reserve the right to not send unsuitable papers to review. The standard procedure is for the paper to be blind-reviewed by two referees, with a third reviewer or member of the editorial advisory board utilised to adjudicate where necessary. No paper submitted should be under consideration elsewhere, nor be submitted elsewhere while under review with Foucault Studies. Please notice that the journal does not re-review papers that have been rejected by the journal for publication.

Language of Submission

English (United Kingdom or United States)

Call for cover art

If you would like to submit a cover for Foucault Studies please send your proposal to Managing Editor Rachel Raffnsøe at Over the years Foucault has inspired the work of a number of artists. The journal would like to continue to feature a different cover for each issue. As Foucault Studies is a non-profit and free journal, we can't offer any money, but we can offer extensive international exposure for your work. People initially visiting the site will arrive straight at the cover, before entering the site. The cover will also appear on the front contents page of the site. Details of the artist will be included on this page as well. When each issue is archived the cover art will be archived as well.
The specifications for the cover are as follows: Must be related to Foucault, i.e. be any kind of visual rendering of either Foucault himself or be inspired by some aspect of his work. Creative departures from Foucault's ideas are welcome. The words Foucault Studies must appear on the cover. The size must be 320 x 490 pixels and the file in png format. The issue number should also appear on the cover. This can be discussed after submission of the work.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The article has an abstract and keywords. It is single-spaced; uses a 11,5-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright to their work, but assign the right of the first publication to Foucault Studies. The work is subject to a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, but despite these restrictions, authors can take for granted that Foucault Studies will permit articles published in Foucault Studies to be translated or reprinted in another format such as a book providing a full reference is made to Foucault Studies as the original place of publication.

Privacy Statement

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