Style sheet

Initiating a submission

The Journal publishes articles, notes, discussions, and reviews written in English, Italian or French. The Journal normally accepts essays no longer than 12,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. However, longer submissions are considered in exceptional cases.
The Journal also publishes notes and discussions consisting of no more than 5,000 words and book reviews of no more than 1,000 words.
Manuscripts need to be submitted as MS Word files and include the following materials:

  • Title
  • Abstract (up to 300 words)
  • Keywords (around 5)
  • Article body
  • References

ANONYMITY: Manuscripts must not include any detail that might enable the identification of the author, such as identifying metadata and personal notes (e.g., acknowledgments, thanks, references to oral presentation, etc.). When referring to their own writings, authors must make sure that they do not talk of themselves, as authors of such writings, in the first person.

The authors’ full name and contact information (i.e., affiliation and email address) will be added to the manuscript after acceptance. Name and contact information will be inserted on the front page.


  • Sections. The text of an article or note should be divided into numbered sections (1., 2., 3.) and possibly subsections (1.1., 2.2.). Sections and subsections, when used, shall have their own headings.
  • Abbreviations. Latin abbreviations must be italicized (etc., et al.). A list of abbreviations can be found below (see the Formatting Guidelines). Non-standard abbreviations should be explained the first time they appear in the article.


Please use footnotes, not endnotes, and number footnotes consecutively by using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.).

Footnotes should contain citations. Discussion notes, presenting additional comments or remarks, are accepted.

A citation must include the author(s)’s initial(s) and surname. Initials will be removed in the following citations unless they are helpful to avoid ambiguities. First and middle initials will not be separated by a space: for instance, E.S. de Beer, not E. S. de Beer. Use Id., Ead. to refer to the same author in the same note, but not in consecutive notes.

In the titles of books, book chapters, and articles in English, common title capitalization rules must be followed.

Details of the format of citations:


First citation: J. Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding, ed. by P.H. Nidditch, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1975,, p. 372.
Following citations: Locke, Essay, cit.,, p. 451.
If a citation has been referenced immediately prior, the note may be shortened to ibid., followed by the page number where appropriate.
Samuel Tilly to Locke, 11 September 1665, in  J. Locke, Correspondence, ed. by E.S. de Beer, vol. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1976, p. 29. 
Ibid., p. 30.

L. Newman (ed.),The Cambridge companion to Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2007.
S.-J. Savonius-Wroth, P. Schuurman and J. Walmsley (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Locke, Continuum, London-New York 2010.

Journal article

The title of the article is not italicized but placed between quotation marks – namely, double inverted commas. Closing double inverted commas must always precede other punctuation. The title of the journal is italicized.

G.A.J. Rogers, “Locke, Anthropology and Models of the Mind”, in History of the Human Sciences 6 (1993), 1, p. 83.
Ibid., p. 82.

Rogers, “Locke, Anthropology”, cit., p. 84.

Book chapter

The title of the book chapter is not italicized but placed between quotation marks – namely, double inverted commas. Closing double inverted commas must always precede other punctuation.

P. Hamou, “Pierre Coste’s Annotations to the French Translation of Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding”, in R. Mankin (ed.), The Internationalization of Intellectual Exchange in a Globalizing Europe, 1636–1780, Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg PA 2017, pp. 75-95.
Ibid., p. 78.

Hamou, “Pierre Coste’s Annotations”, cit., p. 93.

Archival sources

Citations of archival materials should include six key elements:

  • Title: usually the title given by the archives to a file or item. In the absence of a title, provide a short description.
  • Name of collection: the name given by the archives to the collection.
  • Reference code: the equivalent of a library call number used to locate a book.
  • Box number: the number of the box in which the archival record is physically stored.
  • Folder number: the number of the folder in which the archival record is physically stored.
  • Repository and location: the name of the archives or library and its geographic location.

Bibliography and final references

List references alphabetically by the last name of the first author. List multiple references by the same author in chronological (not alphabetic) order.
For multiple authors, list the initial(s) and surname of the first author, comma, then the initial(s) and surname of each subsequent author, separated by commas.

R. Descartes , Oeuvres de Descartes, 12 vols., ed. by C. Adam and P. Tannery, L. Cerf, Paris 1887-1913; J. Vrin, Paris 1964-1974.
R. Descartes, The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, vols. 1, 2, trans. by J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff and D. Murdoch; vol. 3, trans. by J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff, D. Murdoch and A. Kenny, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1984, 1985, 1991.
G. Gorham, E. Slowik, “Locke and Newton on Space and Time and Their Sensible Measures”, in Z. Biener and E. Schliesser (eds.), Newton and Empiricism, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2014, pp. 119-37.
J. Locke, An Early Draft of Locke’s Essay, together with Excerpts from His Journals, ed. by R.I. Aaron and J. Gibb, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1936.
J. Locke, Correspondence, 8.vols., ed. by E.S. de Beer, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1976-89.
E. Matthews, “Descartes and Locke on the Concept of a Person”, in Locke Newsletter 8 (1977), pp. 9-34.

Formatting guidelines

  1. Use Times or Times New Roman 12-point for the text, 10-point for footnotes, 11-point for block quotations.
  2. The entire document must be single-spaced and contain page numbers in the bottom right corner, in order to facilitate the review process.
  3. Use double inverted commas for quotations within the text. Closing double inverted commas must always precede other punctuation. Quotations that are more than three lines must be placed in a free-standing block of text, without closing inverted commas. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented 0.2 inches, both left and right. Use square brackets and ellipsis […] to indicate the omission of a portion of text.
  4. Indent the first line of each paragraph of text 0.2 inches from the left margin.
  5. Superscript numbers (as Arabic numerals) corresponding to footnotes are placed before any punctuation in the text but after quotation marks and brackets. For example: “These Suppositions, the Mind is very apt tacitly to make concerning its own Ideas2; (1667)3.
  6. The title should be capitalized and centered on the width of page 1.
  7. In the final version to be prepared for publication, upon acceptance of the paper, the author(s)’s name must appear below the title, in 12-point Times type, not capitalized.
  8. Number ranges from 1 to 99: whole numbers; from 100 to 109, from 200 to 209, etc.: 102-5, 206-7, 404-8, etc.
    In all other cases: the first number entirely, and then the last two digits (e.g. 532-33, 1688-97, etc.)
  9. Use hyphens (-) with no space on either side to link words (well-known facts) or to indicate a span or a differentiation (England-France match; the 1688-97 war; pp. 325-33). Use en-dashes (–) with a space on either side to enclose parenthetical sentences.
  10. Do not underline or bold unfamiliar words, phrases requiring emphasis, or titles of published books and journals.

Tables, images, and graphs

All images, tables, and graphs should not exceed the print size of a page (max 12,5 x 19,5 inch). They should be numbered and identified by Arabic numerals. Ensure that each table, graph, image is mentioned in the text in numerical order (Fig. 1, Fig. 2), followed by a brief description.

Figures should be included in the file containing the manuscript, embedded in the text. In case of acceptance, the Author might be required to provide high-resolution files of the figures in EPS, JPEG, or TIF/TIFF format. Figures not in accordance with the guidelines will cause significant delays during the publication process.

PLEASE NOTE THAT all figures will be published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, thus permission must be obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including re-published/adapted/modified/partial figures and images from the internet). It is the responsibility of the authors to acquire licenses, follow any citation instructions requested by third-party rights holders, and cover any supplementary charges.

Non-Latin alphabets and special characters

The use of a Unicode font is mandatory. Should the font set not include ancient Greek, authors can use the IFAO-Grec Unicode font, which may be downloaded from the site

Standard abbreviations

manuscript: MS
manuscripts: MSS
no date = n.d.
no year = n.y.
number = no.
appendix = app.
article = art.
sheet(s) = sh.
cited = cit.
column(s) = col.
see = see / cf.
et seq. / and following = ff.
fascicle = fasc.
figure(s) = fig. (figg.)
miscellanea = misc.
page(s) = p. (pp.)
recto = r.
verso = v.
no place = n.p.
book= bk.
chapter = chp.
tome(s) = t. (tt.)
translation = trans. [Eng. trans.; Fr. trans.; etc.]
volume(s) = vol. (vols.)
note = n.