Author's guidelines EJPS

Please read this document carefully and take steps to ensure that your manuscript is consistent with these guidelines. Submitting a manuscript to EJPS implies that the work has not been published (partially) elsewhere or is not under consideration for publication in another journal or book.

Manuscripts may be submitted online.

Submitted articles will be reviewed as detailed in the following review flowchart

Format: All files should be submitted as a Word document (Times New Roman 12 and single-spaced).

Article Length: Articles should be between 3500 and 8000 words in length. When contributions concern research reports this can be more elaborate.

Article Title: A title of not more than twelve words should be provided.

An Article Title Page should be submitted alongside each individual article using the template provided:

Icon EJPS - Article Title Page (23.5 KB)

Figures: All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form. All figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Figures can be printed in color for the online publication, but the print version is in black and white. Please make sure the information in color is still visible when printed in grayscales.

Tables: Tables should be typed and included in a separate file to the main body of the article. The position of each table should be clearly labeled in the body text of article (e.g. Table 3 about here) with corresponding labels being clearly shown in the separate file.

Abstract: Maximum 150 words, summary of your article. This should be inserted beneath the title, in italic, without mentioning the title ‘abstract’ above this paragraph.


  • Please minimize lay-outing (tabs, hard pages, etc.) as much as possible;
  • Text and footnotes should be outlined;
  • A title of a book, article or law should be mentioned in italic;
  • Titles:
    • Titles are numbered (1., 2., 2.1.; 2.2.; 2.2.1.), not with letters (a, b, c, iv, xii);
    • Titles should be close to the margin, no indent for titles;
    • Titles should be in font Times New Roman 12 and bold (even the main title of the contribution);
    • Titles and text are separated with empty lines;
    • There should not be a dot after a title, nor a colon;
    • Do not use footnotes in a title, they can be used in full text;
    • Our style provides for a maximum of four levels of headings (e.g.
  • Try to avoid abbreviations, because they have a negative influence on the legibility of the text. Write them in full the first time and put the abbreviation between brackets;
  • If an enumeration is required, the parts are closed with a semicolon (;) and with a full stop at the end (.). Use the ● and indent once;
  • A quotation should be put between double quotation marks and put in italic. When a quotation is longer than 40 words, you turn it into a block quote. Then you don’t use quotation marks, and the text is indented;
  • If certain information needs to be incorporated in footnotes, these have to be numbered continuously through the automatic function key. The references in the text to the footnotes should be made before the last character(s) of the text, sentence or part of the sentence where it refers to (e.g. In this document1). The dot follows the footnote, it does not precede it.


  • In-text references
    • The APA-system (please see our summary of the APA-guidelines on our website) is used for source indication (author-date method), therefore, avoid working with footnotes at the bottom of the page (Peeters, 2008);
    • For quotations or specific references the exact page or chapter should be added to the reference in the text (Ponsaers, 2008, p.56);
    • A reference with two authors: (Van Galen & Hogenaar, 1994);
    • A reference with more than two authors: first time (Zimmerman, Brown, Evans & Cohen, 1987) and following times (Zimmerman et al., 1987);
    • References from the same author should be arranged chronologically;
    • References from different authors should be arranged alphabetically;
    • Different publications from the same author from the same year, add letters: (2000a, 2000b);
    • For more than 6 authors, always use short reference: (Brown et al., 1985).
  • Bibliography:
    • At the end of the text a bibliography should be inserted with the full references. This is the‘bibliography’;
    • Keep in mind that you have to arrange the author’s names alphabetically by name of the first author;
    • For Endnote-users: the Endnote-style (.ens) is available on request. Please contact the editorial team.

Summary of the APA-guidelines: Icon How to Cite References Using APA Style.docx (27.7 KB)

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published (partially) elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting your paper. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

After review each author is required to give feedback in view of what was (not) changed in response to comments of the reviewers (e.g. via track changes in the integrated review)

Author offprints: The EJPS Board will offer authors an electronic version the final version of their article as the standard practice and one hard copy per author of the entire issue in which their article appears.