Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to Nordic Journal of Literacy Research should strictly follow the specifications below.

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Preparing for submission of peer-reviewed article
Nordic Journal of Literacy Research considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that:

  • A manuscript submitted to the journal does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own.
  • The manuscript should not be under consideration elsewhere.
  • There are two categories for articles; Articles up to 6000 words, and articles between 6000 and 8000 words. Each represents a different level of the publication fee. Regular articles should not exceed 8000 words, including references, abstract and acknowledgements. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be reviewed critically with respect to length.

Publication fees

Please notice the journal’s Publication fees.


Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer-review and proofreading processes, if applicable.

The contributions of each author should be revealed clearly and will be published in the article.

Nordic Journal of Literacy Research recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Plagiarism Detection

NOASP – Cappelen Damm Akademisk uses iThenticate to screen all submissions for plagiarism before publication. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. The reports generated from iThenticate are evaluated by the editor-in-chief or a qualified subject editor.

Editors and staff are required to report any case of suspected plagiarism to NOASP. The publisher and editor-in-chief determine the steps to be taken vis-a-vis a case of suspected plagiarism.

Ensuring anonymity

If submitting to a peer reviewed section of the journal, the identity of the authors must not be revealed, as this journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process. In order to ensure anonymization, you must upload the title page separately and remove the author’s names from the manuscript text and the properties of the manuscript file, as explained in Ensuring a blind review.


All articles should be written in one of the Scandinavian languages or in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version.


Articles must include an abstract of 150–200 words. After the abstract, please give 3-5 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title. An identical abstract and keywords should also be entered as metadata during the submission process. Articles in the Scandinavian languages should have a supplementary abstract and key words in English, and the English versions should also be entered as metadata during the submission process.

Title page

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the title page revealing the identity of the authors must be uploaded separately as an additional file during the submission process.

Organize the title page in the following way:

  1. title of manuscript
  2. name of author(s)
  3. name of department(s) and institution(s)
  4. email addresses of all authors (listed by authors' initials)
  5. name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper
  6. author biographies (three to five lines of text) for each author

Manuscript layout

Please follow a traditional layout and insert running page numbers, footnotes, etc. To facilitate the review process, please provide a complete manuscript, preferably a Word document including all figures/tables/graphics/images and legends placed in their correct places within the text.

Section headings

Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, bold etc.


Use Times New Roman, point 12 and double spacing throughout your manuscript, including indented quotations. Do not use any unnecessary formatting features (justification, hyphenation). Use one space between words. Use one tab stop in the beginning of a paragraph, except after headings and indented quotations. Do not use a blank line between paragraphs. Use a blank line before and after headings and indented quotations. Do not use quotation marks for indented quotations.


Use double quotation marks; if there is a quotation within quotation, use single quotes. When quoting from existing texts in languages that are widely understood use the original text, and provide, if necessary, an existing translation into your own language in the endnote. If the work is not translated, provide your own translation, making a note of this (e.g. Gramsci, 1947, p. 13; my translation).


Use italics for whole works (books, journals, newspapers). Use double quotes for parts of a work (articles, fairy tales, verses).


Please place suggested figures/tables/graphics/images in their correct places within the text. They should be referred to in the manuscript text, and abbreviations should be explained in the legends.

Upon acceptance, please supply figures/tables/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi.

If the figures/tables/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author's sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/tables/ graphics/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/tables/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

References system

Nordic Journal of Literacy Research applies the APA reference system.

The standard referencing style/system is APA (American Psychological Association) edition. For detailed information, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, and

For APA format examples, tips, and guidelines see,

Please make an effort to avoid the accumulation of many references within one parenthesis, and aim for precise reference to specific works. In referring to books, in principle always cite the page number of the actual page where the referred content can be found.


Please insert footnotes or endnotes using the automatic function in Word (or other text-editing program). Please also avoid an excessive use of notes.

Supplementary material

Note that all material considered part of the article, such as figures, tables, graphics or images – and their legends – must be included in the manuscript.

Authors can upload supplementary material, such as data sets, protocols, videos, interactive files, etc. Supplementary material is not considered part of the article’s content. If accepted for publication, files for such material will be published unchanged and in their original format, separate from the article.

Manuscript checklist

  1. Formatting of elements in the text (for example heading styles, citations, etc.) has been done consistently throughout the manuscript.
  2. References are in accordance with journal style.
  3. URLs to online references are provided and ready to click (e.g.
  4. All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  5. All figures/tables/graphics/images are placed in their correct position within the manuscript and are referred to in the text.
  6. Abbreviations in figures/tables/graphics/images are explained in the corresponding legends.
  7. The text has not been justified; a ragged right-hand margin has been used.
  8. Only one space has been entered after the full-stop at the end of a sentence.
  9. A double hyphen (--) has been used to indicate a dash in the text if the dash is not available in your text editor. TAB has been used when indenting paragraphs or separating columns in tables.
  10. Italics or ‘single quotes’ have been used for emphasis (avoid using underlines).