Information for Authors

All editorial correspondence for Kult issues – should, unless otherwise stipulated, be sent to:

Lars Jensen, Cultural Encounters, Hus 3.1.5, Roskilde University, PO Box 260, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark

Lars Jensen is the chief editor of Kult. However, individual issues may be co-edited with others, or guest edited by outsiders. If a Kult issue is guest edited, all correspondence should be sent to the guest editor. Kult is peer reviewed.



  1. Manuscripts must be submitted as email attachments in MS-Word or compatible formats to, or in the case of guest edited issues, the guest editor.
  2. For articles, include a bio of 50-100 words for the Notes on Contributors.
  3. For articles, include an abstract of no more than 200 words.
  4. Articles should not exceed 6,000 words (including endnotes).
  5. Your article should be an original piece of work not previously published nor currently being considered elsewhere for publication. It must be the sole work of the author(s) and not involve third parties with a claim to copyright. Permission to reproduce photographs and illustrations is the responsibility of the author(s).
  6. On receipt of an article a formal acknowledgment will be forwarded to the author. Contributors should note that after the receipt of their article some time will elapse before notification of acceptance or otherwise of the article is made, as articles may be sent to referees for assessment.



  1. If necessary, the article will be returned with editorial corrections to be corrected by the author(s).
  2. The final corrected version of the article must be supplied to the editor(s) of the issue in electronic form compatible with MS Word.
  3. Photos or illustrations must either be supplied as hard copy originals (not photocopies or printouts) for Lars Jensen to scan or as separate electronic image files (in .jpg or .tif format) which have been scanned at 300 dpi or better. All permissions for this material should be obtained and able to be produced if necessary.
  4. All articles must conform to the style guide below.



Articles can be written in British English, American English, Australian English etc. as long as it is consistent.



Footnotes containing bibliographic references are the preferred format. Always check your footnotes against the manuscript. Use standard size numbering from 1 to 99 then from 1 onwards again.

When citing a work the following format is used: Author name (with initials or first name before last name), title of work, publisher, place of publication, date, page numbers. Commas separate each item of citation. Where a work is published in book form the title should be in italics. Where an article appears in an edited book or journal single inverted commas around the article title are used with the book or journal title in italics. Use maximal capitalisation for book or journal titles and subtitles but minimal capitalisation for articles.

A book:

Reekie, Gail 1998. Measuring Immorality: Social Inquiry and the Problems of Illegitimacy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 64-7.

A chapter in a book:

Mai, N 2002. ‘Myths and Moral Panics’ in R. D. Grillo and J. Pratt (eds) The Politics of Recognising Difference. Aldershot: Ashgate, 77-95. (NB: (ed.) when single editor.)

An article in a journal:

Johnson, Joyce 1990. ‘A novelist at the crossroad’. Kunapipi 12 (3), 4.

A thesis:

Montiero, Tony 1998. ‘Representations of Migrants in Dutch Newspaper: 1970s — 1990s’. MA thesis: University of Leeds, 67.

Other official publications:

South African Parliamentary Papers, (SAPP) 1957.’Report on Engineering …’ 1, second session, 1938-40, 32.

Politiken, 2 July 2008.


Subsequent references to a work already cited:

Please do not use ibid. or op. cit. Instead, for all consecutive or subsequent references, please use the author’s surname, a short tile, and the page number:

Reekie 1998, 109.


Use of Capitals:

Capitals are used for proper names, but are otherwise employed as sparingly as possible. When in doubt use lower case.

Personal prefixes and titles:

No capital initial is used for official ranks or titles unless combined with the name of the holder:

the duke; the general; the minister; the prime minister, the assistant commissioner; But Duke of Argyll; General Paul Brown.

Titles of institutions, organisations, groups, etc:

No capital is used unless the full title is being given: the society; the ministry; the council; the commission; the government; But the National Trust; the House of Representatives; Parliament (when referring to a specific parliament).

Historical periods of time, eras, events, etc:

No capital initial is used if the term is used in a vaguely general sense: in post-industrial Iceland, the children wept … the second world war, on the home front … the great depression of the 1930s …



Please check that your spelling is consistent with either British English, Australian English etc.


Abbreviations and acronyms:

Titles, Qualifications, Initials, etc:

No full points are used after initials signifying qualifications, honours or appointments. Omit the apostrophe in plurals. eg. 1920s not 1920′s:

Dr; PhD; BSc; FRSA; MP; MPs; QCs.

All abbreviations and acronyms for proper names must be written in full the first time they are used accompanied by their acronym in brackets. Subsequent use of the acronym is then preferable: Australian Labor Party (ALP); University of Queensland Press (UQP).



Where quotations are less than four lines long single quotation marks are employed, with double quotation marks for a quote within a quote. Quotations of more than four lines should be typed as a separate paragraph, indented by 20mm on both sides and appear without quotation marks. Quotations are indented on both sides. A colon should precede indented quotations.

Within the quotation use the style and punctuation of the original. Quotations are to be kept in their original context even if the case is wrong as in ‘aborigines’.

If omitting a piece, indicate by ellipsis points …

If interpolating a work or phrase, indicate by square [ ] brackets.



Full stops – leave one space after before beginning of next sentence.

Colons – leave one space after

Semi-Colons – leave one space after

Dashes – please use em-dashes

Ellipses – please use three dots with a space before the first and after the last


Spacing of paragraphs:

No carriage returns (double spacing) are necessary between paragraphs or footnotes.



In descriptive matter:

Numbers under 100 are spelt out in full. Over 100 use figures. (Note, though, that words and figures are not mixed: 99 to 101, not ninety-nine to 101).
Millions are printed as figures and words when given as round numbers:

12 million: but 12,136,000.

For a sequence of quantities please use figures:

It was reported that 21 children aged 12, 16 children aged 9 and 15 children aged 6 were timed over 50 metres.

Additions to the library’s stock included 125 novels, 110 children’s books, 5 biographies, 12 travel books and 15 technical manuals.

Where figures are employed use the fewest number possible:

67-9 (not 67-69), 312-20.
But (in teens) 112-14, not 112-4.

Please insert the comma in numbers of more than three figures (1,066) except of course in dates (1066) or mathematical workings.

Collective numbers are expressed as: from 160 to 200.

Percentage as 10 per cent, except where there is frequent use within an article, then 10%.

Distances, dimensions, weights, etc: All numbers appear in figures unless used in a vague and general sense:

For 21 kilometres the road …
For something like twenty kilometres the road …

Use words for seventies, the nineties, the forties But not “the 1960s and seventies”:

Use “the 1960s and 1970s” or “the 1960s and 1970s”.

Do not convert miles to kilometres or pounds to dollars. Retain them in their historical context.

In giving a sequence of dates, use the least number of figures as possible:

1971-2 but 1815-17, not 1815-7.
Omit the apostrophe in plurals: 1870s.



These are shown as: 15 January 1970 and the 1870s.


Institutional Names:

Be careful to use correct titles of institutions. However, where an institution is intent on being grammatically incorrect in its endeavour to build its status, e.g. use of a capital ‘T’ for ‘the’ in, for example, The Gentle Ladies’ Secondary College, use lower case for the ‘t’.


Figures and Tables:

Figures, diagrams, tables, charts and maps should be labelled consecutively as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc and placed in the text in their correct positions. They should always have a title and include source or copyright information if applicable. If required, footnotes should be placed immediately below each Figure.

Tables must be formatted in Word using the Table menu commands to create a proper table object. Tables must Not be presented as text separated with tabs or by other manual spacing.



Illustrations such as photographs and drawings are not labelled as Figures but should always carry a caption explaining the image and its source, including any copyright information.