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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.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

References in the text: 

* References should include only the author's name and the year of publication: ex. (Rossi 2007). 

*In other cases, references should include the author's name, the year of publication, and the page reference immediately after the quoted material: e.g. «Call me Ishmael» (Melville 1851: 1).

* Where there are two or more works by one author in the same year, they must be distinguished as 1991a, 1991b... etc. 

*When authors are more than one, references should include their surnames, separated by commas, and the year of publication: e.g. (Barbagli, Saraceno 1998).

* When authors are more than three, references should include only the first author's name and et alii (in italics) with the year of publication: e.g. (Barbagli et alii 2001). In the bibliography, references should include complete reference: e.g. Barbagli M., Colombo E., Saraceno C., Schizzerotto A. (2009).



References must be cited in alphabetical order in the following style: 

*For books: surname of author, initials, (date), title, place, publisher: e.g. Ferrera M. (1998), Le trappole del welfare, Bologna: Il Mulino. 

*In the case of edited books, each of them must include in this order: author, initials, (date, ed./eds), title, place, publisher: e.g. Gerth H., Wright Mills C. (1948, eds) From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 

* All titles (Books, Periodicals, Collections, Dissertations...etc) must be typed in italics. The titles of essays in Periodicals must appear in this order: author, initials, (date), title (italics), «name of periodical», issue: e.g. Becattini G. (1989), Riflessioni sul distretto industriale marshalliano come concetto socio-economico, in «Stato e Mercato», 2.

* In the text, all the works should be referred to by the year of their original publication. In the bibliography, if dates differ, reference should be followed by the year of publication of the edition quoted: e.g. Mosca G. (1896),Elementi di scienza politica, Torino: Utet, 1982.


Quotations and commas: For each quotations exceeding three lines a separate paragraph shall be used, with different margins and smaller font size, without opening or closing quotation marks.

Use italics for titles and words in a language different from the one used: …Johann Sebastian Bach’s sonata…;  …Mills, in his White Collar, … .

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