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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 article has not previously been published
  • The article is not under review elsewhere
  • The article format (layout, reference style etc.) is as defined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


Contributions to Outlines may vary in form, and may

  • account for empirical studies and development projects
  • present and discuss theories and methodologies in the field of social studies
  • relate to or combine one or more scientific disciplines
  • create new theoretical understandings and conceptualizations
  • critically discuss foundations and approaches in the social sciences
  • present and reflect on practice research, action research, developmental research, applied research efforts, etc.

Outlines welcomes papers written in English.

Non-native English writers are required to provide professional language revision of manuscripts before submitting final version.

Contributions must be original and not currently under review elsewhere.



Normally, articles are 60-70.000 characters, but may be considerably shorter or longer, depending on subject matter and style of writing.


Notes are footnotes and are kept to a minimum.


Authors must make sure the article uses the Outlines template - either at submission or at a later stage, after acceptance.


Formatting citations and referencing follow the APA style.


Abstract, discipline and keywords


Authors must provide an abstract of approximately 1.500 characters, and specify discipline and suitable keywords. This information is very important since this is what search engines browse first.



Reviews are welcomed in Outlines, provided that the material reviewed is relevant for Outlines readers (see above). Length of reviews is maximally 10.000 characters.

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