The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is a peer-reviewed publication that welcomes manuscripts addressing a yearly theme broadly conceived. Feel free to query the editor if you have a topic you would like considered. Articles should demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary concerns, where substance guides appropriate methodology(ies), with interdisciplinary engagement sought not for its own sake but rather for shedding new light or offering new insight.

Please follow these style and format guidelines:

  • Articles should be 15-25 pages in length (4,500-7,500 words), double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font preferred.
  • JIS aspires to synergy, synthesis, and cumulative knowledge, if not wisdom. Hence, we encourage authors to build on, and connect with, relevant ideas and articles in previous JIS issues.
  • The title of the essay and descriptive section titles should be in CAPITAL LETTERS, centered on the page (No Bold).
  • Use TAB key at the beginning of each paragraph; NOT soft spaces. Within a paragraph, insert TWO (2) soft spaces (not 1) before starting a new sentence.
  • As a rule, use DOUBLE-QUOTATION marks. SINGLE-QUOTATION marks should only occur within DOUBLE-QUOTATION marks.
  • No bold or underline; instead, use italics to highlight books, journal titles, foreign words, or to add emphasis to words (the latter should be used sparingly: if everything is emphasized, nothing is).
  • Spell out all authors’ first and last names (at first mention); last name suffices thereafter.
  • Book titles mentioned in the essay should be followed by year of publication in parentheses.
  • Foreign expressions or sentences should be followed by English translation in parentheses.
  • No colloquialisms (isn’t, don’t, etc.) in a scholarly essay.
  • No overlong quotations; paraphrasing preferred.
  • JIS uses a brief in-text citation format (modified APA): author (year: page), with the citation, as a rule, at the end of the sentence to facilitate reading and comprehension. Complete bibliographic information arranged alphabetically (and chronologically) by author at the end of the manuscript.
  • JIS prefers published print sources, but if a source is only available online, it can be cited in-text and listed in the References; instead of page numbers, indicate: online.
  • All direct quotations require a specific page reference. Specific points are also more persuasive with a specific page reference (but avoid stringing multiple sources in passing).
  • For a scholarly article, we expect on the order of 2-3 dozen sources (books & journal articles), not just ornamentally, appended to a bibliography, but rather integral to, that is, in support of, arguments pro and con the thesis. Ideally, every paragraph should have 1-2 citations. Apart from max. 3 explanatory Endnotes, all footnotes should be merged into the main text, if important, or deleted (but keep all citations).
  • REFERENCES at the end of the essay should list all sources cited in-text, arranged alphabetically (and chronologically) by author, and include complete bibliographic information. For all authors, editors, translators, provide last name, first name and middle initial. For books, provide City, State, and Publisher. For edited volumes, indicate also name of the editor. For chapters in edited volumes, provide inclusive page numbers. Foreign-language titles should have English translation in parentheses. For journal articles, indicate Volume Number, Issue Number and inclusive page numbers (from – to). For magazine or newspaper articles, indicate dates (day, month, and year), and pages. NO INTERNET sources; only published works.
  • Number all manuscript pages after the abstract.
  • Submit 1 electronic file (in MS Word or RTF) via e-mail attachment + three (3) copies of the manuscript (with printing on both sides), each with a 150-word abstract, via First Class mail.
  • Author information on a separate sheet: name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information.
  • For additional style and substance guidance, consult articles in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Cf. also Free Sample Article.
  • Manuscript deadline: January 15 of the year of publication for a respective theme/volume.  JIS policy is not to consider materials that have been published or that are being considered for publication.

Send materials to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, IIR, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA. E-mail inquiry: info at