Submission Guidelines

The editors invite contributors in the areas of foresight, forecasting, long-range planning, visioning and other related areas, from any of the main research frameworks of futures studies – empirical, interpretative, critical and action learning. The journal invites contributions which offer distinctive viewpoints on a broad range of futures and field-oriented issues.

Articles, essay and reports are expected to show an in-depth understanding of the field’s dimensions, content, research perspectives and methods. To stimulate the systematic use and growth of futures literature, one of the criteria for publishing in the journal is indicating how the article relates to others in the futures literature. That is, your paper should refer to material published in this journal and in the other journals in the futures field (including, the Journal of Futures Studies, Futures, Foresight, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The European Journal of Futures Research, World Future Review, On the Horizon) as well as futures material contained in books, monographs, other field related journals, including visual resources and web resources. Editors strongly advise authors cite at least two or more works in the futures field.

Contributors should also comply with the following guidelines:


Book reviews – 700-1000 words in length. Book reviews provide a critical evaluation of emerging literature from the futures studies field.

Essays – 2000-4000 words in length (including references). Essays are expected to provide new viewpoints and visions, expressed through strong and intelligent prose.

Reports – 3000-5000 words in length (including references). Reports are expected to provide coverage of futures studies related events (conferences, meetings, facilitated processes).

Articles –  4000-8000 words in length (including references). Articles are expected to make novel contributions to the futures studies field, build on the corpus of futures literature, be evidentially strong and develop clear themes and arguments. Articles are double-blind peer reviewed.


A copy of the original manuscript, written in English, should be submitted via this link.

Upon receipt, the editor will send the manuscript to a member of the editorial board. Referees and editorial board members will remain anonymous. Questions regarding editorial policy should be addressed to the editor or to the managing editor.

It is understood that a manuscript that is submitted to the JFS represents original material that has not been published elsewhere. It is also understood that submission of a manuscript to the journal is done with the knowledge and agreement of all of the authors of the paper.

Authors are responsible for informing the journal of any changes in the status of the submission.

Manuscripts should be:

  1. Double-spaced and typewritten on one side of the paper only.
  2. The cover page should include the title of the manuscript, the name(s) and surname(s) of the authors and the author’s affiliations, e-mail, correspondence and a suggested running head. A footnote on this page should contain acknowledgments and information on grants.
  3. The next page should contain an abstract of no more than 100 words and keywords of the article.
  4. The following pages of text should be numbered consecutively. The recommended length for an article is 4000-8000 words. For an essay, the recommended length is 2000-4000 words.

A brief foreword and/or an epilogue is not required, but may be included. The authors of published papers are entitled to 1 copy of the printed issue in which their articles appear. Should the author need more, please send a request.

The Journal of Futures Studies encourages authors to use an accessible, clear, plain English style. Our aim is to make the Journal of Futures Studies a readable, lively source of the best of futures thinking and methodologies.


Order Organize the manuscript in this order: cover page; abstract; key words; text; endnotes; references. Essays follow the same format; however, abstract and key words are not required.

Cover Page Give title of the manuscript, name(s) and surname(s) of the authors, the authors’ titles and affiliations, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and a footnote(*) indicating acknowledgment of financial or other assistance (if any).

Abstract and keywords On a separate page, preceding the text, write a summary, 100 or fewer words, followed by key words.

Headings Indicate levels of headings clearly:

Level 1 – Uppercase and Lowercase, Flush Left, Bold
Level 2 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, bold
Level 3 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, italicized
Level 4 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, bold,  embedded in text

Tables and Figures Give a title or caption to every table or figure. Place the title, flushed left, above the body of the table and the caption, centered, below the figure. Avoid vertical lines in tables. Number the tables and figures separately with Arabic numerals, followed by a period and the title. In text, refer to tables and figures by their numbers instead of “the table above” or “the figure on page 34.” Embed the figures in Word document. However, a separate file for original diagrams, providing better quality, is also welcomed. If a table/figure, or the data in a table, is derived from other sources, a note must be provided at the bottom indicating the source. Examples of a general note:

    ·         Reprinted from a book:

Note. From [or The data in column 1 are from]Becoming Modern: Individual Change in Six Developing Countries (p. 96), by Alex Inkeles and David H. Smith, 1974, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

    ·         Reprinted from a journal article:

Note. From [or The data in column 1 are from]“Adoption of Merit-Based Student Grant Programs: An Event History Analysis,” by William R. Doyle, 2006, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(3), p. 259.

Endnotes Use only for substantive comments, bearing on content. Number consecutively from 1, double space, and append on a separate page.


APA Format–5th Edition and 6th Edition are the preferred styles used by JFS.

Reference List

List authors alphabetically, by surname. Please spell out the first names of all authors and editors, unless they use only their initials or a first initial and a middle name in the source cited (e.g., Paul Radin, T.S. Eliot, and J. Owen Dorsey). Some examples of references are as follows for easier referencing:

·         Books and book chapters

Mair, Lucy. (1972). An introduction to social anthropology (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Altbach, Philip G., Patricia J. Gumport, & D. Bruce Johnstone (Eds.). (2001). In defense of American higher education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Graham, Phil, & Leigh Canny. (2004). Genre, causal layered analysis and analysis of institutional change. In Sohail Inayatullah (Ed.), The causal layered analysis (CLA) reader (pp. 209-224). Taipei, Taiwan: Tamkang University.

*Note that the name of the book is Italisized.

·         Journal articles

Soguk, Nevzat. (2007). Indigenous peoples and radical futures in global politics. New Political Science, 20(1), 1-22.

Coote, Jennifer. (2007). Futurewatch [Electronic version]. Journal of Futures Studies, 11(3), 115-126.

*Note that the name of the journal is Italisized.

·         Internet documents

Hertsgaard, Mark. (2007, March 29). On the front lines of climate change. Time. Retrieved April 1, 2007, from,9.html

The real Al Gore on the environment. (2000). Retrieved April 1, 2007, from

For all other formats of references not specified in this guideline, please refer to the APA Style for details.

*Note that the name of an online magazine is Italisized.