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Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies


The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (JIS) is a peer-reviewed publication that welcomes manuscripts addressing a yearly theme broadly conceived. 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.

Style and Format

  • Article manuscripts should be 15-25 pages (ca. 5,000-7,500 words), double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font preferred.
  • JIS aspires to synergy, synthesis, and cumulative knowledge, and wisdom. Hence, we encourage authors to build on, and connect with, relevant ideas and articles in previous JIS issues.
  • The title of the manuscript 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 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; 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.) should be used in a scholarly article.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Number all manuscript pages after the abstract.
  • For style and substance, consult articles in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Cf. Free Sample Article.

Submission Procedure

  • Submit an electronic file in Word format (.docx, .doc, .rtf) via e-mail attachment to info at A complete submission includes an abstract of 150-175 words. Paper submission has been waived during the pandemic.
  • To facilitate anonymous review, all information identifying the author should be on a separate sheet: name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information.
  • Deadline: January 15 of the year of publication for a respective theme/volume. JIS does not consider materials that have been previously published or that are being considered for publication elsewhere.

Questions regarding submissions should be addressed to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, IIR, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA. E-mail: info at