Guidelines for Authors

Reference style

Membrana uses and adheres to Chicago (author-date) reference style. Please consult our specific guidelines below for divergences.

All contributions are English proofread – if you are not an native English speaker we strongly advise to have your text proofread or edited by and English language expert prior to submitting. Membrana’s proofreading is meant to correct the most obvious grammatical errors only after the peer-review process. Style and readability could impact the peer-review of your article.

Journal style

General
  • We appreciate innovative approaches to writing, but we do adhere to academic standards.
  • We encourage visual material to be published alongside the article. However, please make sure that you have secured the permission to its use: this is the author’s responsibility.
  • The article should be organized in meaningful, compulsive paragraphs.
  • Avoid using article titles that are too long – we prefer the use of short, communicative titles. Puns, explanations, or citations are best left for the subtitle.
  • Use headings and subheadings for clearer separation between chapters / constitutive parts of your text.
Formatting
  • We prefer to receive manuscripts in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Use a normal, plain font – Calibri or Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1,5 line spacing.
  • The titles of the author’s works (such as books or artworks) should be italicised.
  • Use italics and/or bold for emphasis.
  • We urge you to abstain from the use of footnotes in the title, subtitle, abstract or biography.
  • The titles of articles are in double upper quotation marks (“ ”). Use double upper quotation marks with single quotes inside double quotes (“ ‘quotation’ ”). Make sure not to use apostrophe instead of  right/left single quotation mark (‘quotation’).
  • Dates are written in the form: June 4, 1965.
Length

(article, essay, interview) – including notes, references, abstract and biography
15.000 – 35.000 characters / 2200 – 5000 words

(review, short essay)
1.200 characters / 170 words
2.500 – 3000 characters / 350 – 430 words
8.000 – 11.000 characters / 1300 – 1500 words

Characters count includes spaces. Length is calculated to fit optimally in the layout of our printed journal. As the articles include visual material as well, we are open to individual suggestions on the length of particular contributions.

Copyright Permission

The author is responsible for clearing visual material (such as photographs, graphs, pictures …) permissions. Before publishing author must obtain the permission of all copyright owners. If you plan to include larger section of written copyrighted work (such as a whole poem or a chapter of copyrighted article) you must clear the rights with copyright owners prior to publishing.

Peer Review

All articles are peer reviewed. Membrana uses single blind peer review through an online peer review form. Peer review is done by two separated expert researchers or academic professionals. All peer reviews are archived.

Submission Process

We accept submission through the online submission form on this website. Both, responses to relevant calls for papers and general proposals are accepted. Our editorial team will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that you will need to include your postal address if you wish to receive the author’s copy of the journal.

Submission Material

File naming

All uploaded written contributions, files and visual material should be equipped in the following uniform manner, in the formats, required in the proposal and submission online forms:

  • Name Lastname – Contribution title_contribution type.doc(x)/.pdf
  • Name Lastname – Series/Photo title_#.jpeg/.tiff/.png – shorten title to 5 words.

This will help us archive your materials.

Disclaimer

In case that your research was financed by a grant, you should include a short disclaimer below your article.

Article/Essay
  • Articles and essays should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Please provide an abstract/summary of approximately 1200 characters with 5-8 keywords.
  • Include a short biography (approx. 900 characters).
  • Images are to be submitted in as high resolution as possible in order for the editors to be free in selecting the most appropriate layout. Jpeg and tiff format only. Contact us for any additional details regarding the images’ format.
  • The titles of the images or image series need to be equipped with a copyright line. If applicable, we encourage you to provide a short description of each image (max. 500 characters, with matching image no). Number of published images is decided per individual article and is communicated to the author prior to submission date.
  • If you are using more than four references, include BibTeX, EndNote or RIS references file (Generated by EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero or similar reference manager).
Review
  • Review should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Please include a short biography of the reviewer (approx. 900 characters).
  • Image of book front-cover in good resolution should accompany all book reviews.
  • All the bibliographical information about the book/exhibition/project and biographical information about the author/artists (900 characters for latter).
Interview
  • Interviews should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Please include a short introduction/lead (of no more than 1000 characters) as well as a brief summary of the interview.
  • Images are to be submitted in as high resolution as possible in order for the editors to be free in selecting the most appropriate layout. Jpeg and tiff format only. Contact us for any additional details regarding the images’ format.
  • The titles of the images or image series need to be equipped with a copyright line. If applicable, we encourage you to provide a short description of each image (max. 500 characters), with matching image no). Number of published images is decided per individual article and is communicated to the author prior to submission date.
Project
  • A concise description of the project and a short biography of the author/s (approx. 900 characters each) should be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx).
  • Images should be in as high resolution as possible. Number of published images is decided per individual article and is communicated to the author prior to submission date.
  • The captions of the images / image series should be equipped with a copyright line. If applicable, you should provide a short description of each image (max. 500 characters, with matching image number).

 

Additional Material

Multimedia (video, sound, etc.) can also be published online alongside the article.

Publishing Agreement

Written work

The author agrees to transfer all the rights necessary for publishing the mentioned article to Membrana Institute. Author agrees to our limited two years exclusive licence agreement; after two years (starting with publishing date) the agreement becomes non-exclusive automatically. We do not take over the rights from the author apart from those relating to publishing it in the journals Membrana and Fotografija, and in the web e-edition of the journals (these rights include the rights for translation to Slovenian language and rights for changes done through proofreading and editing in both languages). Two years after the publishing date the author can re-publish the same article without restraints somewhere else with the specific mention of the journal Membrana and/or Fotografija as the original publisher (with date and no. of the issue). Each author receives one copy of Membrana journal and PDF version of the article in both Slovenian and English.

Visual projects

The author agrees to transfer all the rights necessary for publishing the material to Membrana Institute. Author agrees to our non-exclusive agreement.  The material will be published in Membrana and Fotografija journals and in web e-editions of the journals. Membrana will publish one or more of the images from the project – depending on the selection of images and projects. The author gives the right to present his or her project images, as the editors deem necessary in view of both – the contextual whole of the project as well as the contextual whole of the magazine. The editorial team strives for both – presentation of the individual project as well as presentation the general theme in a visually attractive manner through the visuals of the projects. Please note that the author is responsible for clearing picture permissions if he or she uses copyrighted material other that his or hers own. See Copyright Permission Section.

The project will be published either autonomously in the journal or included and combined with other projects in the editorial central section of the journal. Short description will appear either alongside it or in separated section with description of the other projects. It all depends on the final layout selection, other project selection and general visual and textual “flow” of the journal.

Policy

We reserve the right not to publish the final article if it does not follow our guidelines, and/or does not adhere to our publishing standards (formal, ethic and academic). We do not publish material which was already been published somewhere else. Exceptions are articles that were originally published in a language other than English – in that case send an inquiry to us.

Open Access

Many funders today mandate the publication of the work that results from the funded research to be published in Open Access (OA). As a hybrid OA journal, we offer this option to authors in exchange for an Article Processing Charge (APC). In order to determine the price and examine funding opportunities, please write to us directly.

 

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