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Author Guidelines

Authors Guidelines

Organization of the paper and style of presentation

A. General information

Genus is a peer reviewed online journal that publishes :

- Articles

- Comment Articles

- Book Review s

Submissions will be considered under the assumption that they comprise original, unpublished material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The authors are kindly requested to remember that articles should be submitted in English. Spelling and usage should be according to the conventions of either British or American English and should be consistent throughout. The journal will provide English language revision for those papers written by non native-speakers.

B. Technical Information

The manuscript has to be anonymous.

The Author has to upload one separate file with Authors’ names and information.

B.1. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word for Windows (all versions), no longer than 10,000 words (not including references) :

  • Top and Bottom Margins: 5.5 cm

· Right and Left Margines: 4.5 cm.

· Font: Times New Roman 11;

· First line indentation of each paragraph: cm 0.75;

· Page Numbers (starting from the Introduction page);

· Position: bottom of page, centred aligned,  font Times New Roman 12.

Include footnotes at bottom of page. Font Times New Roman 9, without indentation. Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it will be possible to incorporate the information in the text. If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

B.2 Articles should be organized in the following order:

B.2.1 Title and abstract

Title, author name and affiliation on a separate file

The abstract should be complete (include research question, data used, key results, and policy/program implications), self-explanatory and no longer than 200 words.

B.2.2 Text

It should be organised in the following way:

- Title
- Introduction
- Main body of text subdivided by subheadings

Indicate headings and subheadings as follows: 1, 1.2, 1.2.1 etc.

Sections numbering:
1.       TITLE (Font Times New Roman 10, uppercase).

1.1     Title
(Font Times New Roman 11, italic).
1.1.1  Title (Font Times New Roman 11).

Insert a location note (e.g., Table 1 about here) at the appropriate place in the text.

- Conclusion
- Acknowledgements (if any)
- References

- Appendix (if any)
- Tables
- Illustrations and figures


In the text, refer to the author’s name (without initial, unless more than one author has the same surname) and year of publication; if it is considered helpful, a short reference may be made to the appropriate pages. Examples: “[name] ([year]) suggested that...”; “ was clearly the case ([name], [year], pp. [first page]-[last page])”.

If reference is made in the text to a publication written by more than two authors, the name of the first author should be used followed by “et al.”(Italic). This indication, however, should never be used in the list of references: in this list the names of the first author and all co-authors should be mentioned.

References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically.

All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text. The paper should be carefully checked to ensure that the spelling of the author‘s names and the dates are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list, and that the reference list is complete.
The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, and chronologically per author. If an author‘s name is mentioned separately as well as with one or more co-authors, the following order should be used: publications of a single author, arranged in chronological order – publications of the author with one co-author – publications of the author with more than one co-author.

Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 2001a, 2001b, etc.
Do not abbreviate the titles of periodicals in the list of references.

In the case of publications in any language other than English, the original title is to be retained [in brackets].

For periodicals:

NAME INITIALS (year), “Title of the paper”, Title of the periodical, [vol. n.]([issue n.]), [first page]-[last page].

N.B. : Name IN tIMES new roman 9 and year in tnr 11.
2001), “The evolution of multiple births in Italy”, Genus, LVIII(1), 159-181.

For books:
year), Title of the book, [publisher], [place of publication].
Fiumanò M. (2000)
, A ognuna il suo bambino, Il Saggiatore, Milano.

For multi-author books:
year), “Title of the article”, in NAME, INITIALS (eds.), Title of the book, [publisher], [place of publication], [first page]-[last page].

Derom R., Orlebeke J., Eriksson A., Thiery M. (1995),
“The epidemiology of multiple births in Europe”, in Keith L.G. et al.,  Multiple pregnancy: epidemiology, gestation and perinatal outcome, Parthenon Publishing Group, New York, 145-162.

For unpublished reports, papers presented in meetings, etc.:
year), Title of the paper, Unpublished [description], [name of institute, department, meeting, etc.].

Relationship between perception of health, chronic diseases and disabilities, 10th Meeting of the REVES Network, Tokyo, October 9-11.

For papers not yet published:
year), Title of the paper, submitted for publication in (or: accepted for publication in) [title periodical].

B.2.4. Tables

  • Large tables should be avoided. Reversing columns and rows will often reduce the dimensions of a table.
  • If a table fits on one page portrait layout instead of landscape will be used.
  • Use the table creation tools available in your word processor to make your tables. Do not use the "tab key" or the "space bar" approach. Please define any symbols or abbreviations used in a table immediately below the table itself.
  • Tables should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. The text should include references to all tables.
  • Tables should be included at the end of text .
  • Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
  • Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
  • Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
  • Lettering should be done using Times New Roman . Use the same kind of lettering on every table.
  • For each table the source must be indicated at the bottom.

B.2.5. Illustrations

  • If an illustration fits on one page portrait layout instead of landscape will be used.
  • Illustrations should be numbered according to their sequence in the text, and labelled Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. References should be made in the text to each illustration
  • Each illustration should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
  • Illustrations should be included at the end of text .
  • Any explanations essential to the understanding of the illustration should be given in the legend. The text in the illustration itself should be kept to a minimum.
  • Lettering should be done using Times New Roman font .Use the same kind of lettering on every illustration.
  • For each illustration the source must be indicated at the bottom.

B.2.6. Mathematical expressions

All formulae should be presented in a consistent and clear way, with respect to the meaning of each symbol and its correct position. Most word processors have formula editors. We recommend that authors use these formula editors for their contributions. Typing simple formulae or mathematical expressions, such as expressions containing Greek letters, directly into the submission using normally-available keyboard characters and sub- and superscripts is also acceptable. In both cases, formulae should be italicized. The formula editors should be used when any special mathematical characters are required, such as the symbols for summation, and integration.

Complex expressions and formulae should be centered in the appropriate text location of the contribution. All formulae which are to be referred to later on must be displayed and numbered consecutively [1], [2] etc. on the right-hand side of the page.

B.2.7. Proofs

Copy editing is performed by the Editorial Board of Genus. If the paper is accepted, the author is asked to check the galley proofs for errors and to answer queries from the copy

The Editorial Board reserves the right to ask authors to revise accepted papers and illustrations which are not in the proper form given in this guide. We reserve the right to make editorial changes that may be necessary to make the manuscript suitable for publication as well as to not proceed with publication for whatever reason.

C. Reprints

No reprints will be supplied. All articles will be published in PDF format and can be downloaded directly from the website.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. See Author Guidelines

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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ISSN: 2035-5556

Reg. Tribunale di Roma n. 3321/54

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