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Author Guidelines

Status Quaestionis

Style sheet


1)             General layout:

-   .docx format (valid for all operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux);

-   Garamond font face;

-   font size: 16 pt for the title, 14 pt for author’s name, 12 pt for the abstract, 14 pt main text, 12pt footnotes;

-   justified margins;

-   first line indention: 0.7 cm (the opening lines of the text and of sections are not indented);

-   line spacing: 1.15 in the text, 1 in the notes.


2)         The title is preceded by the author’s first name, last name and affiliation. The title is followed by an abstract in English (80-150 words). See attached template for the line spacing between author’s name, title, abstract, and text.


3)         Titles of paragraphs and sections are in italics, 14 pt, and introduced by Arabic numerals (normal, full size). Bold type is not allowed.


4)         Italics is used for foreign language words if they are not part of a quotation. Use single inverted commas (‘hello’) for emphasis.


5)         Quotations up to five lines are cited in quotation marks “hello”. Single inverted commas are used only if they appear in the passage quoted, e.g.: “Batman said: ‘I’m gonna stop you Joker!’”). Quotations over five lines come as block quotes (normal, 12 pt, justified) formatted as a separate paragraph, detached from the main text by blank lines; first line indention and angle brackets are not used.


6)         Quotations from primary sources are cited in the original. If the quotations are not in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, they must be translated into the language in which the essay is written.


7)         Footnotes: in the text, numbers are in superscript and in sequential Arabic numerals; they follow quotation and punctuation marks (e. g.: “As soon as she saw him, she started screaming”.2)


8)         Bibliographical references: SQ follows the author-date citation system of the Chicago Manual of Style:


9)         In in-text citations and in footnotes, Ibid. is used when the bibliographical reference is identical to the one in the immediately preceding reference or footnote, both when the page number is different and when it is the same.


10)       Bibliography: see, again, the author-date citation system of the Chicago Manual of Style: