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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.
  • The submission is original, has not been previously published, nor is it submitted for publication in another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text has been placed in the appropriate template made available at the journal's website. In particular, the text uses a single spacing, 12-point font, italics instead of underlining (except for URLs and doi numbers), and all illustrations, drawings and tables are placed in the text in the right places, not at the end.
  • The text complies with the stylistic and bibliographic requirements specified in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in the About section of the journal.
  • I have read and accept the principles of publication ethics published on the journal's website.
  • I have acquired my personal ORCID number, which I am ready to verify when prompted by email (this requirement concerns coauthors of the submitted articles as well).
  • When submitting articles I accept the journal’s policy of providing a double-blind, anonymous review. Hence the author's name, affiliation and email address have been removed from the text to ensure anonymity of the review.
  • If the submission contains drawings, illustrations, cartoons etc for which the copyright  is held by the third party, I have approached the third party and obtained the necessary copyright. The journal publisher is not liable for any infringement pf the copyrght in that respect and sole liability lies with the author.
  • If my research presented in the article to be submitted has received funding, I have reported it to the Editorial Board in the box provided below.
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Author Guidelines

General points about submissions

The EJHR publishes two kinds of papers: full-length original research articles (6,000 to 10,000 words) and shorter commentary pieces (3,000 to 6,000 words) which critically examine and take a clear persuasive stand on the literature and research direction of a particular topic of interest relating to humour in the European context. The EJHR also publishes research notes. These take the form of very brief articles (1,000 to 1,500 words) which detail new research projects (could be work in progress for example part of a PhD dissertation) in terms of aims, objectives, methods and outcomes.

The authors are kindly requested to specify the type of their contributions when choosing the appropriate template provided below. Text must be pasted piece by piece into the template so that the original highlighting is retained.

Authors are kindly requested to follow the guidelines as consistently as possible. If the general guidelines are not properly followed, the publication schedule will be slowed down.

All submissions (with the exception of book reviews) will undergo peer-review.

Book reviews

The EJHR regularly publishes book reviews. If you would like to recommend a book for review please contact the EJHR Book Review Editor. The book reviews are also required to be submitted in their own template.

Special issues

We also encourage special issues edited by guest editors. If you think you would like to edit an EJHR guest issue, please contact the editors at

Approximate publication timeline (since  submission):

  • 3 weeks - assignment of handling editor and reviewers
  • 2-3 months - reviews returned to the author(s)
  • 6 -12 months - publication time after acceptance (depending on the journal's publication schedule)

Assessment criteria of particular types of articles

More specific points about submissions

Please submit articles adjusting to the styling required by the journal template. Below are the format highlights.

  • Articles should be in MS Word format, Times New Roman font, size 12.
  • The title of the article should appear at the top of the first page, followed by the author’s full name, affiliation and email address.
  • Each article must include an abstract of not more than 250 words and a list of up to 5 keywords..
  • Manuscripts should be divided into sections and subsections with numbered headings.
  • Contributions should be in English. Contributors whose native language is not English are asked to have their paper carefully checked by a native speaker.

The editorial staff of the EJHR reserves the right to edit articles and book reviews, both for content and style. All substantial changes will be referred back to the author before publication.  Authors will receive page proofs for correction, which must be returned by dates determined by the publication schedule.


Abstracts should comprise the following elements:

1. subject matter
2. research perspective
3. research material (source, their nature and quantity)
4. most important conclusions


Figures must be submitted as electronic graphic files, gif or jpeg. Captions must be provided for all figures. Figures should NOT be placed in separate files to the text files but rather IN the body of the text, in their appropriate position and they should clearly labeled.


Footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum. Endnotes should NOT be used.


Emphasized and foreign words should be italicized.


Please check the references systematically to ensure that all works cited in the text are also listed in the reference section, and vice versa. Please note the journal uses the APA version 7 format of in-text citations and end references. 

In-text references

References in the text should be indicated by giving the author’s name with the year of publication and pages in parentheses, e.g. (Ruch, 1998: p. 7), (Chapman & Foot, 1976); or if there are more than two authors Ruch et al. (2010, p. 3). If several papers from the same author(s) and from the same year are cited, (a), (b), (c), etc. should be put after the year of publication, e.g. (Ruch, 2009a, pp. 5-7). If you refer to more than one work at the same time, enclose all the references within the same parentheses and separate each reference from the next by a semi-colon (Davies, 1998, p. 12; Ruch, 1998, p. 23).

End references

References should be listed in full alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the following form (please note: initial letters of  journal titles should be placed in capitals, while book and article titles in lower-case letters as shown below):

Appiah, K. A. (2005). The ethics of identity: Racism in everyday life. Princeton University Press.

Archakis, A., & Tsakona, V. (2005). Analyzing conversational data in GTVH terms: A new approach to the issue of identity construction via humour. Humor. International Journal of Humor Research, 18(1), 41-48.

Attardo, S. (2008). A primer for the linguistics of humor. In V. Raskin & S. F. Attardo (Eds.), The primer of humor research (pp. 101-155). Mouton de Gruyter.

Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. The European Journal of Humour Research, 6(1), 11–16.

Baumeister, R. F. (1993). Exposing the self-knowledge myth [Review of the book The self-knower: A hero under control, by R. A. Wicklund & M. Eckert]. Contemporary Psychology, 38(5), 466-467.

Duis, J. M. (2008). Acid/base chemistry and related organic chemistry conceptions of undergraduate organic chemistry students (Publication No. 3348786) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Northern Colorado]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Pegion, K., Kirtman, B. P., Becker, E., Collins, D. C., LaJoie, E., Burgman, R., Bell, R., DelSole, R., Min, D., Zhu, Y., Li, W., Sinsky, E., Guan, H., Gottschalck, J., Metzger, E. J., Barton, N. P., Achuthavarier, D., Marshak, J., Koster, R., . . .  Kim, H. (2019). The subseasonal experiment (SubX): A multimodel subseasonal prediction experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100(10), 2043-2061.

Perreault, L. (2019). Obesity in adults: Role of physical activity and exercise. UpToDate. Retrieved January 12, 2020, from

Peterzell, J. (1990, April). Better late than never. Time, 135(17), 20-21.

Plato (1989). Symposium (A. Nehamas & P. Woodruff, Trans.). Hackett Publishing Company. (Original work published ca. 385-378 BCE)

For other specific bibliographical references check at:

Further details

Abbreviations: Where appropriate, common abbreviations (i.e., e.g., etc.) can be used. Excessive use of abbreviations should, however, be avoided.

Acronyms: Spell out in full first time, use initials thereafter.

Appendices:  Appendices should be placed at the end of the article before the References. 

Capitalisation: Use minimum capitalisation for all headings, i.e. only use capitals for the first letter and proper nouns.

Citations: In the case of reprints, please use (Freud, 1960 [1905], p. 109). Page number ranges: (Apte, 1985, pp. 108–112); please do not drop digits (e.g., 108–12). Give page numbers in full: do not use “f.”, “ff. Always give the full author-date citation: do not use “op. cit.”, “loc. cit.”, or “‘ibid.” When citing more than one work by the same author/editor published in the same year, please differentiate the works by using letters: Kuipers (2008a, 2008b)

Centuries: Numbers are preferred, e.g. 21st century.

Cross-references: References to section or subsection numbers within the article should include the capitalized word “Section” followed by the section number: e.g., “see Section 5.4” References to tables or figures within the article should include the capitalized word “Table” or “Figure” followed by a number: e.g., “cf. Table 2”.

Dashes: Please do not use double hyphens. Unspaced hyphens should be used between inclusive numbers, e.g., 194-197, 2010-2012. Please DO NOT use EN-dashes or hyphens for any unnumbered lists. Use bullets instead.

Dates: Number, month and year, e.g. 1 August 2012.

Decades: use numbers and ‘s’, e.g. 1920s.

Foreign titles: use original titles (in transliteration for non-Latin scripts) followed by translations into English in square brackets , as in the example below. There is no need to translate names of journals, if they do not use official English names as well. 

Ivanova, E.M. et al. (2016). Russkoyazychnaya adaptatsiya oprosnika gelotofobii, gelotofilii i katagelastitsizma PhoPhiKat [Russian-language adaptation of the questionnaire of a gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism PhoPhiKat]. Voprosy psikhologii, 2, 162–171.

Italics: Use to add emphasis to words and phrases. CAPITAL LETTERS and SMALL CAPS should not be used for emphasis.

Multiple authors:  

if a publication has more than three authors, use the first author's name followed by et al., as in the example below: 

Ivanova, E.M., et al. (2016). Russkoyazychnaya adaptatsiya oprosnika gelotofobii, gelotofilii i katagelastitsizma PhoPhiKat [Russian-language adaptation of the questionnaire of a gelotophobia, gelotophilia and katagelasticism PhoPhiKat]. Voprosy psikhologii, 2, 162–171.

Numbers: Numbers below 10 should be written in full e.g. five, otherwise as numerals, separate thousands using commas e.g. 1,000.

Percentages: Numbers followed by per cent are preferred. % should be used only in tables.

Quotations: Short quotations (fewer than 60 words) should run-on in the text and be enclosed in double quotation marks. Single quotation marks enclose quotations within quotations. Longer quotations should appear as a separate block and should not be enclosed in quotation marks. The citation to the source should be placed at the end of the quote following the punctuation. All quotations in languages other than English should be followed by a translation in square brackets.

Quotation Marks: Use double "quotation marks", except when quoting within a quote, when single 'quotation marks' should be used. Quotations should close after the full-stop which ends the sentence.

Spacing: Type one space (not more) after periods, commas, and colons.

Spelling: Use British English spelling, e.g. humour, behaviour, except in titles originally published in American English. For names in another alphabet, use standard English transcriptions. If in doubt about spelling, please refer to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Tables and Figures: Tables and illustrations must be inserted in the main text and not come on separate files. They should be numbered consecutively by Arabic numerals. Please be sure to obtain written permission for the use of material (e.g., caricatures, images, figures) for which the copyright is owned by others.

Web Address Referencing: it is important that you provide as many details as possible when referencing a web address. This includes, author if appropriate, title of webpage, full URL address, and date accessed.

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