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Author Guidelines

General points about submissions
The EJHR publishes two kinds of papers: full-length original research articles (6,500 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 (original research articles, commentaries, or research notes) on the first page of their submissions.

The EJHR regularly publishes book reviews. If you would like to become a book reviewer, you should email the EJHR Book Review Editor with your details, including name, institutional affiliation, email address and three areas of expertise. If you would like to recommend a book for review please contact the EJHR Book Review Editor.

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

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

Assessment criteria for a full-length research article

  • The article brings original and significant research important for the field of humor studies
  • The article has a clear and logical structure
  • Methodology of the article and the data are reported exhaustively and persuasively
  • Discussion and conclusions are warranted by the results of the research
  • The list of bibliographical references is adequate and gives justice to previous research
  • The style of the article is lucid and the level of English is adequate (nearly native-like).

Assessment criteria for a commentary article

  • The article discusses significant research important for the field of humor studies
  • The article has a clear and logical structure
  • The article takes a persuasive stand on the issues it raises
  • The list of bibliographical references is adequate and gives justice to previous research
  • The style of the article is lucid and the level of English is adequate (nearly native-like).


More specific points about submissions

Authors are kindly requested to follow these guidelines as consistently as possible. Please use the template provided here when submitting articles. If the general guidelines are not properly followed, converting your manuscript might slow down the publication schedule.

·Contributions should be in English. Contributors whose native language is not English are asked to have their paper carefully checked by a native speaker.Each article must include an abstract of not more than 250 words and a list of up to 5 keywords. Please submit articles in MS Word, Times New Roman font, size 12, format to the online system of the journal.


·All pages must be numbered. Please avoid using automatic running heads/feet, and turn off any automatic formatting, especially numbering. ·Manuscripts should be divided into sections and subsections with numbered headings.


·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.




Authors will receive page proofs for correction, which must be returned by dates determined by the publication schedule.


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.


Endnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum. They should be marked consecutively throughout the text by a raised number following a punctuation mark. All endnotes should be listed on a separate page entitled ‘‘Notes’’ and should be included after the main body of the article (following any appendixes), before the reference section. Notes should not be placed at the foot of the relevant page.


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.


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.




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: 7), (Chapman & Foot 1976); or if there are more than two authors Ruch et al. (2010: 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: 5). 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: 12; Ruch 1998: 23).

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


Attardo, S. & Chabanne, J-C. (1992). ‘Jokes as a text type’. Humour: International Journal of Humour Research 5 (1/2), pp. 165-176.




Davies, C. (2011). Jokes and Targets. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.




Dekavalla, M. (2010). ‘Tax, war and waiting lists: The construction of national identity in newspaper coverage of general elections after devolution. Discourse & Society 21 (6), pp. 638-654.




Hempelmann, C. F. & Samson, A. (2007). ‘Visual puns and verbal puns: Descriptive analogy or false analogy?’, in Popa, D. & Attardo, S. (eds.), New Approaches to the Linguistics of Humour, Galati: Academica, pp. 180-196.




Lu, C.-T. (2010). Analysis of English Subtitles Produced for the Taiwanese Movie Cape No.7. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology MA thesis.


Milner Davis, J. 2012. Lope de Rueda (1510-1565), farceur par excellence, and his Paso Septimo, or Las Aceitunas’. Paper presented at the International Society of Humour Studies 24th Conference. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 25-29 June.


Ritchie, G. (2004). The Linguistic Analysis of Jokes. London: Routledge.



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 and endnotes: Endnotes should be placed at the end of the article, before the Appendix(ces) and the References. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. Endnote numbers in the running text should be Arabic numbers. Appendices should be placed at the end of the article, after the Endnotes and 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 ofreprints, please use (Freud 1960 [1905]: 109). Page number ranges: (Apte 1985: 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: Spaced EM-dashes are used as parenthetical dashes (“text — text”). Please do not use double hyphens. Unspaced EN-dashes should be used between inclusive numbers, e.g., 194–197, 2010–2012. Please DO NOT use EN-dashes 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




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

Numbers: Numbers below 10 should be writtenin 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 quotationmarks. The citation to the source should be placed at the end of the quote following thepunctuation. 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 before 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.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.


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 (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined above.

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