Guidelines for authors

Articles should be submitted using the following email: culturico@outlook.com

Type of articles

  • Macro-stories (a minimum of 500 words, excluding links, references and captions. No length restriction applies). Articles are expected to provide a new point of view on a macro-topic concerning society, politics or science.
  • Micro-stories (no minimum or maximum length). Articles should provide meaningful real stories that can be used as an example to convey a message.
  • Reports (no minimum or maximum length). Reports present novel investigative research on topics concerning society, politics and science. They should include all the necessary documents to support the claim. Reports can and should include the opinion of the author, but the viewpoint of the author has to be strongly based on evidence.
  • Essays (a minimum of 500 words, excluding links, references and captions. No length restriction applies). Assays analyze cultural aspects of society, politics and science with a philosophical, logical touch. Essays, although less focused on real events of life, should nevertheless provide insights on how to move our society forward.
  • Commentaries (a maximum of 500 words, excluding links, references and captions). Commentaries should directly refer to a previously published article (within the last 12 months) and should provide counterarguments. Commentaries should basically discuss, using an alternate perspective, why the viewpoint over a particular topic should be different.

Preparing your article

The article should follow the guidelines concerning length, style and format.

Format and style of the article

  • Technical terms: they should be introduced before. Alternatively, a box should be provided with a general description of the term.
  • Symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms: the first time they are used they should be written in full.

Example: International Relations (IR): from the second use: “IR” is sufficient.

  • References and links: they must be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text; citation numbers should be placed within parentheses, italicized.

Examples: (1) (2, 3) (3-6) (1, 4-8).

Link numbers should be placed within parentheses, italicized, as follows: (L1) (L2, L3) (L3-6) (L1, L4-8).

References do not have to be extended. The following is required: the list of authors, the title of the publication and the year of publication.

Examples:

a) one author: Marx, K., “The capital”, 1867.
b) two authors: Marx, K. and Angels, F., “The communist manifesto”, 1848.
c) more then two authors: Haapaniemi, E. et al. “CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing induces a p53-mediated DNA damage response”, Nature Medicine, 2018.

Please note: if you refer to an article published on a journal, please include the name of the journal (see “Nature medicine” in the aforementioned c) case).

  • Figure, picture and table captions: please provide a short caption.
  • Preparation of figures and schemes: please do not use images found on the internet, unless this has a particular reason. To produce your figures and schemes use software such as Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Fonts: you are free to submit using your favorite (but legible) font.
  • Formatting: prior to publication, our editorial team will format the article according to culturico’s style. This will include: a) key words will be highlighted in bold or italicized, b) quotations will be integrated in a graphical panel.

Language: Articles should be written in English. However, authors are also encouraged to submit a translation of their articles in their mother tongue after the final acceptance by the linguistic editor. The intention should be communicated at the time of the first submission.
The translation will be available with an independent link on our website, and a link will be additionally provided within the article page in English.

Submitting your article

Make sure to include the following in your submission:

> The article in .docx, including:

  • The author name (or authors).
  • A small description of the author (unless already communicated).
  • The Article type you are submitting (macro-story, micro-story, report, essay, commentary).
  • The title of your manuscript
  • An excerpt (30-70 words) describing the main points of the article and incentivizing superficial readers to read through the whole article.
  • A statement that the article (or portions of it) has not been published and that the article is not subjected to plagiarism.
  • If applicable, a reference to any discussions you had with editors or team members before submission.

> Additional data (pictures, documents, etc.) should be sent separately within the same email. If the files are too large, please communicate the issue to the editorial staff.

Editorial decisions

culturico wishes to publish outstanding articles. For this reason each article is scrutinized by our editorial staff. Generally the publication process will follow this procedure after submission:

  • Our staff read the article and take a decision on whether we intend to publish it (a response is sent within 7 days).
  • Accepted articles are assigned to an editor. The editor checks the manuscript, improves it and suggests changes (normally within 7 days). The article will be sent back to the author.
  • More than one editing step is possible, if required. Editing will proceed until both the author and the editor are satisfied with the quality of the article. We encourage authors to respond promptly by resubmitting their articles to culturico@outlook.com
  • Once editors and authors are satisfied, the article is assigned to a linguistic editor, who proofreads the article (normally within 7 days). If no major changes are required, then the article is listed as “awaiting publication”. In case major changes are required, the author receives the article for further improvements. Once both parties approve the article, it will be listed as “ready for publication”.
  • The author is notified up to one day prior to publication. Publication time, after final acceptance, varies depending on the number of articles awaiting publication.

During the editorial process, your article will be kept with confidentiality.

Editorial process: how to edit your article

Once your article has been submitted and approved by our editorial staff, one of our editors will review your article. culturico’s staff will then send you the article with comments and changes made using the Microsoft Word reviewing and tracking system.
Please address all of the editor’s points and keep track of the changes using the Microsoft Word reviewing system. Make use of comments if necessary.

What if your article is related to breaking news?
In this case, please specify URGENT in the subject of your submission email. Please specify why it is important to promptly publish your article.
If our editorial staff considers your article for publication to be urgent, we immediately proceed with a high priority editorial process.