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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Contributors are invited to submit to Barn research articles, book reviews and research notes within child and childhood research. Prior to publishing, authors will be charged a publication fee.

Following our guidelines will ensure that we can immediately proceed with the assessment of your submission: 

  • Articles should be written in a Scandinavian language. In specific cases and after having consulted the Editorial Office, authors may submit articles in English. Articles must not exceed 15 pages (approximately 7000 words), including notes, references, figures, and tables.
  • Articles should be preceded by an abstract (maximum 150 words) of the main argument(s). Also, all articles written in a Scandinavian language must include a translation into English of the abstract and the article title.
  • Authors’ names, affiliations, postal addresses, and email addresses should be included in a cover letter.
  • A brief author biography should be included presenting the authors’ affiliation and research interest. This should be sent as a separate file.
  • Formatting: Manuscript, captions, etc should be formatted in Word. For photos and illustrations, jpg- or png formatting is preferred.
  • Due to the practice of double-blind peer review, all author references must be removed from the manuscript files.
  • Head titles and subtitles should be clearly marked.
  • Italics should be used to underline special words or expressions.
  • Quotations should be marked with quotation marks: ”X”.
  • References to, or quotations from, texts should be followed by the author’s name and year of publication of the text/article in brackets, e.g.: “Buckingham’s (2009) research illustrates the same process” or “The research method is close-reading (Vänskä 2006: 15–16)”.
  • Reference list and notes should be listed at the end of the article, following the Harvard system of referencing, with minor changes which are special for Barn, e.g.:

Strandell, H. 2007. New childhood space and the question of difference. In: H. Zeiher, D. Devine, A. T. Kjørholt og H. Strandell, eds. Flexible Childhood? Exploring Children’s Welfare in Time and Space. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark.

Belsky, J. 2001. Developmental risks (still associated with early child care). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 42: 845–859.


All submissions should be sent to the Managing Editor Ragnhild Berge: Ragnhild.Berge@ntnu.no     

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