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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, or RTF 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.

Author Guidelines

JoSTrans alternates thematic and non-thematic issues. Submissions for thematic issues should be sent to the guest editor(s) in charge. For non-thematic issues, submissions are accepted from 1 April to 30 June each year.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Non-thematic issue, Issue 44, July 2025

We invite innovative critical contributions dealing with any area or aspect of specialised translation, in particular:
- Theoretical, methodological and practical issues in specialised translation,
- Subject field translation issues, i.e. medical, legal, financial, audiovisual, multi-media, localisation, etc.
- Translation technologies, translation and AI,
- Aspects of training and teaching specialised translation.

The length of papers: 6000-8000 words, including endnotes and references (APA 7th Ed.; see the style sheet for more details). Please note that we do not require papers to be formatted upon submission; formatting is required after the paper is accepted for publication.

Articles can be submitted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. If you wish to write in other languages, contact the editor. Articles submitted in a language other than English should normally also include an English version. If you are not writing in your native language, please have your text checked by a professional proofreader.

Timeframe: submissions will be received from April 1, 2024 until June 30, 2024, with a decision on acceptance / rejection by the end of January 2025.


1. Article length: Articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words, including endnotes and references; reviews should be between 1500 to 2500 words.

2. File format (.docx): Please use the article template which is available here

3. Layout

3.1. Margins, spacing and font

  • page size A4
  • margins (top, bottom, left and right): 2.5 cm
  • spacing: 1 (including endnotes and bibliography), no indent for paragraphs
  • font text: 12 pt Arial
  • font abstract, keywords, endnotes, bibliography, long indented quotes: 10 pt Arial
  • figures and tables: name under the table/figure, bolded

3.2. Language aspects, emphasis and foreign words

  • Use British English spelling conventions (-ise).
  • Language should be gender-inclusive.
  • Emphasised words and foreign words should be printed in italics. Use single inverted commas to indicate meanings (e.g. the Dutch verb lezen ‘to read’).

3.3. Endnotes: Use endnotes, not footnotes. Try to keep their number down as much as possible. Do not use them for bibliographical references or website addresses.

3.4. Quotations

  • Quotations shorter than 40 words should be incorporated into the main text and signalled by means of double quotes. Quotations of at least 40 words should be in a free-standing block without quotation marks and indented ½ inch from the left margin.
  • Editorial interventions should always be marked as such by means of square brackets. For example: […], [sic].

3.5. Divisions of the text

If you decide to use sub-sections, use the decimal system:

4. Title of the article

Place the following information at the top of your article, in this order:

Title of the Article
Author’s Name and Surname*, Name of Institution

Insert a footnote * after each surname with ORCID # and e-mail.

  • Example:
    Empirical studies of revision: what we know and need to know
    Brian Mossop*, York University School of Translation and Government of Canada Translation Bureau

5. Abstract – keywords

  • Insert an English title and abstract of 150-200 words in between these data and the main text. Abstracts should be self-contained and clearly report findings. If your paper is in a language other than English, please provide the abstract also in the language of the paper.
  • Provide between 5 and 10 keywords at the end of the abstract (in English and in the language used if it is not English).

6. Open data sharing: Data availability statement: Please deposit your research data in a data repository, cite and link to the dataset in the paper.

7. References: Please follow the APA 7th Ed. style.

  • In-text references:
    (Lafeber, 2023, p. 45)
    (Nitzke & Hansen-Schirra, 2021, p. 22)
    For 3 and more authors: (Guerberof Arenas et al., 2021)
  • Examples of entries in References
    Nitzke, J., & Hansen-Schirra, S. (2021). A short guide to post-editing. Language Science Press.

    Lafeber, A. (2023). Skills and knowledge required of translators in institutional settings. In T. Svoboda, Ł. Biel, & V. Sosoni (Eds.), Institutional Translator Training (pp. 30-48). Routledge.

    Journal article:
    Muñoz Martín, R., & Olalla-Soler, C. (2022). Translating is not (only) problem solving. The Journal of Specialised Translation, 38, 2-30.

    For further examples see: Reference examples (


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