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Invitation to Authors

The Journal of Futures Studies (JFS) is published by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan. The editors invite contributors in the areas of foresight, forecasting, long-range planning, visioning and other related areas. Contributors can be any of the main research frameworks of futures studies - empirical, interpretative, critical and action learning. The journal attempts to attract contributors who can offer distinctive viewpoints on a broad range of future-oriented issues. The Journal of Futures Studies encourages authors to use an accessible, clear, plain English style. Our aim is to make the Journal of Futures Studies a readable, lively source of the best of futures thinking and methodologies. One guide to Plain English is


Contributors also should comply with the following guidelines:

  1. A copy of the original manuscript, written in English, should be submitted to the Journal of Futures Studies , Center for Futures Studies, College of Education, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taipei 251, Taiwan, R.O.C. E-mail: jfs@mail2.tku.edu.tw.
  2. Upon receipt, the editor will send the manuscript to a member of the editorial board. Referees and editorial board members will remain anonymous. Questions regarding editorial policy should be addressed to the editor or to the managing editor.
  3. It is understood that a manuscript that is submitted to the JFS represents original material that has not been published elsewhere. It is also understood that submission of a manuscript to the journal is done with the knowledge and agreement of all of the authors of the paper. Authors are responsible for informing the journal of any changes in the status of the submission.
  4. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and typewritten on one side of the paper only. The cover page should include the title of the manuscript, the name(s) and surname(s) of the authors and the author's affiliations, e-mail, correspondence and a suggested running head. A footnote on this page should contain acknowledgments and information on grants. The next page should contain an abstract of no more than 100 words and keywords of the article. The following pages of text should be numbered consecutively. The recommended length for an article is 4000-8000 words. For an essay, the recommended length is 2000-4000 words.
  5. A brief foreword and/or an epilogue is not required, but may be included. The authors of published papers are entitled to 3 copies of the issue in which their articles appear.


Order Organize the manuscript in this order: cover page; abstract; key words; text; endnotes; references. Essays follow the same format; however, abstract and key words are not required.

Cover Page Give title of the manuscript, name(s) and surname(s) of the authors, the authors’ titles and affiliations, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and a footnote(*) indicating acknowledgment of financial or other assistance (if any).

Abstract and keywords On a separate page, preceding the text, write a summary, 100 or fewer words, followed by key words.

Headings  Indicate levels of headings clearly:

Level 1 – Uppercase and Lowercase, Flush Left, Bold
Level 2 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, bold
Level 3 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, italicized
Level 4 – Capitalize only the first letter, flush left, bold,  embedded in text

Tables and Figures Give a title or caption to every table or figure. Place the title, flushed left, above the body of the table and the caption, centered, below the figure. Avoid vertical lines in tables. Number the tables and figures separately with Arabic numerals, followed by a period and the title. In text, refer to tables and figures by their numbers instead of “the table above” or “the figure on page 34.” Embed the figures in Word document. However, a separate file for original diagrams, providing better quality, is also welcomed. If a table/figure, or the data in a table, is derived from other sources, a note must be provided at the bottom indicating the source. Examples of a general note:


·         Reprinted from a book:

Note. From [or The data in column 1 are from] Becoming Modern: Individual Change in Six Developing Countries (p. 96), by Alex Inkeles and David H. Smith, 1974, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

·         Reprinted from a journal article:

Note. From [or The data in column 1 are from] “Adoption of Merit-Based Student Grant Programs: An Event History Analysis,” by William R. Doyle, 2006, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(3), p. 259.

Endnotes Use only for substantive comments, bearing on content. Number consecutively from 1, double space, and append on a separate page.

References in text indicate sources as illustrated below:

·     when author's name is in text - Lipset (1960) or Boulmetis and Dutwin (2000); when author's name is not in text (Lipset, 1960) or (Boulmetis & Dutwin, 2000)

·      use page numbers only for direct quotations or specific notes or table - (Braudel, 1969, p. 213)

·      for more than three authors cite all authors the first time the reference appears and use “et al.” in subsequent citations

·     with more than one reference to an author in the same year, distinguish them by the use of letters (a,b,c) with year of publication (1975a)

·      enclose a series of reference - in alphabetical order - in parentheses, separated by semicolons (e.g., Adler, 1975; Adler & Simon, 1979; Anderson, Chiricos, & Waldo, 1977; Bernstein et al., 1977; Chesney-Ling, 1973a, 1973b).

Reference List List authors alphabetically, by surname. Please spell out the first names of all authors and editors, unless they use only their initials or a first initial and a middle name in the source cited (e.g., Paul Radin, T.S. Eliot, and J. Owen Dorsey). Some examples of references are as follows for easier referencing:

·         Books and book chapters

Mair, Lucy. (1972). An introduction to social anthropology (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Altbach, Philip G., Patricia J. Gumport, & D. Bruce Johnstone (Eds.). (2001). In defense of American higher education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Graham, Phil, & Leigh Canny. (2004). Genre, causal layered analysis and analysis of institutional change. In Sohail Inayatullah (Ed.), The causal layered analysis (CLA) reader (pp. 209-224). Taipei, Taiwan: Tamkang University.

·         Journal articles

Soguk, Nevzat. (2007). Indigenous peoples and radical futures in global politics. New Political Science, 20(1), 1-22.

Coote, Jennifer. (2007). Futurewatch [Electronic version]. Journal of Futures Studies, 11(3), 115-126.

·         Internet document

Hertsgaard, Mark. (2007, March 29). On the front lines of climate change. Time. Retrieved April 1, 2007, from  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9.html

The real Al Gore on the environment. (2000). Retrieved April 1, 2007, from http://www.debatethis.org/gore/enviro/

For all other formats of references not specified in this guideline, please refer to the APA Style for details.