Instructions for Contributors

World Literature Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences. It publishes scholarly articles and reviews in general and comparative literary studies and translation studies and the related interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas. The issues are thematic and calls for contributions are advertised here.

The journal accepts previously unpublished original articles written in Slovak, Czech, English, German (French), with an English abstract. All submissions undergo double blind peer review. The acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee the acceptance of the full-length manuscript.

Currently, the journal considers only papers which are submitted in response to a call for papers. Please contact the editors of the thematic issue to which your paper is fitting. The open call for papers are published on the journal’s website.

Types of contributions:

  • articles (app. 36 000 characters) – original scholarly studies based on primary research;
  • materials, discussions (app. 18 000 characters) – summarizing,  informative or explicatory texts on current topics and issues in the areas of literary studies and other humanities;
  • reviews – we prefer analytical reviews of publications that have a wide understanding of the term world literature, which should be taken into consideration in the review itself (app. 5400–9000 characters; informative reviews app. 5400 characters).

By submitting a work to World Literature Studies, the author declares that it has not been previously published and pledges to renounce any claim on remuneration based on the article no. 618/2003 Z. z. about authorial and related rights. Authors will receive one free hard copy of the journal issue and an electronic offprint of their article in pdf. The author can republish the article in a monograph published with a third party publisher, provided that full acknowledgements are made in the monograph to the original publication, and that the author informs World Literature Studies.

Please send manuscripts to or directly to editors of thematic issues as advertised in CFP.

Format and style of manuscripts:

  • basic format: Microsoft Word, type Times New Roman, size 12, double lines, left-justified, paragraph division with tabs, no empty line;
  • text structure: title (max. 190 characters inc. spaces and subtitle), author name, article text, divided by secondary titles if needed;
  • after article text: abstract in English (app. 600 characters inc. spaces) inc. article title in English and 4 – 6 keywords, authors address (name and titles, institution, postal address, email address);
  • in-text quotations: quotations under 4 lines are distinguished by double quotation marks, longer citations go in a separate indented paragraph with no quotation marks; quotations within quotations are distinguished by single quotation marks; after quotation add a short bibliographic reference – (Foucault 1966, 115); if author’s name is already cited before the quotation, do not repeat it in reference – (1966, 115); in case of repeated consecutive citations, refer only to page number – (115); citations from foreign languages are translated and the original is included in endnotes, however, in case of long quotations, refer only to key terms in the original (in endnote or directly in text);
  • notes: use endnotes, limited to a minimum; they should contain only the information that cannot be included in the text and are necessary for understanding;
  • bibliography: works cited are listed under the title Literature; see examples below.


Single author
Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.  (Pollan 2006, 99–100)
Fanon, Frantz. 2008. Black Skin, White Masks. Trans. by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove Press. (Fanon 2008, 33–34)

Multiple authors
Ward, Geoffrey C. – Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf. (Ward – Burns 2007, 52)

Edited books
Pucherová, Dobrota – Róbert Gáfrik, eds. 2015. Postcolonial Europe? Essays on Post-Communist Literatures and Cultures. Leiden – Boston: Brill. (Pucherová – Gáfrik, 4–5)

Book chapter or other part of a book
Kelly, John D. 2010. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.” In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, ed. by John D. Kelly – Beatrice Jauregui – Sean T. Mitchell – Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Kelly 2010, 77)

Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104: 439–458. (Weinstein 2009, 440)
Haft, Adele J. 1984. “Odysseus, Idomeneus and Meriones: The Cretan Lies of Odyssey 13–19.” The Classical Journal 79, 4: 289–306. (Haft 1984, 302)

Kossinets, Gueorgi – Duncan J. Watts. 2009. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology 115: 405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247. (Kossinets – Watts 2009, 411)