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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, 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

The international peer-reviewed Journal of Boredom Studies (JBS), published by the International Society of Boredom Studies annually, is a multidisciplinary and open-access forum for theoretical and empirical advancements in all areas of boredom studies providing relevant material from a variety of academic disciplines, including, but not limited to, Animal Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Cultural Studies, Education, History, Literary Studies, Management, Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. It covers topics referring to boredom (and similar states like melancholy, ennui, tedium, etc.), embracing, among others, its conceptualization; cultural and societal representations, perceptions, forms, and functions; characteristics; causes/correlates, and consequences/outcomes. It aims to promote and disseminate multidisciplinary research on boredom, facilitate the advancement of knowledge concerning boredom, and give visibility and access to scientific papers on boredom.

Author Guidelines

The only language of publication in JBS is English. The Journal publishes (1) theoretical, and research papers, (2) reviews of books related to boredom, and (3) English translations (max. 2 per issue) of papers and chapters on boredom published initially in vernacular languages.

Authors are asked to prepare texts in accordance with the following guidelines

Each submission should include:

(1) An anonymized manuscript containing the title, references, notes, and any tables in .doc or.docx file format. Submitted text should have between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length. 

(2) a separate file with a single cover page containing the title of paper, name(s) of the author(s), institution(s), ORCID number(s), and the complete contact information of author(s).

Abstract: up to 250 words in length should include research question/thesis, identify author’s data, and give some indication of the findings/conclusions. The abstract should be concise and complete without reference to the body of the article.

Editing: Use uniform lettering and sizing, using cursive only for scientific nomenclature. Preferred fonts: Times New Roman. 12, Margins: 2.50 cm.

Tables/Figures: Number the illustrations/tables/figures according to their sequence in the text, and add captions to all of them.

References: Citations and References should follow the APA 7th style guide.

Structure: The structure of the article would depend on the discipline of the text and its character (theoretical vs. empirical). The editorial board do not want to impose one structure format but for research papers it should at least begin with a theoretical introduction, then description of methodology, results and analysis, and conclusions. The text may include Acknowledgements and Funding if appropriate, and should include a Conflict of Interest Statement.

We encourage authors to download and use our templates to prepare their manuscripts.


Articles are the core of the journal. They present original works on boredom, including both theoretical and empirical papers. Empirical papers must be based on a robust qualitative or quantitative methodology and a justified critical apparatus, which represent a substantial advance with respect to the knowledge currently available. The length of the articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words, including notes, references, tables and figures, but excluding supplementary material. 

Download a template to prepare your article (cover page). 

Download a template to prepare your article (main text). 


Reviews of recently published books (no more than 2 years since the last edition) on boredom, at the request of the editorial team or on the authors’ initiative, must have a maximum length of 2,000 words. All book reviews must be submitted in Word document format and accord to general journal editing style. At the top of the review, the citation must be presented in accordance with APA 7th style and a hotlink to the publisher must be provided.

Download a template to prepare your review.


In each issue, the Journal of Boredom Studies is to publish up to 2 translations into English of papers or book chapters about boredom of demonstrable quality and interest based on authorship, positioning, and the number of citations received that significantly contribute to boredom studies.

They will be carried out at the request of the editorial team or on the authors’ initiative. Translators can contact editors of JBS proposing a paper or a chapter for translation, sending an electronic copy of the original text and English abstract of the suggested text.

If accepted by the editors, a translator should provide (except for the translation itself):

(1) the copy of permission for non-profit publication of the text in JBS from the copyright's owner; and

(2) the certificate of translation's proofreading if a translator is not a fluent speaker of English.

If the slots for translations in the current issue are occupied, the translations will be published in subsequent issues in the order of receiving complete translations.

The author of the text can serve as a translator. The translator's name will be displayed on the title page of the text, along with the bibliographic information of the original place of publication.

Download a template to prepare your translation.

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