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.
  • 1. Though there is no formal refereeing process as in an academic journal, the papers will be read by the editorial board and FFJ staff members. If necessary, they might be lightly edited. Authors may be asked to make changes before the papers are placed on the website. The editor reserves the right to decline papers that are not considered sufficiently well developed or relevant to the FFJ research agenda and related themes.
  • 2. The paper can be submitted in any format other than PDF; Word is preferable.
  • 3. The title page should include:
    - Title, author(s), date (month/year)
    - Abstract (of no more than 200 words) in the language of the working paper (WP) and in English
    - Address for correspondence (e-mail and full postal address)
    - Keywords
    - Mini biography of the author(s)
  • 4. Papers can be written in English, Portuguese, German, or Spanish. We would kindly ask to write the abstract in the language of the WP and in English.
  • 5. There are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission. References can be in any style or format as long as the style is consistent. Where applicable, author(s) name(s), journal title/book title, chapter title/article title, year of publication, volume number/book chapter and the article number or pagination must be present. Use of DOI is highly encouraged.
  • 6. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. About web references: as a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a consistent system of referencing is used throughout the paper. This applies also to all images, graphs or other material used for illustration.
  • 7. The line spacing in the paper should be 1.5, the margins 1”, and the text justified. In case of acceptance, there might be changes in the formatting, according to the design of the Food for Justice Working Paper Series.
  • 8. Please ensure the figures and the tables included in the single file are placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file. The corresponding caption should be placed directly below the figure or table.
  • 9. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
  • 10. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article.
  • 11. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.
  • 12. Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body.
  • 13. Format for citation: Chicago 17th Author-Date style (

Author Guidelines

It is the aim of the Food for Justice Working Paper Series to share new work and knowledge on the question how are we going to feed the world with a wide audience of academics, social activists, food producers and consumers, policy-makers, and any other interested party. The BMBF-Junior Research Group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy (FFJ) investigates social mobilization targeting injustices in the food system and social and political innovations that address inequalities undermining food security such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality.

All members of departments affiliated with the BMBF-Junior Research Group FFJ, associated and visiting researchers of FFJ, participants in conferences and workshops organised by FFJ, as well as members of, and those on secondment to FFJ, are encouraged to submit their papers to the Working Paper Series.

The main requirement for submission is that the working paper relates to the research agenda of the BMBF-Junior Research Group FFJ (for more information, please visit: Submitted papers can be work in progress or work ready for publication. There are no copyright restrictions regarding the use of submitted material for future publications.

All working papers will be available on our website in PDF-format and saved in the library catalog of Heidelberg University with the corresponding ISBN-number.


An electronic copy of the paper should be submitted to the BMBF-Junior Research Group ( Only when your paper is accepted by the editorial board, you will be requested to put your paper into a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for the publication of your working paper. For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Format for Submission

see checklist

Citation Style

Chicago 17th Author-Date style (


  • Books (in alphabetical order):
  • Grazer, Brian, and Charles Fishman. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
  • Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. New York: Penguin Press, 2016.
  • Chapter or other part of an edited book:
  • Thoreau, Henry David. “Walking.” In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–95. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.
  • Journal article (in alphabetical order):
  • Keng, Shao-Hsun, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem. “Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality.” Journal of Human Capital 11, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 1–34.
  • LaSalle, Peter. “Conundrum: A Story about Reading.” New England Review 38, no. 1 (2017): 95–109. Project MUSE.
  • Further information when using EndNote:
    • To change the bibliography accordingly, simply choose "Chicago17th Author-Date"
    • in Endnote: Edit -> Output Styles (->  Open Style Manager) ->Chicago 17th Author-Date
    • or in Word: Endnote X9 -> Style (-> Select Another Style) ->Chicago 17th Author-Date

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