Style guide


Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


The title should be short, specific and informative. The first name, initial(s), and surname of each author should be followed by their department, institution, city with postcode, and country. The email address of the corresponding author should also be provided. For the purposes of communication with the Journal staff during submission, review, revision and publication, only one author is designated as the Corresponding Author. If desired, a short description of each author’s background and research interests can be provided, in italic text, after the main article text.


The second page of the manuscript should contain the Abstract, which must not exceed 250 words. The Abstract should be comprehensible to readers before they have read the paper, and reference citations must be avoided. It is essential that the Abstract clearly states the focus and importance of the work described in the paper.



Sentio uses Oxford English spelling conventions (i.e. –ize endings, with exceptions such as ‘analyse’).

Abbreviated terms

Abbreviated terms should be given in full on first use, with the abbreviated form in brackets; if used in the Abstract they should be re-defined at first mention in the main text.

Section headings

Section headings should not be numbered: first-level headings should be in bold text, second-level headings in italic text, and third-level headings in italic and included as part of the paragraph text.


Quotations should be given in single quote marks, with double quote marks for quotes within quotes; quotations of more than 50 words should be set apart from the main text and indented.


Lists may be numbered using roman numerals or set as bullet points; lists within lists should be lettered, then numbered with Arabic numerals.


Dates are given in the form 1 January 2009, and periods are given using a full span, e.g. 1993—1999.

Latin terms

Latin terms should be italicized; e.g. and i.e. can be used but should not be followed by a comma.


Hyphens should be used consistently (refer to the Concise Oxford Dictionary if in doubt).


Numbers from zero to ninety-nine should be spelled out; numbers over 1,000 use a comma as a thousand separator.


In-text citations are given in brackets in the text, for example (Smith and Jones, 2010; Marshall, 2003). A reference list should be provided at the end of the article. Only cited works should be included. References should be arranged alphabetically by author. Works by the same author should be arranged by date. Works by the same authors in the same year should be cited as “(2010a)” and “(2010b)”.

Examples of citation formats are given below:


Heron, B. (2007) Desire for Development: Whiteness, Gender, and the Helping Imperative, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Canada.

Edited volume

Rich, W., ed. (1996) The Politics of Minority Coalitions: Race, Ethnicity, and Shared Uncertainties, Praeger, Westport, CT.


Ghai, A. (2001) Disability in the Indian context: post-colonial perspectives, in M. Corker and T. Shakespeare, eds, Disability Discourse , Open University Press, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 1-11.

Journal article

Fujiura, G. T. Park, H. J and Rutkowski-Kmitta, V. (2005) Disability statistics in the developing world: a reflection on the meanings in our numbers, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 18, 295-304.


London School of Economics (2006) The Depression Report: A New Deal for Depression and Anxiety Disorders , Mental Health Policy Group, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London.

Conference paper

Hendriks, C. (2002) ‘Navigating the murky waters of civil society in a deliberative democracy’, paper presented at the Australian Political Science Association Conference (Political Sociology stream), 10 October 2002, Canberra, Australia.


DFID (1999) Sustainable Livelihood Guidance Sheet , UK Department for International Development, accessed at: (5 June 2010).


Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially, using Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, Table 3; Figure 1, Figure 2 …). Each table and figure should have a brief descriptive title. Additional explanatory information can be provided as footnotes below the table or figure. All tables and figures must be cited in the text (e.g. “As Figure 3 illustrates …”).

Tables should be arranged as simply as possible, with any formatting (e.g. bold or italic text, indentation, shading, dividing lines) kept to a minimum. Column and row headings should be short, clear and self-explanatory, and any abbreviations should be defined in the table footnotes, even if already provided in the text.

Figures should be saved as separate high-resolution image files without their captions (captions should be included with the text of the article). Minimum resolutions are 300 d.p.i. for colour or tone images, and 600 d.p.i. for line drawings. The preferred format is TIFF. Colour figures should be supplied in CMYK not RGB colours. Font-related problems can be avoided by using standard fonts such as Times Roman and Helvetica. Symbols cannot be generated in the legend and should be described rather than indicated by a symbol. Figures and legends should be intelligible without reading the text of the manuscript.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Colour figures

All figures submitted to the journal in colour will be published in colour online at no cost (unless the author specifically requests that their figures be in black and white online).


Acknowledgements can be provided in a short paragraph between the main text and the reference list. Sources of funding should be acknowledged in a separate funding paragraph in the same location.


Only directly relevant information and data should be included in the main text of manuscripts. Supporting data should be submitted for review as supplementary material, in a separate file from the manuscript. Supplementary material will not be copyedited or typeset prior to publication.