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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 file is in .doc format and any figures are in .jpg and equivalent (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • 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 text has been carefully proofed. Any figures and tables have been numbered sequentially, referred to in the text, and have captions including source. Figures and tables appear on separate pages, one per page, at the end of the manuscript file or in separate files.
  • If the submission refers to or is about Indigenous Peoples, the text adheres to "Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples," by Gregory Younging (or an explanation for departure provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • A cover sheet is included with your name and complete address with contact details

Author Guidelines

The Northern Review welcomes submissions on topics relating to original research concerning human experience in the North, including the territorial and provincial Norths of Canada and the Circumpolar North. Institutional affiliation and northern residence are not prerequisites for publication. 

The journal publishes research articles, book reviews, and, occasionally, reports and opinion pieces.
• An article is a previously unpublished manuscript, between 5,000 and 10,000 words. reporting on research original to the author(s)
• A book review is a previously unpublished review, between 800 and 1,200 words, of a publication that is concerned with human experience in the Circumpolar North and usually for a scholarly audience.

Authors must affirm at the time of submitting that the manuscript has not been, and will not be published or submitted elsewhere while under consideration by the Northern Review.

Authors are responsible for the factual accuracy of their papers and for obtaining permission to reproduce text or illustrations from other publications.


1. Consistency for most matters of style *other than referencing* is maintained through reference to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd ed), Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples by Gregory Younging, and the Chicago Manual of Style.

2. Referencing

  • Please proof, and double proof, your references & citations
  • As a multidisciplinary journal, authors may follow the referencing style that is most common in the author's discipline, and should be internally consistent. The reference style used should be clearly indicated when the manuscript is submitted.
  • When citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, follow the templates developed by NorQuest College: See Lorisia MacLeod, "More Than Personal Communication: Templates for Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers." KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 5, no. 1 (2021).
  • Use italics, not underlining.
  • Where bibliographic format is used, please use endnotes instead of footnotes, unless agreed upon in advance.

3. Language

a. Indigenous Peoples: Authors should consult Indigenous Nations & organizations to ensure the accurate vocabulary and spelling for Indigenous words, and for language representing Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and places. Authors should consult Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples, by Gregory Younging.

b. Indigenous ethnicities & Nations: Use the most specific name possible when referring to a specific People, rather than relying on the collective name. For example, Southern Tutchone or Tlingit or Hän rather than Indigenous.

c. Place names: Many places in the Circumpolar North are now referred to by their Indigenous names: For example, Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay), Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo). If the Indigenous name might be unfamiliar to most readers, include the settler place name parenthetically.

3. Spelling: The journal generally follows the Canadian Oxford Dictionary (second edition). Authors from other English-speaking countries may submit manuscripts in the spelling commonly accepted in their country, and corrections may be made at the copy edit stage.

4. Capitalization

a. Words in all capitals (e.g., CAPITALS) should not normally be used anywhere in your submission except for acronyms (that have been spelled out in full before their first appearance in parentheses)

b. Certain nouns and adjectives designating parts of the world or regions are generally capitalized. E.g., Antarctica, the Arctic, Subarctic, the North, North Pole, North Polar ice cap, the North, the Circumpolar North but polar regions, northerner, northern countries, northern people

c. Names of racial, linguistic, ethnic, religious, and other groupings of humans are generally capitalized (Indigenous)

d. Popular names of places are usually capitalized and not enclosed in quotation marks (Near North)

e. Headings, sub-headings, titles: capitalize sentence style; i.e., the first letter of all words except of, and, an, the, and so on

7. Quotation marks: Short quotations incorporated into the text should be surrounded by double quotation marks. Quotations within quotations should be surrounded by single quotation marks

8. Serial comma: When listing three or more items, include a comma before the "and" preceding the final item; e.g., the journal publishes articles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences

9. Numbers: In ordinary text and non-technical manuscripts, authors should generally spell out numbers for whole numbers from one through one hundred

10. Tables: Short tables may be embedded in the text, using the word processor's table tool. Longer tables should be placed at the end of the document or in a separate file. Tables should be numbered sequentially, have a caption, and be referred to in the text. Where relevant, the table source should be clearly indicated in the caption.

11. Figures: Place figures at the end of the document, each on a separate page, or each as a separate file (e.g., jpg). Figures should be numbered sequentially, have a caption, and be referred to in the text. Where relevant, the figure source should be clearly indicated.

12. Headings and Sub-Headings: Capitalize sentence style; i.e., the first letter of each word (other than articles, etc.). Make hierarchical heading-levels clear through numbering or through using other consistent formatting, as is common in your discipline

13. Spacing

a. Use 1.5 line spacing, not double

b. All indents (e.g., first line of a paragraph) should be set by your word processor’s paragraph indent function, or if that's not possible, set by tab; please do not use the space bar

c. Use single spaces between sentences, not double spaces

d. Include one space before and after ellipsis points

e. Don’t add any line spacing after sub-titles and other headings

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