Notes for Contributors

Terms of Reference

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Submission of article

Please read the following notes before submitting material for possible publication and ensure that contributions comply with these. When submitting your article all contributing authors must have agreed to the submission and the article should not currently be considered for publication by any other journal nor been published previously.

The first part of this document primarily concerns those submitting written articles to FIELDS. Those submitting non-textual work (e.g. musical compositions/performances, photographic work, software, poetry) will find guidance in Part 2 below.

All contributors must consult the sections on third party rights, copyright and reproduction and proofs.

Part 1: Guidance on developing articles for submission to Fields

We generally expect around 6000 words, but under certain circumstances if the topic requires we may extend this up to maximum of 8000. The minimum word count is 5000 words. Please note these figures do not include abstract, reference list figures or tables and their captions. Figures and tables should be captioned in font size 10, as per our housestyle guide.

Although your submission to Fields should be based on work you have done as part of your taught course, such as a dissertation or an essay, an academic journal requires a different style. The purpose and scope of a dissertation is very different from a journal article. For example, an important part of a dissertation is to demonstrate that you have considered a body of literature in relation to your topic. Much of the literature and writing that was of importance in your dissertation will not be relevant for a journal article. A paper should be a concise, succinctly written, self-contained piece of work. You will most likely need to revise your language so that it is more concise and free from jargon. After all, you are addressing a much wider audience in a journal article than your assessors or supervisors, who have to read what you have written.

The need to rewrite, revise and review your work is not a reflection on the quality of the academic work you have submitted as part of your course, it is simply a question of adapting to the different purpose, audience, style and format required by an academic journal.

Take a look at the paper 'Dissertation to Journal Article: A Systematic Approach' by Thomas and Heather Skinner. Section 5 deals with how dissertations differ from journal articles and section 6 is about reframing for journal publication.

Formatting, referencing and template

For full guidelines on format and referencing of articles, see the house style guide.

Please use your template for your submission.

You must adhere to the use of tracked changes throughout the review process.


The default referencing system for Fields Journal of Huddersfield student research is APA 7th. For a full guide to APA 7th please read the following guide.

Part 2: Guidance on developing creative or non-textual submissions

Fields is happy to accept a variety of non-textual work for publication (for example, creative work in aural or visual form). Such work must be accompanied by a short commentary (at least 300 words) explaining the research imperatives that underpin the creative/practical work. The written element of the submission should comply with the guidelines for written submissions in Part 1 above. Such non-textual work may take a variety of forms and will be assessed in terms of the accepted norms for practice-based research in the relevant discipline. Please seek more detailed advice from tutors in your own area.

For copyright issues, especially if others are involved (e.g. performers, images), please consult the guidance for third party material and copyright and reproduction or contact Fields for further advice (

Third party rights for images and other material

If you intend to use images owned by third parties you must get permission to use them from the rights holder, either the author or publisher. Because Fields applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY) to all articles, you must clearly mark third party content to ensure that users understand the different licence conditions which apply to that content.

Example of marking the differently licensed item from the Creative Commons wiki:

The photo X is © 2009 Jane Park, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license:

Clearly marking the excluded elements and stating the terms under which third party content has been made available means that anybody who reuses that content without permission from the original rights holder will be in breach of copyright. 

It is your responsibility to clear copyright for all text and illustrative material that is not your own work. You must clear English language and world distribution rights and it should be made clear to the copyright holder that you are seeking permission to use the material in an Open Access publication. Please use the Permission Form to obtain permission.

If you are unable to get agreement from the rights holders to include content in your article you would have to choose alternative content.

(This section is based on Collins, E., Milloy, C. and Stone, G. (2013). Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science monograph authors. London: AHRC, Jisc. Retrieved from and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

Copyright and reproduction

Before publication, authors are requested to sign a 'Licence to publish' in Fields Journal of Huddersfield student research which grants exclusive right of first publication to the University of Huddersfield Press, and rights over the content are retained by the author.