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General Guidelines and Recommendations for Authors:

The manuscript should address an important or underexplored research problem or question, by means of critical analysis, creative research, and innovative conceptualization, in order to contribute in a novel way to a body of knowledge within social sciences and humanities, while drawing (as appropriate) on a solid theoretical framework along with a rigorous use of applicable methodology.

The manuscript should not include a lengthy literature review. Instead, the text should cite only works that are directly relevant to the immediate research topic, in the process demonstrating any gaps in the literature that may have led to the current analysis and highlighting the current study’s contribution to the ongoing line of scholarly work.

The editorial team is not accepting manuscripts that:

  • Have been previously published in whole or in part in English or are currently under consideration for publication at another journal.
  •  Do not contain original arguments or analyses;
  • Are not analytically rigorous, of high quality, and self-contained;
  • Manuscripts that do not comply with the basic standards of ethical research.
  • Manuscripts that fail to comply with the substantive, stylistic, and formatting requirements of the journal;
  • Authors are responsible for reprint permissions of any images. Please do not send accompanying images if you do not own the copyright or have reprint permissions in hand.

Manuscript Formatting Requirements:

Texts submitted to Identity Studies in the Caucasus and the Black Sea Region should adhere to the formatting standards of the Chicago Manual of Style (

Each manuscript should include:

  1. Title page:
  • The title of the article.
  • Author details consisting of the name and affiliation of each author, and the address and the e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • An abstract consisting of a minimum of 150 words describing the purpose, methodology,  general findings of the study, research implications, and originality/value.
  • Keywords with a minimum of 6 terms.
  • Article classification Categorize your paper under one of these classifications: (Research/empirical papers, Review papers, Case studies, Theoretical/conceptual articles, Book reviews).

2.Text: The body of the text should be double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font; the title and the first-level subheads (section titles) should be in Times New Roman, size 14, bold font, and the second-level headings in Times New Roman, size 12, italics font. The first line of each paragraph should be indented, using 1 inch margins on all sides, without adding spaces between paragraphs. Sentences should be separated by a single space.  Manuscripts should not exceed a word count of 8000, including notes and references. The main text can be arranged according to headings/sections if necessary. Any quotations of five or more lines should be blocked and single spaced without quotation marks.

3.Notes: All notes should be included as endnotes, preceding the references. Notes and references should be single-spaced.

4.References: Sources should be cited in parentheses within the text, using the author’s last (family) name, the publication date of the work cited, and a page number if needed. For example: (Zedania 2011) or (Weiss 2010, 98.) For more than three authors, only the name of the first author should be used, followed by et al. (Schonen et al. 2009). Full details appear in the reference list — in which the year of publication appears immediately after the author’s name. For further details authors should refer to the Chicago author-date referencing style.

- Where applicable archival sources should be classified in a category separate from the reference list. Arrange the archival materials section using Arabic numbers according to the chronological order of their appearance in the text. When citing an archival source in the text of the manuscript use the following template:

In text: (Archival material № 1)

In Reference: Name(s), year, Title, Fund №, Description №, Item №,  Library/ Name of the Archive (Collection name if possible), Location. (Language)

5.Tables and Figures: Tables and figures can be submitted, although the editorial board maintains the right to decide the necessity of publishing/printing them. Table titles and figure captions should be single-spaced. Table titles should be in sentence style, where only the first letter of the first word is capitalized.

6.Foreign Language Materials

If your bibliography contains foreign language materials with non-Roman characters cite them in an English translation, and indicate the original language in brackets. For example:

Tkeshelashvili, O., 1980. Mtatsminda Pantheon, Tbilisi: Soviet Georgia [in Georgian]

7.Transliteration: For alphabetic conversion of personal nouns in the body of the text, please refer to the publication of the Library of Congress, ALA-LC Romanization Tables:

Application Form

Please find attached below an application form for your manuscript (formatted according to our requirements). The use of this application is strongly recommended.

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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.

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