Author Guidelines

Publishing Policies

Barnboken: Journal of Children's Literature Research publishes articles and reviews by researchers and doctoral students.

Submission to Barnboken is taken to imply that the same manuscript is not under consideration by another journal or has been previously published.

Manuscripts submitted to Barnboken will be reviewed by the editorial board. In the next step, articles are refereed to two external reviewers. Manuscripts may be rejected directly by the Editor-in-chief if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

Manuscripts will be judged on the basis of their relevance to the stated aims of Barnboken, rhetorical and communicative quality, critical insights, use of theory and method, and adherence to submission guidelines. The motivation for writing the article and the objectives of the study should be set out clearly, as well as the interest the author hopes the published work will evoke. The relevance of the study, both general and within the research context, should also be clearly purported.

All manuscripts must be checked for plagiarism detection before submission, for instance via iThenticate.

The submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process.

Publication in Barnboken is free of charge until further notice.

Style Guide

General Guidelines

Length Maximum 40,000 characters, including space between words, bibliography and pictures/graphs/charts. 

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) name of author(s) 2) title 3) abstract 4) keywords. See more detailed information about each section below.

Title If the article is written in Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish, please provide an alternative title in English.

Abstract Articles must include an abstract in English of a maximum of 300 words.

Keywords 5–10 keywords should be provided below your abstract. Avoid using the same words as in the title. All keywords should be in English.

Biographical details Provide a short bio of 4–5 lines. It should include your full name(s), current professional affiliation, and important publications and/or other relevant merits.

Format Use 12-point Times New Roman and double-spacing throughout your manuscript.

MLA format All articles should follow the MLA guidelines (8th ed.) for in-text citations and Works Cited. For information on MLA style, see The Purdue OWL.

In-Text Citations

In-text citations For in-text citations, the author’s last name and page number should be provided within parentheses. Please provide full page numbers rather than using ibid/ff or similar. If more than one work by the same author is cited, please add the title of the work in question, e.g. (Anderson, Children’s Literature 10). For more information on in-text citations, please see The Purdue OWL.

Quotation marks Double quotation marks should be used throughout, and single quotation marks should only be used for quotes within quotes.

Titles Original, unabbreviated titles should be used throughout and should only be translated (within parentheses) the first time they are mentioned in the abstract and in the main text respectively. If there is a reason to use the translated title instead, for example if you are analyzing a translation rather than the original text, please explain this in the text or in a note.

Translated quotes Always include translations of quotes in languages other than English, as well as the original quote. In articles written in Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish, it is not necessary to translate quotes from any of these three languages. For quotes from primary sources, please include the original quote in the main text and place the translation within parentheses. For quotes from secondary sources, please put the original quote in a note and include the translation in the main text instead.

Block quotes All quotes longer than 50 words should be formatted as block quotes.

Notes Notes should be used sparsely, and when applicable these should be provided as endnotes rather than footnotes.

Works Cited

General All sources, both primary and secondary, should be listed in the same Works Cited. For more information on how to format your Works Cited, please see The Purdue OWL.

Books Books should be listed in the following way: Author(s). Title. City of publication, publisher, year of publication.

Articles Articles should be listed in the following way: Author(s). “Title.” Title of Journal, volume, issue, year, pages.

Translations Please add translations (within brackets) for all works in languages other than English, German, and French in your Works Cited. In articles written in Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish, it is not necessary to translate the titles of works written in any of these three languages.

Date of access Please provide a date of access for any website listed in the Works Cited.

DOI If applicable, DOIs should be provided for articles in the Works Cited.

Figures, Graphs, and Images

Format Upon acceptance, please supply figures in JPG or PNG format (300 dpi) as separate attachments.

Copyright Please note: If the figures have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. It is also the author’s responsibility to make sure there is no time limit to any granted copyright permissions. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author. 

Captions and references When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the caption: (Reproduced with permission from xx.) All figures/graphics/images used should be numbered and referenced in the text. 


Barnboken also publishes reviews of critical literature. Reviews should be between approximately 10,000 and 15,000 characters, including space between words.

Do you have suggestions on new books to review or are you interested in reviewing books for Barnboken? Please contact our review editor Hanna Liljeqvist,, for more information.