Authors and Submissions

Article types

Contention accepts research articles with novel findings, critical review articles (5,000-7,000 words, excluding references), theoretical essays and book reviews. Contention also accepts commentaries aiming at increasing interdisciplinary debate between authors. Academics may propose a commentary to one of the papers published or may be invited by the Editor to comment on a paper submitted for publication.

Contention will take into consideration opportunities to publish special thematic issues. Special Issues can be initiated by the journal editors who invite guest editors, or they can be initiated by scholars in the field. To propose an idea for a Special Issue that you would like to guest edit, contact the Editor to discuss the suitability of the topic.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Considering the multidisciplinary audience of the journal, authors should make a particular effort to avoid discipline-specific jargon. Where unavoidable, authors should aim to clarify key terms and assumptions to allow readers with different expertise to appreciate their work.

For each submission, the title page should be anonymous and include two to five keywords, to identify the contents of the article. The page should also provide a word count for the main text, including notes, but excluding abstract references and tables.

Authors are expected to have complied with current APA guidelines concerning ethical publication and research practices. By submitting the manuscript to the journal the authors are agreeing that the work will not be concurrently under review elsewhere and that the findings presented have not been published elsewhere. They are also agreeing that they have conformed to ethical guidelines and that authorship order accurately reflects relative contributions.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be submitted following the current APA format and style guidelines (6th ed.). The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm headers and footers. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point in Times New Roman.

The title, keywords and abstract are key to allowing the interested audience to find your work online.  Please keep abstract to a maximum of 250 words.

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers on a separate Cover Page. Where possible, academic affiliation should be specified.

Cover Page Template and a  Manuscript emplate are available here. 

How to submit your manuscript

To submit your manuscript, please use the dedicated system.

Please ensure you adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors described above. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Peer review policy

Submissions to Contention are double blind reviewed (reviewers’ and authors’ names are withheld). Once the article has been submitted, the Editor will check the proposed submission for suitability. Should the work be deemed suitable for starting the review process, the Editor will contact an Associate Editor from an appropriate field of expertise who seeks reviews from two expert peer reviewers. Authors may suggest some individuals who they believe may be suitable reviewers, but Associate Editors are under no obligation to invite any of these individuals. Please, note that at this point there is no assurance that the paper will be accepted for publication.

Special Issues

To propose a special issue please contact the editor Giovanni Travaglino at to discuss the details of the project.

Book Reviews

Book Review Section Editor: Nicholas Mulder (Email:

Contention welcomes reviews of new books, articles and conference papers or, exceptionally, of new editions of older influential books. Length of the review should be between 800 and 1,200 words.
Each review should be accompanied by a cover page with the following information:

Name of Author (or Editor, in an edited work), Book Title, Place of Publication, Publisher, Year of Publication, ISBN: 000-0-00-000000-0, Number of Pages, Hardcover or Softcover, Price

The book review should provide a short and clear overview of the work’s content, as well as an estimation about its intended audience. In line with Contention’ multidisciplinary audience, a book review that links two or more fields of research or that illustrates the benefit of a book for relevant disciplines are especially welcomed.
The review should also be a critical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the book, with the intellectual vigorousness, accuracy and the high standards that would be expected in any academic article. These evaluations can consider methodological concerns, evidence provided for the argument and comparisons with other works on related subjects, where appropriate.  Contention aims to publish book reviews that are more than mere descriptions of the work.

The general policy of Contention applies to the style and bibliography for a book review (see above).
Please make sure to include your full name, institutional affiliation and discipline(s).

Please submit your review  following the instruction at this page.

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