Guidelines for authors

Publication, peer review and open access policies

Before submission, please read our policies in full and carefully.

Thanatos publishes both peer-reviewed articles and reports, and non-peer-reviewed texts. Thanatos uses double-blind review for all research articles by at least two independent and external reviewer (primarily reviewers with PhDs but other experts may be used if approapriate). In some cases, a third opinion may be asked. For research reports, Thanatos uses a double-blind review by one independent and external reviewer. Other texts and short communications (book reviews, columns, seminar reports, editorials) are not peer-reviewed. However, they go through an editorial review to ensure they follow best academic and scholarly practices. Thanatos requires that everyone listed as an author should have a made a direct and substantial contribution to the work.

Thanatos is an open access journal and all its contents are accessible without any fees or registration immediately upon publication. We have a strict anti-plagiarism policy and any texts suspected to breach best academic practices (also including citation manipulation and data falsification/fabrication) will not be published. The copyright of the content of Thanatos is owned by the Finnish Death Studies Association. Thanatos is licenced under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND. Anyone may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, cite link and share all content of Thanatos including full text articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose.

The full texts of all content of Thanatos are fully open access without delay, free of charge and without an embargo period or the need to register. Thanatos does not charge any publication fees, but arranging proofreading and language checking and any associated costs are the responsibility of the author(s).

Text length, images and charts

Academic articles are recommended not to exceed 8000 words (excluding references). Research reviews should not exceed 5000 words. Columns, essays, discussions, book reviews and conference reports are suggested not to exceed 2000 words. Accepted file formats for manuscripts are *.docx, *.doc and *.rtf.

All images should be sent as separate files and their place in the text should be indicated with a numbered caption (e.g. Photo 1. There are numerous ways to catch fish in Hoboki village. Photo: Miia Meikäläinen, 2011.). Seprate image files should be numbered and named, resolution minimum 150 pixels, maximum 2000. Each image should have a caption in which at least the image owner, copyright and/or user rights should be indicated. Obtaining rights to use any images is the responsibility of the author(s). We accept all image file formats except *.pdf.

All charts can be sent within the full manusript or as separate files (*.doc, *.docx, *.xls). Please do not convert charts into images or PDF. Charts should have headlines (e.g. Chart 5. The results indicate that only 20% participated in the ritual).

Text formating

Please do not use any automatic features or setups in the manuscript file including spacing after paragraph, end notes, and automatic headings. Only the following are permitted:

– Font size 12
– Line spacing 1,5
– Line spacing 1 for block quotations, left indentation 2 and right intendation 1
– Font Times New Roman
– Font color black
– Title and main headings can be bolded, subheadings in italics
– Automatic footnotes (numbered 1, 2, 3…) are permitted but should be use sparingly

Quotations, speacial characters, and using italics:

– All long interview and literary quotes (more than 40 words or exceeding three lines) should be separated from the main text and indented (left 2pt and right 1pt) with line spacing 1pt. Quotation marks should not be used.
– Interview quotes (primary unpublished data) should be in italics. Longer quotes as separate paragraphs without quotation marks and shorter ones in text with quotations marks.
– Shorter quotations should appear in double quotation marks (e.g. ”This quotation is written in full.”)
– Quotations within quotations should appear in single quotations marks, even if the original uses double quotation marks (e.g. ”The quotation that says ’all quotations are written in full’ should be written accordingly.”)
– In longer quotations that are seaparated as their own paragarphs originally appearing double quotation marks ca be used
– All previously published literary quotes should appear as they are originally published; literary quotes should not be italicised unless to make a point (any changes to the original quotations by the authors should be indicated)
– Foreign words and words originating from dialects should be italicsed.
– Please use em-dash to mark brakes within sentences (e.g. The excavation—and here our research has been in a prominent role—indicates that…)
– Please use en-dash between numbers (e.g. 1939–1944)

Authors, abstract and biographies

Each manuscrip should include the following information:

– Full name(s) (and suffix if desired)
– Affiliation(s), academic or other
– Contact details that the author(s) wish to have published with the manuscript (usually email)
– Short biography of the author(s) (for example, current projects and research interests, previous publications)
– For Finnish, Swedish and English manusripts, an English abstract.
– For Finnish manuscripts, a Finnish abstract.
– For Swedish manuscrips, a Swedish abstract.
– For all abstracts the recommended lenght approximately 250 words (max. 400 words)


Thanatos uses Chicago Author-date referencing system. All referenced are indicated within the main text in parentheses (Name year, page). Each cited source should appear at the end of the manusript in a list of references. Each direct quotations should be cited with a page number or page range (if available).

You can find more information about the system in the quick style quide by following this link:


One author:

In text: (Pollan 2006, 87); Pollan (2006, 87) argues…

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

Two or more authors:

In text: (Ward and Burns 2007, 66); A Ward and Burns (2007, 66) write: ”…”

Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.

Four or more authors:

In text: (Burdick et al. 2012, 34); Burdick and colleagues (2012, 34) found that; Burdick et al. (2012) show that…

Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. 2012. Digital_Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  

State, province or country should only be specified if the place name may be confused with another (e.g. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

Chapter or other part in a book:

In text: (Kelly 2010, 80); as Kelly (2010, 80–81) argues…

Kelly, John D. 2010. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.” In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Preface, foreword, introduction, or similar part of a book:

In text: (Rieger 1982); as Rieger (1982) explains…

Rieger, James. 1982. Introduction to Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, xi–xxxvii. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book published electronically:

If a book is available in more than one format, cite the version you consulted. For books consulted online, list a URL; include an access date only if one is required by your publisher or discipline. If no fixed page numbers are available, you can include a section title or a chapter or other number.

Austen, Jane. 2007. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Penguin Classics. Kindle edition.

Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. 1987. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Accessed February 28, 2010.


Article in a printed journal:

Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104, no. 4 (October): 439–58.

Article in an online journal:

Include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal lists one. A DOI is a permanent ID that, when appended to in the address bar of an Internet browser, will lead to the source. If no DOI is available, list a URL. Include an access date.

Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. 2009. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology 115 (2): 405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.

Article in a newspaper or popular magazine:

Mendelsohn, Daniel. 2010. “But Enough about Me.” New Yorker, January 25, 2010.  

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Robert Pear. 2010. “Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote.” New York Times, February 27, 2010. Accessed February 28, 2010.


Book review:

Kamp, David. 2006. “Deconstructing Dinner.” Review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. New York Times, April 23, 2006, Sunday Book Review.

Unpublished or unoficially published theses or dissertations (without ISSN):

Choi, Mihwa. 2008. “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

For officially published theses (with ISSN), use the same format as for books.

Presentations in conferences and other venues:

Adelman, Rachel. 2009. “ ‘Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On’: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21–24, 2009.


Google. 2017. “Google Privacy Policy.” Last modified April 17, 2017.   Yale University. n.d. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017.

Blog entry or a comment:

Jack, February 25, 2010 (7:03 p.m.), comment on Richard Posner, “Double Exports in Five Years?,” The Becker-Posner Blog, February 21, 2010,