Thanatos in English

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ISSN 2242-6280

Thanatos is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary web-journal published by the Finnish Death Studies Association. We publish twice a year a journal that consists of articles, short and long research reports, book reviews, columns and seminar reports. The primary publication language is Finnish, but we do accept manuscripts in English and Swedish as well, however, the costs of proofreading (for non-native English speakers) are the responsibility of the author.


Thanatos advances the dialogue between interdisciplinary scholars and professionals working in the field of death and dying. The association welcomes all ideas for publications and for future theme issues.
Manuscripts and abstracts are to be sent to the editors (kaarina.koski[a] or (ilona.pajari[a]

Interested in editing a special issue for Thanatos? Please contact the editors-in-chief Ilona Pajari (kuolemantutkija[a] or Anna Ilona Rajala (anna.i.rajala[a]


Ilona Pajari (ilona.pajari[a] and Anna Ilona Rajala (anna.i.rajala[a]

The Editorial Board

Kaarina Koski (kaarina.koski[a]
Anna Liisa Aho (anna.l.aho[a]
Maija Butters (maija.butters[a]
Anna Huhtala (anna.huhtala[a]
Kirsi Kanerva (kirsi.kanerva[a]
Saila Leskinen (saila.hj.leskinen[a]
Timo Uotinen (timo.uotinen[a]


Anna Ilona Rajala (anna.i.rajala[a] and Timo Uotinen (timo.uotinen[a]

Guidelines for authors

Text length, images and charts

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

Text edit

Do not make any extra editings or page setups in the manuscript file. Only the following are permitted:

– Font size 12
– Line spacing 1,5
– Font Times New Roman
– Font color black

The first page of the manuscript should include in the left corner the following information:
– Full name and academic affiliation
– University or other
– Phone number and email address
– Short biography of the author(s) (for example, current projects and research interests, previous publications)
– English abstract, max. 400 words (non-native English speakers need to have language check)
– Finnish abstract 400 words (for non-native Finnish speakers the editorial board will be responsible of this)

In-text formatting:
All long interview and literary quotes should be separated with empty paragraphs. Interview quotes should also be marked italics and bold can be used only in headlines and subtitles. Footnotes will be marked in the bottom of each page and numbered (1, 2, 3..). Foreign words, keywords and words originating from dialects are marked with italics when they are mentioned for the first time.

Charts and images

Authors are responsible of verifying the publication rights of each image. All images should be sent as separate files as .jpg or .gif, resolution minimum 150 pixels, maximum 2000. Seprate image files are numbered and named with headlines. All images and charts are marked in the appropriate places in the manuscript as following:

Photo 1. Headline. Image: Who owns the copyright/took the photo, year.

Photo 1. There are numerous ways to catch fish in Hoboki village. Photo: Miia Meikäläinen, 2011.

Chart 5. Chart headline.

Chart 5. The results indicate that only 20% participated in the ritual.


Thanatos uses Chicago Author-date referencing system.


One author:
Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.
Two or more authors:
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.
Four or more authors:

in text citation: (Burdick et al. 2012, 34.)

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

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