Editorial guidelines ISSI Newsletter

Content & structure

A newsletter is brief, up-to-date and informative. Relevant issues can nowadays be separately retrieved from the Web, so we believe the main strength of our newsletter will be exactly the topicality; collecting together, bundling and archiving relevant information at a central location.

What we primarily need is to fill the mosaic section with current news, announcements, conference calls etc. in a standard, easy-to-read and digestible format, but beside short and informative news we also appreciate any other articles that make the newsletter more interesting and do not exceed the obvious functions and limitations of a newsletter.

Since it is an e-zine, the limitations are, of course, not physical, but rather theoretical. Therefore, the editors have made a rough sketch of the newsletter as follows:

  • Editorial/Letters to the Editor
  • Items about personalities (e.g., an anniversary with reference to a ‘Festschrift’, short interview(s), etc.)
  • Book review/Non-serial literature alert (e.g., important monographs, reports, but no commercial ads)
  • notes, short communications, concise reviews and discussion papers
  • Events (e.g., conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.)
  • Job opening/education (e.g., Master or PhD programmes in our field, etc.)
  • Other news: interesting facts/news (but no commercial ads)
  • Photos (with subtitles) / cartoons / anecdotes, brief reports about events

Those who wish to submit a contribution to the ISSI newsletter are kindly requested to contact the editorial board. All submitted contributions will be moderated and compiled by the board.


  • Short and informative but not like telephone register or agenda list.
  • Reader-friendliness and clear structures are basic requirements.

Technical info

Formatting general texts:

It's not necessary to deal with it. Formatting is our technical editor's (Balázs Schlemmer's) duty. Simple text files, emails, MS Word documents, RTF files and other common text formats are all welcome. Please note: the only thing we ask is to use our template for the events to be announced. See below.

Formatting the events:

Please stick to the standard format:

  • Official denomination of the event
  • Organiser
  • Date (format: dd[-dd] month, yyyy)
  • Location (City, Country)
  • Short description (scope of topics)
  • Deadline for application
  • URL of the event's website


Important note: Creating an event-calendar means that we have to use a standard format for the events to be announced. In order to enhance the standardisation of these event reports, we created an easy-to-fill-in template that is available for download (33 KB). Please, download it, fill the records in entirely, and send the file back with a new, expressive filename. The more accurate you are, the less postprocessing (data collection and editing) must be done by us. Thank you for saving some work for us.

Photos, pictures:

All known formats (like gif, jpg, tif, bmp, png, psd, tga etc.) are accepted. Try to avoid image compression that results in low quality. Preferred resolution is 150 dpi, lower resolutions spoil the layout in print.

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