TemaNord places requirements on the structure and content of its publications.
Below, you will find information about these requirements and how to submit any supplementary material.
Manuscripts submitted to the Publications Unit must be completed, proofread (linguistically) and in an editable Word format. To order production, use the order form:
TemaNord (EN): https://nmrnr.wufoo.com/forms/order-form-temanord-2020/
The content of publications in the TemaNord series must, in principle, be structured in the following order. Bold denotes compulsory elements:
In addition to the sub-elements listed above, which together constitute the manuscript, please submit a text that briefly introduces the content of the publication (a short presentation for use in news items about the publication). When submitting the production order form, you must stipulate a number of keywords for the publication, which are selected from a predefined list.
We recommend using Word’s in-built style panel, as it helps to ensure consistency in headings and their levels. The style panel is in the “Home” tab when you open a document.
Here are some hints about using the style panel and headings in general.
Generally, we recommend that you endeavour to be as consistent as possible throughout the publication, e.g. in your use of technical terms, the internal structure of the various sections, the distinction between %, percent and percentage, and the use of references.
If you wish to include footnotes, please use Word’s inbuilt footnotes feature found in the “Document Elements” tab.
Do not use footnotes instead of a list of references.
Please submit any graphs and diagrams plus related data via Excel. This will enable us to edit colours, fonts, etc., in line with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ desig//n manual.
Whether graphs or diagrams are published as static imagesFor graphs or diagrams used as static images, please submit an alternative accompanying text. See the section in this guide on “Requirements for alternative texts”. or interactive figures will depend on the complexity of the specific illustration.
All graphs and diagrams must be titled and numbered, and include any sources and/or an accompanying explanatory note(s). The numbering of such items must be consecutive.
Please submit tables in editable form, so that we can adjust fonts, colours, etc. Any tables should be included/inserted in the body of the manuscript.
All tables must be titled and numbered, and include any sources and/or notes (e.g. if the model has an accompanying explanatory note).
Image files can be in .jpeg or .png format. It is important that any images are of good quality/high resolution. Images must be both embedded in the manuscript and submitted as separate files.
All images must be titled and numbered, and include any sources and/or notes (e.g. if there is a need for an accompanying explanatory note). All images must also have an alternative text.See the section in this guide on “Requirements for alternative texts”.
Please submit models in an editable format (e.g. PowerPoint) separately from the manuscript. Models submitted in a static format, and which do not meet the requirements of the TemaNord series in relation to fonts, colours and so on, will be returned with a request for editable versions.
All models must be titled and numbered, and also include any sources and/or notes (if the model has an accompanying explanatory note). Note that models must be numbered consecutively as “figures” (i.e. images and tables are part of the same running count). All models must also include an alternative text.See the section in this guide on “Requirements for alternative texts”.
All images and static diagrams must be accompanied by an alternative text. The Publication Unit handles the alternative texts and contacts the person placing the order as need may arise. The alternative texts are to be read by a screen reader and need to function in correlation with existing body text, of which the alternative texts in general are:
You must submit a proofread and correct bibliography that complies with a recognised academic standard for citing references. The APA standard is preferred, but we also accept other standards. The main point is that the bibliography is consistent and follows one specific standard.
Below are guidelines on how references are structured according to the APA standard.Please note that these examples cover only some types of sources. It is important to be aware of the distinction between types of sources and whether a specific source has one or more authors/editors. You may need to seek further information from various sources on the internet.
Author surname, initial(s) (year). Article title. Journal title, Volume number (issue or part number, optional), page numbers. DOI or Retrieved from URL
Example: Journal article (print)
Mitchell, J.A. (2017). Citation: Why is it so important. Mendeley Journal, 67(2), 81–95.
Example: Journal article (online)
Mitchell, J.A. (2017). Citation: Why is it so important. Mendeley Journal, 67 (2), 81–95. Retrieved from https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager
Author surname, initial(s) (year, month day). Title. Retrieved from URL
The above is a minimum for web references. In many cases, more information can and should be added.
Author surname, initial(s) (Ed(s).). (Year). Title (ed.). Place: Publisher
Example: Book with editor
Williams, S.T. (Ed.). (2015). Referencing: A guide to citation rules (3rd ed.). New York, NY: My Publisher.
Author surname, initial(s) (year). Title (ed.). Publisher location: Publisher
NB (ed.) is removed if it is the first edition.
Example: Book without editor
Jones, A.F. & Wang, L. (2011). Spectacular Creatures: The Amazon rainforest (2nd ed.). San Jose, Costa Rica: My Publisher
This guide is produced by the the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publications unit and aimed at those who are due to release a TemaNord report with the Nordic Council of Ministers as the publisher. If you need further information about the guide or publication process you are welcome to contact the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publications unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
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