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East European Politics and Societies (EEPS)
Style Guide


The Style Guide, prepared by the editors of EEPS, is intended to supplement the information provided in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines published as front matter in every issue of the journal. The Guide does not address issues of substantive editing, which are properly the domain of correspondence between EEPS editors and peer reviewers, and between EEPS editors and authors.

Authors, the Publisher’s copyeditors, and EEPS editors should follow the stylistic conventions set forth in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines and in the Style Guide.

In the absence of specific recommendations or exceptions, the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition shall be used.

Responsibilities of authors

Authors are requested to submit articles in final, finished form, both in regard to its substantive narrative and argument as well as its English style.

After the author completes the article, the editors recommend several steps before submission.

Author’s editing - Read the text through for sense—paragraph order, narrative continuity, internal paragraph construction, complete sentences, etc.
Colleague’s editing - Ask a colleague to read the text for idiomatic English style and readability. Every author needs an editor. The New Yorker edited John Updike. EEPS does not have The New Yorker’s financial means, but we share its ambitions for clarity and style. We ask authors to rely on the good advice of colleagues as the most practical means of reaching this goal.
Copyediting by the author and by a colleague - Carefully check spelling (especially diacritical marks), correctness of dates, consistency and completeness of references. Computer Spellcheck is not enough.

If a submitted article requires revision and resubmission, any changes made in response to editors’ and reviewers’ comments should undergo author’s editing, colleague’s editing, and copyediting, as above.

Once an article has been accepted for publication after authorial revisions, it is copyedited by the Publisher’s editors. Proofs are sent to authors by the Publisher.

—At this stage, only copyediting changes are permitted. No substantive additions or re-writing.
—Authors should check Publisher’s copyediting suggestions and respond to queries.
—Check spelling and diacritics, dates, and references. This will be the author’s final opportunity to do so.

Responsibilities of SAGE copyeditors

Light editing, with attention to grammar.
Close attention to diacritical marks, especially consistency of use.

Responsibilities of EEPS Managing Editor

Preparation of article for publishing (putting title, abstract, keywords, biography, tables, and references in one document according to Sage standards).
Light editing.

Chicago Reference Style Guidelines from Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition

In each article, please be sure that

  • every citation has a reference, and every reference is cited
  • acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon are defined, unless they are well-known (such as FBI) or in the dictionary or Chicago manual
  • and when citing a specific page, include a citation followed by comma (e.g., Piaget 1980, 74).


The standard format is referred to as author date style. For a quick guide to Chicago style citation practices, please see

Please include all authors’/editors’ names not “et al.,” unless it appears that way in the publication.

Chicago Style Reminders:

  • Page ranges use en dash, are abbreviated
  • Spell out numbers one to ninety-nine; spell out rounded numbers after one hundred.
    Spell out centuries (e.g., twentieth century); spell out percent.
  • Hyphenate written-out fractions: “one-third of the participants”.
  • In titles, don't capitalize prepositions or coordinating conjunctions (e.g., and, but)
    Cap the first word after a colon only with two or more sentences, or when it introduces a block quote.
  • Footnotes in tables can be (1) source notes (e.g, Sources: Data from Adams1998); (2) Or explanations and definition such as UV = ultraviolet. In table text, superscript notes as a, b, c. Do not superscript letters in notes section.
  • In citations, list only first author followed by “et al.” [e.g., (Sechzer et al. 1996, 243)
    In references, list up to 10 authors; if more, list first 7 and “et al.”