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Author Guidelines

General information

Articles sent to Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic can be in Spanish, Catalan, Galician, English, French, Portuguese or Italian. Works have to be original previously unpublished pieces, and are not to be awaiting acceptation from any other publishing entity.

Brumal’s editorial board commits itself to notifying authors of the acceptance or rejection of their work within a maximum timeframe of three months. In accordance with the results of the reviewers’ reports, in some cases Brumal might ask the authors to modify some parts of their work before publication.

Every contribution will be sent in a digital format via the journal’s website. Authors have to register in order to send us their work.  It is important to include the ORCID during registration.

Lenght and formatting

  • The maximum length of articles is 9.000 words, including abstracts, keywords, footnotes and bibliography.
  • Submissions will be sent via our website (authors have to register first) and will adhere to the following formatting guidelines:
  • Works will be sent as Microsoft Word files.
  • The font type is Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • Line spacing 1,5 cm; without blank lines left between paragraphs.
  • The first line should be indented by 1,5 cm.

Typographic Norms

Font: The font type will be Times New Roman 12, for the body of the text and the bibliography, and Times New Roman 10, for footnotes and quotes in separate paragraphs. Bold or underlining may not be used.

Alignment: justified.

Line spacing: line spacing will be 1,5 cm for the body of the text. Footnotes and quotations in a separate paragraph will be single spaced. No blank lines may be left between paragraphs, therefore the first line of every paragraph will be indented. This indentation will be done according to the specific option on the format menu or paragraph design . For this indentation, the space bar or the tab key may not be used. By default, the indentation of paragraphs will be 1,25 cm.

Footnotes: When the footnote refers to an entire sentence, it will be placed after the punctuation sign. However, if it only refers to a word, it will be placed immediately after this word. The number of the footnote will be without brackets.

Referencing system: The format of bibliographic references will follow the guidelines of the Harvard system. We include here some of these guidelines:

  • Every quote, direct or indirect, will reappear in the final bibliography.
  • When some text is omitted at the start of a quote, this quote will start with three dots between square brackets: […].
  • Quotations will be included with the following referencing system: (Surname, year: page/s). If the author’s name is quoted within the body of the text, next to this name only (Year: page/s) will be indicated.
  • If no specific pages are quoted but the entire work by an author, the publishing year of that work will be indicated in brackets after the surname of this author.
  • When websites in which no publishing date are quoted, the date of online access or the date of update of such web will be quoted; if the document does not have page numbers, no pages will be quoted.
  • If multiple works published by the same author the same year are quoted, in order to distinguish these lower case letters will be added to the publishing year (a, b, c…).
  • Quotes up to five lines of extension will be included within the body of the text in Latin inverted commas: « ».
  • Quotes of more than five lines will go in a separate paragraph, font size 10 and single spacing. This paragraph will be indented 2 cm on the left side.

Images: Images appearing in the text should be high resolution items (300dpi). It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that they respect the relevant copyright and licenses. Images should be inserted into the body of the text together with an image footnote indicating the image number (they will be numbered correlatively) and the title or legend, if needed. The image footnote will be centred, in Times New Roman, font size 12, as follows: Figure x. Legend. If the text refers to an image, it should be indicated which image it is within the body of the text as follows: (Figure x).

Bibliography: Bibliographic references will be placed in alphabetic order by the author’s surname at the end of the article. The text must be justified, single spaced and hanging indented. As a general rule, the author’s surname will be in small capitals. Work titles will be in italics, and inverted commas will be used for book chapters and articles:


Surname(s), Name (Year): Work’s Title, (translator [trans.] if relevant) Publishing House, Place of Publication.

Book chapters:

Surname(s), Name (Year): «Chapter’s Title», in Editor’s Name and Surname(s) (ed.), Work’s Title, (translator [trad.], compiler [comp.], prologuist [prol.], etc., if relevant), volume in italics [if there is any], Publishing House, Place of Publication, Pages (pp.).


Surname(s), Name (Year): «Title of the article», Name of the Journal, number (no.), Date (in brackets), pages (pp.).

Conference Papers:

Surname(s), Name (Year): «Title of the Paper», in Name and Surname(s) (ed.), Title of the Source Document, Publishing House, Place of Publication, Pages (pp.).


Director’s Surname(s), Name (dir.) (Year): Title in the original language (Translated Title if a version in a different language is used), Film producer, Country.

TV series:

Creator’s Surname(s), Name (cr.) (Year):  Title in the original language (Translated Title if a version in a different language is used), Film producer, Year of the first season – year of the last season (do not include the last date if the series is still being shot).

Online articles:

Surname(s), Name (Year): « Title of the article», in Name of the Online Journal [if any], Year, available in <http://www…> [date on which the website was last accessed].


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright.
  2. The texts published in this journal are – unless indicated otherwise – covered by the Creative Commons Spain Attribution 4.0 licence. You may copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work, provided you attribute it (authorship, journal name, publisher) in the manner specified by the author(s) or licensor(s). The full text of the licence can be consulted here:
  3. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  4. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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The UAB accepts no responsibility for personal data processing on web pages that users access via the different links to be found on our website.

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8. Modifications of this Data Protection Policy

This data protection policy was established on 5 May 2018. The UAB reserves the right to modify its data protection policy in future in accordance with its own criteria or due to a change in the legislation, jurisprudence or business practices. If the UAB introduces any changes, the new text shall be published on this same page, where the user is provided with information on the data protection policy. In any case, the relationship with users shall be governed by the regulations in force at the precise moment when they access the website and, as a result, they must be read every time users provide their data via our website.