Instructions to Authors

Alchemist Journal of Humanities


Contributors to Alchemist Journal of Humanities (A.J.H.)  should observe the general instructions provided in the Editorial policy and the specific instructions below:

Articles should be submitted to

Deadline: 1st of March , for papers to be considered for publication the following year

Length of article: maximum 3500 words

Article layout:

Left and right margins: 4 cm Top and bottom margins: 4.8 cm Font: Times New Roman, 11 pt Line spacing: 0.9 Multiple Alignment: justified

Paragraphs: indent all paragraph beginnings 1 cm

Title: bold capitals, centred One space

Author’s name: under title, bold capitals, centred Affiliation: under author’s name, regular, centred One space

Abstract: (50 – 100 words), Times New Roman, 10 pt, italics, indent 1 cm. Keywords: (4 – 6) Times New Roman, 10 pt, italics, ordered alphabetically One space

Body of the article

The body of the article should be divided into:

  1. Introduction
  2. Heading 1
    1. Sub-heading 1
    1. Sub-heading 2


  • Heading 2
    • Sub-heading 1
    • Sub-heading 2


  • Conclusion


All references used in the article should be given in an alphabetical list of authors’ names at the end of the article, under the heading References (aligned left, Times New Roman, 10 pt, no numbering).

The second line of each reference should be indented by 1 cm (special, hanging).

Each reference should use the elements and punctuation indicated in the following examples for the different types of published work you may have cited.

  1. Reference to a book:

Author’s Surname, Initial letter of name. Year of publication (the year of publication of the edition quoted, followed by the year of the initial edition within brackets, if the case). Title. Edition (if not the first). Place of publication: Publisher. Number of volume (if more than one).

If the book quoted is an edited volume, Editor’s Surname, Initial letter of name should be given, followed by (ed.). If there are two or more books by the same author published in the same year, a lower-case letter should be added after the year (e.g. Roberts, J. 2014a…., Roberts, J. 2014b….).

For multiple authors or editors, follow the models below.

                                                Specimen of MLA 8th Edition

Jane Doe

Professor Brown

Course Name

16 June 2021

Title of MLA Paper

The text of the paper begins after the title. Establish your topic, purpose, and the position you are taking in your paper. This is generally where you will state your thesis.

            Be sure to use proper formatting for your in-text citations. The following sentence shows one way to cite a source from the Works Cited page. Threshold concept theory can be useful when planning information literacy instruction (Tucker et al. 150). Another method of citing the same source is to use a signal phrase containing the author’s name. According to Tucker et al., threshold concept theory is useful when planning information literacy instruction (150). The corresponding reference citation will be included in the Works Cited page.

            If you are using a quotation longer than four lines of prose or three lines of verse, indent the entire quote one inch from the left margin. Omit quotation marks and use a colon before beginning the block quote. Houtman discusses an information literacy workshop:

The workshops are open registration: that is, generic classes rather than classes integrated into students’ coursework. The broader context is a very large research-intensive institution with no common first year composition class where students might get information literacy instruction and with uneven integration of librarians into academic departments. (10)

Continue your text. The text is full of great sentences. I remember to include in-text citations when I paraphrase or quote.

Here is another new paragraph. Begin a new page for your Works Cited list. The Works Cited entries will be listed in alphabetical order.

Works Cited

Hess, Amanda Nichols. “Equipping Academic Librarians to Integrate the Framework into Instructional Practices: A Theoretical Application.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 41, no. 6, Nov. 2015, pp. 771-6. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.08.017.

Houtman, Eveline. “Mind-Blowing: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction.”  Communications in Information Literacy, vol.9, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-18.

Meyer, Jan H. F., and Ray Land, editors. Overcoming Barriers to Student Understanding: Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge. Routledge, 2006.

Tucker, Virginia M., et al. “Learning Portals: Analyzing Threshold Concept Theory for LIS Education.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, vol. 55, no. 2, Apr. 2014, pp. 150-65. Academic OneFile,


  1. Full stops are not needed after headings, sub-headings or figure and table captions.
  2. Italics should be used for book/journal/newspaper titles. They (rather than bold type) may also be used to add emphasis in running text. However, please keep the use of italics to a minimum so as to produce a reader-friendly text.
  3. Bold type should be restricted to title, subtitles, headings (to be aligned left) and table headings.
  4. Quotation marks: double quotation marks should be used throughout, with single quotation marks for quotes appearing within quotes; revert to double quotation marks for a third level of quoted material. Any closing quotation mark should:
    1. follow the punctuation that is part of the quoted material,
    1. precede the punctuation that is part of your comments
  5. Spacing: full stops, commas, colons and semi-colons should be followed by one character space only.
  6. Spelling should be standard uniform English.
  7. Articles should be typed with the corresponding diacritic signs.
  8. Quotations should be indented left 1 tab (1 cm) and written in font Times New Roman, 10 pt. They should be separated from the text (one space above and one space below). Inverted commas should not be used at the beginning and end of quotations that are placed outside the main text.
  9. Examples should be indented left 1 tab (1 cm) and written in font Times New Roman, 10 pt. They should be separated from the text (one space above and one space below) and numbered within brackets. Inverted commas should not be used.
  10. Please do not insert footnotes or endnotes.
  11. Tables and charts should be inserted as objects which can be moved with the text. They should be numbered consecutively, with Arabic numbers. They should be referred to by their numbers within the text.