Publication Guidelines


The following guidelines will help you prepare your manuscript.

A. Length:

The suggested average length should be around 30 A4 pages in total. Use standard margins and use font Garamond 12 points throughout whole text. Line spacing could be maximum 1,5 lines.
B. Contents:

Table of contents:

Should be structured according to the following format:

1. Headline

1.1 Subtitle section 1

1.1.1. Subsection title of section 1

1.2 Subtitle section 2

 2. Chapter Headline 2


Executive Summary:

Functions of an Executive Summary:

  • To give readers the essential contents of your document in 1-5 pages.
  • To preview the main points of your document enabling readers to build a mental framework for organizing and understanding the detailed information in your document.
  • To help readers determine the key results and recommendations reported in your document.

Elements of an Executive Summary:

Following is a list of elements that may be included in an Executive Summary. The elements that you include in your Executive Summary and the amount of space that you give to each element will depend on the purpose and nature of your document. Therefore, you should choose the elements that make sense for your document and omit the ones that don't.

1. Purpose and scope of document

2. Methods

3. Results

4. Conclusion

5. Recommendations

6. Other supportive information


Outline the objective of the paper and the methodology used. The introduction should state clearly and concisely the purpose of your paper/article. The claims made in your introduction can be bold and eye-catching as well, but you must be prepared to argue and support them in the body of the text.

Different chapters:

Write in clear, justified sentences. Keep your sentence length under control; link your ideas and paragraphs; use examples and quotations in your writing. Avoid repeating messages, but make sure assumptions are included.

Use footnotes to identify sources at the appropriate place. Footnotes should not appear in the middle of sentences unless this serves a specific purpose. Number footnotes continuously through whole document, corresponding to numbers in the text, and place them at the bottom of the page.


The conclusion should be well-written and fairly concise. It should summarize the main points and arguments made. Remember that it is the last paragraph(s) of the article and most likely the last your readers will remember. Look back at your introduction. Did you address the points you stated you would there? If your arguments or content took a different turn from the ones you had originally intended, remember to revise your introduction accordingly.


Include appendices, or charts and tables to which you refer. Each annex should be preceded by a number and brief title. The annexes should be "transparent": the reader should not have to revert to the text for definitions, units of measurement, and so on. The annexes are not included in the total number op pages.


Ensure all external and internal contributors are correctly acknowledged.

Bibliography / References:

Verify all references carefully; they must correspond to the citations in the text. List all sources consulted. The reference list must be correct, precise and complete. List all references alphabetically by author's last name and then by year. In reference lists, only the first author's name is inverted. Only sources cited in the footnotes or text should be included. The following examples are the most frequently used types of reference entries. Please adhere to these guidelines and structure for the formatting of your reference list:

    1. Sources

      1. Primary Sources
      2. Edited Primary Sources

    2. Secondary Literature

      The references must consist of author name(s), complete title, location, editor's name and year. The book title should be mentioned in italics.

                                         i.   Books: 

Example: DE LLAMBY, Laure. Les métamorphoses de l'épargne. Paris, Gallimard, 2003.

       ii. Series Publications:

Example: MURA, Jürgen (ed.). History of European Savings Banks. Sparkassen in der Geschichte, vol. 12, Bonn, Wissenschaftförderung der Sparkassenorganisation, 1996.

       iii. Articles: Journals and Collections:

KRÜGER, Ingo. "Die Geschichte des Sparkassenberzirksverbandes Mittelfranken". Zeitschrift für Bayerische Sparkassen-Geschichte, n° 2, 1988, 51-69.

VANTHEMSCHE, Guy. "Les banques d'épargne belges dans l'entre-deux-geurres." In VAN PUT, August, Chris DE NOOSE, Paul TANGHE, Jan VERMAUT, Claude de VILLEFAGNE de VOGELSANCK (eds.). Les Banques d'épargne belges. Histoire, Droit, Fonction Economique et Institutions Tielt, Lannoo, 1986, 159-210. 

       iv. Electronic resources

The manuscript should be submitted in an electronic MS Word file format to the WSBI-ESBG secretariat. Image file formats (EPS, TIF, JPEG, GIF) can also be submitted. Resolution must be 300 dpi or greater at the size the image is to be used.