Authors guidelines

New Art Module

Author guidelines
New Art Module

The Proceedings of the International Conference
Art Readings, New Art, Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia

How to prepare your article for submission

Submission deadline: 15 March 2020

The editors of the Proceedings of the Art Readings, New Art Module series submit the volume to the Web of Science (WoS) and therefore must ensure that the collections as a whole, as well as all individual articles meet the rigorous criteria expected of the annual thematic peer-reviewed journals included in these databases.

The first stage of assessment has already taken place whereby the International Organising Committee and the Advisory Board of the International Conference Proceedings of the Art Readings, New Art Module series have since 2016 been selecting only the proposals meeting the strict requirements for participation and subject coverage. At the second stage the submissions for publication are checked if they are fully complying with the style guidelines and are formatted in a way that allows a smooth and prompt anonymous peer-reviewing process.

Each paper should therefore be submitted to the editors in 2 versions:

A full version containing the title (in Bulgarian and English), an abstract, the main text, summary and keywords in Bulgarian and English, and author profile should be formatted according to the instructions listed below (please, see below: FORMAT OF THE FINAL VERSION)


An anonymous version should be submitted in a separate, and fully anonymised file, containing the main text, but without the author’s name or affiliations so that the identity of the author is not disclosed to the peer reviewers (please, see below: FORMAT OF THE ANONYMISED VERSION).


Your article should be preceded with the title of your paper (in Bulgarian and English) and your name(s) on a separate title page. Your name(s) should be followed by the first footnote including your brief academic profile (in English if the article is in Bulgarian), e.g.:

Dr. Nadezhda Marinchevska is a Professor at the Institute of Art Studies, BAS. Research areas: film studies and animation. Author of the books: Bulgarian Animation 1915-1995 (2001); Frames of Imagination. Aesthetics of Animation Techniques (2005) and Animation Hybrids (2015). Awards: the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers’ Award for Film Theory (2006) and the Bulgarian Film Academy’s Award for Film Criticism (2014). Email:

Manuscripts should be formatted in MS Word whether for Mac or PC, Times or Times New Roman, font size 12.

Length: not more than 18,000 characters/9,000 words including spaces., including an abstract, summary, footnotes, references and filmography (if provided).

An abstract in English is required below the title in not more than 900 characters/450 words.

Provide up to a maximum of seven (7) keywords in English, French of German and compulsorily in Bulgarian, not repeating words/terms included in the title where possible.

Images submitted separately, not more than 10, in jpg or tiff files (with a minimum resolution of 300-600 dpi). Images may be numbered and referred to in the text by their number with their captions separated from the main text by leaving a blank line as follows:

Over the years, just a few European full-length historical films were made with the process intensified as late as the 1970s. One of the most popular at the time was Allegro Non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto (1976)

1. Алегро нон тропо, 1976, Италия, реж. Бруно Бодзето Allegro Non Troppo, 1976, Italy, dir. Bruno Bozzetto

List of illustrations: captions in English, French, German or Bulgarian (any list in Bulgarian should be translated into English, French or German)..

Dating: use Arabic numerals, i.e. 17th, 18th century, or write ‘… in the seventeenth century…’, ‘… during the eighteenth century…’..

In-text citations:
Place the author’s name (no initials) and the year of publication in brackets at the appropriate point in the main body of the text, with specific pages indicated if required (Popov 1993: 287).
E.g.: Тракийският орфизъм не „е идеалистическа философия“, а „начин на мислене и светогледна система“ (Popov 1993: 287). When citing a multi-author book, the surname of the editor/compiler and the year of publication are given in brackets at the appropriate point in the main body of the text, with specific pages indicated if required, e.g. (Dimitrova, ed. 1998: 56).
No citation of a link in the main text or as a footnote is allowed.
The full details of the sources are given in the References.

Footnotes in the main text: Notes will be printed as footnotes (please, refrain from using endnotes!). Note indicators should be Arabic superscript, and should be placed immediately before, and not after, a punctuation mark. E.g. ‘… testimony1.’; ‘… hermeneiai13, used…’.

References: the references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Please, use separate headings for primary sources and for the references.

The references should be set out as follows:

Citation of books:
Books in Latin script:
Parkinson (1996): Parkinson, David. History of Film. New York.
Books in Cyrillic letters with transliteration:
Dafinov (2006): Dafinov, Zdravko. Приятелства и съперничества между българските поети, писатели и критици. Документална хроника 1845–1945 [Priyatelstva i sapernichestva mezhdu balgarskite poeti, pisateli i krititsi. Dokumentalna hronika 1845–1945]. Sofia.

In the main text: (Dafinov 2006: 253-254).

Citation of multi-author books:
Cleland, Davis, Llewellyn-Jones (2007): Cleland, Liza, Glenys Davies, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones. Greek and Roman Dress from A to Z. London, New York.

When the author has many publications in the same year:
Gerov (1995а): Gerov, Georgi. Аргументи за датировката и атрибуцията на няколко икони от Зографския манастир [Argumenti za datirovkata i atributsiyata na nyakolko ikoni ot Zografskiya manastir]. In: Светогорска обител Зограф [Svetogorska obitel Zograf]. vol. 1. Sofia, 131-141.

Snegarov (1932): Snegarov, Ivan. Поглед към изворите за св. Никола Софийски [Pogled kam izvorite za sv. Nikola Sofiyski]. In: Годишник на Софийски университет „Св. Климент Охридски“, Богословски факултет [Godishnik na Sofiyski universitet „Sv. Kliment Ohridski“, Bogoslovski fakultet], No. 4. Sofia, 1-58.

Journals, magazines and newspapers:

Penev (1907): Penev, Boyan. Литературата около „Българан“ [Literaturata okolo „Balgaran“]. – Мисъл [Misal], № 1, 58-72.

In-text citation:
(Penev 1907: 58-72) (or a particular oage).

Only the English version of the title of a journal should be given if there is such a version (e.g. Art Studies Quarterly, rather than Problemi na izkustvoto).

Neofit Raylets 1879: Neofit Raylets. Описанiе болгарскаго священнаго монастыря Рылскаго [Opisanie bolgarskago svyashtennago monastayrya Raylskago]. Sofia.
NBKM, BIA, f. 129, a.e.3, 1-20. – Тефтер на Бончо Димитров [Tefter na Boncho Dimitrov]
Abbreviations/acronyms may be spelled out in Cyrillic letters and then transliterated.

Abbreviations/acronyms should be spelled out in full in the reference list and transliterated in square brackets [].

Citation of articles in Cyrillic letters:
Please, note that all Cyrillic names and titles should be transliterated into the Latin characters. The name(s) of the author(s) should be written only in Latin characters. When citing a title in Cyrillic letters in the main text, the original title should be provided and then transliterated in square brackets [ ] or translated into English.

For the transliteration of Bulgarian, see:

When citing a Bulgarian translation of a work written in Latin script, the author’s name should be written in the original language (rather than transliterated from Bulgarian) and the original title should be provided (rather than the transliteration of the Bulgarian translation):

Wajda (2010): Wajda, Andrzej. Киното и останалия свят [Kino i reszta świata]. Sofia.

(The original name of the author and of the title is usually provided in the printer’s imprint).

Citation of a web page:
Author, title, edition, issue/date of publication; available at: URL;
Accessed: date.

Strause (2018): Strause, Jackie. 'Black Mirror' Interactive Film: Inside the 2-Year Journey of 'Bandersnatch'. – The Hollywood Reporter, DECEMBER 28, 2018. Available at: [Accessed 22 July 2019]

Ruseva (2017): Ruseva, Maria. Модернизъм и постмодернизъм. Мистика и мистификация. – Култура, 21 април 2017 [Modernizam i postmodernizam. Mistika i mistifikatsiya – Kultura, 21 April 2017]. Available at: [accessed 24 April 2017]

Alongside the obvious need to remove names and affiliations in the opening of the main text, further steps need to be taken in order to ensure that the submitted paper is ready for the peer-reviewing process. Please, make sure that you:

  • Use an impersonal construction to refer to work(s) you have previously undertaken, e.g. ‘… as it has been shown before’, followed by [Anonymous, 2009]”;
  • Make sure that your figures/images do not contain any affiliation-related identifying particulars;
  • Cite papers that you have published as: ‘[Anonymous, 2003]’;
  • List your own publications in your reference list as: ‘[Anonymous 2007]’;
  • Remove references to funding sources;
  • Do not include any acknowledgments;
  • Remove any identifying information from the file properties, and make sure that the document properties are also made anonymous.

NOTATE BENE: All authors must make sure that their submissions are formatted according to the style guide. The responsibility for the linguistic and stylistic quality of all submissions rests solely with their authors. We strongly advise that all papers written in non-native languages be proofread and corrected by native speakers. Submissions failing to meet the deadline and/or the above guidelines will, regrettably, be rejected..

Please, send both your versions to by 1 July 2020. The editors will notify you of the results of the peer-review process by 1 October of the same year.

All filenames should contain a brief title of the article, adding to the second filename ‘anonym’. The filename should not contain your name!

Both versions of your article The Stage Director in the Last Two Decades and His/Her Transformations may be titled briefly as follows:

The Stage Director in
The Stage Director in-anonym

The files containing illustrations should be named as follows:
The Stage Director in-Photo-1,
The Stage Director in-Photo-2, etc.