About the Journal

SCRIPTUM Creative Writing Research Journal is a peer reviewed online creative writing research journal. Scriptum publishes manuscripts in English and Finnish. There is no fee to publish an article in the journal. Scriptum is Open acces -publication, classified by JUFO, and it is indexed by JYX and EBSCO.

Publisher: University of Jyväskylä / Music, Art and Culture Studies
ISSN 2342-6039


The authors retain the copyrights of their papers. All articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License CC BY-NC, which allows users to (noncommercially) copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship.

Scriptum’s ethical expectations for its authors, reviewers, editors and the board:

Plagiarism In submitting a manuscript to Scriptum for publication, the author attests that the paper is an original work that she/he has written. The author is held responsible when the text is analyzed by the plagiary-program.

The editors ensure that the submitted text is kept confidential prior to publication, and that any information regarding the publication process will remain confidential.

The editor in chief will uphold practices that maintain an objective, fair, and transparent process of publication. He will willingly publish corrections, clarifications or apologies, as they are needed.

Double-Blind peer review

Once Scriptum has received your article, it will be subjected to a double blind review by two independent and anonymous peer referees.

Double-blind peer review means the identity of both the author and reviewer is kept hidden. When the authors’ identity is unknown to the reviewer, it will prevent the reviewer from forming any bias. 

Peer review in SCRIPTUM is the evaluation of the article by two people with similar competencies as the writer. It functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer review methods are used to maintain quality standards, improve performance, and provide credibility. The peer review is used to determine an academic paper’s suitability for publication.

The reviewers will ensure that any information related to a manuscript under their review is kept confidential. The purpose of the peer review process is to support the authors in improving their manuscript. Reviewers must evaluate a manuscript based only on the content of the paper. The conducted review should be objective, fair, and clear; personal criticism of the work or the authors is inappropriate and not tolerated.

The publisher of Scriptum will support an environment that contributes to good publishing ethics. Editorial independence is a cornerstone of quality and ethical publishing.

What kind of articles, essays and reviews we publish?

As a journal of creative writing research, the main areas of Scriptum are the pedagogy of creative writing, new media writing, adaptation, medical narratives and poetry therapy, narrative autobiography, creativity and the process of writing, poetics and rhetoric, authorship studies and the artistic research of literature.

Scriptum also publishes essays and reviews. In order to publish an essay or review, please contact the editor: creativewritingstudies@jyu.fi

Word LimitsArticles or essays should be no more than 7 500 words. Reviews should be under 3 500 words.


Articles should adhere to the following structure: title; abstract, keywords before the main text, short bio of the author and index. For essays, the structure should be introduction, topic and conclusion, but the structural limitations for essays are not as strict as they are for articles.

• Author information. The author(s) of a manuscript should include her/his full name and affiliation. • The abstract of 250 words.
• Keywords from 3 to 5.
• Biography of the author, 200 words.
• References.

Style Guidelines

Use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). The font size should be 12 pt. with 1,5 line spacing. Indent the first line of each paragraph one half-inch from the left margin. Use the “Tab” key as opposed to pushing the space bar five times. Use MLA (Modern Languages Association) documentation style (8th edition handbook). For quick reference, see the MLA guide from the Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/ mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_in_text_ citations_the_basics.html