Guidelines — June 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

LEA Online Articles, Submission Instructions


See also: LEA Referencing Style & LEA Author Checklist

Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) accepts online articles for publication. You can access our online publication platform by registering and posting your article (knowledge of basic WordPress is a must). If your article is suitable for publication, after review, it will be published on line with LEA’s ISSN.

At the end of the year, all online articles will be re-reviewed by an international committee and the most significant will be printed in a special collection with ISBN, ISSN and DOI.

For online publication, authors are encouraged to register on the website and post their article following LEA’s referencing style. Once the article is completed please submit it. The Editor-in-Chief and the editorial team will make a preliminary decision regarding the topic’s relevance to the journal’s aims and scope and will then provide suggestions for developing the manuscript. Once the article is revised according to the comments received, it will be published online with an ISSN.

LEA publishes articles online – with a shorter time line and an in house peer review process – and in other formats including LEA magazine, Print On Demand issues, special issue or other projects – with a lengthier peer reviewed process. Please specify if your article is to appear as an online article – choosing the online article category in the post. 

When submitting a manuscript, authors should include a statement indicating that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.

Online articles should be between the 1,500 – 2,500-word count limit (including references and figure captions) to be considered for review.

If an author would like an essay that exceeds 2,500 words to be considered for publication, s/he can submit the full article.

The review process involves peer review of all submitted articles, including those solicited by the editors. Generally each manuscript is reviewed by two or three technical peer reviewers. Once the article has been selected, it will then be edited by in-house editors. A request by an editor for a manuscript is not a guarantee that it will be published.
Authors are notified of acceptance, rejection or the need for revision within 8 to 12 weeks. Texts are judged on the basis of relevance to the aims and scope of the journal, originality, rigor of thought and the use of straightforward and precise prose.

Texts should be condensed as much as possible and written to be accessible to the interested lay reader. Papers may include statements of belief and speculations, which should be denoted as such.

Manuscripts may require revision by the author before final acceptance. After a manuscript is accepted, it is edited at the editorial office and returned to the author for approval prior to publication. On average 60-70% of manuscripts received are eventually published.

Typical time between submission of an online article and appearance on the website is between 2 to 6 weeks. Adherence to these guidelines minimizes revisions and shortens the overall editorial processing time.

All texts must be submitted in English. Authors not fluent in English should write in their native language and then have the text professionally translated before submitting it.

Since the journal is read in many countries, authors should review previous LEA texts for general style and format and read the LEA Articles Conventions. LEA staff will not make major editorial revisions and cannot accept manuscripts requiring such revisions. Listed below are some of the general guidelines to follow.

• Avoid special formatting such as different text styles, bold text and underlining
• Avoid esoteric words, non-English words, slang, idioms and colloquialisms unless necessary
• Abbreviations and special terms, especially highly technical terms, should be defined in the text or in a glossary at the end of the text
• Acronyms should be spelled out on the first appearance

Should you require guidance on any of these points or have further queries, please email LEA Co-editor at

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