Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules'



A pdf-version of these guidelines can be downloaded here


Guidelines for composing final paper


Format and uploading


  • •The word limit for the paper is 8,000 (including footnotes, excluding reference list).
  • •The final paper should be uploaded on the conference website.
  • •Please make sure you upload your final version as pdf-file.
  • •Please include keywords and a small abstract (max. 400 words).




  • All papers must be in English.
  • •Use British spellings (e.g., behaviour, not "behavior").
  • •Italicize foreign words, unless the expression has become 'usual language', e.g. 'ad hoc'.




  • •Single-space all material (text, quotations, figure legends, tables, references, etc.).
  • •Separate paragraphs with a space.
  • •Use a 12-point letter size (font preference: Times New Roman).




Main headings


  • The body text should be subdivided into different sections with appropriate headings. Where possible, the following standard headings should be used in the order given. Additional headings may be used and modifications to these heading suggestions are permissible.
  • The standard headings must appear on a single line by themselves, and be UPPER CASE:


    • INTRODUCTION - The motivation or purpose of your research should appear in the Introduction, where you state the questions you sought to answer.
    • CONCLUSION - Present a short statement of your main conclusion and suggest avenues for further inquiry.
    • REFERENCE LIST - The Reference List should be included after the final section of the main article body. A blank line should be inserted between single-spaced entries in the list.


Subsection headings


  • Lower order headings must appear on a line by themselves and should be left-justified, italicized, and lowercase except for the initial letter of the first word which should be uppercase.


Use of notes


  • •For references, please use the Harvard-reference system (author-date).
  • •In case of notes other than references, use footnotes.
  • •Footnotes should be numbered throughout the whole document (1, 2, 3, ...).
  • •Try to incorporate as much of the content of the footnote material as possible in the text forthe benefit of readers.


Reference list


  • •The reference list should include all sources referred to in the main text.
  • •Referencing should be in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • •A quick guide to the reference style can be found here.


Text items


  • •Numbers under 100 should be mentioned as text; exception can be made for tables, when discussing statistical issues, and in cases numbers both under and over 100 are used (e.g., 6 men and 134 horses), or in case fractions are mentioned (2.5 percent).
  • For separating thousands, use comma (1,000); for indicating fractions, use dot (0.01).
  • •Abbrevations should be avoided as much as possible. Acronyms should be written out in full the first time (e.g. Common Pool Resources (CPRs)), unless the meaning of the acronym is generally known (USA, UN, etc.).
  • •Use double quotation marks for citations ("[text]"). Use single quotation marks for a citation within a citation. When citing, do not forget to mention the original source it originates from.
  • The percentage-sign should only be used in tables; in text, use the text-form (e.g., six percent).
  • Use the International System of Units (SI) for measurements. More info can be found at pages 116 ff. on the website of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM).
  • When you mention a title in the text, titles of books and journals should be italicized; when mentioning the title of an article, a part of a book, or an individual contribution to a volume, please use double quotation marks.
  • The use of the serial comma is preferred: e.g. De Moor, Zuijderduijn, and Van Zanden; books, journals, and magazines.




  • •In case issues are not mentioned above, you may choose to solve this as you please (as long as this will be in a consistent manner). • You can also contact the organizers.



Guidelines for the presentation


  • Presentations will take 20 minutes for the lecture itself and 10 minutes for questions. Once all the papers within a session have been presented, a general discussion will follow for another 30 minutes.
  • Presentations have to be put on the computer of the applicable session room before the start of your session; in case of problems, please ask the organizers to help you out
  • Please note that you are not allowed to use your own laptop and, unfortunately, no file formats other than those compatible with PPT are allowed.
  • Do not foresee too many slides, it is advised to foresee one slide per minute
  • Use dark, contrasting colours and large fonts, as big as possible
  • Use bullet points rather than full paragraphs of text.