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Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics, established in 2010, is a Nordic digital forum for scholarly discussion.

Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics explores the aesthetics of children's literature
  • in analogue and digital media
  • in verbal and visual artistic expression
  • and perspectives on art and children
The journal publishes analytical and empirical articles, articles related to specific research programs and projects, scholarly reviews, doctoral theses, book reports, and comments and debate.

The journal aims to contribute to an interdisciplinary discussion about children’s literature media, aesthetics, interactions with other art expressions, its institutional conditions and reception, and establish an international research dialogue.

BLFT is aimed at those working with children's literature in the field of aesthetics, verbal and visual art and the institutional role of children's literature. The journal publishes contributions in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English.

All content in the journal is published gold open access and with continuous publication.

The journal is published by the The Norwegian Institute for Children`s Books, in collaboration with Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget).

All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two independent anonymous academic referees. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editorial board and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.

Authors will not be charged submission or publishing fees.

The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • Norart
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Services
  • WorldCat Lokal (OCLC)
All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in NSD -- Norwegian Centre for Research Data (Norway and Sweden)the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization list for serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).
Kristin Ørjasæter, Professor and director, Norwegian Institute for Children's Books, Norway  

Ingeborg Sivertsen Landfald, Head of Communication, The Norwegian Institute for Children’s Books, Norway

Lykke Harmony Alara Guanio-Uluru, Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Ayoe Quist Henkel, Ph.d. VIA University College, Denmark
Maria Lassén-Seger, Ph.d. Lektor, Åbo Akademi, Finland
Martin Blok Johansen, Lektor, ph.d., VIA University College, Denmark
Tatjana Kielland Samoilow, Associate Professor, Dep. of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway
Lydia Wistisen, Researcher, Stockholm University, Sweden

E-mail: redaksjonblft@gmail.com
Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics is an open access academic journal, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.


Barnelitterært Forskningstidsskrift / Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics (BLFT) is a Nordic online journal. The journal explores the aesthetics of children’s literature, analogue and digital media, verbal and visual expressions of art, and views on art and children.

The journal publishes analytical and empirical articles, as well as articles related to specific research programmes and projects, scholarly reviews, doctoral theses, book reports, and comment and debate.

Nordic Journal Of Childlit Aesthetics publishes articles continuously within each year.


Manuscripts can be sent in Word format to: redaksjonblft@gmail.com

By submitting a manuscript, the author agrees to publish his or her articles in accordance with Norwegian copyright, open access and under a Creative Commons licence.

Articles submitted to Nordic Journal Of Childlit Aesthetics must not have been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Only manuscripts that adhere to the format listed below will be considered by the editorial board.

We request that the manuscript be submitted in accordance with the following requirements:
  • Language: Title both in the language in which the article is written (if not English) and English. The manuscript can be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
  • Abstract: A summary of the article in max. 300 words, both in the language of the article (if not English) and English.
  • Keywords: 6 to 10 keywords in the language of the article (if not English) and English.
  • Number of characters: Research articles should consist of 30-35,000 characters. Book essays can be 10-15,000 characters and Ph.d.-presentations 15-20,000 characters. The number of characters includes spaces, figures, tables, notes and references.
  • Subheadings: A maximum of two heading levels may be used, without numbering.
  • Reference system: APA. Numbered endnotes (not footnotes). Literature list must be arranged alphabetically. The references should always include DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​for sources where this is available.
A separate file must be submitted with:
  • Numbered figures and illustrations (one per page).
  • Author's name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address, as well as a short biographical text about author(s).
  • Information about potential conflicts of interest in relation to the article’s publication in the journal.
Below we have elaborated on some of the requirements above. If you have any questions, please contact the editor by e-mail.


Tables must be included in the manuscript in an editable format, with adjustable rows and columns. The journal will only publish illustrations (figures) when all rights have been clarified and permission for use is given. Any financial settlement must take place before the article is accepted for publication by the editors. The journal can publish illustrations covered by §22-23(“right of quotation”) of the Norwegian Copyright Act.

Illustrations in academic articles fall under the "right of quotation", mentioned above, and can be published without charge and without obtaining permission from the copyright holder. However, ordering illustrations may result in an administration fee, and this must be clarified with the editorial assistant first.

The maximum number of illustrations for a given academic article is 10. The author must submit illustrations that are ready to print, and obtain the correct copyright notice. The illustrations should be delivered in digital format with min. 300 dpi and A4, on a CD or by e-mail or a file transfer programme (e.g. Fileflow). The image files should be numbered continuously, with a matching number used in the caption.

Figures and illustrations that are vectorised, i.e. where a drawing program is used to create the characters (e.g. Illustrator), should be delivered as separate files in EPS or PDF format. Other bitmap illustrations should be submitted as JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG. Please note that vectorised characters (such as graphs) that are pasted into Word as low-resolution bitmap will give poor quality in print. Photographs must be at least 300 DPI (in the intended size) and delivered as separate files, preferably as JPEG, although TIFF, GIF, and PNG can also be used.

A numbered list of illustrations should be submitted with the manuscript

Template for illustration texts:
Fig. No. + Illustrator Name + Works Title + Years + Photographer (if applicable) + rights holder

Example of an illustration text:
Figure 1. Seyed Ali Akbar and Alizadeh, I Did Not Eat Your Mother (2008). Reprinted with permission from Elmi Farhangi Publications.


The journal uses the APA 7th (American Psychological Association) reference system. You cill find an introduction to the system (in Norwegian) at Søk og skriv and Kildekompasset.

References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.


The journal uses double blind peer review for research articles. The manuscript must therefore be anonymised. This means that the front page and the information about the author must be provided in a separate document. Further, all explicit self-references must be anonymised. Peer-reviewed articles are labelled with "research publication" on Idunn. For more information on peer review, go to NPI's webpages.

Authors receive feedback by e-mail from the editor after the manuscript has been peer-reviewed. The author will be informed whether the article is accepted as is, accepted with revisions or rejected.


The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Once the editor has accepted an article for publication, the article will be copyedited. Author will receive the copyedited version of the article for approval. Please note that no substantive changes should be made to the article at this point.

The typeset article will be sent to the author (1st proof) for final approval. Additions and changes to the article must be avoided. Direct errors must be corrected, and minor, necessary changes in respect of later material may be made. Any comments on the 1st proof must be returned to the editorial assistant no later than 3 working days after receiving the 1st proof. The 2nd  proof is usually read only by the editorial staff.


Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics is an open access scholarly journal. It is free to read and online only. All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC 4.0. As an author, you retain copyright and publication rights to your own article, without any restrictions. At the same time, you grant any third party permission to read, download, copy, print, search or link to the full text version of your article, in accordance with the abovementioned licence.


Authors receive a link to their article upon publication.




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