Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Authors

Authors whose articles fit into the general orientation of the journal, are welcome to send in their contributions either at their own initiative, or as answer to a Call for Papers.

The forwarded articles need to be original and up-to-date, as well as of relevance to the contemporary research and academic discussion. They should observe all the academic rules of a scientific document, including a proper and consistent manner of citation.  Quotations need to be marked properly and credits given  to their authors appropriately.

The articles are supposed to be written in German (or in some special situations in English) – and, in either case, they need to  be accompanied by a 200-word abstract, 7-10 keywords, and a 200-word biographical note detailing the author’s affiliation, academic expertise and research interests.

Our standard is the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, also available at

· Times New Roman 12 pt, 11 pt for long quotes.
· Line spacing 1.5.
· Keep formatting minimal.
· DO NOT insert page numbers.
· Paragraphs should be indented.
· All Tabs: 1.27 cm / 0.5 inch.
· Quotations longer than four lines of prose or two lines of verse should be indented by 1.27 cm, on the left side only, and separated from the main body of the text.
· Notes to the printed text should take the form of endnotes, not footnotes. Make sparing use of endnotes. Include bibliographical data in the endnotes and avoid lists of works cited. Lists of general bibliography are unacceptable.
· Endnotes should be inserted manually, NOT automatically.
· Titles of books should be in italics, as well as words singled out for emphasis, single foreign words not naturalised in English and foreign phrases.
· No other form of emphasis (capitals, bold, large print, etc.) should be used, and careful use of inverted commas is recommended.
· Quotations within the main body of the text should be in double inverted commas.
· Words or phrases used in an unusual way, upon first appearance in that acceptation, should be in single inverted commas.
· Quotations within quotations should be in single inverted commas.
· Changes, or additions within quotations, are marked by square brackets, but not elisions. Changes and comments at the end of the quote should be in round brackets.
· Spelling should be consistent with the current rules and conventions.

Papers which do not conform will not be considered for publication!

Deadlines for Submissions: Germanistische Beiträge is published biannually in December and June. The deadlines for submission of contributions are September 15 for the winter edition (expected publication: December 15) and March 15 for the summer edition (expected publication: June 15).

The articles are supposed to be sent in to the Editor-in-Chief at

Following their submissions, the articles will be sent to reviewers for the peer-review process, and the authors will be informed of the result. In case the article is suggested for publication with some changes, they will receive the respective recommendations, which they are expected to implement prior to a new submission. When the articles approved for printing, the authors will receive a confirmation including the expected date of printing.

From the time of submission, authors are expected to allow about 6 months for the peer review and another 6-12 months for the actual publication.

Please email us if you have any queries. Questions about content should be directed to

Editorial/Business Office: Editors Department of German Studies, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu , 550024 Sibiu , Bd.-l Victoriei 5-7, Romania , Tel: +40 269 21 55 56.

All hard copy manuscripts, correspondence about contributions, advertising, subscriptions and allied matters should be sent to: Germanistische Beiträge Division, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Department of German Studies, 550024 Sibiu, Bd.-l Victoriei 5-7, Romania.