Submitting an article
Publication inquiries and finished articles should be submitted to the editorial office (see https://uniblaga.eu/ for the address) or to the editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The journal is published once a year (November). The deadline for submitting contributions is April 30. In order for the evaluation process to take place in optimal conditions and to ensure the quality of the contributions accepted for publication, the waiting time between the initial submission of the article and its publication is 6 months.
The journal charges absolutely no fees for publication, editing, peer review, or any other fees related to manuscript preparation or publication.
Germanistische Beiträge exclusively publishes articles written in German (with a maximum limit of 10 pages) accompanied by a summary (200 words), a maximum of seven keywords, both in English and Romanian, and a biographical note on the author with information about the teaching degree, scientific title, institutional affiliation, academic expertise, fields and areas of research, correspondence address, and e-mail address (maximum 200 words).
Germanistische Beiträge uses double-blind peer-review. After the manuscripts are sent to e-mail address indicated below, they are checked for publication requirements (scientific rigor and adherence to the journal’s overarching themes) and then stripped of any information that could betray the authors’ identity before being forwarded to two independent reviewers from the field of German studies, who can then decide upon accepting the manuscript without revision, accepting it with some revisions, accepting it after major revisions, or, if the criteria for scientific quality are not fulfilled, to reject it altogether. A third reviewer will be called to decide on the matter if the first two reviewers express divergent opinions. The peer-review process is based on a score sheet, in which reviewers are asked to asses the contribution based on content-related criteria such as the topic’s actuality, the contribution’s relevance for the field, as well as on formal criteria regarding the use of the German language and the critical apparatus. The journal does provide language or technical editing to manuscripts in need, while checking with the authors following the peer review process.
Notes on Drafting the Manuscript
Title and Text, Abstract, Keywords
- For the running text, please use the Times New Roman font, 12 pt., 1.5 line spacing, justified.
- Preferably submit your contribution as a Word file and as a PDF.
- Along with your essay (maximum 10 pages), submit an abstract (200 words) and key words (4 to 7) in English and Romanian.
- When submitting your contribution, please provide the contact details to be displayed in your article [academic title(s); workplace; e-mail address]. The abstract and the key words will be written in the same font, font size 10, justified and single-spaced. Insert a blank line between the abstract and the key words.
- The title of the article will be in bold, Times New Roman, 14 pt., single-spaced, centred. After the title, please write your name in bold (last name in capital letters), Times New Roman, 12 pt., centred.
- For your personal information, please use Times New Roman, 10 pt., centred and single-spaced, separated by a semicolon.
- Keep the formatting minimal. Do not include page numbers.
- Please number the headings with Arabic numerals. The heading hierarchies, designed according to the decimal system, should be uniformly marked (left-justified, not bolded).
- Please do not insert a blank line between the individual paragraphs. The paragraphs should be indented.
- All images, graphs, and tables will be numbered consecutively and labelled. Please state the source of all relevant material employed in the article and send it to the editorial office separately when submitting your article.
- Please avoid highlighting in general. Please highlight the titles of books and articles from magazines or anthologies, film titles, etc. in italics.
- Longer quotations (occupying more than 3 lines in the manuscript), verses, or similar text will be indented. Please do not use spaces to indent text, but tabs or the indent function. Please use the following quotation marks: „ …“ for in-text quotations, as well as for terms used with a certain meaning (occasional uses), and ‚…‘ for quotations within quotations or for highlighting in quotations, for translations of certain words, or paraphrasing definitions. For English contributions, please use double quotation marks (“…”) up and single quotation marks (‘…’) up. For dashes, use the en dash (-), with space before and after the character.
- Please use the footnote function. Footnotes are identified in the text by a superscript number that always follows the punctuation mark. Footnotes start with a capital letter and end with a period. The footnote text will be written in Times New Roman, font size 10 pt., without line spacing, justified.
- Numbers should always be written out completely: 26–29 / 1970–1973. Please always indicate volume numbers with Arabic, not Roman numerals. Please do not use spaces for data such as §3 or 50%. Please represent larger numbers as follows: 34.000 / 500.000 (in English 34,000 / 500,000).
- Please use the usual abbreviations.
- Please indent longer quotations (longer than 3 lines in your manuscript) and use a smaller font size (10 points) and no line spacing and justification. Citations of secondary sources are referenced as follows: Last name, First name: Title. Year Place, p. X-Y; quoted by Last name, First name: Title. Year Place, p. X. In the bibliography, only state the work/essay of the citing author.
- Changes or additions to the quotation, comments by the authors of the article will be indicated by square brackets.
References in the text
- References contain the name of the author / editor (if there are more than one name, they will be separated by a slash; if there are more than three authors, only the name of the first author will be written, with the addition: “et al.”), the year of publication and, after a colon, the respective page number in brackets , e.g.: Müller (2018: 112-123).
- At the end of the essays will be an alphabetically ordered bibliography. It must contain all of the titles referenced in the text, including the electronic sources. First names will not be abbreviated. Please do not use short references within the bibliography, but write out all titles in full, including author names that appear several times, and journal titles. If there are more than three authors, only the name of the first author will be written, with the addition: “et al.” Always write out the title of the journals.
- If you cite more than one work by the same author(s) from the same year, differentiate between them by adding lowercase letters (e.g. Müller 2009a). If you are quoting several titles by the same author but from different years, please arrange them from “old” to “new”.
- All used works must be listed in the footnotes and in the bibliography.
- Editions will be indicated by a superscript number.
- If you do not have any information about the author(s), please indicate this by using the abbreviation o.V. (ohne Verfasser; English: without author). The same applies if you do not know the year of publication (o.J.).
- Organize the literature by primary literature, secondary literature, and internet sources. Proceed as follows:
- Monograph: Last name, First name: Title. Place Edition
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Last name, First name (Hg.): Title. Place Year, p. X-Y.
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Last name, First name/First name Last name (Hgg.): Title. Place Year, p. X-Y.
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Last name, First name/First name Last name/First name Last name (Hgg.): Title. Plave Year, p. X-Y.
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Last name, First name et al. (Hgg.): Title. Place Year, p. X-Y. [only first editor mentioned by name]
- Journals and newspapers:
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Complete title of journal Volume (or issue)/Year, p. X-Y.
- Last name, First name: Article title. In: Complete title of newspaper, Date [01.10.2019], X-Y.
- Internet sources. Please provide all required information and the date you last accessed the page in brackets in the following format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Last name, First name: Book title. Place Year; URL-Adress with the date you last accessed the page in the format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Last name, First name: Essay title. In: Last name, First name (Hg.): Title. Place Year, p. X-Y; URL-Adress with the date you last accessed the page in the format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Last name, First name: „Essay title”. In: Complete title of journal Volume (or issue)/Year, p. X-Y; ; URL-Adress with the date you last accessed the page in the format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Last name, First name: Article title. In: Complete title of newspaper, Date [01.10.2019], X-Y; ; URL-Adress with the date you last accessed the page in the format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Last name, First name: Interview title. In: Complete title of newspaper, Date [01.10.2019], X-Y; ; URL-Adress with the date you last accessed the page in the format: [accessed on: 01.10.2019].
- Use the same font for the bibliography: Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1,5 line spacing, justified. All entries in the bibliography end with a period.
The received contributions are assessed before publication, both in terms of form, content, and language, and with regard to their accuracy of fit and compliance to scientific standards. The peer review process applies to all contributions submitted for publication. The decisive criteria for publication are the academic level, the thematic orientation, and an appropriate academic style. The manuscripts that meet the general publication criteria are assessed by two reviewers from its field, who can recommend the contribution be included in its original form or after revision. If the contribution does not meet the quality criteria, it will not be accepted for publication. A third reviewer is called in if the overall assessment of the two reviewers diverges.
The editorial team reserves the right to reject manuscripts, even without review, if they do not follow the manuscript layout guidelines. The editorial team ensures the confidentiality of the review process (double-blind review).