Only original manuscripts that have not appeared or been submitted to any other journal or publication will be considered for publication. The article can be written in German, English, French or Italian. A summary in English should be provided for each article (abstract).


Anonymous Peer Review Process

Manuscripts are assessed and selected according to an anonymous peer review process (double blind), carried out by experts. For further information regarding article submission, please go to here (Submit an article).


Formal Requirements

Each submission must contain the following:

  • Anonymised manuscript (main text) with title and subtitles, and crossheadings where necessary.
  • Summary in English (abstract).
  • List of relevant literature (references).
  • Footnotes, if necessary.
  • Information on the authors (short biography, contact details).
  • Graphics/images, provided as separate files and not embedded in main text (see guidelines).

Text Length

Generally speaking, manuscripts may be up to ten pages in length or maximum 40000 characters. The maximum text length should take into account any graphics or images used. Exceptions may be made for manuscripts that exceed this limit depending on the nature of the theme. The editorial staff retains the right to shorten texts or omit graphics or images at any time.


The main title should be either two lines in length (maximum 60–80 characters per line) or a main title of one line and a subtitle of one line (150 characters total).

Formatting Tips

Do not indent and make as few lists as necessary.
Use subheadings and, where necessary, number the headings using roman numerals, e.g. 1, 1.1, 1.1.2 (maximum three levels)
Avoid using bold and cursive in the main text. Individual or special terms should be indicated by using inverted commas (“”).
Check that hyphens (-) and dashes (–) have been used correctly.
Footnotes will be printed in the form of endnotes. However, important information for the comprehension of the article should feature in the main text; avoid extensive footnotes and annotations.
Citations in the main text must be followed by a short reference, e.g. (Beyeler, Hofmann 1997: 4), which should be listed in its entirety in the Bibliography/Reference section (see below).


The Reference section is to be organised alphabetically.
Please contact the Editorial Office for the Reference style guideline.

Formal Specifications for Images


Illustrations are reproduced solely in black and white (greyscale). Please check that all illustrations or maps that are originally in colour are transformed into greyscale without compromising quality or resolution.

Digital images

Images and figures in electronic form should be in the highest resolution possible (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for greyscale, 300 dpi for colour) and be provided in one of the following formats: tiff, jpeg, eps or PDF. Images should be saved as individual files and not embedded in the text.


For each image a short description (caption) should be provided (maximum 150 characters) and listed in a separate Word document. They must be numbered correspondingly.


Placement of images should be indicated in the main text by means of an insert note. However, due to layout design restrictions, it is possible that the final placement of images may have to be adjusted. The editorial staff and production department reserve the right to remove or decrease the size of images for publication should an article be too long.


The relevant source for each image should be given. The author is required to obtain the necessary permissions to print third-party material, where necessary.


Additional Information


Each article should be preceded by an abstract in English (length 1500 characters) that summarises the article’s content. Please submit the abstract along with your manuscript.

Biographical information

A short biography should be provided for each contributing author: short descriptive text including full name, academic title, current position, current academic institution/company and, for instance, research interests, recent projects and publications etc. Furthermore, full contact details for each author should be provided (postal address, telephone number, email address). Contact details of the author(s), including email address, are published at the end of each article.


Editorial Guidelines

Print proofs / print approval

Following acceptance for publication, your manuscript will be forwarded to the Editorial Office. The article will then be sent to Production for layout. The author will be issued with a first print proof of their article in PDF format and given the opportunity to check the layout and provide feedback and/or request minor corrections (feedback loop). Correction requests should be either inserted into the PDF document or listed in a Word file and sent by email to the Editorial Office by the deadline given. A comprehensive revision of the article is no longer possible at this point. Once the amendments have been made, a second and final print proof will be issued with a deadline for print approval. If author print approval is not received by the given date, the editors reserve the right to print the article in its current form without final approval or waive publication.