Notes for Contributors / Style Sheet

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Peer Review


Papers submitted to InterDisciplines are subject to a process of anonymous peer review by the editors of the journal and at least two additional reviewers. InterDisciplines adheres to a double-blind review process. Therefore, to guard your anonymity, we ask that you omit all references to yourself or to your publications in the manuscript you send in for review. You will be able to add references to the manuscript at a later stage of the publishing process if you wish to do so.

Once a paper has entered the peer review process, authors are informed of the approximate date by which the editors will discuss and evaluate their manuscript as well as the date of possible publication. The review process might take up to six months. There are three possible outcomes of the review process: either an article is accepted and will be published with minor revisions; or an article is accepted, but the author must make changes to form or content following recommendations provided by the editors and reviewers or, thirdly, an article is rejected.



Style Sheet


This style sheet has been written for authors preparing manuscripts for submission to  InterDisciplines. We kindly ask all authors to follow the guidelines below:

 Cover sheet In order to guarantee your anonymity during the double-blind review process, please provide a short biography with your name, current position and institution, and email address on a separate cover sheet.

Language Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in English. Please use American spelling and punctuation (except for quotations), including the serial comma (a, b, and c). Please use French double quotation marks throughout the text: » «. The keyboard shortcut for these quotation marks is ALT Q/ALT SHIFT Q for Macs and ALT 0187/ALT 0171 from the numeric keypad for Windows. For quotations within quotations, please use single quotation marks: › ‹. The keyboard shortcut for these quotation marks is ALT SHIFT N/ ALT SHIFT B for Macs and ALT 0155/ ALT 0139 from the numeric keypad for Windows. When in doubt please consult Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style (author-date citation system).1 If you use reference management software such as Endnote, Citavi or the like, please choose the output style that corresponds to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Length Articles  submitted for  publication should not exceed 8,000 words, including endnotes. This includes an abstract of around 200 words which presents the argument of the article.

Numbers and dates Write out numbers until ten, for higher numbers use numerals. Dates should be written as follows: January 25, 1987 or (in references) Jan. 25, 1987.

Document format Please send your manuscript as electronic copy—as a Word document and as a PDF file.

Text format All text should be written in font size 12 pt with a line spacing of at least 15 pt and a 6 pt space after paragraphs.

Headlines Use only four levels of headlines: main title (level one), subtitle to the main title (level two), title within the text (level three), subtitle within the text (level four). Please do not number your titles or subtitles. Instead, use different font sizes to indicate the level. Only the first letter of a title should be capitalized (excluding proper nouns).

Footnotes and references InterDisciplines uses the dual system of notes and references generally used in the social sciences and humanities. References to literature are placed in brackets within the text and should indicate author, year of publication and (preferably) specific page numbers of the works cited, e.g.: (Franklin 2007, 14–16). For collaborations of two authors, state both names separated by an »and«: (Daston and Galison 2007, 2–23). In the case of three or more authors, state the name of the first author and refer to the other authors by using et al., e.g. (Olby et al. 1990). In the case of institutional authors, give the name of the institution as briefly as possible. For two or more entries by the same author with the same date, distinguish between the publications by adding an a, b, or c after the year of publication. Multiple references are separated by semicolons within brackets.

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For further discussion of the literature or descriptions of archival sources, please use footnotes. References to archival sources should describe archival material/documents (e.g.: letter A to B, Aug. 11, 1951) followed by the name of the archive, and the detailed location. Footnotes should also be used if the source is a newspaper or a magazine article, or a similar online source. This depends on the amount of times the source is used. If the text refers only once or twice to the same source, documenting it in the footnotes is enough. Otherwise list it in the references to keep the amount of footnotes small.


Tables/Figures Tables and figures should be placed in those sections of the text in which they are referred to. All figures/tables should be numbered and have a caption and a reference to the source (in the same format you would use in the sources list). Audio- and video-files can also be linked to the articles. Please send these files separately.


 Fig 1: Description of the image or table. Source: Müller, Franz. »Exact Title.« New Yorker, November 25, 1998.

Please respect current copyright laws and property rights to images used.


Quotations Quotations within the text should always be in English. If applicable, you may put the original version in the footnote. Furthermore, quotations should be within double quotation marks: »quote«. At the end of a quote there should be a reference to the original source. Concluding punctuation for the complete sentence normally comes  after  the source: »quote« (source). A quotation of three or more lines should be displayed in a smaller font type and indented on the left (without quotation marks). Final punctuation of indented quotes should be before the source:

A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. A longer quotation in a smaller font type. (source)

Quotations within quotations should be in single quotation marks (›quote in a quote‹). Single quotation marks should also be used for emphases or terms that are not true quotations. For omissions within a sentence three spaced points in [square] brackets should be used. Additional annotations by authors in a quote should likewise be put in [square] brackets and signed with the author’s initials.


List of references

 All references should be listed separately at the end of the article. This list should be titled References. Name the author, year, title, and place as follows:

Books Author’s last name, full first name. year. title [italics]. edition [where necessary]. volume [where necessary]. Translated by [where necessary]. Place [in case of multiple locations only the first city]: publisher


 Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. 6th ed. New York: Penguin


Corresponding reference in the text: (Pollan 2006, 99–100)


Two or more authors

Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf


Corresponding reference in the text: (Ward and Burns 2007, 52)



Four or more authors

For four or more authors, list all of the authors in the reference list; in the text, list only the first author, followed by et al.:

(Briggs et al. 1988)



Articles in books Author’s last name, full first name. year. »title of article.« In Book title [italic], volume [where necessary], edited by first name last name [where necessary], pages. Place [in case of multiple locations only the first city]: publisher



Kelly, John D. 2010. »Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War.« In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago  Press


Corresponding reference in the text: (Kelly 2010, 77)



Articles in journals Author’s last name, full first name. year. title of article. Periodical

[italics] Vvol. (issue no.) [where necessary]: pages Example

Haraway, Donna J. 1994. »A Game of Cat's Cradle: Science Studies, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies.« Configurations 2 (1): 59–71

Corresponding reference in the text: (Haraway 1994, 70)


Articles in newspapers Author’s last name, full first name. year. »title of article.« newspaper

[italics], date Example

Mendelsohn, Daniel. 2010. »But Enough about Me.« New Yorker, January 25. (Mendelsohn 2010, 68)


or in case of articles that are accessible online:

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Robert Pear. 2010. »Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote.« New York Times, February 27. Accessed February 28, 2010.

(Stolberg and Pear 2010)



Dissertations/unpublished material/report


Author’s last name, full first name. year. »title.« Type of dissertation/type of text, university Example

Choi, Mihwa. 2008. »Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty.« PhD diss., University of Chicago

(Choi 2008)





Author’s   last   name,   full   first   name/name   of   the   institution.   year.   »title.«   Last accessed/modified date. internet address



Google. 2009. »Google Privacy Policy.« Last modified March 11, YEAR.


McDonald’s Corporation. 2008. »McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.« Accessed July 19, YEAR.



Please use headline-style capitalization throughout, as in the above example.


In the case of institutional authors, state the name of the institution as briefly as possible.

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