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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is prepared in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format, based on the journal template file
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If available, the Orcid profile number(s) of the author(s) is (are) provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Illustrations, images, tables and data sets are both included in the submission file and prepared as independent files to be submitted separately.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts are written in English (UK spelling preferred) and must conform to the Modern Humanities Research Association Style Guide (MHRA Style Guide, third ed.). Authors are urged to use the Journal Word Template (.dotx) and to refer to the Author Guidelines (Stylesheet) to ensure that their manuscripts are properly formatted.


Articles should be between 5,000-12,000 words, research notes between 2,000-5,000 words, and reviews of books or conferences between 1,000-2,000 words.

Image, illustration, dataset

All images, illustrations and datasets must included in the submission file and be submitted as additional files (accepted formats: .pdf, .eps, .ai, .tif, .jpeg – and .docx for tables). Figure size including legend is either full page (210x297mm=A4portait) or half-page (210x148mm=A5landscape). Photographic images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi). When possible, supply your charts or produced images with vector-based files, giving maximum flexibility for sizing and maintaining high print-quality resolution at any size. For all illustrations that are in copyright, the author must obtain, from all interested rightsholders, written permission to reproduce the image in all publication formats (print and electronic), including confirmation of the credit to be printed acknowledging permission to reproduce. Top copies of permission documents should be supplied with the illustrations. The responsibility for payment of costs for reproduction is left to the author.

Submission Process (read carefully)

  1. Check your submission against the Submission Preparation Checklist (above).
  2. Registration: If you have never submitted a manuscript to, or reviewed a manuscript for APD, you must first register using the Register button in the navigation panel.
  3. Login using the Login button on the navigation panel. If you have forgotten your username and/or your password, select "Forgot your password?" and enter your email address to receive this information. APD identifies you through your email address, so please refrain from using multiple email addresses.
  4. On the main page, select Edit my Profile. There you can select multiple roles, namely Reader (for receiving announcements), Author (for submitting manuscripts), and Reviewer (for reviewing other manuscripts). Make sure that the Author role is selected, and provide your Orcid profile number if available.
  5. On the main page, select New Submission: This will lead you through several pages for submitting a new manuscript. If you do not see [New Submission], check your profile to ensure you have selected Author as one of your roles.


If requested by the editors, revised manuscripts and responses to reviewers must be submitted to APD.

Final Submission

After the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) must submit the following files:

  1. Both, an editable docx and a PDF version of the accepted final manuscript
  2. All figures which already have been included in the submitted manuscript must also be separately submitted as supplementary files. The figures should be named as figure-01, figure-02, …

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