Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte
/Archive for Reformation History

Submissions to the Archive for Reformation History

Procedures for Submission and Evaluation of Manuscripts

Guidelines for the Preparation of Manuscripts

Address for Sending Manuscript Submissions

Address for Sending Books, Journal Articles and Offprints for Review

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Brad S. Gregory and Randall C. Zachman, new North American Co–Editors of the Archiv für Reformationsgeschicte/Archive for Reformation History beginning 2010, invite submissions of innovative scholarly work on aspects of early modern European religious life and thought related to the Protestant Reformation, Radical Reformation, and Catholic Reformation/Counter Reformation/early modern Catholicism. The extension of European theology and practice into the extra-European world also lies within the journal’s scope. Its chronological range is approximately 1450 to 1650.

We rely heavily on scholars all over the world — not only members of the editorial board — for their, their colleagues' and friends', and their students' submissions, as well as for their service as evaluators. Many thanks for your help in promoting the well-being of the Archive, our common enterprise.

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Please note that we do not accept manuscripts published elsewhere, or very soon to appear elsewhere, in either article or book form. If your manuscript bears a close relationship to part of a book in progress, please let us know. For one year following the publication of an article in the Archive, the journal holds copyright to it. Thereafter, rights revert to the author. In any subsequent publication of material identical or similar to the article, of course, the author should mention its previous appearance in the Archive.

A manuscript should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes). The author should submit it to both editors–preferably as an attachment to an e-mail message, otherwise as a hard copy and disk. We will read it and arrive at an initial judgment. If we consider it potentially suitable for publication in the journal, we will forward it anonymously to two specialist reviewers for detailed evaluations. We will make every effort to limit the period of review to three months, and to maintain confidentiality about evaluators’ as well as authors’ identity.

A manuscript that we and the evaluators consider promising will be returned to the author. along with our and the reader's suggestions for improvement. At this point, the author may elect to withdraw a submission or to revise and resubmit it. The author should inform us promptly whether s/he intends to revise and resubmit, and if so, indicate when we may expect to receive the revised version. The manuscript should be recast in accordance with the suggestions, brought into full conformity with Archive style (outlined below), and submitted to both of us as an attachment or hard copy with disk. We will then determine whether and to what degree the essay has been improved and inform the author whether we accept it. In consultation with authors when necessary, we will copy–edit and proofread manuscripts accepted for publication.

Throughout the evaluation and editing processes, we will make every effort to keep authors informed about the the status of manuscripts and the probably date of publication of those accepted. Because the Archive appears only once a year and has a maximum number of pages, half allotted to North American contributions, an article's publication may be postponed for purely technical reasons.

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Since a manuscript must eventually conform to the guidelines below, we strongly recommend that authors follow them from the beginning:
1. Use a recent version of a program for Windows, preferably Microsoft Word, with both text and endnotes in 12–point type.
2. Justify the left margin only.
3. Italicize, don’t underline.
4. Do not use boldface; use caps only in first–order headings (see below).
5. Double–space both text and notes. Use endnotes, not footnotes.
6. At the end of the text, flush with the left margin, give your name, complete institutional address, telephone and fax numbers, and e–mail address. Do not include your name in a header or footer.
7. After the personal information, provide a one–paragraph abstract of your essay.
8. Between the abstract and the endnotes, provide a list of abbreviations of the sources, manuscript and printed, that you cite three or more times. Here is an example:
Abbreviations: ARG: Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte. – BB: Beschliessbücher. – CB: Copialbücher. – NM: Neue Mittheilungen. – StAN: Stadtarchiv Naumburg. – ThHStAW: Thüringisches Hauptstaatarchiv Weimar, Ernestinisches Gesamtarchiv. – WA BR: D. Martin Luthers Werke, Briefwechsel, Weimar 1930–1967.


In order to achieve uniformity of style with the European contributions, we ask that you observe the following exceptions to North American practice. (In other matters, follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition.) Some examples follow these instructions. Please pay special attention to the use of colons in citations of articles in journals and essays in edited volumes.
1. Use superscript numbers; put one space between the number and the body of the note.
2. Indent the first line of each note.
3. Between title and subtitle in works published in English, place colon and one space; between title and subtitle in works published in other languages, place period and one space.
4. For works published since 1800, omit publisher’s name.
5. Do not place a comma between city and date of publication; if the publication extended over several years, include all digits (e.g., 1904–1906).
6. Do not include titles of series.
7. Use Arabic numerals for volumes; omit the abbreviation "vol."
8. Include p. for a single page, pp. for multiple pages; include all digits.
9. Put first–order headings of a centered line and in capital letters and/or use Roman numerals, e.g.:




10. Put second-order headings flush left in italics; use Arabic numerals. Start the text on the same line, e.g.:
1. The Late Middle Ages. In 1470 . . .


single–volume book, first reference:
1 Gigliola Fragnito, La Bibbia al rogo. La censura ecclesiastica e i volgarizzamenti della Scrittura (1471–1605), Bologna 1997, pp. 182–186.

multi–volume book, first reference:
2 Ludwig von Pastor, Geschichte der Päpste seit dem Ausgang des Mittelalters, 16 vols., Freiburg i.B. 1909–1933, 13, p. 298.

document in edited volume of primary sources, first reference:
3 Bullinger to Tobias Egli, 25 May 1568, in Traugot Schiess (ed.): Bullingers Korrespondenz mit den Graubündnern, 3 vols., Basel 1904–1906, 3, p. 86.

article in journal, first reference:
4 Mireille Forget, "Les relations et les amitiès de Pierre Danès," in: Bibliothèque d'humanisme et renaissance 3 (1936), p. 380.

essay in edited volume, first reference:
5 Gigliola Fragnito, "'Parenti' e 'familiari' nelle corti cardinalizie del Rinascimento," in Cesare Mozzarelli (ed.): 'Famiglia' del principe e famiglia aristocratica, Rome 1988, pp. 569–570.

subsequent reference near first reference:
6 Forget, pp. 378–379.

subsequent reference far from first reference:
7 Pastor (n. 2), 14, p. 303.

subsequent reference to one of two or more works by an author previously cited (note use of short title):
8 Fragnito, "'Parenti' e 'familiari'," p. 571.
9 Fragnito, La Bibbia al rogo (n. 1), p. 134.

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Manuscripts and communications concerning editorial matters and originating in North America should be sent to North American Co–Editor:

Professor Randall C. Zachman
Co–Editor, ARG
130 Malloy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame IN  46556

Those originating is Europe should be sent to the European Editor:
Professor Dr. Heinz Schilling
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

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In North America and Europe send to:
Dr. Markus Wriedt
Institut für Europäische Geschichte
Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte
Alte Universitätsstraβe 19
55116 Mainz

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