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 that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to the author.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Authors should be responsive to the broad coverage of this journal in their terminology: please avoid acronyms, define technical terms and theoretical concepts carefully, and explain regional specifics.
  • If your first language is not English, please make sure that your article has been proofread for style, expression and grammar prior to submission.
  • We only consider material that has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
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Author Guidelines

Format: please submit your contribution as a word document.

Length: articles should be approx. 66.800 characters long, including footnotes and spaces. For exceptions please contact the Managing Editor in advance.

Abstract: please include an abstract (approx. 200 words) with your submission.

Keywords: please provide 5-10 keywords 

Author bio: please include a very short bio  of the author(s) (approx. 75 word below your article. This is voluntary.

Page setup: the page setup should be 2.5 cm on each side. Use Times, size 12, for the main body of your article. Please indent new paragraphs. Line spacing for the main text is 1.5. Please use full justification for the whole text.

Spelling: Moving the Social only uses British spelling. Avoid the use of capital letters unless they appear in headlines and proper names.

Headlines: the headline of the article should be in size 16 and not bold. The subheadings of the article sections should be in size 14 and not bold. Please use capital letters for all content words in headlines.

Acronyms: even popular abbreviations, like OECD, EU or SPD should be spelled out at the beginning: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Union (EU), Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) or Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Do not use WWI or WWII. It is the First World War and the Second World War.

Names: use full proper names when they are mentioned in your text for the first time. For authors’ names in footnotes always use the full form.

Numbers: please write any number up to nine as word and any number from 10 onwards as cipher. Decimal digits, including numbers lower than 10, should always be written as ciphers and be divided by full stop (.); for example: 0.5 or 8.35 or 101.5. Please do not use ciphers for very large round numbers, like “one million”, and use a combination for numbers like “1.5 billion”. Commas should be used for numbers greater than 1,000.

Date: please use only the following spelling: 1 March 2017 (not 1st March, March 1 etc.)

Per cent: please do not use the % sign or percent: “per cent” is the correct form for this journal.

Currency: please use the full-written term dollar, euro etc. instead of $, € etc.

Inverted commas: try to avoid inverted commas, unless you quote. Exceptions may apply for informal terms. Use single quotations for concepts and ‘so-called’ marks.

Italics: titles of books, songs, poems, articles, TV and radio stations (even if commercial), and research groups should be italicised. Names of companies should not be italicised. If the titles include italicised terms, please unitalicise them. Titles, when used as sources within the footnotes, should not be italicised. Titles, when used in an explanatory footnote, should be italicised. Use italics for foreign words. You may also use italics to emphasise a particular term or statement. You can also italicise parts of citations. For example: “The actions of the British Empire and Canadian states are identified as not only prompting nationalist responses but also shaping their liberal character” [italics added].

Quotations: for quotations use double quotation marks, unless they are longer than three lines. Use single quotation marks or inverted commas within the quote. Quotations that are longer than three lines should be set as display quotes: one centimetre indentation on the left side, justification on the right side. Use square brackets to shorten citations, insert words into quotations, or to replace capital letters. For example: James Kennedy argued that “[t]he actions of the […] states [were] not only prompting nationalist responses but also shaping their liberal character.” If you cite from a source in a language other than English the following two options apply: provide either only the translation and indicate “translated by the author” or also provide the original quote within the footnote as well as the translation within the main body of the text and indicate “translated by the author”.

References: please do not use any endnotes or in-text references but footnotes. Use times, size 10, for footnotes. References must finish with full stop (.) or can be divided by semicolon (;). Please ensure that the footnote reference mark in the text immediately follows the quote or paraphrase to which it refers. Please Use “passim” if the reference is to be found in many places of the same book. Please use “ibid” if the same reference is used several times in immediate succession. Please use “idem” if several sources by the same author are cited consecutively in the same footnote. If there are more than three authors or places of publication, please use “et al.”. If no place of publication is given, use “s.l.” (lat. sine loco).

Short references: If a title is referred to more than once, please use short references stating author (full name), title (full main title) and pages after the first full citation: “Jonathan Schneer: Ben Tillert: Portrait of a Labour Leader, p. 128.”

Internet sources: Please provide sufficient information for sources that are online! (Full reference, URL/DOI, date of accessing).

Monograph: Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Spread and Origin of Nationalism, 2nd ed., London 1991.

Book chapter in monograph: David Harvey: The Right to the City, in: David Harvey: Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, London 2012, ch. 1.

Book with more than one author or editor: Stefan Berger/Angel Smith (eds.): Nationalism, Labour and Ethnicity, 1870-1939, Manchester 1999.

Book chapter in edited volume: Jie-Hyun Lim: Labour and the National Question in Poland, in: Stefan Berger/Angel Smith (eds.): Nationalism, labour and ethnicity, 1870-1939, Manchester 1999, pp. 121-144. Please mention first and final page of the chapter, as well as the particular page number referred to (… pp. 6-20, p. 8).

Journal article: Frank Bongiorno: “Real Solemn History” and its Discontents: Australian Political History and the Challenge of Social History, in: Australian Journal of Politics & History 56:1 (2010), pp. 6-20. Please mention volume and issue number if available (e.g. Australian Journal of Politics & History 56:1). Please also mention first and final page of the article, as well as the particular page number referred to (… pp. 6-20, p. 8.).

Articles in weekly or daily newspapers: If author is not stated: Westfälischer Kämpfer: 10 Jahre Kommunistischer Jugendverband Deutschland, 1 April 1926. If author is stated: Gerd Höhler: Die Frau in Rot, in: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), 8 June 2013, pp. x-y, p. z. If online:
Aida Eedemarian: Noam Chomsky: ‘No individual changes anything alone’, in: The Guardian, 22 March 2013, at: (accessed on 25 June 2013). Please mention first and final page of the article, as well as the particular page number referred to (… pp. 6-20, p. 8.).

Archival material/manuscripts: Please try to be clear and consistent, so that also non-historians will be able to grasp the origins of your primary sources (imagine you are a reader unfamiliar with the sources). Provide full information on the actual source in English; explain the acronym of the archive and its location when you refer to it for the first time.

Graphics, photos, illustrations, maps, tables etc.: if you wish to include graphics, photos, illustrations, maps, tables etc. please make sure that the images are transparent, printable and the sources are clearly stated. They should be at 300 dpi in the size in which they are meant to be printed. Send images, graphs etc. as separate documents. Indicate the location in which they are meant to be inserted in your text, along with the authorised credit line: [insert image 1 here] [credit line] Graphics, photos, illustrations, tables etc. should always be explained in the text! Permissions to use and publish images, tables etc. have to be acquired by authors at their own cost. You bear full responsibility for determining whether the contribution you submit contains matter that requires permission for publication in Moving the Social. This includes any material that is supplementary or ancillary to the publication. Documentation of permissions has to be submitted to the Editorial Office prior to publication.

Publication Agreement: authors will have to sign the publication agreement and to return a signed original by post to the editorial office prior to publication.

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