’s Formal Guidelines

I. Evaluation Process

All manuscripts submitted to undergo peer review. The manuscripts will be anonymised by the editors and normally will be sent for review to two specialists chosen by the editors. The editors will decide whether to continue on to publication based on the specialists’ reviews. Authors will be notified about the publication decision by email or surface mail. When appropriate, authors will receive detailed suggestions for revision; the reasons for rejection will also be explained. On average the review process takes two to three months.

Contributions to the Forum will be reviewed by the editors only.

II. Submission Guidelines

No multiple submissions: Manuscripts may only be submitted to if they have not also been simultaneously submitted elsewhere or have not already been published.

Number of copies: All manuscripts are to be submitted in electronic form (as .rtf or .doc files) to the editorial office of We ask that the manuscripts be sent to by email at redaktion(at)sozialpolitik(dot)ch. Please save graphics and tables in separate files and include appropriate annotations in the text as to where to insert them.

Length of manuscripts: The total length of submitted manuscripts (including the abstract, keywords, text, footnotes, and list of references) should not exceed 11,000 words. Graphics and tables do not count toward this limit. Shorter pieces for the Forum are limited to 6,000-8,000 words (abstract, keywords, text, footnotes, and list of references).

Anonymised manuscript: To ensure an anonymous review, the name of the author and all potentially identifying information should be deleted (references to oneself in notes, acknowledgments, etc. If the piece is published, deleted passages can be added back.). The manuscript should have a cover page containing the author’s personal details. This cover page will be removed by the editors prior to forwarding the piece to the reviewers. The cover page must include the following: name of the author, title of the piece, date of submission, mailing address, and email address.

Language and orthography: Manuscripts should be submitted to in German, English, French, or Italian (abstracts must be in the language of the manuscript and in English!) and must be free of grammatical and orthographical errors.

III. Text Layout

Organisation of the manuscript: Separate title page (see above), then: repetition of the title (without the author’s name!) abstract (using the heading “Abstract,” without an outline number; maximum 800 characters including spaces), 5 keywords describing the content of your submission, text, funding acknowledgement, list of references; English title; English abstract, 5 English keywords, please attach graphics and tables separately.

Outline numbers and headings: The text must be outlined using headings without numbering. No more than three outline levels may be used. All sections and subsections must have meaningful headings.

Formatting the text: see description.

Emphasis: Please emphasize text sparingly. Emphasize with italics only.

Footnotes: Footnotes provide supplementary information. Endnotes are not to be used. Footnote numbers that refer to a complete sentence or portion of a sentence are to be placed without an intervening space after the appropriate period or comma.

IV. Citation Method

Short and long quotations: Shorter quotations (up to about two lines of text) should be incorporated into the text itself using typographic quotation marks (“ ”). Longer quotations (more than about three lines of text) should be set off from the text and quoted without quotation marks.

Quotation citations and references to the literature: To cite verbatim quotations and paraphrases as well as to make general references to the literature, uses the short or parenthetical citation method. Citations and references to the literature are made in the text and set off by parentheses. They provide the author’s name, the year of publication, and the page number when appropriate (Müller 1998: 20). This full citation format should also be used for all subsequent references to the same source or literature.


  • If the author’s name is not given in the text, use the author’s name and year of publication in parentheses: “… (Schmid 1994)…”.
  • If the author’s name appears in the text, the source’s year of publication in parentheses is sufficient: “…according to Meyer (1994)…”.
  • Page references follow the year of publication, after a colon, but without an “S.” or a “p.”: “… Jacobs (1994: 13)…”; if more than one page, do not use “f.” or “ff.”, but rather the exact first and last numbers of the pages being referred to: “…Jacobs (1994: 13-14)…” or “…Jacobs (1994: 13-16)…”.
  • If there are two authors, provide both names: “… (Müller/Schulz 1994)…”; for three or more authors, provide the first author’s name and write “et al.” or “u.a.”: “…(Buhr et al. 1994)…”. If two authors have the same last name, use the first letter of their first names to distinguish between them. Institutional authors can be abbreviated using their common abbreviation, provided this abbreviation is explained in the list of references (see Section V): “… (BMGS 2004)…”.
  • If an author has more than one publication in a given year, add the letters a, b, c, and so on after the year of publication in order to distinguish among them: “…Fachinger (1994a: 12; 1994b: 17)…”.
  • Separate any references to more than one work with a semicolon and enclose them within the same set of parentheses: “… (Ludwig 1995; Fachinger/Falk 1994; Bleses 1994)…”.

V. List of References

General: The list of references (Heading: “References”) contains the titles of all the works cited in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names (and if an author has more than one work, they are sorted by year of publication). Every combination of author/year of publication must clearly refer to the corresponding parenthetical citation in the text (using lower case a, b, c if necessary to distinguish among works; see above). The list must be complete and contain all works cited in the text (and only these!).

Format: See description