How to set up your manuscript


a) Your text has to be delivered ready to print and according to the following styles. The texts can be in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
b) Please send your text via e-mail to
c) Please notice which text processing software you have used and in which version. We recommend to send your text in MS-Word-format, ODF/ODT-(OpenOffice)-Format. Please do not send pdf-files.
d) Please do not use formatting options other than italics for quoting sources and SMALL CAPITALS for the names of authors and editors. Give only the initial of the first name of authors and editors.
e) Papers presenting an online presentation of charters should not exceed 30.000 characters (incl. spaces). Papers discussion general problems of digital diplomatics, describe novel tools for charter analysis or presenting original research with digital charter corpora should try to limit themselves to 50.000 characters.
f) Please send images in jpg-format uncompressed and with at least a 300dpi resolution. We aren’t able to print colour images. Please provide a caption to each image and state the holder of the copyrights. We won’t be able to control your rights to publish the images.
g) Please provide an abstract of your paper in the language of the abstract and in one of the language above but different from the language of the paper. An English version is preferred. The abstract should describe the subject, the studied material, the main methods used and the central outcome of your paper. It should not exceed 1500 characters.
h) Please add to your paper your name, your postal address and your e-mail-adress.


Deadline for the submission of the papers is 1.5.2012.


The papers will be anonymously peer reviewed. Please take into account, that the reviewer could make suggestions for substantial rewriting during the summer and that the editors will have to reject papers in case of substantial objections from the side of the reviewers.

Footnotes – References

a)     Bibliographic references are given in footnotes ( n o t  in brackets in the text). For the style of the bibliographic references see the following instructions and examples below.
b)     Footnotes are counted continously and put at the end of the page. The numbers of the footnotes are formatted as superscript without bracket: 1. and put precedent to punctation.
c)     Several references in one footnote are seperated by semicolon “;”. Authors of several references given in direct consecution can be abbreviated by “id./ead.”. If you cite several articles from one journal you can abbreviate the journal with “Ibid.”.
d)    Please use only abbreviations from the list at
e)     Put names of authors and editors in SMALL CAPITALS.
f)      Volumes are counted without indication of “vol.” only with arabic numerals, books in editions (“liber I”) with roman numerals.
g)     Please give the original publication year of reprints followed by the year of reprint in round brackets (Repr. year).
h)     pages in bibliographic citations are preceded by “p.”, columns by “col.”, lines by “l.”, chapters in a primary text by “c.”.
i)      A citation occurring more than once is abbreviated in the following footnotes with a short title build by the surname of the author and the main noun of the title.
j)      The title of an article is followed by “, in: ” and the bibliographic reference of the journal or collected edition.

Examples for Bibliographic References

a) Monographs:

B. BISCHOFF, Mittelalterliche Studien. Ausgewählte Aufsätze zur Schriftkunde und Literaturgeschichte 1 (21966).
short title: BISCHOFF, Mittelalterliche Studien 1, p. 120.
CHR. GLASSNER/A. HAIDINGER, Die Anfänge der Melker Klosterbibliothek (1996).
short title: GLASSNER/HAIDINGER, Anfänge p. 40.
H. HOFFMANN, Mönchskönig und rex idiota. Studien zur Kirchenpolitik Heinrichs II. und Konrads II. (MGH Studien und Texte 8, 1993).
H. CLAUS, Untersuchungen zu den Wahlprivilegien der deutschen Könige und Kaiser für die Klöster von ihrer erstmaligen Verleihung bis zum Jahre 1024 (phil. Diss. Greifswald 1911).
short title: CLAUS, Untersuchungen zu den Wahlprivilegien p. 40.

b) Articles:

A. MENTZ, Die tironischen Noten. Eine Geschichte der römischen Kurzschrift, in: AUF 16 (1939) p. 287-384.
short title>: MENTZ, Tironische Noten p. 290.
F. M. CAREY, The Scriptorium of Reims during the Archbishopric of Hincmar (845-882 A. D., in: Classical and Medieval Studies in Honor of Edward Kennard Rand, hg. von L. W. JONES (1938) p. 41-60.
short title: CARE, Scriptorium of Reims p. 42.

c) Primary Material – Sources:

Chronicon Wirziburgense, ed. G. WAITZ, MGH SS 6 (1844) p. 17-32.
Einhard, Vita Karoli c. 1, ed. O. HOLDER-EGGER, MGH SS rer. Germ. in us. schol. (61911) p. 3 l. 20 f.
ChLA 13 Nr. 570.
MGH Conc. 2/1 p. 61 l. 23-26.
DD Kar. 1 Nr. 16 p. 24 l. 6-12.
D Merov. 85, D K.II. 42, D K.III. 20, D Lo.III. 90, DD F.I. 120-122

d) Websites

Websites shall be cited as similar to a printed publication as possible thus indicating an author, a title, the date range of publication – and of course the url, e.g.

Vocabulaire international de la diplomatique, ed. M. MILAGROS CÁRCEL and the CID, online version by G. VOGELER, 1995-2011 <>

Make sure the URL is reproducable from another computer to another time. Keep it as short as possible. Do not state the date of accession, we will controll every URL before publication and make a general remark.

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