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Guidelines for Contributions

Deutsche Version

Portal Militärgeschichte was established by the Arbeitskreis Militärgeschichte e.V., one of the largest thematic associations of German-speaking historians. The portal’s goal is to inform the public as extensively as possible about all areas of military history as well as to connect researchers interested in military history. We cordially invite you to submit contributions for publication or to comment in our discussion forum.

Please submit contributions for publication – along with corresponding images – in the common formats (Word, Rich Text Format; for images .jpg or .gif). Please submit them either to the editorial staff responsible for the relevant section (see below), or to the editorial office’s general email address


We only accept first publications.

Copyright Transfer

Rights of Use

With the submission of a text for publication, the author transfers all rights – without limitations to territorial and factual scope – to duplicate, transmit and disperse the text with all known and thus far unknown methods to the Portal Militärgeschichte for the duration of the legal copy-right law. All rights are allowed to be transferred in part or in whole to a third party or may be carried out by a third party. The right to permanently archive the texts by a third party is included.

Image Rights

The author is obligated to obtain rights to use images or should use images in the public domain. A caption and information including copy-right information must be supplied for all images.

Text Formatting

General Guidelines

  • The authors must obtain permission to print or use all submitted sound, video and image material from the copy-right holder. In principle, fees are not paid. All images should be submitted along with informative captions, which include a mention of the copy-right holder in brackets.
  • To increase the readability of your online-text, utilize short sentences and insert paragraphs. Please insert a blank line to separate two paragraphs.
  • Please do not use hyphenation in your word processing programme and refrain from using formatting tools such as justified text, hanging introductions and tab stops. Please format your text to be left-justified with a line spacing of 1.5; font size Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • If possible, please include your place of work and email address.
  • The text must commence with an introductory paragraph of two to three lines, which functions as an abstract. Together with the title, it should awaken the readers’ interest and motivate them to click on the article.

Formal Guidelines (keywords listed alphabetically)

  • Abbreviations: Please refrain from using abbreviations (such as: e.g., i.e., etc.); Abbreviations of institutions: include full name when referring to it the first time: The United Nations (UN)…
  • Bibliography: When citing a work the first time: full title, after that abbreviated title: Ziemann, Germany, p. 82.

Monographs: Detlev Peukert, Die Weimarer Republik. Krisenjahre der klassischen Moderne, Frankfurt a.M. 1987.
Edited Volumes: Jost Dülffer/Gerd Krumeich (eds.), Der verlorene Frieden. Politik und Kriegskultur nach 1918, Essen 2002.
Journal articles: Benjamin Ziemann, Germany after the First World War – A Violent Society? Results and Implications of Recent Research on Weimar Germany. In: Journal of Modern European History 1 (2003), pp. 80-95.
Newspaper article: … In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22.10.2011.

  • Citations: Please use double quotation marks "..." to indication a citation. Quotation marks should be placed behind the punctuation mark: "The grenade exploded.” [1] Omissions […] or additions [sic] should be placed in squared brackets.
  • Dates: in the text body: write out the month (12 September 1909); in the notes: use digits (12.09.1909).
  • Emphases: Please refrain from using emphases in the text; in direct citations please include a note: (Emphasis in original or Emphasis added by author).
  • Images (see also “general guidelines” above): in colour or black-white; please submit high resolution scans (300 dpi). Images should be numbered consecutively and the text should include an indication where the image should be included (Fig. 1). Please include a numbered image index.
  • Key words: To ensure a better retrievability of your article, please include up to five key words.
  • Notes: The author should largely refrain from using notes except when writing an article or essay.
  • Page numbers: Please include the range of page numbers (pp. 10-17). Do not use “ff”; Do not include a space between the page number and f. (p. 67f.).
  • Person Names: Please include the first name when mentioning a person for the first time.

Article / Essay

The classical publication format which must adhere to academic standards. Maximum length: 50,000 characters including spaces and notes.

A shorter paper which treats a subject matter more informally as opposed the strict academic conventions of an article. The essay is allowed to express poignant opinions and sharp theses and may sketch a brief outline of an argument. Maximum length: 30,000 characters including spaces and notes

Dr. Gundula Gahlen
Dr. Wencke Meteling
Dr. Christoph Nübel

Shorter Contributions (Reviews and Reports)

These contributions should be between 5,000 and 7,500 characters long, including spaces. The use of footnotes should be avoided. Proposals for contributions and questions should be sent to the editorial board member of the appropriate section.

Project Outline / Book Review / Classics / New Releases

Project Outline
Current and completed research projects can be introduced to a wide audience.

Book Review / Classics
Both sections should be used to place new or older literature about military history in the current research landscape. Book reviews are generally distributed by the editorial board. Should you wish to review a book, please send us a detailed description of your field of research. If you were involved in the publication in any form or your judgement could be infringed by personal or professional reasons, we ask you to refrain from writing a book review. The editorial board assumes that these requests were adhered to when receiving a book review. In contested cases, the editorial board reserves the right not to publish reviews. If a publication has already been reviewed elsewhere, we ask you to draw our attention to this. Unless stated otherwise, the reviews should be submitted at the latest three months after receiving a the review copy.

Book Reviews
should be written according to the following criteria:

  • They should inform about the structure and content of the reviewed work and should focus on the specific research questions and arguments presented in the publication.
  • Edited Volumes: not all individual contributions need to be discussed.
  • The book reviews should go beyond a mere book announcement. Rather it should embed the publication in the research context.
  • Particular strengths and weaknesses of the reviewed work should be illuminated. Any criticism should be supported with evidence and presented in an unpolemical manner.
  • The review should end with a concluding assessment.

New Releases
can be advertised with a short text.

Margaretha Bauer, M.A.
PD Dr. Christian Th. Müller

Local Military History

In this section the portal offers an insight into museums, exhibitions, archives and localities pertaining to military history (memorial sites, monuments), their concept, perspective and challenges. Moreover, courses of study and research institutions are introduced.

Takuma Melber, M.A.

Infinite Worlds

This section collates short contributions about the representation of military aspects in historical images (photographs, paintings, etc.) as well as in art and popular culture (film, comics, computer games, etc.) and about other digital sources relevant to military history (TV, DVD, BluRay-documentaries, internet platforms, databases, etc.)

Dr. Richard Kühl


Reports about academic conferences, excursions and exhibitions as well as Call for Papers and announcements of lectures and other events pertaining to military history are published here.

Address for information on events and press mailing lists:

Marc Hansen, M.A.


The collection of links comprises a wide spectrum of interesting homepages relevant to military history. Amongst others, you will find references to research institutions (archives, libraries, institutes, etc.), locations relevant to military history (memorial sites, museums, etc.) and primary material of all kinds (images, maps, databases, journals, etc.).

Address for links or link-updates:

Dr. Klaas Voß



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