Instructions for Authors

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly is strongly against plagiarism and strives to promote publication ethics through establishing specific publication ethics guidelines for the authors as well as the for the editors to follow.

Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly accepts only original articles which have not been published and are not in press or under consideration for publication by another publisher at the time of submission. When submitting a manuscript, the author(s) will be asked to include a Transfer of copyright agreement. In the agreement the author(s) declare also that “the article is original, written by stated author/s, has not been published before, contains no unlawful statements, does not infringe the rights of others, and that any necessary written permissions to quote from other sources have been obtained by the author/s.” When working with a new submission, the first thing the editors check is the originality of the article, using different database searches to have a look at other articles by the same authors and related published articles. In case of problems, our editors work with the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit developed by Elsevier.

Online Manuscript Submission

First, download an Authors Agreement.

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Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly operates an online submission and peer review system (the ScholarOne) that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication. De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for our journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.

All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to employ—at their expense—the services of a professional language editor prior to submission. It may happen that the manuscript will be rejected due to poor language quality. It is important to have someone experienced in the field, and a native-English speaker, to review the work prior submission. This will increase the chances of your work getting published. Note that using an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication.


Manuscript preparation

Authors are requested to follow strictly guidelines for authors as given below. Submissions that do not conform to Human Affairs style requirements will not be considered for publication.

This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Please submit blinded manuscript (no author details); the main body of the paper (including title, abstract, keywords, references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors’ names or affiliations.

Please, to your submission enclose the Title page. The Title page includes:
Author(s) full names and affiliations, optionally ORCID iD
Correspondence details, including email address
Funding details (if relevant)
Declaration: All individuals listed as authors qualify as authors and have approved the submitted version. Their work is original and is not under consideration by any other journal. They have permission to reproduce any previously published material.
The Title page should be submitted as a separate file.

Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Only Microsoft Word 6.0 (or higher) or rich text (rtf) formats will be accepted. All texts should be edited using Times New Roman 12 p., line spacing 1,5. Subtitles in the text — first level—bold, first letters capitalized, second level italics, all 12 p. Please use no more than two levels of subtitles.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively, indicated by superscript. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Illustrations, figures, diagrams, tables, photographs and the like should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text begin.

The manuscript sections (e.g. Introduction, Methods etc.) should not be numbered.

Manuscripts should not exceed 7,000 words, including endnotes and references.

Book review articles should not exceed 10 pages (2,500 words or 18,000 characters altogether).

For empirical research papers, manuscript should contain: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.

There is no prescribed manuscript structure for theoretical/conceptual (interpretative, critical or historical) contributions. The requirements for these conceptual articles are a) clarity of the aim/s and the lenses deployed to achieve those aims, b) explication and justification of the choice and the role of theories and concepts, c) cogent, complete, and logically coherent argument, d) critical perspective.

References should be cited in the text by the author’s last name and the publication date in parentheses, e.g., Rorty (1979) or (Rorty 1979, p. 25). For more than 3 authors, the first author is listed, followed by et al.  All references should be alphabetized and placed at the end of the article on a new page and should follow the CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE author date.

If you use the original version of a non-English work, use the formula:
Author. Year Published. Title in the Original Language [Translated Title]. City: Publisher.
Do not translate foreign journal titles into English.

For example:
Book: Rorty, Richard. 1979. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Journal article: Rorty, Richard. 1993. “Hilary Putnam and the Relativist Menace.” Journal of Philosophy 90 (9): 443–61.

Roberts, Lucy, Karolina Bačová, Tigist Llaudet Sendín and Marek Urban. 2023. “Cultural Differences in the Construction of Gender: A Thematic Analysis of Gender Representations in American, Spanish, and Czech Children’s Literature.” Human Affairs 33 (1): 34-50.

Molinari, Enrico and Alida Labella. 2007. Psicologia Clinica: Dialoghi e Confronti [Clinical Psychology: Dialogue and Confrontation]. Milan: Springer.

Book chapter: Rorty, Richard. 1994. “Daniel Dennett on Intrinsicality.” In Dennett and His Critics edited by Bo Dahlbom, 10-25. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Authors have the option to publish their articles under an open access license.

The standard article publication is free of charge. The fee for processing a hybrid open access article is 2,000 Euro (plus VAT if applicable). Please note that corresponding authors from institutions with which DeGruyer have a transformative agreement, can publish in open access without paying the fee. More information on the eligible institutions and articles can be found here and here.