New VfZ-Manuscripts



1) What are the topics of the VfZ?

The publication program of the VfZ extends across the entire field of German and international contemporary history from the First World War to the present.



2) What type of contributions are published?

The VfZ only publishes original contributions that have not yet appeared in German or English. Authors are thus obligated to refrain from publishing their texts or parts thereof in any other organ (print or digital) prior to publication in the VfZ. This applies to scholarly publications as well as publications that are not scholarly in nature, such as daily or weekly newspapers, magazines, etc. Articles can be submitted as well as documentary materials focused on a new historical source.



3) How long should contributions be?

The length of articles should be no less than 60,000 characters and no more than 100,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes). Authors are kindly asked to adhere to these guidelines. Miscellaneous pieces can be shorter, and documentary materials can be longer. Please consult with the editorial team in these cases.



4) What language should be used for contributions?

Manuscripts can be submitted in German or English to the e-mail address vfz[at] For other languages, please first contact the editorial team at the same address.



5) How is it decided whether a contribution will be published in the VfZ?

The VfZ is a peer-reviewed journal. As a rule, contributions go through a three-step evaluation process for quality assurance. After the editorial team has reviewed and evaluated anonymized contributions, external reviews are obtained in Germany and abroad. After extensive discussion, the editorial board and editorial team then make a decision regarding publication.



6) Is the author’s anonymity preserved when deciding on a contribution?

The author’s anonymity is preserved until the final decision, as the evaluation process consistently follows the principle of double-blind peer review. None of the entities involved in the decision-making process knows the author’s name.



7) Which deadlines are to be considered?

The editorial team and editorial board meet three times a year: usually in February/March, June/July, and November/December. Decisions regarding manuscripts submitted to the editorial team by January 15, May 15, or October 15 can be made in a timely manner by the editorial team and editorial board.



8) Is there information on text layout and the editorial process?

Yes, details can be found in our style guide.



9) May I republish my VfZ contribution elsewhere?

After the manuscript appears in the VfZ, republication is generally possible only after one year has passed, and with reference to the original place of printing. Republication of a contribution to the VfZ before one year has passed requires approval from the editorial team.

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