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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Tables and figures must be provided in a separate file, with clear indication of their position in the main text. Images must be sent separately in black and white high resolution and jpg format. Authors are requested to deal with the acquisition of copyrights for the use of any iconographic material previous to the submission of the paper.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


General information

The preferred maximum length for an article is 6-8000 words including endnotes, references, figures etc. If you exceed this limit, please correspond with one of the editors (addresses below).

When sending your paper to us, please – in a separate file – send also an English abstract of your paper (max. 100 words!) and 5 keywords. Further, we need a brief author’s note (max. 50 words!) that will appear in the respective issue.

Please submit your article, if possible, by email, as an attached file. This will speed up getting a decision on the article and its subsequent publication. Please save files in Microsoft Word, or as a text File.

Refereeing is anonymous, so please exclude your name from the title. Authors’ names, titles and affiliations, with complete mailing addresses and telephone/fax numbers, should appear on a separate cover page.

The Editors will not consider manuscripts which are under consideration by other publishers. Once submitted to Simmel Studies, it is assumed that articles will not be sent to other publishers until a decision about inclusion has been made.

Please supply keywords for the final version of your article. This is important for searches.

When quoting from translations of Simmel, please try to use an accurate version, since in English there is now a choice of translations for some of his writings. Generally refer as much as you can also to the original Simmel’s texts in the official Edition (Georg Simmel Gesamtausgabe GSG) but particularly if there are no English translations available. The journal will provide advice when required.



Layout should be simple and as a general rule:

  • Ensure the same font and font size is used consistently throughout. The font of the journal is Garamond 12, 1,5 space
  • Always use two hard returns at the end of a paragraph, rather than indenting the first line of a new paragraph
  • Do not use any hyphenation or justification program, but allow your software to make automatic word-wraps without hyphenation (you should insert hyphens only in words that must be hyphenated).
  • Microsoft Word is our preferred package. We can accept text files in .doc, .docx  and .rtf .
  • If you have used a Mac please ensure that the files you send us are PC compatible



  • Avoid using all capitals for subheadings as this makes it hard to see which words you prefer to be capitalized.
  • Avoid using more than 3 levels of subheadings
  • Avoid numbering subheadings

Subheadings should be formatted this way:

Subheading level 1: Garamond 12 pt, bold

Subheading level 2: Garamond 12 pt, bold and in italics

Subheading level 3: Garamond 12 pt


Figures and tables

Please send either of them in separate files and indicate in the manuscript where to insert them



  • Please use endnotes and restrict them to a necessary minimum
  • Endnotes should be entered into your manuscript using the Word note function rather than numbered text at the end of the document. Not only does this allow us to process the notes more accurately and efficiently, it also ensures that the numbering is consistent
  • Acknowledgements should be the first endnote


Quotations in the text

Please highlight quotations with double quotation marks (“    ”)

If there are quotations within quotations, please use (‘…..’)

Refer to authors after quotations this way:

“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life” (Simmel, 1997 [1903 ]: 174-175).

If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, display it in a freestanding block of text and omit the quotation marks “ ”.


  • Simple reference in the text:

The research efforts of Ferdinand Tönnies, Max Weber, Werner Sombart and Georg Simmel all represented – albeit at different levels and through different reasoning – attempts to satisfy the need to understand the cultural ‘destiny’ of rationalist, illuminist Europe (Lichtblau, 1996: 68-76).


  • If you refer e.g. to the first edition of a book, it should look like this:

Simmel ([1908] 1992) argued against social psychology in the excurse of the Sociology on this topic.



Please include into the references only those books, articles etc. that you refer to in your manuscript.

  • Articles (journals and book chapters)

Bohme G. (2001). “Zur Kritik der ästhetischen Ökonomie”, in: Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie, 12, pp. 69-82.

Rojek C., and B. Turner, (2000). “Decorative Sociology: Towards a Critique of the Cultural Turn”, in: Sociological Review, 48 (4), pp. 629-648.

  • Books

Baudelaire C. (1964). The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays. Oxford: Phaidon Press.

Jameson F., and M. Miyoshi (1998). Culture of Globalization. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Simmel G. [1908] (1992). Soziologie. Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp.

  • Edited volumes

Gassen K., and M. Landmann (Ed.) (1958). Buch des Dankes an Georg Simmel. Briefe, Erinnerungen, Bibliographie. Berlin: Dunker & Humblot.

Adorno T. W., Dahrendorf R., Pilot H., Albert H., Habermas J., Popper K. R. (Ed.) (1972) Der Positivismusstreit in der deutschen Soziologie. Darmstadt - Neuwied: Luchterhand.

  • References to web-addresses (journals or newspapers etc.)

Wegelin, L., (2017). “The aesthetic foundation of the relational approach: Georg Simmel as a critical thinker”, in: Digithum. A Relational Perspective on Culture and Society, (19), pp. 1-10.

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