Authorial Guidelines

General information

  • contributions can be submitted in German or English
  • original articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, all other contributions should not exceed 4,000 words; if your contribution is longer than this, please contact the editorial office in advance
  • original articles and reports should be accompanied by a (capitalized) title and abstract (ca. 300 words), original articles also by 5-6 keywords (all English)
  • please include a current address of correspondence for original articles and reports (name, institute, university, email address)
  • original articles are subject to (double-blind) peer review
  • authors are responsible for obtaining image rights when using illustrations
  • please use gender-neutral language whenever possible

Formatting standards

  • manuscripts should preferably be submitted in doc or docx-format (Times New Roman, 12 pt., 1.5-line spacing, new paragraphs not indented)
  • if needed, headings can be numbered (1., 1.1)
  • emphasis
    • use italics for foreign language expressions, emphasis, and titles of journals, magazines, and works (books, poems, movies, etc.)
    • use ‘single quotation marks’ to distance yourself from a word or phrase, or to highlight metalinguistic expressions (e.g.: “Platon uses the term ‘soul’ to …”)
    • avoid all other forms of emphasis (bold, blocking, underlining, etc.)
  • introduce abbreviations on the first mention (e.g., Tiroler Landesarchiv [TLA])
  • put omissions, changes, or additions in [square brackets]
  • use footnotes for bibliographical references and additional remarks; footnotes are placed after the punctuation mark
  • quotes in languages other than German or English are accompanied by a translation provided in the footnote
  • quotations
    • put short quotations in “double quotation marks”
    • put quotations longer than 4 lines in free-standing indented blocks (no quotation marks), with 1 blank line before and after the quote


  • literature is quoted in footnotes (not endnotes); there is no separate bibliography at the end of the article
  • sources are given in full on the first mention, after that a short title will suffice (author, short title, page); indications such as “ed.”/“eds.” are omitted in short titles
  • separate two or more authors or editors by a comma; from three people onwards, only the first name is mentioned followed by “et al.”; the same applies to places of publication
  • list places of publication in full (e.g., Frankfurt am Main)
  • edition numbers are placed in superscript before the year of publication
  • use “see” to refer to indirect quotes, reference to further research literature, and the like
  • page references are given in full (not “f” or “ff.”)
  • page numbers are quoted without “p.”/“pp.”; quoted chapters are indicated by “chapt.”, and quoted lines of verse by “l.”
  • use "ibid" for the same authors and or "idem" for the same works when cited successively



First Name Last Name: Title. Subtitle. Place Year, Page Number.

  • Hanna Meier: Medical Humanities. Neue Diskussionen. Freiburg im Breisgau 2020, xxi.
  • Joanna Smith: Medicine 2.0? Digitalizing the Medical Humanities. Cambridge 1999, chapt. 2.
  • Stanley C. Dow, Carla Wintorp: Mind and Body. London et al. 22018, 15-17.

short title: Dow and Wintorp, Mind and Body, 5.


Edited volumes
First Name Last Name: In: Title. Subtitle. In: First Name Last Name (ed.): Title. Subtitle. Place Year, Page Number.

  • Hans Meier, Gert Müller, Hila Schmidt: Medizin in der Literatur. In: Wolfram Wollert (ed.): Kunst und Heilen. Stuttgart 2017, 99-123, 105.
  • Carla Macron et al.: Literature et médecine. Approches historiques et contemporains. In: Marie Claire et al. (eds.): Medical Humanities. Paris 2004, 52-76, 53-54.

  • short title: Macron et al., Literature et médicine, 57-58.


First Name Last Name: In: Title. Subtitle. In: Journal Title Volume (Year), Page Number.

  • John Dubil, Araceli H. Kroger, Willa Carton: The Talking Cure. New Thoughts on Bibliotherapy. In: The Art of Healing 5.1 (2005), 640-641, 640.
  • Cilla Green et al.: Critical Medical Humanities in the Classroom. Results of a Pre- and Post-Questionnaire Study. In: Medicine and Education 67.3 (2021), 1-17 [special issue on Medical Humanities, ed. by Cynthia Webber]
  • Urs Weimart: Kunst in der Patient-Arzt-Kommunikation. In: Ars Medicinae. Open Access Journal of Medicine and the Arts (2019).

  • short title: Weimart, Kunst in der Patient-Arzt-Kommunikation.


First Name Last Name: In: Title. Subtitle. In: Magazine Title (Date), Page Number.

  • Tomo Tahoke: Brauchen wir heute noch anatomische Zeichnungen? In: Medizinisches Tageblatt (15. July 2021), 6.
  • Fady Lebon: Medicine on the Cutting Edge of Reason. In: Washington Enquirer (03. May 1999), 38-40.

  • short title: Tahoke, Brauchen wir heute noch anatomische Zeichnungen?


Unpublished theses
First Name Last Name: Title. Subtitle. Diss. Univ. Place Year.

  • Lauren Bieber: Beethovens Ohr. Studien zum komplexen Verhältnis von Musik und Krankheit. Diss. Univ. Innsbruck 1967.
  • Michael Drummond: „… I Decline to Answer!“ A Philosophical Approach Towards Autonomy and/in Speech Therapy. Diss. Univ. Ann Arbor 2000, 5.

  • short title: Drummond, I Decline to Answer, 7.


First Name Last Name: Title. Subtitle. In: Website (Date). Link (Last Accessed).

  • Magdalena Werner: Heilkunst. In: Der große Bartholomäus. Online-Lexikon der Sprachgeschichte (no date). (25.10.2021)
  • Medical Humanities. In: DMT- Dictionary of Medicine and Theory (June 2007). (25.10.2021).

  • short title: Medical Humanities, DMT.


First Name Last Name (dir.): Title. Subtitle. Country Year.

  • Maria Heitermann (dir.): Painting my Partner’s Pain. Documentary. Italy et al. 2009.

  • short title: Heitermann, Painting my Partner’s Pain, 1:17:30.


Archive, Holding, Fascicle, File Number, File Item. 

  • Tiroler Landesarchiv [TLA], Jüngeres Gubernium Sanität 1794, Fascicle 2405, Nr. 1624/124, Anweisung an die Kreisämter von Schwaz und Bozen wegen Verbots des Hausierens mit Medizinalwaren, Innsbruck 28.1.1794.
  • short title: TLA, Jüngeres Gubernium.