Author Guidelines

SPRACHKUNST is devoted exclusively to original contributions (articles, reviews and research reports) in the field of literary studies, which have not previously been published elsewhere. Contributions can be submitted in German, English or French.
Please submit your contribution either by email as an attachment or in hard copy.

Code of Conduct and Ethics
SPRACHKUNST adheres to the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journals (Link).

Peer Review
The editors and readers will treat submissions confidentially.
Following confirmation of submission, contributions will be anonymized by the editorial team and subject to a double-blind peer review process involving at least two readers. The journal’s advisory board will assist in the selection of suitable readers. Publication requires at least two positive reviews. Given the labour involved in the peer review process, the editors strongly urge authors not to submit their contributions to other journals at the same time.
The editorial team seeks to inform authors of the outcome of the review process within nine weeks of submission. Where the readers do not endorse outright publication but their reviews are favourable in principle, the editorial team, in coordination with the editors, will make suggestions for suitable revisions.
The reasons for the acceptance or rejection of submissions and requested revisions will be provided in the form of an anonymous synopsis of the readers’ reports.

With their submission authors guarantee that they hold the rights for all parts of the work in question, including especially the rights, where applicable, to reproduce images included with the submission.

If the submission is accepted for publication in SPRACHKUNST, the author will receive a publication agreement, which details the prospective date of publication and copyright issues. The Austrian Academy of Sciences Press holds the exclusive copyright for contributions until the end of the calendar year following their publication. Subsequently, the rights revert to the authors. In the case of any subsequent transfer of the copyright to third parties, authors are required to acknowledge the initial publication in SPRACHKUNST and submit two complimentary copies of subsequent publications to the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts (Articles, Reviews, Research Reports)
On formal issues, please consult the Stylesheet (PDF-Download, german version). German-language contributions should adhere (with the exception of quotations that predate the reform) to the new orthography.

Articles should ordinarily not exceed 25 pages (ca. 11,850) words in length. The articles will be preceded by abstracts, not least in order to facilitate indexing. We request that authors provide one abstract in the language of the contribution and, should this not be the language of the submission, an additional abstract in English. (On request, in the latter case the editorial team can offer support with the translation. The abstract should be no longer than three to five lines in a word document = 300 to max. 500 characters incl. spaces.)
Conference reports and reviews are not peer reviewed. They should not exceed four pages (ca. 2,160 words). SPRACHKUNST is preferably interested in detailed scholarly reviews.
The editors of SPRACHKUNST request information on doctoral and postdoctoral (Habilitation) projects in literary studies that are being undertaken at Austrian universities. These will be listed regularly in the journal.

In the course of the production process authors will receive proofs of their contributions. They will be emailed to them as an attached pdf file.
The proofs should be corrected in a timely fashion and corrections limited to typographical errors. Changes at this stage, which do not result from the type setting process or an unforeseen need to update the manuscript, should they exceed 10 per cent of the type setting costs for the contribution, will be charged to the authors at cost.
Complimentary Copies
The authors of articles will receive a free complimentary copy of the relevant journal issue. All contributors will receive a pdf file of their contribution. SPRACHKUNST does not remunerate authors.

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