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Style sheet for manuscripts (articles and reviews)
denkste: puppe / just a bit of: doll (de:do)

de:do is an open access online journal focussing on inter- and multidisciplinary scientific discourses about humans and dolls. The journal aims to publish articles from any academic discipline as well as independent contributions. Articles should relate to the main emphasis (CfP) of the respective issue or fit into the general referential meta-framework. Related literary and/or artistic contributions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Formatting and text arrangement will be done by the editorial staff. Please use a gender-sensitive notation.

Frequency of publication:
Commonly: 2 issues per year in German and/or English; an additional issue may be published in case of “surplus” and a high number of independent contributions

Each issue will contain 5 to 7 articles discussing the main emphasis of each issue as well as additional sections and varia, such as interviews, essays, reviews, miscellanea and literary or artistic contributions.

Structure of articles submitted to de:do
(modified “Harvard style”);

1. Text files, Font, Formatting

  • Submit articles in Microsoft word (doc, docx) including page numbers
  • It is possible to additionally submit a pdf version illustrating the desired overall appearance of the contribution.
  • Please use common text fonts, such as Times New Roman, Arial etc. 12 pt.; in text line spacing: 1,5 pt., in citations and footnote line spacing: 1 pt.
  • Do not use any (pre-)formatting, such as tabs, underlining, word etc.
  • Headings can be bolded, otherwise use italics to emphasize words or text passages.
  • Please use dashes (–) for itemization
  • Please distinguish between a dash (–) and a hyphen (-)
  • Please use typographical correct quotation marks

2. Length of article

  • CfP articles and independent contributions should generally not exceed 30,000 characters (including spaces)
  • For contributions in other sections (e.g. varia) the editorial staff should be contacted (should generally not exceed 15,000 characters, including spaces)
  • Reviews should be between 4,000 and 8,000 characters (including spaces)

3. Abstract / Keywords

  • Abstracts should be submitted bilingual (German and English) and should contain between 500 and 1,000 characters (including spaces)
  • For Varia and other artistic/literary contributions the title should be bilingual
  • Please provide three to five keywords (also in English and German)

4. Outline

  • Articles should be structured with subheadings and/or (additional) enumeration
  • In case of an enumerated structure please use “Arabic” decimal numbers (1, 1.1, 2, … etc.)

5. Citations

  • Quotations of less than three lines: double quotations marks
  • Quotations within quotations: single quotation marks
  • Quotations of three or more lines: indent three spaces, single spaced, no quotation marks
  • Comments, explanatory remarks, interpolations (insertion of letters or words into linguistically incomplete texts): square brackets
  • Omissions: suspension marks in square brackets

6. References sources in the text

  • Use text citation
  • Surname(s) of the author/publisher, year of publication, possibly page number without “p.” (Fooken 2012, 15); add f. in case of one more page or ff. in case of several pages (15f. or 15ff.)
  • List several authors in brackets in alphabetic order; use semicolons to separate information concerning different authors; use commas to separate information concerning the same author
  • Brackets should be closed after the citation or reference, but before the closing punctuation mark
  • For in-text citations use “and” between two authors or to include the last named author (Fooken and Mikota 2014)
  • For author listings in brackets use “&” (Fooken & Mikota 2014)
  • For citations of more than two authors each author should be named at primary entry following the same notation (“and” or “&”) as above; then list only the first author et al., publication year (Mikota et al. 2010)
  • When referring to a source for a second time within the same paragraph use (ibid.), including the page number if applicable (ibid., 12)

7. Footnotes

  • Avoid using footnotes (option “footnote”, no endnote)
  • Place the footnote reference mark after the word being referenced or after the punctuation mark
  • Print footnote in single line spacing and font size 10 pt.
  • Print footnote reference mark in font size 10 pt.

8. Figures, illustrations, photos, screenshots, diagrams, tables etc.

  • Please submit enumerated figures and tables as separate documents; do not insert into text
  • Indicate position of figures and tables in text by inserting “Fig. / Tab. X here”
  • Please provide attached figures (jpg format) in sufficient resolution (at least 300 dpi)
  • Request permission to use non-original figures and submit copyright permission by owner of authorship (for original and digital reprints)
  • Be aware of copyright policies for “figure citations” (additional information can be found under (esp. § 51 “Zitate“) and

9. Appendices and notes

  • Arrange notes containing supplementary information to the main article as appendix and place at the end of the article. It is important to add a title to each appendix. Please enumerate two or more appendices or notes. Please reference to the respective note in the main article.

10. Bibliography / list of references

  • Only list cited literature in alphabetic order, sorted into primary and secondary literature.
  • Capitalization rules should follow the respective language.
  • In the following table containing reference types referring to German publications use “(Hg.)” and “S.” instead of English “(Ed.)” and “p.” or “pp.”
  • Please contact the editorial staff for special cases, such as translations, internet sources, blogs, references to videos, film, and music etc.
Type Form Example
Monography (one or more authors) Surname, Given name(s), Surname, Given name(s) (Year). Title. Subtitle (possibly edition or note). City: Publisher Fooken, Insa (2012). Puppen – heimliche Menschenflüsterer. Ihre Wiederentdeckung als Spielzeug und Kulturgut (contributions from R. Lohmann). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Rupecht.
Publisher’s editions (one ore more publishers) Surname, Given name(s), Surname Given name(s) (Ed.) (Year). Title, Subtitle (possibly edition). City: Publisher Fooken, Insa, Mikota, Jana (Hg.) (2014). Puppen – Menschenbegleiter in Kinderwelten und imaginären Räumen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Book chapter (from collected editions) Surname, Given name(s) (Year). Title. Subtitle. In Given name(s), Surname, Given name(s), Surname (Ed.), Title, Subtitle (pp. x-y). City: Publisher Mattenklott, Gundel (2014). Heimlich-unheimliche Puppe. Ein Kapitel zur Beseelung der Dinge. In Insa Fooken, Jana Mikota (Hg.), Puppen – Menschenbegleiter in Kinderwelten und imaginären Räumen (S. 29-42). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Journal articles Surname, Given name(s), Surname, Given name(s) (Year). Title. Name of Journal, Issue (Volume), x-y. Fooken, Insa, Depner, Anamaria, Pietsch-Lindt, Ursula (2016). ‘Betwixt things’ – Das Ambivalente der Dinge in Übergangskontexten. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation 36 (2), 149-163.
Online article Surname, Given name(s) (Year). Title, Subtitle. Breuer, Franz (2013). Hybride Objekte verbinden Personen und Generationen. Weitergabe – Gedenken – Transzendenz. Journal für Psychologie 21, (2) Accessed 14 Apr. 2015. Retrieved from:

11. Suggestions / Reccomondations:

  • Please meet journal deadlines (a quick turn-around is the asset of online journals).
  • Please also submit photos and a (short) CV; authors will be briefly introduces at the end of each article.
  • Please contact the editorial staff if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Please do not submit articles or independent contributions that have been published or submitted elsewhere.

12. Structure of the manuscript:

To ensure anonymity of the peer review process for main articles and contributions, please provide some information on a separate page:

Page 1 Author name, title of the contribution, correspondence address, email address
Page 2 Title of the contribution (without naming the author)
Page 3 Zusammenfassung /Schlüsselwörter and Abstract / Keywords (in both German and English)
Page 4ff. Text of the contribution
At the end List of references

As well as all information that should not be included in the peer review process, such as acknowledgements, information about the authors, and photo of the authors or explicit references in the text to one of the authors (can be added later on).

13. Copyright of the articles

Authors will keep the copyright of their articles. Contributions will be published under a creative-commons-license (CC-BY-SA 4.0).