Editorial Policies

Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis (ISSN 1392-4095) is a biannual, peer-reviewed serial publication of the Lithuania-based Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology of Klaipėda University. Established in 1993, it constitutes an international forum for the historical research in the southern and eastern Baltic Region covering a broad range of historical, political, cultural, and social approaches. The volumes in the series contain thematically related articles, Lithuanian and foreign book reviews, and source publications followed by professional commentary.

The editors of the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis invite contributions in the field of the Baltic history from the Middle Ages to the present day. The geographical scope of the series covers the southern and the eastern part of the Baltic Rim, including contemporary Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. Special attention is paid to the history of Lithuania and East Prussia and the relations of the neighbouring (German, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, etc.) cultures.

We are particularly interested in research that will appeal to a broad audience of professional historians, and not just to specialists in a single specific field. Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis aims to strengthen the cooperation within the network of historians in the Baltic Rim countries. Therefore, we invite the submission of information about the coming research events, review articles, and discussions of professional issues relevant to the historian community in the Baltic Region.

1. Peer review policies

The acceptance criteria for all manuscripts are the quality and originality of the research and its relevance to our readership. All manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two reviewers and the Editor. Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis employs a strictly anonymous reviewing process throughout which reviewers and authors remain unknown to each other. The final decision on the publication of each manuscript rests with the Editorial Board who reserve the right to reject any contribution that does not conform to the journal’s standards.

Authors should be aware that the article evaluation process typically takes at least two to three months, and there is generally a period of approximately five to twelfth months between the acceptance of an article and its publication.

2. Author’s obligations

By submitting their manuscripts to the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis, authors agree to transfer part of their copyright to the publishers, to revise the article in accordance with the editor’s instructions, to obtain permission from copyright holders for the reproduction of any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere, and to permit the online publishing of their manuscripts in a year’s time after its printing.

The manuscripts submitted to the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis are to be original and free from plagiarism. Their publication may not be simultaneously under consideration in any form at another journal. A manuscript that has already been, or will soon be, published elsewhere, in whole or in part, is not eligible for publication in the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis. In some cases, we may consider publishing papers that have previously appeared in another language. The exception applies to papers originally published in a language that would be inaccessible to the interested readers of the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis.

3. Languages of the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis

The Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis accepts articles written in English, German, Russian, and Lithuanian. Thematic collections of articles in the series are usually published in two to three languages, English and Lithuanian being the priority ones.

Therefore, all the articles are to have abstracts in English and Lithuanian of maximum 180 words. The abstract is to include a brief outline of the basic issue, the approach, the aim, and the objectives. Moreover, all the articles are to be accompanied by a 2-page summary in English. The summary is to include all of the major elements of the article, including the theme, research methods and instruments, the outcomes, the conclusions, and the discussion.

Provided the manuscript is accepted, the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis will commission translation of both the abstract and the summary into other languages of the specific volume. Authors who are not native English speakers are encouraged to submit both the abstract and the summary in German, Russian, or Lithuanian, unless the quality of their written English is essentially equivalent to that of a native speaker.

Authors for whom English, German, Russian, or Lithuanian is not a native language should have their manuscript professionally edited before submission.

4. Manuscript format

Manuscripts are to be submitted to the editors of the volume in Word DOC format.

We have a strong preference for articles that do not exceed 15,000 words, including references. Manuscripts are to be 1.5-spaced throughout, including references. References are to be provided in footnotes (see guidelines on references).

Manuscripts of the papers are to be presented in the following order: (i) a short and informative title, (ii) the full name of the author(s), (iii) the address of the institution where the research was carried out, (iv) the full postal and e-mail address of the author to contact, (v) the abstract and key words, (vi) the text with footnotes, (vii) acknowledgments, (viii) the summary, and (ix) appendices, figures, figure legends, and tables (each figure and table complete with titles and footnotes).

Each figure is to be supplied in a separate electronic file, with its number in the text incorporated in the filename. For submission, high-resolution figures (at least 300 dpi) saved as .tif (preferably) or .jpg files are to be uploaded. Digital images supplied as low-resolution files may not be used.

5. Book reviews

Book reviews shall be published in the Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis only by invitation of the editors. We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

6. Further information

The Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis does not publish comments or letters to the editors.

Any correspondence, queries, or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Acta Historica Universitatis Klaipedensis Editorial Office
Klaipėda University, BRIAI
Herkaus Manto 84
LT-92294 Klaipėda
Lithuania
E-Mail: ahuk.briai@ku.lt

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