Procedure: Submission of contributions

Stichproben follows an open access policy. Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( All articles are published online open access without time delay and free of charge for readers.

As all articles will be published under the open access policy of the journal, and for submission all authors must accept these rules. Authors are allowed to post the published version on their personal/departmental website as well as place it in their institution’s official repository by connecting to the journal’s website and indicating the original place of publication.

Articles can be accessed via the website without a registration process and are iavailable for download as PDF files on our homepage. Long-term archiving is accomplished by using the PHAIDRA service of the University of Vienna.

Stichproben grants its author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions and to retain publishing rights without restrictions as well.


1. Submission of a manuscript to the editorial office for the peer review process.

An abstract must be attached to the manuscript. The abstract should clearly state the research question of the paper, as well as its theses and methods. Please send the manuscript including the abstract in accordance with the form requirements (see below) by email to the editorial office or to the respective editor/s of a special issue.

2. Acceptance/rejection of the manuscript by the editorial board

The manuscript is anonymously reviewed by internal and external reviewers in a peer-review process. The reviews are subsequently evaluated by the editorial office and form the basis for deciding whether an article is accepted. This process usually takes around one month. If the article is accepted, the feedback contains information about any necessary or suggested changes and a new deadline for submitting the revised version. This will be discussed once again within the editorial team.

3. Rejection of contributions

The editorial board reserves the right to reject contributions that do not conform to the journal's line or standard. Contributions which, in the opinion of the editorial board, cannot be brought into print-ready form by the end of the second deadline may also be rejected.

4. Free copies

Authors will receive three printed copies. 

Please do not hesitate to contact if you require further information.

Author guidelines

1. Language

Contributions should be submitted preferably in English, German, French, or Swahili.

2. Style sheet

  • Length: ca. 8,000 to 10,000 words, incl. all references
  • Format: A4

  • Font: Palatino Linotype

  • Font size: 13 (running text) and 11 (foot notes and references)

  • No hanging indents on first line

  • No numeration of headings

  • Max. two subheading levels

  • No automatic formatting of word-processing software (like automatic headlines of table of contents)

  • Abstract: centred and before text, max. 200 words

  • Foreign language terms and proper names in italics

  • No blank lines between paragraphs

  • No hanging indents on first line

  • No page numbers

  • The overall layout (side spacing, etc.) will be done by the editor.

Please only submit proof-read drafts.

3. Citation style

References in the text:

  • Single author: 
    (Surname Year: Page), e.g. (Odhiambo 2011: 2)

  • Two authors: 
    (Surname/Surname Year: Page), e.g. (Odhiambo/ Atieno 2012: 34)

  • more than two authors: 
    (Surname et al. Year:  Page), e.g. (Odhiambo et al. 2013: 23)

  • Separate several references with semicolon: 
    (Surname1 Year: Page; Surname2 Year: Page), e.g. (Odhiambo 2011: 2; Atieno 2013: 23)

  • Internet sources: 
    (Main page or organization Year), e.g. (UNDP 2001); include URL and date of access in bibliography
  • References to several pages of a source: 
    (Surname Year: Pagef.), e.g. (Odhiambo 2011: 2f.)
    (Surname Year: Pageff.), e.g. (Odhiambo 2011: 2ff.)

Please do not use any endnotes and use as little footnotes as possible.

If images or tables are necessary, they should be numbered and include descriptions and sources. Only images that do not have copyright can be used.

4. Bibliography

The bibliography at the end of the article should contain all bibliographical references from the article. Before submission, please compare the reference list with the references in your article and only list works actually quoted.

References should be listed in alphabetical order according to the following scheme:

  • Articles in anthologies: 
    Surname, Name (year): Title. In: Editors (ed./eds.): Book title. Place: Publisher, page‐page.
  • Articles in Journals:
    Surname, Name (year): Title. In: Name of journal Volume/Number, page‐page.

  • Internet sources:
    Surname, Name (date of publication): Title of page or article, URL (date of last access).
  • Monographs:
    Surname, Name (year): Title. Subtitle. Place: Publisher.

  • Anthologies:

Editor‐Surname, Editor‐Name (ed./eds., year): Title. Subtitle. Place:   Multiple authors should be separated by a slash (Surname, Name/ Surname2, Name2).

Please do not write the last name in the bibliography exclusively in capital letters. The correct version is Odhiambo (not ODHIAMBO).


5. Additional information

Each article should be accompanied by an abstract and a short biographical note of the author. 

Abstract: in the language of the article, max. 200 words

Short CV: German or English, max. 100 words, containing information on current occupational position, disciplinary background, research focus, e‐mail address.

Publication Charges for Open Access Research Articles (Article Processing Charges, APCs)

The editorial team of Stichproben is committed to providing the best possible support to its authors.We are aware that Article Processing Charges (APCs) can be a financial barrier for many authors. For this reason, authors who publish at Stichproben are fully exempt from APCs if only one or more of the following criteria apply:- Institutional affiliation or permanent residence in Africa, Asia (excl. Japan, South Korea, Oman, and UAE), or South America (from Mexico southward).- Your university or research institution does not provide funding for APCsHowever, even authors from the Global North can only be considered for APCs if they have Open Access publishing agreements. If you are an author eligible for funding through your institutional affiliation, we charge €1,500 per OA research article (book reviews, interviews, and all other contributions do not require APCs).These fees allow us to fund professional editing and translation services, keep our website up to date, and expand our academic activities (e.g., through workshops with African researchers).For more information, please contact us by e-mail.


The Plan S, launched by a consortium of national research agencies and funders from 12 European countries (but also African countries such as Zambia) and supported by the European Union, calls on scholars to publish government-funded research open access, making it freely available to the public. In part to achieve this goal, a number of universities in Europe and North America (and beyond) offer funding opportunities to authors for open access publishing.

If you are a member of the University of Vienna and a "corresponding author", we are pleased to inform you that you can apply for full funding of APCs at the Open Access Office of the University of Vienna ( The web form contains only a few fields and can be completed in 2 minutes. However, if you have any questions, the two editors of the samples will be happy to assist and guide you through the application process.

Furthermore, we would like to point out the following Open Access publication funds for the acquisition of APCs (list is constantly being expanded):


- University of Innsbruck, Austria

- University of Graz, Austria

- University of Linz, Austria

- University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria


- University of Bayreuth, Germany

- Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

- Free University of Berlin, Germany


Leiden University, Netherlands


- University of Basel, Switzerland

United Kingdom

- School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom

- University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

For a detailed overview list, you can visit the following two links:

If you have any further questions about APCs, please contact directly.