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. There are no fees for our authors and no fees for our 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 abstract to the editorial board for the peer-review process

The abstract should clarify the central problem of the article, theses, and methods used. Please send it by email to the chief editor or to the editors of a particular special issue.

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

The abstract will be made anonymous and forwarded to the editorial board that decides whether there is general interest in and need for the contribution at hand. In case of acceptance, the author will be provided with a deadline for the first draft of the article.

3. Submission of the article

The first draft will only be considered if it conforms to the formal guidelines of the journal.

The article, again made anonymous, will be sent to internal and external reviewers in a peer review process. If the article is generally accepted, the author receives feedback on possible required or suggested revisions and a new deadline for a second draft. The latter is again discussed within the editorial board.

4. Rejection of contributions

The editorial board reserves the right to reject contributions that do not correspond with the focus or the standard of the journal. It will also reject contributions that presumably will not be press ready by the deadline for the second draft. 

5. File copies

Authors of articles receive three copies of the respective journal issue. Authors of book reviews receive one file copy.

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

Author guidelines

1. Language

Contributions should be submitted preferably in English or German. If necessary, contributions in French or other languages are also accepted. Please get in touch with us in case you want to suggest another language.

2. Style sheet

  • Length: max. 25.000 characters (without spaces), incl. 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).

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.