Style Sheet for German Studies Review Manuscripts
The German Studies Review uses the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 16th Edition. Its documentation
system, summarized below in the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, is known as Notes (but without
Bibliography). In addition, the GSR uses a GSR house style, which includes specific spellings and
conventions relevant to the journal’s main areas of publication. Acceptance of articles for publication is
contingent upon compliance with the Style Sheet. The journal uses American (NOT British) spellings and,
in German-language contribution, the “neue deutsche Rechtschreibung.“ The same formatting rules apply
to English and German language contributions. Before submitting your article to the editor, please make
sure that you remove your name (for blind peer review) and comply with the following:
• Maximum length: 9,000 words (including endnotes)
• MS Word version: .doc (not .docx)
• US Letterhead (not DIN A4)
• Times New Roman 12 point, margins 1’ and 1’ (top, bottom), 1.25’ and 1.25’ (left, right)
• No equalized margins, no centering
• No page numbers, no footers, no headers
• Endnotes (also in Times Roman 12 point), not footnotes (and no separate file for endnotes)
• Double-spaced throughout, including longer quotes and endnotes
• No extra space between paragraphs
• In the case of longer quotes: set off .5 (with one blank line above and below) if longer than four lines
• Indent first line in new paragraph by .5’ (inch) except for the first line
• Indent first lines in endnotes by .5’
• Italicized words and phrases in cursive (not underlined)
• Use chapter subsections sparingly; if you do, use actual titles (in bold) rather than Roman numerals.
SPELLING CONVENTIONS (for more details, consult CMS)
• Periods: Only one space (NOT two) after a period.
• Italics: book and film titles in italics, foreign words in italics
• Ellipses: three points (NEVER four) with spaces before and after: (E.g.: The sun ... is rising.)
• Commas: use a comma before “and “ (apples, pears, and peaches)
• Hyphenation: keep hyphenation to a minimum. Most compound nouns should be closed: anticommunism,
postwar, precondition, reenactment, and postmodernism. Compound adjectives are also usually closed:
socioeconomic, midcentury, worldwide, and lowbrow. The same rule applies to prefixes: prewar,
postmodern, antifascist, proactive, coauthored, transatlantic, and so forth: Exceptions: with proper names
(e.g., anti-Marxist, anti-Americanism but antisemitism).
• Endnotes: Arabic numerals (1,2,3), not Roman (i, ii, iii)
• Close up m-dashes: “The man—he was strange—stood outside.“
• For in-text quotations, use double quotes with single quotes for quotation within a quotation.
• A colon should introduce a quotation of more than one complete sentence; a comma is used to separate
introductory phrase from a quotation of one sentence or less.
• Use ‘smart,’ not 'straight' quotation marks.
• Follow US convention in placement of quotation marks: it is “xxx, “ not “xxx “, and “xxx. “ not “xxx “.
Please also include the following:
Bio Blurb: submit a 50-word biographical blurb (with email address in parenthesis after your name)
together with your article.
Abstract: include a 100-word word abstract, to be placed between the title of article and name of author
and the main body of text.
Illustrations: provide illustrations in .TIFF format (larger than 300 DPI) and mark their position in the text
as follows (on separate line, flush left): Provide captions on separate sheet.
Tables: provide tables in separate files, clearly labeled with captions on separate sheet.
For full formatting instructions see
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide