S: I.M.O.N. is the open-access e-journal of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI). S: I.M.O.N. is committed to immediate open access for academic work. All of the journal articles are free to access from the date of publication. There are no author charges prior to publication, and there is no charge for readers to download articles for their own use. S: I.M.O.N. is free to all in perpetuity. For this, S: I.M.O.N. relies on the dedicated work of its editorial team and international advisory board, and the much appreciated support of its international network of peer reviewers.
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It appears twice a year in English and German. It aims at both a transnational and comparative history of the Holocaust and Jewish Studies in Central and Eastern Europe within the broader contexts of the European history of the twentieth and twenty-first century, including its antecedents, consequences and legacies as well as the history of memory.
S: I.M.O.N. serves as a forum for discussion of various methodological approaches. The journal especially wishes to strengthen the exchange between researchers from different scientific communities and to integrate both the Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust into the different ‘national’ narratives. It also lays a special emphasis on memory studies and the analysis of politics of memory. In its articles section, the magazine uses a single-blind review system, which means that the reviewer’s identity remains concealed to the author throughout the review process.
Shoah. The journal deals with the history of the Shoah from multidisciplinary, transnational and comparative perspectives. It seeks to integrate studies on Jews as well as on other groups of victims of the Holocaust, especially on Roma, and of so far less researched regions of (East) Central and (South) Eastern Europe.
Intervention. The journal reports on research projects and their transmission into public events. It also informs about current educational and remembrance programs.
Methods. The journal serves as a forum for the discussion of methodological approaches as, for instance, the everyday history, oral history, gender history, the history of violence, anti-Semitism and racism and the theory of memory and memory politics.
DocumentatiON. The journal contributes to critical approaches on using and interpreting archival materials in the twenty-first century.
S: I.M.O.N. has six rubrics:
Articles carries both the final papers of the VWI-fellows presenting the research results at the VWI and contributions either suggested by the Board of Editors, the editors or have been sent to S: I.M.O.N. and accepted. This material is single-blind peer-reviewed in accordance with the Editorial Board.
SWL-Reader publishes the manuscripts of the Simon Wiesenthal Lectures held at the institute if provided by the lecturer. Before publishing, they are copy-read and proof-edited by the editors.
Coming to Terms provides a forum for personal accounts of survivors, their children and grandchildren. The contributions range from personal essays, family history research projects to historical studies. Before publishing, these texts are copy-read and proof-edited by the journal editor.
Events tries to reproduce texts and audio-visual material presented at the institute’s interventions in the public sphere.
Sources reflect on sources, methods, texts presented within the Methods and Sources Seminar of the fellows by presenting those and adding interpretations, problems, and possible approaches.
Reviews discusses publications in the research field of S: I.M.O.N. from smaller language areas which the Editorial Board, the editors regard to be important and otherwise might not get the attention they deserve.