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Author Guidelines

How to Submit an Article to S: I.M.O.N.

Please register at S: I.M.O.N., login, and then follow the instructions in the Submission menu.

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Authors should present original research or texts. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript, references should permit readers to replicate the work, follow the sources. The authors should ensure that they have turned in works entirely written by themselves which have not been published in any other journal or primary publication. If they have used publications or texts of others they have to appropriately cite or quote those. They will also quote or cite any work which have been influential or determining for their research and hypotheses.

About the format and idea of S: I.M.O.N.'s rubrics, please consult the editorial.

Contributions for S: I.M.O.N. should not exceed, in case

  • of an Article or a text for Coming to Terms 40,000 to 50,000 characters (with spaces)
  • of the presentation of a Source or an Essay 10,000  characters
  • of a Review  12,000 characters.

Texts can be submitted in either English or German. Since S: I.M.O.N. is a bilingual magazine, and the English and German citation cultures in many ways distinctively vary, we opted for a compromise between the two approaches to approximate visual and formal consistency. Authors are asked to adhere to the The Chicago Manual of Style of formatting for notes and bibliography.

In case of an Article, your contribution will be peer-reviewed, in all other cases the editors will decide on acceptance. Your texts will be returned with comments (either by the reviewers or the editors). You then will be asked to itemise and explain how you address each of the points raised by the referees and/or editors. This should be done in quite some details so, again, we can effectively assess your revisions.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission file is in .odt, .doc, .docx, or .rtf file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided, if possible also DOI.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text is formatted and edited according to the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide (UK version).


Articles includes both the final papers of the VWI fellows presenting their research results at the VWI and contributions either suggested by the Board of Editors or the editors, or that have been sent to S:I.M.O.N. and accepted.

Privacy Statement

We take our responsibility to process your personal data in a fair and transparent way seriously. We collect and manage user data according to the following policy. S:I.M.O.N. follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

Why we collect your data:
Registering and creating an account allows you to log in, manage your profile, and participate as an author, as a reviewer, or as an editor. When registering an account, we ask you to log in and provide your name, email address, profession, and – if applicable – academic affiliation.
As an author: The personal data submitted will be used in the review process – which is single-blind – and will eventually become a part of the published article in order to attribute your work and the provenance thereof correctly.
As a reviewer: After an invitation by the editors and your registration, your data will be used as a contact address during the review process solely by the editors. Your data will not be shared publicly and will only be accessible to the editors and system administrators of S:I.M.O.N. The data will only be used in connection with this journal.

Why we store your data:
Published personal data that accompanies an article forms part of the official published record in order to document the provenance of the work and to attribute the work correctly.
What to do if you want to get a copy of your data or want your data to be removed:
As an author: You are able to view, change, and remove your data associated with your profile. Should you choose to delete your account completely, please contact us at To conform to publication ethics and best practice, any personal data that is published alongside an article cannot be removed.
As a reviewer: If you would no longer like to be registered as a reviewer, you can edit your profile. This will remove your role as a reviewer and you will not receive any more review requests. However, any existing reviews you may have carried out will remain.