For Authors

Here you'll find a variety of information useful for authors. Select a tab below to find out more. 

For questions, feedback, or if you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us.

We understand how eager authors are to see their work published. Berghahn Journals production editors maintain regular communication with journal editors and authors throughout the production process. Please let your journal editor know if you will be unavailable for communication any time during the production of the issue in which your article will appear. 

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Following Berghahn's publishing policies, once your article has been accepted for publication, the journal's editor will ask you to sign an author agreement. This form outlines the rights you are entitled to regarding dissemination and use of the article in its postprint or published form.

As the administrator of the author’s article's copyright on behalf of the journal, Berghahn will take on the full responsibility of managing any licensing and permissions requests to enable the widest possible distribution of the author’s scholarship across the fields relevant to the article. We understand that this stipulation means that the author does not have total control over the circulation of the article; however, as the copyright transfer agreement details, the rights we grant our authors in the republication and dissemination of their own work are extensive. Ultimately, our agreements are designed to ensure that priority is given to the best interests of the overall academic community that Berghahn, as a long-time scholarly publisher, serves.

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After acceptance, all journal articles will be copyedited in accordance with the particular journal’s style guide. Most contributors will have the chance to review the copyedited versions of their articles, which is their last chance to modify the text (later, only typos may be fixed). During this stage, we ask contributors to take a close look at foreign/translated terms to double-check that their meaning is precise and spelling is correct, and to verify that all frequently used terms are formatted in the preferred style, as these types of changes cannot be accommodated later.

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During the proofs stage, most contributors will receive a low-resolution PDF of the page proofs for their article, and we will ask that either the editor or the contributor to read every word of the article proof. We consider it the editors’ and contributors’ responsibility to locate and resolve any last inaccuracies at the stage.

As a general rule, and unless the cause of error is our own, corrections at this stage must be limited to factual and grammatical errors; sentences cannot be rewritten, and notes cannot be added or removed. Any extensive revisions are rewriting are not appropriate at this late stage in production, and may result in editing the copy to make it fit or rejecting changes that do not change the meaning of the text.

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All authors of contributions published in a Berghahn Journal will receive a final PDF of their article or of the section in which their review appears, as well as online access to the entire issue in which their contribution appears. Please refer to our author reusage guidelines on PDF use.

Authors of article-length contributions may opt to receive a complimentary print copy by completing the form here. The form must be completed between acceptance of the article and publication of the issue. Once the issue has gone to press, authors will no longer be able to opt in.

All authors may purchase individual print issues at a reduced rate, and Berghahn also offers contributors who are not yet subscribed to the journal a 40% discount off the first year of subscription.

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If you think your article may be suitable for promotion, please flag this for the journal editor as early as possible in the publishing process. Berghahn has a variety of different promotional channels at our disposal to ensure your article reaches the widest possible audience.

When sending your final article PDF, the production editor will supply links to easily promote your article through Facebook and Twitter. Berghahn’s online platform also provides shareable links through dozens of other social media platforms and online resources, allowing contributors to further increase the visibility and impact of the research published in their articles.

If your library does not already subscribe to the journal in which your article appears, you can also raise awareness of the journal and your article across the academic community and beyond by using Berghahn’s online library recommendation forms.

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Berghahn works in close collaboration with its editors and contributors to ensure your rights as an author and the fair dissemination of authors' articles. Our agreements are designed to ensure that priority is given to the best interests of the overall academic community that Berghahn, as a long-time scholarly publisher, serves.

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Please refer to the following usage rights for your article (in print or electronic format). Use of the PDF file or printed article denotes consent to these terms and conditions.

Provided the work is always identified as having first been published by the journal, you are assured the following rights:

  • The right to be identified as the author of the work whenever it is initially published or reproduced;
  • The right to make and distribute copies of all or part of the work for use in teaching;
  • The right to use and distribute the work internally at the author's place of employment for education or research purposes;
  • The right to use figures and tables, prepared by yourself, from the work for any purpose;
  • The right to republish all or part of the material contained in the work in a book-length literary work by the author or in a collection of the author's work;
  • The right to make oral presentations of material from the work.

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As the author of an article published in a Berghahn journal, you can reprint your own work without formal permission from Berghahn. As a courtesy, we ask that you acknowledge the original publication of the work (whether as a complete duplication or a revised version of the article) with publication details. This can be done in the form of a foot- or endnote or on the copyright page.

  • For example: “This article was originally published as …” or “An earlier version of this chapter/Chapter X was originally published as …”
  • [Author], [“Title”], [Journal], Vol. X, No. Y (Year): pp–pp - Berghahn Books (or Journal name or publishing partner, as specified in the journal).

Please note that third-party publications in which the author is not directly involved, such as anthologies or readers, require specific permission from the publisher. More information can be found on our rights and permissions page.

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After the embargo period specified in the journal's copyright agreement has passed, you may post the final, postprint version of your article on your own website, on your institution's website or in their repository, and on any freely available sites serving your subject area.

The institutional repository record should provide an acknowledgment along the following lines together with a link to the journal's site:

  • “This is a post–peer-review, precopyedited version of an article published in [journal title]. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [complete citation information] is available online at: [URL].”

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Please note that you are not permitted to post the Berghahn Journals publisher-authenticated PDF version of the article online.

If you are required to make the final PDF available, please refer to our Open Access Policy page for details on Gold Open Access.

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For additional information regarding any use of your printed article or the PDF file not addressed in the above, please contact the Berghahn rights manager directly, and we will be happy to advise you.

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Copyright & Permissions

How do I use third-party materials in my article?
When your article is accepted for publication, you must clear any required reproduction rights for any figures, photos, or text belonging to a third party, including any content found online, unless you can provide proof that no permission is indeed. Authors should request non-exclusive worldwide rights in all formats and media (print and online). Your journal's editor will require written correspondence attesting to the granting of permission. Should a fee be required, please first check that the quality of the materials you would receive is acceptable to the journal. Please also note that contributors are responsible for clearing any fees related to the reproduction of any copyrighted materials. Further information, including the preparation and technical requirements of these materials, can be found in the Artwork section of Berghahn's submissions guidelines.

How do I obtain permission to publish original material from Berghahn Journals in my article?
Please see our Rights & Permissions page.

Open Access

How can I arrange to have my article open access in a subscription journal?
Please see our Open Access Policy page and contact the Berghahn Journals production manager about fees or embargo periods.

Recommend a Berghahn Journal to Your Library

My library does not subscribe to a journal I wish to read, what do I do?
If your library does not have a current subscription, please recommend the journal to your library using the online recommendation form on the journal’s homepage. Your recommendation plays an important part in collections determinations and bolsters our own on-going outreach.


Where can I register to receive books and journals information from Berghahn?
Join our Berghahn Journals mailing list here. Like Berghahn Books on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Tumblr.

Where can I search my journal’s content online and that of other Berghahn Journals?
All of our content can found at, where you can browse online tables of contents and abstracts, purchase individual articles, order a sample copy, or recommend the journal to your library.

How are Recommended Articles lists created?
Berghahn uses TrendMD, a third party service, to generate recommendations for further reading within our own publications, and across other publishers, based on the interests of other readers in our academic fields. This means that while we cannot manually adjust these recommendation lists, we are leveraging a vast network of data and information across publishers and academic fields to help our readers find the most relevant content possible.

Our participation in the TrendMD network not only connects the researchers on our platform to related works elsewhere, but enhances the exposure and discoverability of our own authors and their works, which appear as recommendations on other publishers’ websites.

For more information on the how TrendMD creates these recommendation lists, you can visit their website. For information about user privacy and your options as a reader, click the gear icon at the bottom right of any Recommended Articles list.


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