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(A) Preamble - download
(B) Manuscript preparation (instruction for authors)- download
(C) Quality components (for author and peer-reviewer) - download
(D) Manuscript submission
APD considers all manuscripts on condition that:
- the manuscript is prepared according to the instructions for authors
- the manuscript is your own original work and does not duplicate any other previously published work (including your own)
- the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.
Please note that APD uses CrossCheck™ software to screen manuscripts for unoriginal material. Following the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (v2, Committee on Publication Ethics), APD aims at publishing high-value papers, based on the criteria of scientific quality components, overseen by an ethical, double-blind, peer-review process.
The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.
Content - Format
APD publishes two issues per year: a Scholarly and a Hands-On volume (or a Conference Proceedings). (1) The Scholarly volume offers an academic platform for fundamental research, position papers and methodological papers, with a double-blind peer review process, indexed and distributed by De Gruyter. (2) The Hands-On volume offers a platform for pragmatic research, intended for the various communities of practitioners, and bridges the gap between experienced martial artists, independent researchers and scholars. Different levels of expectations, different formats and peer-review processes are therefore needed for each volume. Typical type of submissions:
- Fundamental Research Paper: Article based on theoretical or experimental research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundation of phenomena, observable facts or published thesis. It follows an accepted methodological approach in the relevant field. It can include micro or macro research, as well as case studies.
- Position Paper: Article aiming at presenting an opinion, typically that of the author or another specified entity, in which arguments and evidence are presented to support the writer’s views on an issue in his/her field.
- Methodological Paper: Article aiming at describing a new methodological approach for HEMA studies, either inspired by an established disciplinary approach or by crossing disciplinary boundaries. Ideally, the author’s approach is illustrated with a case study as proof of concept.
- Research note: Short note presenting preliminary results from an ongoing research project, or a plaidoyer for research desiderata
- Book Review (academic publication)
- Synthesis: Article offering a review of published research, or research directions, intended to enlighten the contextualisation of Historical European Martial Arts practices. This can cover any topic or field relevant for HEMA studies (history, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, etc.).
- Concept (Method): Article aiming at presenting concepts for research methodology, training, practicing, modelling and documentation of HEMA as a modern day practice.
- Translation/Edition: Article offering a translation or an edition (transcription) of an unpublished primary source for the communities of practitioners. N.B. Scientific (critical) editions of sources are to be published on the scholarly volume as Fundamental Research Papers.
- Book Review (non-academic publication)
TOPIC, Length, and language
APD welcomes contribution in English (article: 5,000-12,000 words; research note: 2,000-5,000 words; book/conference review: 1,000-2,000 words). The journal accepts all research related to Historical European Martial Arts studies. Of specific interest are:
- Contributions that aim to establish research methods for Historical European Martial Arts in its historical context or its modern practice (incl. experimentation).
- Contributions that would frame the sociocultural development of the art of fighting with chivalric ideals and representation, warfare and martial ethics.
- Contributions that discuss new sources and/or bring new aspects of analysis in order to reach new/relevant results.
- Contributions that connect HEMA studies with any concerned field of science, bringing new or already tested research methods for a better understanding of HEMA-related works or their context.
- Conceptual papers that critically reflect upon current theories of HEMA-focused research/practice and their contribution to the advancement of the field of HEMA.
Typically discussed topics include:
- Historical context: political, economic, social and cultural aspects related to HEMA;
- Material culture of the arts of fighting
- Fighting and duelling according to the technical literature: principles, notation of movement, practical questions;
- Military strategy, tactics and operations;
- Original resources for HEMA: transcriptions, translations with analysis, reviews;
- Modern topics of Historical European Martial Arts: research methodology, training, practicing, modelling and documentation of HEMA;
- Sport-related aspects: methodology of converting original sources’ content into today’s practice.
We accept manuscripts all year long. Manuscripts for the Scholarly volume submitted before December 1, will get through the peer-review and production process for a publication in May. Manuscript for the Hands-on volume submitted before June 1, will get through the peer-review and production process for publication in October.
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(B) Manuscript preparation
APD provides a Word template for its author, where all layout and styles are prepared. British spelling and punctuation are preferred. Reference style is based on MHRA Style (Modern Humanities Research Association, 3rd ed.).
All manuscripts must include title, author name, affiliation (academic or patrimonial institution, or HEMA group if applicable), email, abstract (150-200 words), keywords (5-8, author’s choosing), text, bibliography, and list of figures with captions. Figures and tables are submitted separately.
APD is printed in black and white (physical copy) on a A5 format (14.8x21cm). Prepare your figures, chart and tables in grayscale and make sure the content is interpretable as such. Preferred formats are .tiff or .eps files (no .jpg), saved at a minimum input scanning resolution of 300 dpi (dots-per-inch).
For all illustrations that are in copyright, the author must obtain, from all interested rights holders, written permission to reproduce in all publication formats (print and electronic), including confirmation of the credit to be printed acknowledging permission to reproduce. Top copies of permission documents should be supplied with the illustrations. The responsibility for payment of costs for reproduction is left to the author.
Download the full version of Instructions for Authors.
(C) Quality components (for author and peer-reviewer)
Following Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (v2, Committee on Publication Ethics), APD aims to publish high value papers, based on the criteria of scientific quality components, overseen by an ethical peer-review process (double blind).
APD lays down all criteria for each type of contribution to be used during the peer-review process. This transparency helps both the authors and the peer-reviewers in their respective tasks in order to produce high standard contribution for both the scientific community and the communities of practitioners.
Download the Quality Components for Scholarly and Hands On Volumes.
(D) Manuscript submission
Manuscript submission is done by email. Send a message with your manuscript to info(at)actaperiodica.org.
Ensure that your manuscript is prepared according to the Instructions for Authors, and that it has been proofread by a native English speaker, if the author is not one (APD does not provide copy-editing services).
- your file contains: title, author name, affiliation (academic or patrimonial institution, or HEMA group if applicable), email, abstract (150-200 words), keywords (5-8, author’s choosing), text, bibliography, and list of figures with captions.
- Figures and tables are submitted separately. Preferred formats are .tiff or .eps files (no .jpg), saved at a minimum input scanning resolution of 300 dpi (dots-per-inch). Permission for reproduction of copyrighted material is enclosed.
Your manuscript is firstly checked (format, guidelines), with a notification of acceptance within 15 days. Once accepted, it is sent for a double blind peer-review according to the journal calendar. It is either recommended without modification, recommended with minor modification, recommended with mandatory modification, or rejected. The author can comply with the peer-review report and (if applicable) submit a final version, or write a rebuttal. The contributions are both published electronically and in print. All authors receive both a digital copy and a physical copy (except for book review/conference report).