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Manuscript preparation and submission

DM Studies considers manuscripts written in either English or German for publication.

We only accept original contributions that have not already been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Together with the Managing Editor, another editor of the DM Studies series will support the authors throughout the review and publication process. You can find our publication guidelines for English and German manuscripts below. Therein, we explain the formal recommendations for manuscripts as well as details about how copyright and otherwise legally protected material should be treated.

To submit a manuscript or to announce a new publication project, please contact one of our two Editors-in-Chief or the Managing Editor:

  • Ulf Hashagen, Editor-in-Chief, Research Institute, u.hashagen@deutsches-museum.de
  • Helmuth Trischler, Editor-in-Chief, Research Department, h.trischler@deutsches-museum.de
  • Markus Ehberger, Managing Editor, m.ehberger@deutsches-museum.de

Assessment and peer review process

The Editors-in-Chief and the Managing Editor assess whether the manuscript is in principle suitable for publication in the DM Studies series. This includes an initial review of the content and checking for adherence to scientific standards.

Once approved, an editor is assigned to assist the authors and to supervise the publication and review process. The main criterion for the assignment of the respective editor is their field of expertise.

The peer review process is single-blind. Two experts in the respective field will be asked to review the manuscript. Whenever possible, one of the reviewers will be chosen from the Academic Board. Based on these reviews, a final decision is made as to whether the publication will be included in the series.

The anonymised reviews are forwarded to the authors. If the reviewers have requested alterations or raised queries, the authors now have the opportunity to comment, revise and resubmit the manuscript. Next, the assigned editor will examine the implementation of the reviewers' suggestions. Provided that the authors have adequately implemented the suggestions, they will receive the go-ahead and a publication agreement from the Managing Editor.

Editing, layout and distribution

The Deutsches Museum takes care of the copy-editing and layout. There is no charge for this service.

Should considerable formal and stylistic adjustments be necessary, the Managing Editor reserves the right to request further revisions from the authors.

The Deutsches Museum will organize the typesetting and layout of the edited manuscript in accordance with the design of the DM Studies series. The authors will be sent the first typeset version to proofread.

In coordination with the Managing Editor and the editors of DM Studies, the publisher Deutsches Museum Verlag will manage the further production and publication process.

Publication fees and royalties

There is no publication fee. Costs for copyediting, design, as well as for project and publishing management are covered by the Deutsches Museum.

Authors will not be paid any royalties.

Open access and archiving

All volumes of the series are published open access and are made available online and free of charge immediately upon publication.

The volumes are licenced under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 DE.

Users are free to

  • share - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • adapt - remix, transform, and build upon the material
  • and such for any purposes, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution - You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • ShareAlike - If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Please note that this summary only highlights some of the key features of the licence under the link above. It does not replace the licence itself and it has no legal value. Before using the licensed material carefully check all the terms of the actual licence.

Self-Archiving of pre-print or post-print documents is permitted.

Provided that there is no conflict with the CC Licence, the publisher Deutsches Museum Verlag reserves exclusive usage rights.

Digital volumes of the DM Studies series are archived at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.


Scientific and publication ethics, possibility of complaint

The Deutsches Museum Studies  series commits to high scientific and ethical standards. The publisher, the editorial office and the individual editors are guided by the recommendations and workflows of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the "Leibniz Code for Good Research Pracitce", DFG's "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice", and the "Regeln zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis und Verfahren zum Umgang mit wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten am Deutschen Museum".

The review and publication process described above helps to identify scientific misconduct or possible conflicts of interest. According to the set standards, editors, reviewers, publisher and authors are obliged to disclose any conflict of interest as soon as possible.

The Deutsches Museum Verlag and the Managing Editor assist in an advisory capacity if conflicts or complaints are raised. Every complaint is investigated in detail. Any indication of scientific misconduct is to be communicated to the publisher or the Managing Editor in writen form:

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