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GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Hungarian Cultural Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal with distribution to readers in North America, the Carpathian Basin, and beyond. It seeks to enhance its position as the preeminent journal in the field of Hungarian studies. The articles it publishes are of interest to students, teachers, and researchers. The journal aims to have a significant impact on scholarship in all branches of Hungarian studies. It is an online, open-access journal; no money is made from subscriptions, and authors are charged no page fees. Open access is associated with increased citations by a factor of two to four times for authors and journals when compared to similar work that is not open access.

Hungarian Cultural Studies both solicits contributions and accepts unsolicited submissions. Authors are invited to send preliminary abstracts or whole articles to the editor (editorhungarian@gmail.com) for advice on readiness and appropriateness of the topic for the journal. Articles formally submitted must be uploaded to the journal using the online editorial management system. (Although articles in Hungarian are considered for publication, the “metadata” (title, abstract, keywords, author bios) must be written in English.
Articles, including review articles, should be written in English or Hungarian and are normally restricted to 4,000–7,000 words (excluding bibliography) and must include an abstract (not more than 200 words). Hungarian Cultural Studies also publishes research notes, which are shorter, at 2500–4,000 words, as well as book reviews, which must be in English and normally 1,000–2,000 words, and book notices, which may be up to 750 words. (Longer articles are occasionally permitted, but only with specific approval from the editors, when the topic merits more length.) Submissions should follow the guidelines outlined below, or they may be returned to the author for revision before they can be sent for peer review.

  1. All work must be submitted as a Word file, in 12-point, Times New Roman font, single-spaced (including between paragraphs), and left-justified.
  2. Use US rather than British spelling and style conventions (e.g., labor vs. labour, analyze, vs. analyse; toward vs. towards; and the serial comma, i.e., the comma before the last item in a list of three or more items).
  3. Avoid metaphorical titles or subtitles, and include keywords in titles.
  4. Omit the names of authors or affiliations in the submission file (including abstracts). This will help ensure blinded peer review.
  5. Numbers under one hundred should be written out when a part of speech (e.g., “nineteenth-century history,” “thirty-five verses,” but “1,217 verses”).
  6. Capitalization and punctuation, including quotation marks, should follow English-language guidelines. For example, nationalities and days of the week should be capitalized; periods and commas are inside quotations. Never use quotation marks below the line or sideways quotation marks, as is the default in European keyboards. (If you are using a European keyboard you must switch to an English-language keyboard to use correct quotation marks.) English-language book title are capitalized, as are titles of journals, which are treated as proper nouns.
MLA style and exceptions, citations
  1. We use a modified form of the MLA parenthetical style of citing sources, with works cited in an end bibliography. The date of publication should always follow the author's name, and this date should be used—rather than a short title, as per MLA style—for parenthetical citing within the text. A colon should separate the date from the page number (if there is one). Please be sure to consult articles in recent issues for examples.
  2. In the end bibliography the date follows the author’s name and is not at the very end, as in the MLA.
  3. As per MLA guidelines, punctuation comes after the parenthetical reference, which itself comes after the quotation mark. For example: “Punctuation should follow the parenthetical reference” (Smith 2014: 34). No bibliographical footnotes are allowed. All bibliographical information should be in the end bibliography.
  4. See the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7TH ed) for directions on how to cite such sources as audio and video podcasts, blogs, and e-mails, and put the date after the name of the author.
  5. All sentence-length citations not in the language of the article should be translated, with the translation first, followed by the original, as per MLA guidelines. Likewise, longer passages in a foreign language, following MLA guidelines, should be indented and preceded by the English translation. Such offset quotations are not enclosed in brackets. On the other hand, individual words, expressions, or titles in a foreign language, located within the text, should be in italics, with no quotation marks, and should be followed by the translation placed in single quotes and within brackets: napló [‘diary’], Erdélyi sors: tegnap, ma, holnap [‘Transylvanian Fate: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’].
  6. In Works Cited, all titles in Hungarian or another non-English language must include an English translation. Book and article titles translated by the author into English must be capitalized, even if they are not capitalized in the original language. (See the example above.)
  7. It is the author’s responsibility to check that all sources cited in the article are also included in Works Cited. Likewise, Works Cited should only contain sources referenced in the article itself.
  8. In the bibliography do not use “University Press” but UP, and if there are several places of publication listed, cite only the first. Even when a newspaper or journal is in an electronic database, the issue and volume numbers should be included and not merely the electronic address.
Footnotes
  1. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum (as a rule of thumb, no more than an average of one per page), and should only be used for complex citations (in particular for the citation of archival sources) or to provide additional references and/or supplemental informationthat might otherwise disrupt the flow of the text.
  2. Footnoted references to additional sources should be given in the parenthetical form—e.g., "see further Jones (1980), Smith (1990), Weber (2010)"—with the full bibliographical citation given in the list of works cited. Excessive use of footnotes will be flagged by our editors, and should be avoided.
Miscellaneous
  1. Paragraphs should be of approximate equal length and roughly about two per page. There should be no one-sentence paragraphs.
  2. Any dedications or acknowledgments of parts of the research previously published should be cited in a first, starred note. (See examples in some past articles.)
  3. Section subheadings should be kept to a bare minimum, with a maximum of five in a 7,000-word paper. Any subheadings should be in bold and capitalized like titles and start on left margin; that is, they should not be indented. Please leave a space between the subheading and the previous subsection, but no space between the subheading and the first paragraph of the new subsection.
  4. Give the full name of each person cited for the first time but subsequently use only the last name (unless there are authors with the same last name). When a parenthetical citation has three or fewer authors, list the authors’ last names with ‘and’ before the last author cited. When citing more than three authors, cite the first author’s name, followed by “et al.”
  5. Write out full name of authors, not initials only (as is done in some social science styles).
Translations
  1. If a non-English-language work you are referencing has already been translated and published in English, you should quote from the existing translation unless you have a specific reason not to do so, in which case you should state the reason and indicate who has provided the edited or new translation.
  2. If no English translation of the source(s) you are using is available, please indicate who is responsible for the translation(s) you are providing (e.g., “all translations of X are by the author” or “unless otherwise noted, all translations are by the author”).

Last but not least
  1. Before submitting your article be sure to resolve that all words, sentences, and other elements of the text that are underlined in waved lines in Word. Such lines generally indicate a wrong or missing word, missing punctuation, missing dashes in double adjectives, or other syntactical problems. Part of final proofreading by the author before submitting the article involves resolving such erroneous passages.
  2. Articles, beginning with the 2014 issue, provide examples. Where there is a discrepancy, or where further clarification is needed, contact our layout editors, Katalin Voros (voros@eecs.berkeley.edu); or Klara Papp (klara.papp@case.edu).

Rev. August 2022

GUIDELINES FOR BOOK REVIEWS

  • Book reviews must be in English and between 1,000-1,500 words. Book reviews are both invited and submitted for consideration. A potential reviewer may propose a book review by sending a one-page proposal and a current CV to both the editor (editorhungarian@gmail.com) and the book review editor via email, who will review the proposal in light of reviews already invited. All book reviews must be written in English but items to be reviewed can be in any language and reviews of books written in Hungarian are encouraged.
  • The primary purpose of the book review section is to foster a respectful and rigorous scholarly dialogue. Reviews should be addressed to a broad readership of scholars from diverse disciplinary perspectives and who are not necessarily fluent in Hungarian. Reviewers have the responsibility to summarize authors’ arguments fairly and accurately, to locate books under review within a broad scholarly context, and to emphasize theoretical and methodological implications of any given work for future research in Hungarian studies. While reviewers have the right to make normative judgments about books under review, personal attacks, ridicule, and distortion are unacceptable.
  • The review should introduce the author and the book’s significance for Hungarian studies.
  • In the case of the review of a literary work, a short plot summary is welcome, to be followed by a discussion (not a thorough analysis) of the work's focal aspects, merits, and innovation. We recommend mentioning characters, places, and atmosphere components, as well as quoting from the book, and ending by pointing at the meaning of the book for Hungarian studies.
  • Reviews of academic monographs should likewise place the author and work in the context of Hungarian studies, and then proceed to a critical discussion of the work's merits and innovation.
  • In the case of edited collections, outline the volume's thematic and theoretical structure and then choose only some articles for more elaborate discussion, particularly in the case of collections where only some articles deal with Hungarian issues.
  • The format for reviews is as listed under manuscripts, except that no footnotes or end bibliography are used. However, references may be embedded in the text in parenthesis. Reviews have no titles except for the bibliographic entry for the book under review, as in: Romsics, Ignác. From Dictatorship to Democracy: The Birth of the Third Hungarian Republic, 1988-2001. Translated by Matthew Caples. East European Monographs 722. Boulder, CO: Social Science Monographs, 2007. 471 pp., illus.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. The Author retains copyright in the Work, where the term “Work” shall include all digital objects that may result in subsequent electronic publication or distribution.
  2. Upon acceptance of the Work, the author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.
  3. The Author shall grant to the Publisher and its agents the nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:
    1. Attribution—other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the author as indicated on the journal Web site;
    with the understanding that the above condition can be waived with permission from the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  4. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post online a prepublication manuscript (but not the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version of the Work) in institutional repositories or on their Websites prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Any such posting made before acceptance and publication of the Work shall be updated upon publication to include a reference to the Publisher-assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal.
  6. Upon Publisher’s request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Publisher, at the Author’s own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by Publisher to be covered by the principles of Fair Use.
  7. The Author represents and warrants that:
    1. the Work is the Author’s original work;
    2. the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;
    3. the Work is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
    4. the Work has not previously been published;
    5. the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and
    6. the Work contains no libel, invasion of privacy, or other unlawful matter.
  8. The Author agrees to indemnify and hold Publisher harmless from Author’s breach of the representations and warranties contained in Paragraph 6 above, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to Publisher’s use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content.

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