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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.116

Aims and Scope

arcadia publishes articles in German, English, and French, which take a broader historical, theoretical, or cultural approach to literature. Especially welcome are papers that focus on the intercultural and interdisciplinary relations of literature.

Submitted papers should not be submitted elsewhere, should not constitute chapters of finished or nearly finished dissertations, and should not have been published in another major language.

Special focuses will be:

Schiff und Schrift, 2/2016;
Dichterfürsten ohne Land und National Poets, 1/2017;
The Body not at Home, 2/2017.

Submissions prepared in Word format and MLA Referencing Style should be sent to the editorial office of arcadia, Ivana Perica <>. The arcadia Style Sheet is available on the website under Submission of Manuscripts.

Authors whose articles are not in their native language are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by a native speaker. Stylistically and grammatically incorrect articles will not be considered.

Supplementary Information

English, German, French
Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors




  • Use A4 paper size with 2 cm margins at top and bottom and 3cm margins left and right.
  • The papers should be prepared in WORD format and contain between 20 000–60 000 characters (including spaces, abstract, and Works Cited).

Word-functions and Punctuation

  • Left justification only; use “text width” zooming; Use Times New Roman, 12 pitch, single space, no hyphenation.
  • Pagination should be top right, no number on the first page; the header and the footer should remain empty.
  • Texts in English may follow British or US spelling, but must use these consistently (except for quotations, of course). Please follow the corresponding punctuation as well. For instance, US style asks for a comma before the last item in a list; commas and periods come before the closing quotation mark.
  • Please use as few formatting commands as possible.
  • Numbers should be written out (e. g. “nineteenth century”).
  • Use italics for cited titles, for (rare) emphasis; titles of short stories and articles should be between quotation marks.
  • Do not use bold, underline, or words in CAPITALS (except for your name as author).

Titles and Layout

  • The text should be headed by the author’s name in CAPITALS and below it the title in normal font, both centered.
  • Indent paragraphs (one tab; 1.2 cm), no indentation after quotations and after title and subtitles.
  • No empty lines between paragraphs (except for quotations; see below).
  • Subtitles and section titles should be centered and in normal font. One empty line above and one below. No special heading formation.


  • Please use double quotation marks (“) throughout; single quotation marks (’) should only be used within a quoted text.
  • The margins of quotations longer than roughly five lines should be moved to the right by 1.2 cm, and written in 10 pitch. They are preceded and followed by an empty line. Avoid using quotations with a hiatus ([…]) at the beginning and the end.
  • Please use the MLA referencing style both in the main text and footnotes, and in the 'Works Cited' list. A MLA referencing style sheet can be found here.


  • The article should be headed with an abstract of 150–250 words in English, written in a single paragraph without indentation.
  • The abstract should be placed right under the title.
  • Please focus on the subject, its importance, and the argument, indicating in what sense the paper is innovative. Try to avoid phrases like “in this paper …”, “in my (our) view …” etc.

Address and Keywords

  • Add a postal and an e-mail address under the abstract (they will be printed on the first page of the article).
  • Also add three to five keywords.


  • Limit your sentence length and the number of parenthetical remarks.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • Avoid paragraphs containing less than 5 lines and more than 30.
  • Avoid square brackets and, as much as possible, even the normal ones.
  • Be frugal in using quotation marks, dashes, and all other typographical means that make the visual image of the text restless and chaotic.

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to the editorial office: Ivana Perica:

Biti, Vladimir, Univ. Vienna, Austria; Vivian Liska, Univ. of Antwerp, Belgium.

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  • Genamics JournalSeek
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  • ReadCube
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  • SCImago (SJR)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Thomson Reuters - Arts & Humanities Citation Index
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  • UB Frankfurt - BDSL Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
  • UB Frankfurt - OLC Germanistik
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  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)


Prof. Dr. Vivian Liska
University of Antwerp
Dept. of Literature and Philosophy
Prinsstraat 13 L. 400
B-2000 Antwerpen
Tel: (0032-3) 275 52 44

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Biti
Universität Wien
Institut für Slawistik
Spitalgasse 2 / Hof 3
A-1090 Vienna
Tel: (0043-1)4277-428 50

Editorial Board

Ziva Ben-Porat (Tel Aviv), Hendrik Birus (Bremen), Shang Biwu (Shanghai), Remo Ceserani (Bologna), David Damrosch (Cambridge, MA), Manfred Engel (Saarbrücken), Angela Esterhammer (Toronto), Monika Fludernik (Freiburg), Walid Hamarneh (Richmond, VA), Margaret Higonnet (Storrs, CT), Geert Lernout (Antwerpen), Alain Montandon (Clermont-Ferrand), Sowon Park (Oxford), Mihály Szegedy-Maszák (Budapest), Galin Tihanov (London), Mario Valdés (Toronto)

Editorial Office

Ivana Perica
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Institut für Pädagogische Professionalisierung
Strassoldogasse 10/I
8010 Graz


Dr. Neil Stewart
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft
Am Hof 1d
53113 Bonn

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