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Want to publish an article with De Gruyter? You’ve come to the right place. This section of the website explains each step of the publication process.
From Ancient Studies to Zoology - De Gruyter covers a wide range of disciplines.
On our website you can browse our portfolio by subject area. On the subpages of the respective journal you will find the current Impact Factor as well as further information about the journal. To our journals.
You want to publish in a journal? Here you will find all information before publication.
Found a journal in which you would like to publish? Then we suggest going to the journal’s website and reading the information on the submission form. Please follow our specifications for guidance with creating and formatting your manuscript. In each journal’s supplementary pages, you will find the current impact factor and additional information about the journal.
Many journals accept manuscript submissions through the online systems ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial Manager. This saves you time and speeds up the publication process. Journals without a submission system of this type can be contacted via the relevant product page.
De Gruyter authors pay nothing for publication in subscription-based journals. However, you are free to publish your article under Open Access conditions. In this case, article processing charges (APCs) apply for the publication. In return, you retain the copyright for your article and can freely distribute your content to the academic world.
De Gruyter offers a variety of open access models. You can publish articles in a fully open access journal, though there is also the option of a subscription-based journal using the “hybrid open access” model.
Please note our guidelines below for preparing and formatting your manuscripts.
For detailed guidelines about composing and formatting manuscripts, please refer to the instructions for authors offered at each journal’s “supplementary material” pages.
Illustrations (black & white or color) are free of charge in all De Gruyter journals. Separate rules apply to open access journals.
The number of graphics allowed varies by journal. In general, however, you should limit them to those that are necessary. In the case of journals that work with an online submission system (such as ScholarOne Manuscripts and Editorial Manager), you will automatically receive information about how you can upload your graphics. As a general rule, all graphics should be provided with a unique caption.
The “Permission Requests” section of our Rights & Permissions page includes instructions on how to obtain rights to use or edit graphics.
Manuscripts must follow certain ethical guidelines to be considered for publication. These can generally be found in the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement, which can be found at each journal’s supplementary pages. Accordingly, before submitting your manuscript, please make sure that you and your co-authors agree to the applicable requirements. For example, this may involve declaring and ruling out conflicts of interest or proving compliance with legal requirements related to animal testing.
Furthermore, our Code of Conduct for Publication Procedures and Ethics defines the responsibility of De Gruyter as a publisher and the Editors we work with, to ensure the legitimacy and quality of our published research.
Our principles are based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a non-profit, publisher-independent system that is used to uniquely identify academics and their publications. Click here for detailed information about ORCID.
In the phase between submission and publication, your article is carefully reviewed.
The evaluation process varies from journal to journal.
Single-blind review: the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors.
Double-blind review: the reviewers do not know who the authors are, nor do the authors know who has evaluated their manuscript.
Typically, at least two independent experts are invited to review a manuscript’s content. The manuscript is then either accepted, rejected, or returned for revision based on their evaluation.
With many journals, you can propose reviewers who come from outside of your closest areas of academia. It is at the editors’ discretion whether to accept these proposals.
In assessing the academic quality of a manuscript, its significance, the timeliness of the topic it covers, and the plausibility of its results play a crucial role. However, compliance with formal criteria, sound structuring, and comprehensible language free from errors are also key to a submission’s success.
For the journal-specific specifications, refer to the instructions for authors on the relevant product pages.
Before your contribution is published, you will receive a proof of the article to proofread. We then also ask you to agree to our Copyright Transfer Agreement, which you can find here. At this point in the publication process, there must be no more changes made to the content: only minor corrections in form and phrasing are possible.
The review process will take a different amount of time depending on the journal. You can find a rough estimate of this on the journal’s relevant product page. Once your article has been accepted, there will be around three or four weeks’ wait before it is published online. This is only true for ahead of print publications.
Your article has been published! What do you need to know?
Most academic journals are organized in volumes and issues, appearing in both online and print versions. Especially in the STEM field, however, it is necessary to publish as quickly as possible. As a result, articles are first published online “ahead of print” in many journals to provide the fastest possible access. The articles are subsequently assigned to an issue when it is published.
“Just accepted” means that manuscripts in some journals are shared online immediately after they have been accepted (i.e. even before copy-editing, typesetting, and final proofreading).
Both ahead-of-print and just-accepted items are given a DOI (digital object identifier), making it possible to cite them as soon as they have appeared.
As the corresponding author, you receive unlimited free access to the online edition of your article. As soon as it is published online, you will be e-mailed a message with detailed instructions about how you can view your article and download it as a PDF. As per our Repository Policy, you can send up to 30 copies of your article to colleagues.
Twelve months after initial publication, De Gruyter allows authors to archive the final published version of their article on their personal website and/or in an institutional directory (on a server run for non-commercial purposes).
For more information about adding content to repositories, please refer to the relevant De Gruyter publishing guidelines.
In order to make our authors' publications known, we rely on a variety of communication channels.
We are experts in the fields of abstracting and indexing as well as social media and offer you with our website a platform that can be used for marketing activities as well as for sales.
The De Gruyter website has undergone search engine optimization, meaning that your article will be easy to discover. We maintain close contact with various abstracting and indexing services. In addition, individual journal contributions can be selected by the editors as an editors’ choice article. These articles will then be free to access for one calendar year.
We actively use several subject-specific accounts on Facebook and Twitter. New releases and highlights are regularly communicated to more than 32,000 fans and followers via the De Gruyter social media platforms. Journal articles which might be of broader interest to the public are announced on Twitter and Facebook, and presented on our subject-specific blog De Gruyter Conversations.
Our international sales team is spread throughout regional offices all over the globe. Our professional expertise in the market and first-class customer contacts allow us to offer academic content ideally suited to the needs of target audiences.
De Gruyter maintains strategic distribution partnerships with internationally renowned publishers such as Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, and Penn Press. These help to expand our portfolio, as well as further increase its appeal with additional top-class content.
At De Gruyter, we know that there is a lot in a name. We recognize that people change their names for a number of reasons, including changes in gender identity, religion, or marital status, and believe they should be able to do so easily and discreetly.
What you need to do:
If you have published with De Gruyter and would like to change your name on existing publications, here’s what you need to know.
Please submit a name change request to firstname.lastname@example.org providing:
You do not need to provide official proof of your name change.
You may inform any co-authors or (co-)editors if you wish to do so. To protect your privacy, De Gruyter will not notify anyone else of your name change.
Creating an ORCID iD is a good way to make sure you are identified as the author of all your work regardless of the name under which you published it.
What we will (and will not) do:
Want to help us improve our policy? Please send your feedback to email@example.com
Skilled and experienced colleagues from the Journal Management and Development Team will support and assist you all the way from manuscriptsubmission through to publication of your article.