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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.

  • Self-review: Authorship

    Please make sure that the submission has not been previously published elsewhere, is original and has been written by the stated authors.

  • Self-review: Interdisciplinarity

    Please consider that at least one of the following criteria should be significantly met by the paper:

    • is the methodology interdisciplinary, on a level more than superficial?
    • is the object of the paper (concepts, ideas, doctrines) intrinsically interdisciplinary? 
    • is the historical development genuinely interdisciplinary?


  • Abstract
    1. Please make sure that an Abstract is included in the submission;
    2. Please add to the Abstract a list of at least two sub-fields in the history of ideas / intellectual history, to which your submission pertains (f.i.: "History of Mathematics" & "History of Philosophy"; or "History of Economic Thought" & "History of Physics").

The Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas accepts papers that do not exceed the length of 20,000 words / 130,000 characters. If your paper includes illustrations, diagrams, or other figures please contact us at support@jihi.eu.

Please ensure that citations are formatted according to one of the following standards:

  • Chicago Manual of Style Documentary Note (Humanities) Style
  • Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date System
  • Punctuation should be placed outside the quotation marks.
  • The author-date system obviously requires a bibliography at the bottom.
  • The footnote citation system also requires a bibliography at the bottom. We make an exception for book reviews.
  • Abbreviations: cf. (but use rather see/see also), p. (pl. pp.), vol., pt., chap., bk., sec., n. (pl. nn.), no., app., and fig. Instead of n.p. and the like we prefer s.d., s.l., s.n., for sine data, sine loco, sine nomine (of the publisher).
  • Some idiosyncracies of the JIHI:
    • Use (...), not [...].
    • In English the footnote mark follows the punctuation; in French it precedes the punctuation. Quotation marks never follow the punctuation mark unless the latter (e.g. !?) is part of the citation.
    • In English we use “ ‘ ’ ”, in French « “ ” »; the respective inner kind can be used for emphasis. In English we use m-dashes—without spaces, in French n-dashes – between spaces.
    • Prefer ‘18th’ to ‘eighteenth’.
  • Nous suivons le système de citation Chicago (CMS17 – soit auteur-date, soit par notes en bas de page) également en français, avec les adaptations nécessaires (consultez au besoin le Lexique des régles typographiques en usage à  l'Imprimerie nationale, éd. 2002).
  • Abréviations: dir. (à préferer), éd. (édition, mais aussi éditeur), p., vol., part., chap., liv., sect., n. (note), n° (numéro), app. et fig. Abréviations des nombres ordinaux: une seule lettre après le nombre.