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Conventions for the submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts and accompanying letters must be submitted electronically via the Editorial Manager of Springer VS-Verlag (

It is possible to submit contributions in both German and English.

The KZfSS publishes only contributions that have not yet been published elsewhere. Versions of submissions that can already be viewed online as working papers or in any other form must be removed from the Internet after acceptance for publication in the KZfSS. For writing manuscripts, the following rules must be observed. The KZfSS strives for a good and clear language and asks all authors to pay attention to the linguistic quality of their contributions.  

    1. Emphasis must be uniformly marked in the manuscript with "quotation marks" or in italics.
    2. The structure shall have a maximum of three levels. It follows this pattern: Arabic numerals for sections [1, 2, 3], for subsections [1.1, 2.1, 3.1], and for the third level of classification [1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.1]. The headings remain left-justified and should contain descriptive texts.
    3. Footnotes shall be marked in the manuscript by superscript numbers without brackets. The footnote number is outside the sentence. Footnotes should be used for additions to the content and should be used sparingly.
    4. References should be included in the text by means of references in brackets to the bibliography (first names are not used). The references contain a semicolon between authors and a comma if the same author is cited several times. Two authors are connected with "and". In case of more than two authors, "et al." must be cited after the first author. Examples: "(Albrecht 2002, p. 798)","(Swedberg 1998, 1999)", but: "(Swedberg 1998, p. 285; 1999, p. 30)", "(Hall and Soskice 2001, p. 35),"(Albrecht 2002; Hartmann and Kopp 2001, p. 439; Friedrichs et al. 2002, p. 128)".
    5. The bibliography is at the end of the manuscript. The bibliographic information should be given in the following order: Name of author, first name. Year of publication. Title. Subtitle (possibly first publication year). Place of publication: Publisher. (examples see below).
    6. Tables and figures: the position where a table or figure is to be inserted must be marked in the manuscript. For decimal values smaller than one, a zero before the decimal separator is mandatory (false: .123; correct: 0.123).
    7. The essay must be accompanied by a summary (for German contributions: in German and English) of a maximum of 1800 signs. An English title must be added to the English abstract.
    8. Keywords (5), which are not present in the title must be added (for German contributions: in German and English).
    9. The manuscript should be accompanied by document statistics.
    10. At the end of each issue/special issue, the journal publishes brief biographical information in the form of 3-8 lines of print. In detail, we ask for the following information (which should be provided uniformly in the order given): first name, surname, year of birth, academic degree, university/job. Fields of research. Publications (only the newest and most important, especially books) - with title, place, year of publication and possibly co-authors.
    11. In the anonymous form of the manuscript (in the text and also in the bibliography) all references to the author(s) are to be avoided. Since the anonymous manuscript including the seperately uploaded abstract and separately uploaded tables and figures (but without title page) is submitted to at least two reviewers via the Editorial Manager in the submitted version, names and contact details may only be listed on the separate title page. Striking self-quotes and remarks from which authorship can be inferred should be avoided. In case of non-compliance with this recommendation, the KZfSS is not liable for author's identifiability. 
    12. Articles with more than 70,000 characters (including spaces) can unfortunately not be considered.

Examples of citations


  • Brynin, Malcolm, and John Ermisch. Eds. 2009. Changing relationships. New York: Routledge.
  • Cherlin, Andrew J. 1992. Marriage, divorce, remarriage. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Raudenbusch, Stephen W., and Anthony S. Brykony. 2002. Hierarchical linear models. Applications and data analysis methods. 2nd. Thousand Oakes: Sage.


  • Ermisch, John, and Thomas Siedler. 2009. Living apart together. In Changing relationships, eds. Malcolm Brynin and John Ermisch, 29-43. New York: Routledge.
  • Härkönen, Juho. 2014. Divorce: Trends, patterns, causes, and consequences. In The Wiley Blackwell companion to the sociology of families, eds. Jaqueline Treas, Judith Scott and Martin Richards, 303-322. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.


  • Coase, Ronald H. 1937. The nature of the firm. Economica 4:386-405.
  • Ostendorf, Wim, Sako Musterd and Sjoerd de Vos. 2001. Social mix and the neighbourhood effect. Housing Studies 16:371-380.