Author Guidelines


Author Guidelines and Stylesheet Yearbook for Women’s History

November 2020

1. Submission and review

The article for consideration should be sent to Evelien Walhout, secretary of the Yearbook of Women’s History, by e-mail: Please include in separate Word files:

  • An abstract (max. 150 words);
  • A biography of 100 words max., including your institutional address;
  • A numbered list of illustrations with captions;
  • Small jpgs of each illustration (note that the final figures must be 300 dpi or more). Please note that authors are responsible for securing permission to reproduce quoted material and all illustrations.

The file names consist of the author’s name + file type, for example, ‘Jones_article.docx’, ‘Jones_biography.docx’.

Articles submitted to Yearbook for Women’s History are first assessed by the editorial board for:

  • A preliminary check of the content and relevance of the manuscript for the theme of this years’ issue;
  • Whether the authors’ guidelines were sufficiently applied.

Please note that:

  • The Yearbook does not publish previously published material except in translation or as source documents.
  • The Yearbook accepts contributions written in English or Dutch. Non-native speakers are strongly advised to check their work with a language editor before submission.

If articles are accepted for external review, they will be reviewed by at least two readers: 1) a member of the editorial board and 2) one external peer reviewer (double blind). The Yearbook aims to inform potential contributors of a decision within three to four weeks of their submission. There are four possible outcomes of the review process:

  1. Merits publication in the yearbook with or without minor revision.
  2. Requires some revision before further consideration for publication.
  3. Requires major revision and possibly further substantive research before consideration for publication.
  4. Is not suitable for publication in Yearbook for Women’s History.

In the case of a ‘B’ or a ‘C’, the author will be invited to revise or rewrite the text on the basis of the evaluation report. A time for resubmission will be agreed upon between author and editorial board.

2. Layout, style and spelling

General guidelines

  • Contributions for Yearbook 40 should aim for 1500 to 2000 words.
  • The Yearbook accepts illustrated papers. It is the author’s responsibility to provide both the images (300 dpi or more) and secure the permission to reproduce them.
  • The first page should start with the title, followed by the author’s name, institution (if any), address, email address, and word count (including notes). Do not put author’s name on any subsequent pages.
  • No separate bibliographies; please incorporate all references into endnotes, not footnotes.


  • Keep the layout as basic as possible.
  • Use 1.5 spaced Times New Roman 11 pt.
  • Do not use headers and footers.
  • Leave one empty line before and after headings and subheadings. Do not use italics or bold
  • Start every paragraph with an indentation. Do not use spaces, but a TAB. The first line of the article and the first line of a new paragraph (after headings or sub-headings) should not be indented. This is also true for the line following a blank line.
  • For quotations, use regular typeface between ‘single quotation marks’, no italics. When leaving out parts from a quote ‘indicate this as follows […] and finish the quote.’ Always reference the first quotation in an endnote. By subsequent quoting of the same text in one paragraph you can refer to pages as follows: And she also said: ‘he died on a sunny day’ (5).
  • For quotes of more than three lines start the quotation on a new line and use a tab.
  • Foreign language citations should be given in translation in the main text, with the original appearing in full in an accompanying endnote. MS Word enables spelling language to be specified.

Style and spelling

  • Style should be clear and accessible, avoiding jargon. Authors should state the context of their work and its place in the existing field of study.
  • Follow British English spelling and punctuation conventions. Oxford spelling rules apply (this requires the use of ”z” rather than ”s” in such words as “organize”; exceptions may be found here:
  • Avoid turns of phrase that are not inclusive (such as masculine forms as universals).
  • Avoid acronyms.
  • A person’s full name should be given on first appearance no matter how famous. For example William Gunn or Henry Moore and not Gunn or Moore until second mention.
  • Numbers up to one hundred should be written in full. That is also true for the ordinals; twentieth century. Dates are written in numbers, as are measurements, weights and percentages.
  • Use 1930s not ’30s or Thirties – and certainly not 1930’s which is wrong!
  • Dates should be expressed ‘15 November 2001’.
  • Non-common foreign words and phrases such as mise-en-scène should be in italics.
  • Historical periods, (Middle Ages) are written with capitals, as are historical phenomena, like the Great Depression.

3. References (endnotes)


  • Place endnotes at the end of the sentence.1
  • Please give titles in the original language but translate the place of publication into English. In the case of publications written in another language than English, please follow the capitalization conventions of the language in question. For Dutch-language publications, for example, this means capitalizing only the first word of the title and subtitle as well as proper names. In the main text the titles of non-English publications must also be put in English, e.g.: De vrouw en haar huis (Woman and her house)] 

Publication with 1 to 3 authors
Andrew Brown, Quotes and Plagiarism (Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer, 2005).

Kim Hagemann and Simone Michel, Gender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945-1989 (Washington D.C.: Publisher, 2014), 20.

Jan D. Tuinier and Gert Visser, Fort de Bilt. NSB vrouwenkamp 1945-1946 (Utrecht: Publisher, 2004).

Publication with more than 3 authors
Sandra Andermahr et al., A Glossary of Feminist Theory (London: Publisher 2000).

Publication by an editor or team of editors
Sandra Andermahr (ed.), A Glossary of Feminist Theory (London: Publisher 2000).

One editor: ed.; two editors: eds.


Article in journal
Senem Mahmoud, ‘Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival’, Cultural Anthopology 16 (2001) 2, 202-236.

The series year first (calendar year) number of issue: 16 (2001) 2, 202-236.

Without issue number: 16 (2001), 202-236.

Double series year separate by /, e.g. 16/17 (2001) 2.

Article / Chapter in book
Michelle R. Higonnet and Pierre L.R. Higonnet, ‘The Double Helix’, in: M.R. Higonnet et al. (eds.), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (New Haven: Publisher 1986).


More than one publication in a note: separate by a semi-colon (;)
Michelle R. Higonnet and Pierre L.R. Higonnet, ‘The Double Helix, in: M.R. Higonnet et al. (eds.), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (New Haven: Publisher 1986); Senem Mahmoud, ‘Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival’, Cultural Anthopology 16 (2001) 2, iv-x.

Use lower case for Roman numbers

Short title and repeating references

  • First mention: full title
    R. Higonnet and P.L.R. Higonnet, ‘The Double Helix’, in: M.R. Higonnet et al. (eds.), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (New Haven 1986).
  • Second mention, but not in subsequent note: short title
    Higonnet and Higonnet, ‘The Double Helix’, 20.
  • Source reference is identical to previous reference except for the page numbers

Ibid., 30-33. (do not use: 30-3)

  • Source reference is completely identical to previous reference

Other info after the title
Anton Wiegeraad, De keerzijde van de Bevrijding. De omgang met ‘moffenmeiden’ in Bergen op Zoom, 1044-1948. MA thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam 2009), 82.

Please give all additional information, such as series title and number, or whether it is a dissertation, after the title and before the place and year of publishing. Refer to unpublished theses as ‘unpublished MA Thesis’.

Letter dated 21 June 2020, personal archive Takashi Sakata.

Date identical to how it is written in the letter; when undated but date is known, then in square brackets: [3 August 2012].

Interview author with Michelle Obama, 2 June 2020.

Newspaper articles
“Europeesche Jeugdbond te Weenen opgericht,” Utrechts Nieuwsblad, 15 September 1942.

Websites (Accessed 14 September 2014).


  • Refer to figures in the text as follows: This is a painting (FIG. 1).
  • Caption the figures themselves as follows:

[Underneath the figure] FIG. 1 Hieronymus Bosch, The Seven Deadly Sins, c. 1500. Oil on wood, 120 cm × 150 cm. Coll. Museo del Prado, Madrid.

[Underneath the figure] FIG. 1 Johanna Maria van Winter, autumn 2016 (Photograph by Ingrid de Zwarte).

Either in the caption or the article text, please make clear what the reader is supposed to ‘see’ in the image. What is its function in your article?

  • Remember: please list all captions in a separate document, named e.g. Jones_Captions.doc, and, like this: FIG. 1


Use the Excel formatting

Title of Tables/Graphs in the Word-doc (same as, and together with, the captions of figures)

Give Figures, Tables and Graphs their own number

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