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The Journal of Open Humanities Data publishes two types of papers:
1. Short data papers contain a concise description of a humanities research object with high reuse potential. These are short (1000 words) highly structured narratives.
2. Full length research papers discuss and illustrate methods, challenges, and limitations in the creation, collection, management, access, processing, or analysis of data in humanities research, including standards and formats. These are intended to be longer narratives (3000 - 5000 words), which give authors the ability to contribute to a broader discussion.
Humanities subjects of interest to JOHD include, but are not limited to, Art History, Classics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Music and musicology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, etc. Data that crosses one or more of these traditional disciplines are highly encouraged.
It is important that the correct list of authors is attributed to an article from the start of the submission process. Author lists with the incorrect information can result in academic or financial implications, whilst also providing the reader with the wrong information on where the responsibility and accountability for the published work should lie.
All authors listed on a submission must have given prior approval to have their name attributed to the file(s) that are being submitted and agree to the publication. The corresponding author has responsibility to ensure that all authors qualify for, and have agreed to, authorship of the submission. They are also responsible for informing all co-authors of relevant editorial information during the review process.
Our recommendations are based on the ICMJE criteria for authorship. Authors must have:
Those that meet some but do not meet all of the above criteria should be acknowledged in the publication but not listed as an author. Examples that do not qualify for authorship but should be acknowledged are sources of funding, supervision of research groups, administrative support, language editing and proof reading. Written permission should be obtained from those being acknowledged, as in some cases being named in such a way may be seen as an endorsement of the publication.
JOHD adheres to American Psychological Association (APA) style for text and referencing.
Manuscripts are to be written in good English – American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these. Keywords must follow British spelling. When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used (World Health Organization not World Health Organisation).
Acronyms and abbreviations – Write out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter (e.g., USA, not U.S.A). Use the acronym for all subsequent references.
Numbers – For numbers zero to nine please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 10 or higher. If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt. Use either words or figures to represent large whole figures (i.e., one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text. Do not use a comma for a decimal place (2.43 not 2,43). Numbers that are less than zero must not have ‘0’ precede the decimal point (.24 not 0.24).
Quotations – Use double quotation marks except for quotes within another speech, in which case single quotation marks are used. Quotations that are longer than 40 words in length must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text. The standard, non-italicised font must be used for all quotes.
Use of footnotes/endnotes – Use footnotes rather than endnotes (we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication). Number footnotes in Arabic numerals.
Symbols –Symbols are permitted within the main text and datasets as long as they are commonly in use or have explanatory definition on their first usage.
Every use of information from other sources must be cited in the text, according to APA guidelines, so that it is clear that external material has been used.
All references in the text and notes must be specified by the authors’ last names and date of publication together with page numbers for direct quotations from print sources.
If the author’s name is in the text, follow with the year in parentheses:
If the author name is not mentioned in the main text then the surname followed by a comma and year should be inserted, in parenthesis, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by a semicolon and follow alphabetical order:
Where there are two authors, always cite both names, joined by ‘and’ if referenced in text and outside of parentheses or joined by an ampersand (&) if referenced within parentheses, in tables and in captions, and in the reference list:
If three or more (up to five) authors are cited from the same citation then all should be listed when the reference first appears and each subsequent reference include only the surname of the first author followed by ‘et al.’ (not italicized and with a period after ‘al’) and the year:
If there are more than five authors, write the first author's surname followed by 'et al.' and the year for each citation.
If two or more references by the same author are cited together, separate the dates with a comma (in chronological order):
If citations are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year:
This journal uses a style based on the APA system – see below for examples of how to format.
Please try to include DOIs especially for journal articles.
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Article title. Journal Title, volume number (issue number), page numbers. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxxxxxxx
Radford, M. (2001). Aesthetic and religious awareness among pupils: Similarities and differences. British Journal of Music Education, 18(2), 151-159. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0265051701000249
NOTE: Please include DOIs for all journal articles where possible.
Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Location: Publisher. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxxxxxxx
Leaver, B. L., Ehrman, M., & Shekhtman, B. (2005). Achieving success in second language acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511610431
Chapter within books:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxxxxxxx
Jacobs, G. M., & Hall, S. (2002). Implementing cooperative learning. In J. C. Richards & W. A. Renandya (Eds.), Methodology in language teaching: An anthology of current practice (pp. 52-58). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511667190.009
Author, A. (date). Title of contribution [Type of contribution]. Conference name, location. DOI or URL
Fistek, A., Jester, E., & Sonnenberg, K. (2017, July 12–15). Everybody’s got a little music in them: Using music therapy to connect, engage, and motivate [Conference session]. Autism Society National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States. https://asa.confex.com/asa/2017/webprogramarchives/Session9517.html
If a web resource like a blog post or a dataset has a DOI or at least an author and title, add it to the reference list with its url and last accessed date and cite it in the text as a normal citation, i.e. author (year). If a website with no further information is used, then it can appear in a footnote but it should have a last accessed date.
Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Retrieved from source (last accessed: date).
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2011). Australia's health 2004. Retrieved from http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10014 (last accessed: 10 September 2021).
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.
The submission fulfills the author and stylistic guidelines of the journal:
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If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) to cover publication costs, which can normally be sourced from your funder or institution. This fee covers all publication costs (editorial processes; web hosting; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc) and ensures that all of the content is fully open access. This approach maximises the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way. For a breakdown of costs, please click here.
Many institutions now have funds available to support open access publications by their staff.
If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.
Several other foundations, institutes, societies and associations offer publication grants (not exclusive to Open Access) based on subject relevance. Here is a few of them relevant to history, archaeology and material preservation and conservation.
If published, you will receive an APC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged, usually at the end of the month in which the article is published.
If you do not have funds available to pay the APC (e.g. because your institution/funder will not cover the fee) then we will be able to offer a discount or full waiver. Please ensure that you contact the journal manager as early as possible should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general.
Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.