Author Guidelines

  1. The maximal length for articles is 7500 words (including endnotes); reviews count between 1000 and 2500 words
  2. The article should be preceded by an abstract of about 250 - 300 words and  5 to 7 keywords.
  3. Texts should be in a 11-point font, left-aligned and single-spaced. Try to divide your text in paragraphs of moderate length (ca. twenty lines at most).
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  11. Names of cities and towns can be given in their original language. When giving a place of publication in references, however, they should be translated in English.
  12. First names should be given in full and not as an initial, and this whenever a person is first mentioned. Unless mistakes are possible, use only last names further on.
  13. Avoid the use of abbreviations, with the exception of titles and organisations (for example UNPO, UDB, PM …)
  14. Use italics rather than underlining, and only for emphasising and for non-English words and concepts (for example ‘Realpolitik’, ‘Risorgimento’, ‘duma’).
  15. SNM uses the 'MHRA' referencing style: See
  16. Endnote numbers are always placed at the end of a sentence, after the full stop: ‘[…] people.17’ and not ‘[…] people17.’.

Reference Archival Items

> City, archival institution, collection number/name, place within collection: description, date.


First reference:

Antwerp, ADVN|Archief voor nationale bewegingen [ADVN], AC528 Algemeen Nederlands Zangverbond, D13316: Letter from Van Elslande to Van den Bossche, 19/4/1963.

Subsequent references:

ADVN, AC528, D13369: Minutes, 15/4/1976.

Review section (reference to book reviewed)

Caspar Hirschi, The origins of nationalism. An alternative history from ancient Rome to early modern Germany (Cambridge - New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011) xiv + 242 pp., ill., ISBN 9780521764117.


The ISAD(G) standards are to be used.