Journal Contributors' Page


Dear Journal Contributor,

Please find below important information and guidelines for Berghahn Journal article authors.

Article Preparation

Each of our journals has a specific set of instructions for article submission and preparation, including specialized guidelines for style, permissions, and artwork. These instructions can be found in the Notes for Contributors section of each journal's webpage.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

Once your article has been accepted for publication, the journal's Editor will ask you to sign an author agreement. This agreement transfers your copyright to Berghahn or its publishing partner for the journal, as stated on the form you receive. This form will also outline the rights you are entitled to regarding dissemination and use of the article in its post-print or published form.

As the administrator of your article's copyright on behalf of the Journal, Berghahn will take on the full responsibility of managing any licensing and permissions requests to enable the widest possible distribution of your scholarship across the fields relevant to your article. We understand that this stipulation means that you do not have total control over the circulation of your article; however, as the copyright transfer agreement details, the rights we grant our authors in the republication and dissemination of their own work are extensive. Ultimately, our agreements are designed to ensure that priority is given to the best interests of the overall academic community that Berghahn, as a long-time scholarly publisher, serves.

Open Access

Berghahn Journals offers two levels of Open Access. Gold Access allows the Publisher PDF to be available immediately upon publication through the Publisher's online platform and elsewhere as it is needed. This usage is covered under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, which offers the strongest protections for the rights of the Author. Gold Access requires the payment of a fee. 

Green Access allows Authors to post the final post-print version of their articles, which is the final text after acceptance and peer review, but not the Publisher PDF, in their institutional repository, other relevant repositories, or your own website, after an embargo period.

If Open Access status is required for your article, please contact the Berghahn journals manager concerning fees or embargo periods.

Reprinting your article

As the author of an article published in a Berghahn journal, you can reprint your own work without formal permission from Berghahn. As a courtesy, we ask that you acknowledge the original publication of the work (whether as a complete duplication or a revised version of the article) with publication details. This can be done in the form of a foot- or endnote or on the copyright page.

For example:
This article was originally published as ...
or An earlier version of this chapter/Chapter X was originally published as ...

[Author], ["Title"], [Journal], Vol. X, No. Y (Year): pp-pp - Berghahn Books (or Journal name or publishing partner, as specified in the journal).

Please note that third-party publications in which the author is not directly involved, such as anthologies or readers, may require specific permission from the publisher.

Using third-party materials in your article
When your article is accepted for publication, you must clear any required reproduction rights for any figures, photos, or text belonging to a third party, including any content found on the internet unless you can provide proof that no explicit permission is needed. Authors should request nonexclusive worldwide rights in all formats and media (print and online). Your journal's Editor will require written correspondence attesting to the granting of permission. Should a fee be required, please first check that the quality of the materials you would receive is acceptable to the journal. Please also note that contributors are responsible for clearing any fees related to the reproduction of any copyrighted materials.

Further information, including the preparation and technical requirements of these materials can be found in our artwork guidelines.

If you're uncertain about the permissions necessary for third-party materials, below are several resources that can offer you advice on how to determine what permissions are required and how to understand when materials fall under the fair use act or public domain.


Stim, Richard. 2010. Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online and Off. Fourth Edition. Berkeley CA: Nolo Press.


Library of Congress, Copyright Office:
Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center:
The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS):

Contributor Discount

As a contributor to one of our journals, you are entitled to a special reduced price for the first year of an individual subscription to the journal in which you are publishing. We can provide you with information about subscribing - please email

Author Self-archiving Policy and PDF usage

Please refer to our policy on contributor article usage concerning your rights as an Author and how Berghahn works in close collaboration with its editors and contributors to ensure the fair dissemination of authors' articles. 

We'd like to hear from you!

We welcome your feedback, comments or suggestions on your experiences as a contributor to a Berghahn Journal. Please send us an email: