Submission Preparation Checklist

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 BRJ publishes only research articles and discoveries. We do not publish books or exhibition reviews. Articles should be original and innovative and offer new research material and/or perspectives.
  • The BRJ publishes articles in English and arranges translation of the accepted manuscripts.
  • The submission has not previously been published, nor or is it under consideration in any other journal. An explanation may be provided to the Managing Editor.
  • The file format is compatible with Microsoft Word (.doc).
  • Wherever available, DOIs and URLs have been provided for the references.
  • The submission includes:
    • Contact details, including name, e-mail address, mailing address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
    • A condensed biography of 3–4 lines, indicating institutional affiliations and achievements of note.
    • An abstract in English (c. 250 words).
    • A list of 3–8 keywords for free subject indexing.
  • The text is in the following format: 1.5 spaced; 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics rather than underlining (except for URL addresses); provides bibliographic information in the endnotes rather than footnotes; and includes all figures and tables in the text in appropriate passages rather than at the end.
  • The author’s name and all other identifying elements have been removed from the text and the document to guarantee a double-blind peer-review process.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • By submitting an article, you agree to the Belvedere Research Journal terms contained throughout this website and accept that authors will not receive any financial compensation.
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Please ensure that you follow these guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.

1)     General

Length: The preferred length of the research article is between 20,000 and 50,000 characters (including endnotes and spaces). In exceptional cases, we accept shorter or more comprehensive articles or articles with appendices. Discoveries should not exceed 15,000 characters.

Formatting: Please use as little formatting as possible. We strongly prefer plain standard text without any special formatting.

References: Notes should be placed at the end of the relevant sentence (after the full stop). Please use your software’s built-in endnotes feature. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...). For bibliographic references not included in this style sheet, please refer to the current Chicago Manual of Style.

Language: The Belvedere Research Journal uses American English (e.g. analyze, honor). Gender-neutral language is encouraged. When possible, the plural form should be used as opposed to the gendered pronouns “he” or “she”. If impossible, refer to “he or she” or “they” as opposed to only “he”. For spellings of words, place names and cities, follow Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. For names and dates of artists, use the Union List of Artists’ Names.



2)     Formatting

Please use Times New Roman at 12 pt. with 1.5 spacing.

Do not use special formatting (no indents, tabs, blank lines between paragraphs, predefined line spacings, bold, underlines etc.).

Do not use automatic numbering or bullet points.

Sub-headings should not be numbered.

Do not use automatic hyphenation and do not manually hyphenate words at the end of lines.

To emphasize words, use [emphasis added], not italics.

Use serial comma (e.g. music, philosophy, education, and psychology).

Use an em dash (—, ALT + 0151) to indicate an abrupt change in thought or an interpolation.

a)        Foreign Names and Terminology

Follow upper- and lower-case usage in the original language for foreign terms.

The spelling of personal names follows that of their country of origin. However, please use established English spelling whenever applicable (e.g. names of artists, significant historical figures). Habsburg Emperors and Empresses are generally Anglicized.

German noble ranks and titles (e.g. Fürst, Graf, Kaiser etc.) are translated into English if possible. If not, use the German term followed by an English description in brackets.

If museums or institutions have official English names on their websites, then use the English version. If not, use the name in the original language with the English translation following in square brackets (e.g. Západočeská galerie v Plzni [West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen]). The English translation is used only once, at the first mention.

Use the original name of printed media and translate it into English in square brackets (e.g. Arbeiterzeitung [The Workers’ Newspapers]).

Geographical names are used in their English version (e.g. Milan, Vienna, Munich, Prague, Zurich).

Please ensure that historical name changes are considered in their temporal contexts (e.g. St. Petersburg up until 1915 and after 1992, Petrograd from 1915 to 1924, Leningrad from 1924 to 1992).

For less well-known names (especially place names from the Habsburg Empire), use the modern name, followed by the historical or German name in brackets [(e.g. Liberec (Reichenberg)].

Transliterate names from languages with non-Latin alphabets (e.g. Russian, Hebrew).

For titles of royalty, use “of” (e.g. Maximilian Joseph of Austria-Este), for titles of nobility retain “von” (e.g. Marie Luise von Plessen).

Do not translate foreign language titles if that is how the work is best known (e.g. Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe).

Refer to portraits as Portrait of Emilie Flöge, not Emilie Flöge.

b)        Italicization and Capitalization

Capitalize (except for short prepositions, articles, and/or etc.): all headings, all art styles, and movements (e.g. Surrealist, Impressionist, Cubism).

Italicize: technical terms and foreign language terms that have not been integrated into the English language. Where possible, keep the use of italics to a minimum.

Capitalize and italicize: titles of exhibitions, artworks, artists’ groups, printed media, plays.

Do not italicize: names of buildings, institutions, prizes and awards, movements and epochs (isms), specialist terminology commonly used in art and art history and words that have been adopted into English (e.g. cour d’honneur, donjon, sfumato, trompe l’oeil, fin de siècle).

c)        Hyphenation

Keep the use of hyphens to a minimum (e.g. guidebook, printmaking, metalworker, cooperate, coordinate, halfway).

Use hyphens in compound adjectives that precede the noun they modify (eighteenth-century porcelain, blue-green ink).

d)        Dates and Numerals

Spell “one” to “twelve” in full, from “13” upwards as Arabic numerals.

If the sentence includes a series of numbers, then numerals must be used in each instance (e.g. “The works were found at the depths of 5, 9, and 29 cm”).

Use en dashes (–; ALT + 0150) without spaces, not hyphens (-), for date ranges and page numbers (e.g. 1870–1920, 5–13).

Use comma as the thousand’s separator and full stop as the decimal separator (e.g. 4,598,000; 1.5 spacing).

Use the metric system.

Capitalize currencies (e.g. 10 Guilders, 50 Crowns, 80 Guineas).

Page numbers: 10; 15–23.

Use full page ranges (e.g. 105–106, not 105ff).

Dates follow the US style: January 18, 1795.

Months are always written out (e.g. September 12, 1711). If the day is relevant: Sunday, October 14, 2012.

Decades: 1530s, 1920s.

Centuries are spelled out in lower-case (e.g. nineteenth century, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art).

Use CE and BCE rather than AD and BC.

e)        Abbreviations

Use a space after the paragraph mark (e.g. § 5).

Abbreviations should generally be avoided in the text body. Please always use complete titles of journals, names of archives, institutions etc.

  • (born); d. (died)
  • cat. no. / cat. nos.
  • ed. / eds.
  • e.g.
  • et al.
  • fig. / figs.
  • i.e.
  • inv. no. / inv. nos.
  • no. / nos.
  • St. (Saint)
  • tab. / tabs.
  • vol. / vols.



3)     References

All references should be provided in endnotes. Endnotes should not be used for discussion, i.e. the argument should be developed in the main body of the text.

Each endnote should follow immediately after a punctuation mark, preferably at the end of a sentence.

Each note and bibliographic reference ends with a full stop.

Several bibliographic references in one note are separated by a semicolon (e.g. Nolte 1986; Blecking 1994.).

Use full first names of authors. Use initials only if names are unknown or not listed in their publications.

Capitalize the titles of English publications.

Always use the exact page range (e.g. 363–364, not 363–64 or 363f.).

Separate page numbers by en dashes (1–3, not 1-3).

Mark titles from the same author published in the same year using lowercase “a”, “b”, etc. (e.g. Schwarz 2002a, Schwarz 2002b).

Give a full reference (see below) when citing a source for the first time.

  • For subsequent citations, use the following short form: Last name Year of publication, Page Range (see note X) [e.g. Pollan 2006, 65–67 (see note 5)].

a)        Books

One Author / Editor

  • Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin Press, 2006), 99–100.
  • Paul Gauguin, Lettres à sa femme et à ses amis, ed. Maurice Malingue (Paris: Grasset, 1946), 70.
  • Penelope Murray, ed., Genius: The History of an Idea (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989).

Two and More Authors / Editors

  • Kurt Woisetschläger and Peter Krenn, Alte steirische Herrlichkeiten. 800 Jahre Kunst in der Steiermark (Graz: Verlag Styria, 1973).
  • Brian A. Sparkes, Edward Bispham, and Thomas Harrison, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006).

Exhibition Catalogs

If no editor is available, begin with the catalogue’s title.

If you refer only to a short catalog entry, cite the catalog, and put the name of the author after the catalog number in brackets.

Separate exhibition locations with a semicolon.

  • Marianne L. Teuber, “Formvorstellungen und Kubismus oder Pablo Picasso und William James” in Kubismus: Künstler–Themen–Werke, 1907–1920, ed. Siegfried Gohr, exh. cat., Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne (Cologne: Wienand, 1982), 26.
  • Michael Tooby, ed., The True North: Canadian Landscape Painting, 1896–1939, exh. cat., Barbican Art Gallery, London (London: Lund Humphries, 1991).
  • Balthasar Neumann. Leben und Werk. Gedächtnisschau zum 200. Todestage, exh. cat., Mainfränkisches Museum, Würzburg (Würzburg: Stürtz, 1953).
  • Agnes Husslein-Arco and Marie Louise von Plessen, eds., Prinz Eugen: Feldherr Philosoph und Kunstfreund, exh. cat., Belvedere, Vienna (Vienna: Hirmer, 2010), 178, Cat. Nr. III. 54 (Georg Lechner).

Auction Catalogues

  • Illustrated Catalogue of the Artistic Property of the Well-Known House of Cottier and Company of New York, auct. cat., American Art Galleries, New York 1913, n.p., lot 830.

b)        Articles

Journal Article

  • Adolf Hölzel, “Über Formen und Massenvertheilung im Bilde,” Ver Sacrum 4, no. 5 (1901): 243–254.

Article in an Anthology

  • Robert Suckale, “Der Maler Johannes Siebenbürger als Vermittler Nürnberger Kunst nach Ostmitteleuropa,” in Die Länder der böhmischen Krone und ihre Nachbarn zur Zeit der Jagiellonenkönige (1471–1526), ed. Evelin Wetter (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2004), 363–384.

Newspaper Article with Author Abbreviation

  • “Das Achtzigtausend-Gulden Bild,” Die Presse, May 11, 1873, 5.
  • Mike Royko, “Next Time, Dan, Take Aim at Arnold,” Chicago Tribune, September 23, 1992.

Book Review

  • Eileen John, review of Art, Emotion and Ethics, by Berys Gaut, British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (2009): 185–188.
  • David Kamp, “Deconstructing Dinner,” review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan, New York Times, April 23, 2006, Sunday Book Review,

c)        Archival Documents

From the most specific to the more general, i.e. cite the title of the document, date, manuscript locator (number, box, etc.), followed by the name of the repository and location.

  • Letter from Martin Haberditzl to the Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education, April 14, 1928, Nr. 214/1928, Belvedere Archive, Vienna.

d)        Digital Sources

Digital sources should be cited like printed sources. In addition, please include the DOI or URL at the end of the citation. Use URL only if no DOI is available.



4)     Quotations

Set quotes in quotation marks, not italics.

Use English quotation marks (“”) rather than German („“) or French («»).

Use double quotation marks for all quotes and when introducing unusual terminology (“scare quotes”).

Use single quotation only for a quotation within a quotation.

Quotes of three lines and longer should be indented in a separate paragraph.

According to American typographical rules, punctuation is included inside the quotation marks (e.g.: The novella almost perfectly illustrates the idea of “state patriotism,” as Pieter Judson postulates it in his history of the “liberal empire” Habsburg).

The original spelling is given preference in quotations.

Omissions within a quote are indicated by an ellipsis in square brackets: […]. Do not place an ellipsis before the first word of a quotation or after the last word, even if material has been omitted. The first word after an ellipsis is capitalized if it begins a new grammatical sentence.

Additions are included in square brackets: [author’s note].

When quoting, use italics only for words italicized in the original text. If authors wish to stress a particular word or phrase in the quoted passage, add [emphasis added].

Quotations that are not in English should be translated unless the meaning of the quotation is lost. Include the original text in quotation marks in the endnote.

Include “My translation” in the relevant endnote. If you are responsible for most of the translations in your text, add the following sentence in the first relevant note: “Unless otherwise indicated, all translations from primary and secondary sources are my own.”



5)     Illustrations

The BRJ manages the acquisition of image rights and provides authors of accepted manuscripts with a limited budget for this.

Include images with captions in the manuscript.

Please include references to all illustrations in the main text (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.). If possible, place the reference at the end of the relevant sentence. Do not use “and” between multiple figure numbers (e.g. Figs. 2, 5).

For a list of institutions and platforms offering public domain images, visit

a)      Captions

X: Artist’s name (first name + last name), Title (in italics), year, technique / materials, dimensions (height × width × depth in cm/mm). Name of collection, City of collection, Other collection information such as “gift of …”, Inventory number (copyright or credit-line information in brackets).

Measurements are given in cm with a decimal point rather than comma (e.g. 10.2 × 30.7 cm).

Capitalize all words in work titles (except short prepositions, articles, and/or etc.).

Use numerals for centuries (i.e. second quarter of the 20th century).

If the author is unknown, give the title first.

Each caption ends with a full stop.

Captions may differ depending on which data are relevant, available, or requested by the rights holder.

  • Painting: Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Stoning of St. Stephen, c. 1782–1783, oil on canvas, 35 × 20 cm. Belvedere, Vienna, Inv. No. 3194 (Photo: Belvedere, Vienna).
  • Architecture: Adolf Loos, Looshaus (Detail), 1909–1912, Vienna (© author).
  • Performance: Oskar Schlemmer, Scene from Slat Dance, 1927. Archive Oskar Schlemmer, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (© Tut Schlemmer).
  • Video: Still from Linda Montano, Mitchell’s Death, 1978, 22 min. 30 sec., b/w, sound (© Video Data Bank, Chicago).

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