Please submit your article via the website of Historical Life Course Studies. Your article will be assessed by the Editorial Board of Historical Life Course Studies. All submission are peer reviewed. For the editorial procedure, please consult the Editorial Statute. A sample of the Publication and Copyright Agreement to be signed by the authors can be found here.


Only manuscripts written in English are eligible for publication. Authors can choose between American or British English as long as one of the two is applied consistently throughout the whole manuscript. Authors are themselves responsible for any language errors with respect to orthography and grammar. The editors recommend non-native English speakers to make use of professional language assistance before submitting a paper.

Articles should be written preferably in Word. Keep the layout as simple as possible. Please do not use page breaks, styles, etc. Paragraphs should not be indented.

Articles should be divided into chapters (‘CHAPTER X’) with a short title and subsequently sections (‘X.X’), also with a short title.

Try to avoid abbreviations.

Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page. Please use a superscript number following the punctuation mark.

Start your article with a short abstract of 250 words maximum and submit it as a separate file.

Please submit the acknowledgments section, to be placed at the end of the article before the references, as a separate file.

We recommend not to go into too much detail concerning the layout before your paper is accepted for publication. This also applies to the formatting of the illustrations, graphs and tables; this is only necessary when making the final submission for print. The same goes for submitting these items as separate files.

Illustrations, tables, graphs, etc.

Insert the item in the text at the place you want to present them to the reader. Place a short title above each of them and, if applicable, source information and notes below. Please be sure that all items used are free of rights or that a permission to use is provided for.

In addition, each item should be submitted as a separate file (TIFF, JPEG, Excel, etc.; images in a resolution of minimal 300 dpi). Make sure that tables and graphs are editable.

Graphs are preferably created in Microsoft Excel. Don’t use grid lines in graphs. Use the simplest form of lay-out for tables with solid black lines (0,5 pt) only.

If you are using programs like Stata or R and it’s not possible to produce an editable graph, please make sure that your graphs are in line with the graphs in previous articles.

Please use the following colours in graphs, diagrams, etc.:
Main colours (RGB):         
Pink          241, 100, 182
Orange     245, 116, 33
Grey          209, 210, 212

Additional colours (RGB):               
Blue           20, 137, 216
Red            173, 57, 10         
Sand          190, 152, 107      
Grey           147, 148, 152
Green         26, 68, 22

References and citation

Historical Life Course Studies follows the APA 7 Reference Style. Below you find some guidelines and examples for this style. More useful information can be found here.

More information on the use of capitals and format can be found here.

Any source cited in your text, should appear in a section ‘References’ at the end of the article. Entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author.

Please make sure to add a persistent identifier or URL if available.

  • In-text citation

Citing a work by one author:

In the body of a text: Surname (year)
In parentheses: (Surname, year)

Citing a work by two authors:

In the body of a text: Surname and Surname (year)
In parentheses: (Surname & Surname, year)

Citing a work by three or more authors:

In the body of a text: Surname et al. (year)
In parentheses: (Surname et al., year)

Works that stand alone (books, dissertations, etc.) are italicized and capitalized, works part of a greater whole (journal article, book chapter, etc.) are put inside double quotations marks and capitalized:

The book An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it affects the Future Improvement of Society (Malthus, 1798) made an important contribution (…)

The article “Socio-Economic Status and Clustering of Child Deaths in Rural Punjab” (Das Gupta, 1997) made an important contribution (…)

Incorporate quotations fewer than 40 words into the paragraph and enclose it in double quotation marks:

According to Author (year), "Quote" (p. x).

Place direct quotations that are 40 words or longer in a free-standing block and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line.

Quotes that are not in English, should be translated in a footnote.

  • References

List up to 20 authors. After the first 19, use a comma and an ellipsis in place of the remaining names and end with the final author’s name. Do not use and ampersand: Author19, S. S., … AuthorLast, Z. Z.

Article in journal
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of article. Title of journal, volume(issue number if applicable), page numbers xx-xx. DOI or URL (if available)

Pozzi, L., & Barona, J. L. (2012). Vulnerable babies. Late foetal, neonatal and infant mortality in Europe (18th–20th centuries). Annales de Démographie Historique, 123(1), 11–24.

Author, A. A. Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI or URL (if available)

van Leeuwen, M. H. D., & Maas, I. (2011). HISCLASS: A historical social class scheme. Leuven University Press.

Article or chapter in an edited book
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI or URL (if available)

Mandemakers, K. (2000). The Netherlands. Historical Sample of the Netherlands. In P. K. Hall, R. McCaa & G. Thorvaldsen (Eds.), Handbook of international historical microdata for population research (pp. 149–177). Minnesota Population Center.

Conference proceedings in a journal
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of paper. Title of proceedings, volume(issue number if applicable), page numbers xx-xx. Publisher. DOI or URL (if available)

Notestein, F. W. (1953). Economic problems of population change. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of Agricultural Economists, 13–31. Oxford University Press.

Data Set
Author, A. A. Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. or Name of the provider of the set. (year). Title of data set (Version no.) [Data set]. Publisher. DOI or URL (if available)

Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN). (2017). Civil certificates (Release 2017.01 (n=85,334)) [Data set].