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⇒ Deutsche Version

DDS – Die Deutsche Schule is a professional education journal and is published four times a year. It is released by the “German Education Union” (GEW) and is published in its 103rd vintage in 2011.

 Editorial Concept

The journal DDS wants to contribute to the scientific foundation of education and offers an orientation with regard to current discussions and developments in the educational system. The DDS supports the exchange of scientific knowledge and connects those colleagues, who do theoretical and conceptual research in the fields of education and training, and those, who work in educational institutions, especially in leading positions, or who act as political and administrative decision makers. The topics include all aspects of educational processes and comprehend all relevant disciplines and fields of practice.

Each volume normally includes some articles with regard to a focus topic and one or more other articles from science, politics, and pedagogical practice; besides, the journal comprehends reports about research projects and reform approaches, contributions for discussion, as well as reviews. All manuscripts and texts, which may refer to each of these categories, should be written in a target group related style.

Only original contributions, which have not been handed in elsewhere, will be published. With his or her approval of the publication in the DDS, the author entitles the publisher to manifold the article exclusively for the duration of the legal copyright. One year after the publication of the issue, the authors are entitled to publish the article elsewhere. In case of a secondary publication of the article after one year, the authors are liable to refer to the first publication in DDS – Die Deutsche Schule. All copyright issues will be fixed in an author agreement.

 Evaluation Procedure / Peer Review in the DDS

From the 103rd volume (2011) of the DDS, all main articles, i.e. contributions for the focus topic and for the column “Further Articles”, will be subject to a peer review.  After a preselection of the articles with regard to the orientation of the DDS by the editorial staff, the texts will be subject to a double-blind review by voluntary referees. At the end of the review procedure, which may take at least eight weeks due to the new practice, the authors will receive a notice about the acceptance of their manuscripts (when indicated with hints for further revision) or about the refusal respectively. The names of the voluntary reviewers will be published in issue 4 of the respective volume of the journal.

Contributions for the columns “Reports”, “Discussion” and “Reviews” will be surveyed by at least three members of the editorial staff.


In order to keep the time and effort for the editorial staff and the editing procedure as low as possible, we ask for notification of the following recommendations. The editors reserve their right to send articles back for further revision if they are not written in the requested style.

For all articles, an abstract and keywords (in German and in English) are needed. Please hand in your respective suggestions. The abstract should not exceed a total length of 500 characters (incl. spaces). The authors receive a page proof after the preparation of the manuscripts in order to review and approve their articles. At this point of the process, only small and “real” corrections are possible. Further small shortenings and necessary adaptations by the editorial staff - with regard to the journal as a whole - have to be respected.

The articles (incl. footnotes, annotations and list of literature) should comprehend 8 to 10 pages (about 25000 to 30000 characters incl. bibliography and spaces). The manuscripts have to be proofread and should not include any formatting, such as manual syllable divisions, unnecessary breaks, and highlighting by bold style.

Please use the decimal classification for structuring the text, with a maximum of three levels, and mind a clear systematic hierarchy. Annotations have to be organized as footnotes with continuous numbers and should be reduced to a minium. Please use the automatic footnote function of your writing program.

Please write in a gender neutral language, phrase vividly, and clarify the process of your argumentation, the methodical procedure, and the possible consequences (practical implications?). Please emphasize central terms, which are relevant for your argumentation, with italic type. Please write names neither in small capitals nor in CAPITALS, and set no spaces between abbreviations (e.g. instead of e. g.).

Monochrome figures and tables can only be included if they do not exceed a total size of 12,5 x 19,5 cm and are submitted in tif-format. Please mind scalability and avoid halftoning and grey scales. Diagrams and figures should be saved and delivered as separate documents.
Please add  titles and sources to your figures and tables.

References in the text and in the footnotes should be indicated by the name of the author(s), the year of publication, and – in case of concrete quotation – by the relevant page(s) (e.g.: Schneider, 1998; Fischer, 2001; Weber, Meyer & Wagner, 2004; Müller, 1992, p. 11); indirect references should be notified with “cp.” (“compare”) (e.g.: cp. Schmidt, 1995; cp. Müller, 1992, p. 11). In case of multiple publications in the same year, please differentiate by means of additional letters (e.g.: Schulz, 2007a). In case of two authors, the names must be separated by "&" (e.g.: Meyer & Muller); the names of up to six authors have to be indicated at the first mentioning (e.g.: Muller, Smith & Walter, 1997); at further mentionings, the name of the first author and an additional “et al.” is sufficient. If they are more than six authors, only the first name and "et al." have to be mentioned.

In case of the quotation of classical authors and texts, the year of the first edition has to be prefaced (e.g.: Herbart, 1806/1982). Quotations have to be marked by the relevant pages in any case.

In case of the quotation of a translation, the year of the original publication has to be prefaced, followed by ", transl. XXXX" (e.g.: Bourdieu 1984, transl. 1997).

Please cite only those texts in the bibliography which are mentioned in the text; do not quote further literature.

 Bibliography (according to the American Psychological Association APA):

As the DDS assigns a doi to every article, existing doi for all texts in the bibliography must be given in return! If necessary, please check before the submission of your article at Crossref.org (https://apps.crossref.org/simpleTextQuery), whether the literature you have named has a doi, and enter it in the bibliography!

The bibliography has to be arranged alphabetically, as follows:

 Monographs: last name(s) of author(s), initial(s) of first name(s) [two authors connected by "&", more than two and up to six authors by "," and "&"; if there are more than six authors, the first six names have to be mentioned and "et al." is added] (year of publication [in brackets]). Entire title [italic]. Place of publication: publisher. The run has to be set superior in front of the date.

Example: Giesecke, H. (22000). Politische Bildung. Didaktik und Methodik für Schule und Jugendarbeit. Weinheim & München: Juventa.

 Collected editions: last name(s) of editor(s), initial(s) of first name(s) (Ed(s). [in brackets]). (year of publication [in brackets]): entire title. Place of publication: Publisher. Run see above.

Example: Buchen, H., & Rolff, H.-G. (Eds.). (2006): Professionswissen Schulleitung. Weinheim: Beltz.

 Journal articles: last name(s) of author(s), initial(s) of first name(s) (year of publication [in brackets]). Entire title of the article. Name of the journal volume [italic] (number of issue), numbers of first and last pages.

Example: Steinbach-Nordmann, S. (2002). Was bringt das Arbeitsfeld E-Learning für DiplomPädagogen/-innen? Der Pädagogische Blick, 10 (3), 131-137

Articles in colletededitions, annuals, and supplements (or the like): last name(s) of author(s), initial(s) of first name(s) (year of publication [in brackets]). Entire title of the article. In initial(s) of first name(s) last name(s) of editor(s) (Ed(s) [in brackets]): title of collected edition [italic] (pp. numbers of first and last pages). Place of publication: publisher.

Example: Weiß, M., & Bellmann, J. (2007). Bildungsfinanzierung in Deutschland und Schulqualität. Eine gefährdete Balance? In J. van Buer & C. Wagner (Eds.), Qualität von Schule (pp. 167-182). Frankfurt a.M.: Lang.

 Online sources: Please orientate yourself on the text types and their citation formats above, add the date of access (e.g.: Retrieved March 13, 2007,) and the exact online address (from ...).

Example: Abs, H.J., & Veldhuis, R. (2006). Indicators on Active Citizenship for Democracy. The Social, Cultural and Economic Domain. Ispra: Council of Europe for the CRELL-Network on Active Citizenship for Democracy. Retrieved March 13, 2007, from http://farmweb.jrc.cec.eu.int/CRELL/ActiveCitizenship/ Conference/03_AbsVeldhuis.pdf.

With regard to English titles, please capitalize the first letters of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, according to the rules for capitalization in titles.

 Please add some short personal data at the end of your article, according to the following pattern:

First name(s) last name, academic title, year of birth, occupation, place of employment.
Office address
Email address

 Reports from educational science, education policy and pedagogical practice

Reports about the state of the art of research with regard to topics relevant for the DDS and about the corresponding research literature can be published. These texts should not exceed a total length of 30.000 characters (incl. spaces). Please regard the hints for formatting mentioned above.


Reviews should comprehend at most 5000 characters (incl. spaces). Please give a complete bibliographical reference at the beginning of your article. Moreover, the publisher, the total number of pages and the retail price of the publication should be mentioned.

Example: Nils Berkemeyer/Heinz Günter Holtappels (Hrsg.) (2007). Schulische Steuergruppen und Change Management. Theoretische Ansätze und empirische Befunde zur schulinternen Schulentwicklung. Weinheim & München: Juventa, 221 S., 19,50 €.

The first and last name of the reviewer and his or her place of residence should be added at the end of the review, without further personal data.

 Submission of manuscripts

Please send your manuscript as WORD-file, exclusively via email, to the managing editor:


(Sylvia Schütze, Management of DDS, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Schlosswender Str. 1, D 30159 Hannover)

 The publication of articles in the journal DDS is completely free of charge. Authors obtain copies of the respective journal.

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