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Acta Historica Tallinnensia
ISSN 1736-7476 (Electronic)
ISSN 1406-2925 (Print)

General information to authors

Submission, review and resubmission processes

1. The manuscripts must be submitted in the format outlined in the Instructions to authors.
2. The manuscript will be sent to at least two reviewers and one member of the Editorial board.
3. If it is established that the article is likely to be acceptable for publication after revision, it will be returned to the corresponding author for correction.
4. The authors of accepted articles must then revise the manuscript according to the comments of the reviewers and return it to the editorial office.
5. When the manuscript has been revised it will be accepted for publication, or passed for re-reviewing to reviewers for asking their opinion on the acceptability of the paper for publication.
6. After receiving the re-review(s) the Editorial board of the journal will make the final decision on the acceptability of the article for publication.

The manuscript (an electronic version) with the covering letter should be sent to the Editor-in-chief.

All papers to be published in the journal are peer reviewed internationally. The duration of the reviewing process is variable, depending on numerous factors. However, typically the entire process from the submission of the first version of the manuscript to publication takes 4 to 6 months.

Instructions to Authors

Acta Historica Tallinnensia publishes peer-reviewed research papers and review essays in English and in Estonian. The papers should be written in clear, proper language and meet the following requirements. We publish only articles dealing with the history of the Baltic Sea region and the Baltic States.

The title should be concise but informative.

The name(s), including one forename in full, affiliation(s), full address(es), and e-mail address(es) of the author(s) should be included. In the covering letter the corresponding author and his/her telephone number should be indicated.

A brief abstract (approximately 250 words) should be a self-contained summary of the paper, presenting concisely the objectives of the work reported, methodology, results, and conclusions. Citations in the abstract should be avoided.

summary (approximately 700 words) presenting the aim and main results of the study should be included at the end of the article. If the article is written in Estonian, the summary should be in English, and vice versa.

The length of the manuscript (incl. references, summaries, and tables) is preferably no more than 9,000 words.

Copyright. No transfer of copyright is necessary in order to publish a paper in the journal. The authors grant the journal a license to publish their work worldwide in all media and formats and identify itself as the original publisher. In addition, authors grant the journal the right to edit and make technical modifications to their work as deemed necessary by the publisher for the purposes of publication in the journal. The authors (or the holder of the authors’ copyright) retain full rights over their work, with acknowledgement of its original publication in the journal.


Manuscripts and other relevant materials should be submitted electronically by e-mail to the Editor-in-chief ( The attachment(s) should not exceed 10 MB or should be send by using web transfer services. The submission has to include:

(a) the files of the paper in Microsoft Word (.doc) format;
(b) original files of illustrations (eps, tif, psd, ai, cdr, xls);
(c) a copy of the identical text and illustrations in .pdf format;
(d) the covering letter.

notation and abbreviations

Notation must be clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All notations and abbreviations should be defined in the text. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract.

Illustrations should be prepared in their final format (that is no enlarging or reducing will be necessary) and fit into the print area of the journal. The maximum size is that of one journal page (127 mm × 200 mm). All illustration files must be clearly numbered and provided with the title and the name(s) of the author(s) in a separate file. The appropriate place for each illustration in the text should be indicated in the text (“insert here Figure no. XXX”). All illustrations must have self-explanatory captions. The captions should be listed separately. The text, tables, and illustrations should not repeat one another. Dense shading for background should be avoided.

The lettering (upper- and lowercase letters, italic, bold) should follow the usage in the text. Different parts of a figure should be marked by lowercase letters in parentheses. The size of symbols and lettering should not be smaller than 1.5 mm.
Illustrations should be provided in one of the following formats:
Vector graphics:
 .cdr (CorelDraw, save as version 6 or a later one)
 .ai (Adobe Illustrator)
 .eps (Encapsulated Post Script)
 .xls (Microsoft Excel, save as an Excel worksheet; should contain spreadsheet and embedded chart)

Raster graphics (such as photographs or scanned line-art):
 .tif (Tagged Image Format, use LZW compression to reduce file size significantly)
 .psd (Adobe Photoshop)

Mixed vector and raster graphics:
 .eps (Encapsulated Post Script)

Make sure that any artwork is at the appropriate minimum resolution: 300 dpi for halftones and greyscales, 600 dpi for combinations (line art and halftones together), and 600 dpi for line art.

Photographs (digital or scanned) should be saved as tif or eps files at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Colour illustrations are accepted if they are essential to the presentation and are printed in colour only in electronic version of the article. The images should be in CMYK mode (resolution at least 300 dpi).

The documentary-note or humanities style is used for bibliographic references. The references and notes are provided in footnotes. Notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article with superior numerals used for note reference numbers in the text.

Form of references in footnotes:
a) Books: surname(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), book title, publisher, publication place and date, page number(s).

Anderson, D. G. Identity and Ecology in Arctic Siberia. Oxford University Press, New York, 2002, 103. 

b) Articles in books: surname(s) and initials of the author(s), title of the article, book title preceded by In:, initials and surname(s) of the editor(s) preceded by Ed(s), publisher, publication place and date, page number(s).

Watrous, S. The regionalist conception of Siberia, 1860 to 1920. In: Between Heaven and Hell. The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture. Eds G. Diment, Y. Slezkine. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1993, 118. 

c) Articles in journals: surname(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), title of the article, en dash, title of the journal, publication date, volume number (in boldface), issue number, page numbers.

Kasekamp, A. Right-Wing movements in the North-East Baltic. – Journal of Contemporary History, 1999, 34, 4, 596.

In the case of quotations give the page number(s) where the quotation occurs, not the whole number of the work cited. 

d) Archival documents: cite the specific source referred to in the work (creator, title, date, if known), arrange information about the source from the general to the specific: repository, its location, collection, fonds, series, item.

Political information of the Estonian Foreign Ministry to envoys posted abroad, 30 April 1927. Rahvusarhiiv (National Archives of Estonia, RA), Tallinn, 957-13-12, 2. 

e) In the case of multiple citations of the same source full bibliographic details should be given when it is first cited. Subsequent citations should be in an abbreviated form with the surname(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), short title of the source and page number(s) given.

Watrous, S. The regionalist conception of Siberia, 120.

article publication charges

The journal does not charge any submission nor publication fee from the authors. The open access fee is partially covered by the Tallinn University.


The author will receive a set of proofs for correcting eventual technical errors. No textual changes may be made and no new material inserted in the text at the time of proofreading.