About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Otago German Studies seeks to publish the highest quality scholarship on German culture in the broadest possible sense, including literary criticism, literary history, philosophy, philology, aesthetics, stylistics, visual culture, gender studies, eco-criticism, media studies, correspondence, biography, history, reference works and translations.

Manuscript Requirements

Manuscripts may be submitted in English or German. Book or chapter-length submissions (Otago German Studies is not a journal) should not exceed 200 double-spaced pages (12 font, Times New Roman, A5). Footnotes (not endnotes) should be used. The MLA Handbook should be used as a general guide for formatting, but the German convention of citing works is also acceptable as long as there is consistency within the book. For any illustrations to be included permission from the copyright holders has to be obtained. Electronic submissions are preferred.

For any further information, please contact the editor at otago-german-studies@otago.ac.nz.

Peer review

All submissions are subject to anonymous peer-review. The editors will be responsible for selecting appropriate reviewers who are chosen on the basis of their relevant expertise.

Copyright Agreement

All authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement before their manuscript goes to print.

Manuscripts accepted for publication become the property of Otago German Studies and may not be published elsewhere, in whole or in part, without written permission, however permission will usually be given.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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Journal History

Otago German Studies was initially founded by Dr August Obermayer in 1980 to support "Germanistik" in New Zealand by providing a means of publication primarily, but not exclusively, for local scholars of German. The scope of the series has since widened and now encourages contributions from the international German studies community. In 1981 Prof E. W. Herd joined as co-editor and carried out this function until his death in 1997. Dr Cecilia Novero joined as co-editor in 2015 and Dr Peter Barton became a member of the team in 2017. Dr Obermayer retired in 2023 after helping to produce Volume 31 in the series.