Historical Demography

The aim of the journal is to promote cutting-edge research in the field of historical demography and related disciplines and to allow the free exchange of scientific knowledge. The journal publishes original research papers and major review articles in the field of historical demography, historical sociology, paleodemography, historical statistics, ethnology and historical anthropology related to the population history, family and migration history. The journal also publishes literature reviews and reports on developments in the field.

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Contact: hdredakce@gmail.com

Subscriptions: gergelova@eu.cas.cz


ISSN 0323-0937 (Print)

ISSN 2570-9259 (Online)

Reg. nr. MK ČR E 18976


Price: 130 CZK

Published: biannually

Published by: Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, ID 68378076

and Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, ID 00216208


Editor-in-chief: Alice Velková

Managing Editor: Markéta Skořepová


Editorial Board:

Ioan Bolovan (Faculty of History and Philosophy, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca)

Karel Černý (First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague)

Ludmila Fialová (Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague)

Josef Grulich (Institute of History, Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice)

Jan Horský (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague)

Eduard Maur (Prague)

Satoshi Murayama (Department of Humanities and Environmental Studies, Faculty of

Education, Kagawa University, Kagawa)

Sheilagh Ogilvie (All Souls College, University of Oxford)

Andrea Pokludová (Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava, Ostrava)

Markéta Pražáková Seligová (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague)

Markéta Skořepová (Institute of History, Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice)

Peter Teibenbacher (Institut für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Unternehmensgeschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)

Pavol Tišliar (Department of Historical Sciences and Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts of UCM, Trnava)

Alice Velková (Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague)

Jiří Woitsch (Institute of Ethnology CAS, Prague)


Contact: Institute of Ethnology CAS, Na Florenci 3, 110 00, Praha 1, Czech republic


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Layout & Typo: Martin Třešňák, Šiškova 1228, 182 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic, e-mail: martin.tresnak@gmail.com

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Guide for authors

Thematic scope of journal articles:

The editorial office accepts contributions in the field of historical demography, historical sociology, palaeodemography, archival studies (if concerning the sources usable in demographic research), historical geography, historical statistics (if concerning the population history or demography history), ethnography and historical anthropology (if concerning the issues of natural increase, family and migrations).

Manuscripts are only accepted in electronic form submitted to the e-mail address of the editorial office hdredakce@gmail.com. The cover letter should contain complete address, including your e-mail and parent institution. The authors neither pay any fees for editing and publication of their articles, nor receive royalty payments.

Extent of manuscripts:

The textual part of individual contributions should not exceed 50 standard pages (1 standard page = 1800 characters including spaces). The extent of reports and reviews should not exceed 5 standard pages. The submitted studies must include an English-written abstract in the extent of 500–700 characters, 3–5 keywords and relevant notes observing the citation standards used by the journal Historická demografie.

The manuscript is to be submitted in electronic form, in the MS Word text editor format *.doc or *.rtf, the tables and graphs together with source data are to be submitted in the MS Excel format and maps in *.jpg or *.tiff format with at least 300 dpi resolution. Individual pages of the manuscript and all attachments must be numbered. Please keep in mind that all attachments can only be printed in B/W mode, therefore modify the graphs and colour images so as to maintain their readability.

Peer review process:

The peer review process is bilaterally anonymous. Each submitted paper is first judged within a narrow editorial circle. If the editorial office decides to put the article on review, it is subsequently sent to two independent opponents. The author must take into consideration their comments and make appropriate changes in his/her text. The assessments together with a new version of the manuscript are then submitted to the editorial board of the journal, whose members can decide upon additional comments and recommendations, which the author is obliged to integrate into the text. Upon the recommendations of reviewers and the editorial board, the Editor-in-Chief decides whether or not the contribution will be: a) published without changes or with only minor modifications, b) rewritten and submitted for assessment again, c) rejected, or d) sent to a third reviewer. The author is notified about the decision to publish the manuscript within 14 days after the session of the editorial board, which is always held in spring and autumn. The editorial office makes linguistic corrections and graphic layout of the text, which might demand modifications or reduction of attached graphics and illustrations.

Basic rules for an optimal manuscript format:

A. Texts

  1. Insert footnotes with the help of the MS Word automatic function.
  2. Text marking (italics, bold) and the use of exponents and indexes will be maintained.
  3. Do not use different kinds of backgrounds and colours to edit the texts, headings, tables and graphs, and do not use underlining in the text.
  4. Do not use other than automatic formatting and please avoid using tabulators, division breaks, non-breaking and multiple spaces, paragraph indents made by spacebar, etc. In the final layout, the text will be wrapped in a different font size and type, so that any graphic editing of the text is in vain.

B. Tables, graphs, pictures

  1. Insert the elaborated tables and graphs directly into the text and attach them at the same time together with source data in a separate MS Excel file. While preparing the tables and graphs, please keep in mind that the journal is published in the A5 format and it is necessary to adapt the dimensions of inserted objects to maintain their readability in the final layout. Adapt the graphs and pictures to B/W print mode.
  2. Insert all image files (maps, photographs) into the text and attach them at the same time as separate files in *.jpg or *.tiff format with at least 300 dpi resolution.
  3. Each table, graph or picture must be captioned in Czech and English and the source must be quoted in the form of a short reference to used archival material, publication or own calculation.
  4. The best suitable font type in graphs and tables is Times New Roman.


C. Citation rules

The journal Historická demografie observes the citation standards used by the journal Český časopis historický. In case of citing multiple works of the same author in one and the same note, always give the full first name and surname of the author and avoid abbreviations like id. Also avoid abbreviation of periodicals names such as Historická demografie (hereinafter HD). Recurrent reference to particular publication is to be abbreviated (E. Maur, Základy, p. 15; ibidem, p. 15), but when mentioned for the very first time, it is absolutely inevitable to give full reference without any abbreviations and parentheses. Particularly in the case of books or more extensive papers, try to quote the page range of referenced text as accurately as possible (pp. 15–20).


Examples of basic types of references:


Sheilagh OGILVIE, A Bitter Living. Women, Markets and Social Capital in Early Modern Germany, Oxford 2003.


Journal articles:

Beatrice MORING, Nordic Retirement Contracts and the Economic Situation of Widows, Continuity and Change 21, 2006, pp. 383–418.


Articles in collected volumes, chapters in collective monographs:

Sonya O. ROSE, Widowhood and Poverty in Nineteenth-century Nottinghamshire, in: John Henderson – Richard Wall (eds.), Poor Women and Children in the European Past, London 1994, pp. 269–291.


Internet sources:

https://archivnimapy.cuzk.cz/uazk/pohledy/archiv.html (27. 8. 2018).


Unpublished sources:

Unpublished sources must be referenced according to currently valid archival standards. The proper order of mentioned data shall be as follows: correct official name of institution, fund/collection name, inventory number/accession number/signature, storage unit. The names of archives and archival funds can be reduced to commonly used abbreviations. For the registration numbers and names of archival storage units use the designations and abbreviations in compliance with currently valid standards (Basic Rules of Archival Processing). In the case of more extensive materials add an as accurate as possible reference to the range of pages or folios.


Instructions for text editing to download.

Guide for Reviewers


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.


Double-blind peer review is applied. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Service to the Academic community

The editors do not pay any fees to reviewers.

Download review form here.

Journal Rules

Peer Review Policy

Submitted manuscripts are first evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief (in case of doubt, the Editor-in-Chief consults the Editorial Board). If felt to be suitable for publication, manuscripts will be sent to two different reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief from a list approved by the Editorial Board as a part of the double-blind review process. Following the advice of reviewers, the Editor will decide whether the piece is appropriate to be a) published with minor or no changes; b) needs to be revised and resubmitted; c) is to be rejected; d) is to be sent to a third reviewer. The final decision is presented and approved by the Editorial Board. The Editor works closely with reviewers and authors to guarantee a swift review and publication.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Everyone involved in publishing process incl. authors, editors and reviewers must strictly follow: Publishing Ethics Resource Kit /PERK/ of Elsevier and Code of Conduct of COPE.


Publication decisions

The Editor-in-Chief of Historická demografie is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief follows the reviewers’ recommendations and consults and informs the Editorial Board of her decisions. The Editor-in-Chief must also follow the journal’s policies and legal requirements, such as those regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Fair Play

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.


All manuscripts submitted for peer-review are kept strictly confidential. The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Team must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, as appropriate.

Against Ghostwriting

Academic integrity is a foundation of quality scholarship and readers should be certain that the authors of publications present the results of their work in keeping with the standards of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Scholarly ethics as well as the highest editorial standards require strict transparency of information about all persons and institutions that have contributed to the publication (to its ideas, content, production or funding, etc.). Providing complete information of this kind is not only a manifestation of good academic practice but also a proof of social responsibility. So-called „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” are practices that violate this principle.

„Ghostwriting” takes place if a person has substantially contributed to a publication, but his/her participation as a co-author is not revealed or his/her role is not acknowledged in the acknowledgements included in the publication.

„Guest authorship” („honorary authorship”) takes place if an author’s/co-author’s contribution to a publication has been scant or none at all, and yet she/he is listed as the publication’s author or co-author.

In order to counteract „ghostwriting”and „guest authorship,” the journal’s Editorial Board has introduced the following principles:

1. The Authors are required to reveal the particular authors’ contribution to the publication (providing their affiliation and specifying the nature of their contributions).

2. The Authors are required to provide the financial disclosure, i.e. to report the sources of financing the publication and contributions of academic research institutions, associations and other bodies.

3. Information specified in points 1 and 2 should be provided in the declaration enclosed to the paper.

4. The Editorial Board will document all instances of violating and infringing on the principles of scholarly ethics and notify appropriate bodies and authorities.

Multiple, or Concurrent Publication

Submitted manuscripts cannot have been published elsewhere, and they cannot be currently under review elsewhere. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


By submitting the work to the journal, the author expresses her/his free and informed consent to the license terms and the processing of personal data specified here. By submitting the work to the journal, the author agrees to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Copyright Notice, which will apply to the submission if and when it is published by this journal.

Journal History

The peer-reviewed scientific journal Historická demografie was founded in 1967 following the development of historical demographic research in the then Czechoslovakia, which was mainly based on the theoretical and methodological foundations of West European historical demography. The journal was initially issued only once a year. Publication of the journal was interrupted in 1975–1984 for political and ideological reasons. The journal was issued until 1991 by the Institute of History of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (or by its predecessors), and later by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The papers submitted to the editorial office have been thoroughly peer-reviewed since 2007. In 2009, the journal was included in the portfolio of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and began to be issued twice a year. Since 2015, the journal has been published in cooperation of the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague.

The journal always was open towards new theories and methods and inclined to interpretatively oriented disciplines. Most of the papers are published in Czech, but the proportion of foreign languages and authors on the pages of Historická demografie always distinctly surpassed usual standards of other humanities periodicals published in our country. In the 1980s and 1990s, the texts in Historická demografie brought to the Czech Republic paradigmatic impulses of anthropological family studies or the whole historical-anthropological discourse.

Open Access Policy

The journal’s goal is to foster leading research in historical demography by maximizing the free exchange of scholarly knowledge. Historická demografie therefore provides gold open access to all of its content. The journal is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


Details for the authors

1. Fees: there is no article processing charge (APC) and no gold open access publication fee for authors or for article submission or publication.

2. Copyright owner: the author.

3. License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY SA).

4. Self-archiving: author can archive pre-print, postprint, and publisher's version (PDF), but must provide title, volume, issue, pages and link to the website of journal.

5. Content freely available on journal website: Immediately upon publication.

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