Acta Periodica Duellatorum

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Acta Periodica Duellatorum (APD) is an independent, open access journal for scholarly and other hands on articles on Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). The importance of regular publications of a scholarly level registered with DOI/ISSN is essential for supporting the acknowledgment and prestige of these emerging fields of research and activities.

The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

HEMA studies are spread between the different fields of History, History of Art, Archaeology, Movement Sciences, etc. One of the most important factors in the process of fostering a dedicated field of research is the presence of independent scientific journals. The Editorial Board of APD would like to support HEMA researchers to reach this achievement and therefore contribute to a better recognition of HEMA studies. Following Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (v2, Committee on Publication Ethics), APD is aimed at publishing high-value papers, based on the criteria of scientific quality components, overseen by an ethical, double-blind, peer-review process .

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Dr. Mátyás Miskolczi, Acta Periodica Duellatorum Association, Hungary
Dr. Daniel Jaquet, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin / Acta Periodica Duellatorum Association, Switzerland

Scientific Committee
Prof. Sydney Anglo (emeritus); Prof. Jan Dirk Müller (Munich University); Prof. Paul Bowman (Cardiff University); Dr. Daniel Jaquet (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin); Dr. János Majár (University of Miskolc); Dr. Audrey Tuaillon-Démesy (University of Besançon); Dr. Bert Gevaert (Catholic University of Louvain); Dr. Eric Burkart (University of Trier); Dr. Ingo Petri (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin); Dr. Marco Quarta (Stanford University); Dr. Matthias-Johannes Bauer (University of Duisburg-Essen); Dr. Reiner van Noort (IFE, Norway); Dr. Serge Vaucelle (University of Toulouse); Dr. Xavier Baecke (University of Ghent); Donald J. La Roccas (Metropolitan Museum, New-York); Robert C. Woosnam-Savage (Royal Armouries, Leeds); Claus Sorenson (Nyborg Museum, Denmark); Sixt Wetzler (Deutsches Klingenmuseum, Solingen); Jeff Lord (University of Massachussets); Dr. Julia Gräf (not currently affiliated); Dr. Ariella Elema (not currently affiliated).

Advisory Committee
Bartlomiej Walczak (PL); Christian Tobler (US); Devon Boorman (CA); Didier de Gernier (FR); Dierk Hagedorn (DE); Dieter Bachmann (CH); Gregory Mele (US); Guy Windsor (FI); Dr. James Robert (ZA); Jean Chandler (US); Jessica Finley (US); Dr. Jürg Gassmann (CH); Keith Farrell (UK); Kevin Maurer (US); Luis Preto (PT); Piermarco Terminiello (UK); Olivier Dupuis (FR); Rob Runacres (UK); Roberto Gotti (IT); Roger Norling (SE); Szablocs Waldmann (HU); Ton Puey (SP).

Technical Editors 
Attila Törcsvári, Arcdev, Hungary

Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland

APD publishes two issues per year: a Scholarly and Hands-On volume. 1. The Scholarly volume offers an academic platform for fundamental research, position papers and methodological papers, with a double-blind peer review process, indexed and distributed by De Gruyter. 2. The Hands-On volume offers a platform for pragmatic research, intended for the various communities of practitioners, and bridges the gap between experienced martial artists, independent researchers and scholars. Different levels of expectations, different formats and peer-review processes are therefore needed for each volume. Typical format comprises:

Scholarly volume

  • Fundamental Research Paper: Article based on theoretical or experimental research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundation of phenomena, observable facts or published thesis. It follows an accepted, methodological approach in the relevant field. It can include micro or macro research, as well as case studies.
  • Position Paper: Article aiming at presenting an opinion, typically that of the author or another specified entity, in which arguments and evidence are presented to support the writer’s views on an issue in his field.
  • Methodological Paper: Article aiming at describing a new methodological approach for HEMA studies, either inspired by an established disciplinary approach or by crossing disciplinary boundaries. Ideally, the author’s approach is illustrated with a case study as proof of concept.
  • Book Review(academic)

Hands on volume

  • Synthesis: Article offering a review of published research, or research directions intended to enlighten the contextualisation of Historical European Martial Arts practices. This can cover any topic of field relevant for HEMA studies (History, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, etc.).
  • Concept (Method): Article aiming at presenting concepts for research methodology, training, practicing, modelling and documentation of HEMA as a modern day practice.
  • Translation/Edition: Article offering a translation or an edition (transcription) of an unpublished primary source for the communities of practitioners. N.B. Scientific (critical) edition of sources are to be published on the scholarly volume as Fundamental Research Paper.
  • Book Review (non-academic)

Calendar and submission

APD receive proposal all year through the dedicated form (see: website). Manuscripts submitted before December, 1st are published in May for both volumes. All forms, guidelines and detailed information are to be found on our website .

Legal & Diclaimer
Acta Periodica Duellatorum is a non-profit personal initiative. All rights are reserved to the Acta Periodica Duellatorum Association (further as : “Association”), University of Geneva, Switzerland. Any income generated by this Yearbook (e.g.: selling hardcopies or receiving sponsors’ contribution) will be used for backing editorial & printing costs. Any profit reached after backing operational costs will be used for supporting HEMA researches or given to charity organisations.

The Association does not claim any literary property of authors publishing their papers in Acta Periodica Duellatorum. Authors are also fully responsible for publishing only texts, pictures and any kind of data they are entitled to. The Association and its partners (peer reviewers among them) never prove publications' and authors' legal background for it is authors' field of interest.

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