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Acta Periodica Duellatorum

Acta Periodica Duellatorum (APD) is an independent, open access journal for scholarly and other contributions on Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). The importance of regular publications of 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 .

Rejection Rate

  • 25%

Similarity Check Plagiarism Screening System

The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.

Detailed description of the Similarity Check System can be found at:

Abstracting & Indexing

Acta Periodica Duellatorum is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
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  • Dimensions
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  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
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  • Microsoft Academic
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
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  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
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  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

APD publishes two issues per year: the regular issue (open call) and an edited issue (usually conference proceedings). Typical contribution includes:

  • 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.

  • 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

Calendar and submission
APD welcome proposal all year through. Manuscripts submitted before December 1st are published in May; manuscripts submitted before June 1st are published in November. All forms, guidelines and detailed information are to be found on our website actaperiodicaduellatorum.com.

Dr. Daniel Jaquet, University of Bern, Switzerland / Acta Periodica Duellatorum Association, Switzerland
Dr. Mátyás Miskolczi, Acta Periodica Duellatorum Association, Hungary

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

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

Technical Editors 
Attila Törcsvári, Arcdev, Hungary

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