The MIA CAS Publishing House publishes in its own production or in co-editions (NLN Publishing House, Academia, Vyšehrad, ÚTGM) professional outputs of its staff, proceedings of conferences organized or co-organized by the Institute or editions of archival documents. However, it also supports the publication of studies by non-institutional authors, translations of books from other languages, which are thematically in line with the professional focus of the Institute (activities of T.G. Masaryk and E. Beneš, Czech history of the period 1848–1945, history of science, archives and codicology). The most extensive editorial project of the Masaryk Institute and the Archives of the CAS is the critical edition of the Collected Writings of T.G. Masaryk, which the Institute has been collaborating on since 1995 and which was completed in 2022 with the publication of the final, 40th volume. Other profile series include the edition of monographs Czech Modern History (co-edition with Academia Publishing House), the series of scientific editions of archival documents “Korespondence TGM” and “Ego. Paměti, deníky, korespondence” (co-edition with NLN Publishing House) and the anthology series “Studie z českých moderních dějin”. Recently, the cooperation with the Academie Publishing House has deepened with the establishment of the “Dějiny Akademie věd” series (a multi-volume work dealing with the history of the oldest scientific institutions in the Czech Republic) and the “Album” series (an edition of archival pictorial materials on a specific topic).
The Institute’s specialist departments also publish three specialist periodicals, Střed | Centre, Studie o rukopisech, Práce z dějin Akademie věd, which appear twice a year.
Guidelines for authors
The Institute has established binding guidelines for authors publishing within the MIA publishing house and a citation policy for manuscripts published outside the MIA series. Other manuscripts included in one of the editorial series or in an issue of the Institute’s periodical respect the relevant citation style of the series or journal.
Guidelines for authors of manuscripts of monographs and editions published by the MIA CAS
- Do not use unnecessary formatting
- For the smooth running of the work, it is essential that the text of the manuscript does not contain any unnecessary formatting or “graphic design” efforts or embedded images
- Texts can have up to several subtitle hierarchies. These do not need to be formatted in any particular way. You can either use the built-in style system in Word and assign the subtitles to the appropriate level (1; 1.1; 1.1.1), or write the subtitles without any highlighting and then indicate each level in the printed paré and give the handwriting the appropriate legend (e.g. in colour: red = level 1 subtitle, green = level 2, etc.).
- Note the most common mistakes:
- Do not write a space before punctuation marks (e.g. period, comma, exclamation mark), but do write a space before the leading parenthesis, even in positional terms: ...option excluded (!), but others...;
- always write a space after punctuation marks, and only write a space after the end bracket if it is not followed by a punctuation mark, e.g.: ...the option excluded (!) and did not look...;
- distinguish between percentages and percentages: 1% = one percent, 1% = one percent
- when writing an apostrophe, do not use ' (comma) but ’ (apostrophe);
- distinguish between a hyphen - ('short dash', e.g. if, Czech-German) and a dash – ('long dash', e.g. 1918–1938); for a dash in Word, use CTRL and the minus sign on the numeric keypad, or --
- when using a triplet (e.g. when omitting text in a quotation), be careful to use the triplet character rather than three consecutive periods. It should automatically form when you uncap the space (it’s a single character).
- Along dash with spaces on either side is used in the following cases:
- when joining two opposites (e.g. black - white, up - down);
- in a bibliography between the names of two authors (Urbanitsch, P. – Rumpler, H. or J. Kuklík – J. Gebhart) ;
- in the bibliography between the names of two places of publication (Wien – München);
- a long dash without spaces is used in the following cases:
- when indicating volumes, pages, verses, years, centuries, etc. (I–IV, pp. 356–357, 1997–1998, 3rd–4th centuries);
- always list pages and years in full, e.g., pp. 325–326 (not 325–6 or 325–26), 1911–1914 (not 1911–4 or 1911–14); list centuries by number, but break out the years, e.g., the 1890s (not the 1890s);
- write a full stop and a space between the initials (e.g. Hegel, G. W. F.).
- references in the text are usually after punctuation marks
- Citation conventions for MIA CAS publications
- For manuscripts published outside the MIA CAS series, the citation conventions of the journal Střed | Centre apply. Other manuscripts included in an editorial series or in an issue of an institutional periodical follow the relevant citation style of the series or journal