Aims and Scope

New Diversities, published by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, is a peer-reviewed and open-access interdisciplinary journal seeking to promote debate and conceptual development around issues of diversity and social difference. It welcomes submissions that link substantive analyses with critical perspectives on the modes, politics, representations and consequences of various forms of social differentiation –including ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion and sexuality– and their power-laden intersections.

New Diversities is open to contributions from a range of theoretical, methodological and regional orientations, and particularly encourages comparative and intersectional approaches. We are committed to making academic publishing more equitable and diverse, and thus strongly encourage submissions from scholars based outside of Western Europe and North America.

We publish content primarily in the format of curated special issues, but also invite submissions of individual research articles as well as reviews of books, films, conferences, and exhibitions. In seeking to harness the possibilities of an online publication, we encourage prospective authors to experiment with different formats and media, including narrative and dialogical writing and/or audio-visual materials. 

To inquire about possible contributions and themes for special issues, please contact the editorial team at diversities(at)

Information for Contributors

Authors considering submission should refer to the Submission Guidelines as well as to the journal’s Aims and Scope.

All article submissions considered for publication by the editorial team go through the journal’s double-blind peer review process and are sent to at least two external reviewers.

Articles should be appealing and accessible to an interdisciplinary audience and wider non-specialist readership. Excessive technicality, jargon and methodological protocol are to be avoided in favor of direct, clear language.

Articles and other submissions formats should be original contributions and not under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

Accepted manuscripts are professionally copy-edited and published in the Early View section ahead of issue publication.

Open Access Policy

All published content is fully available on the New Diversities website, with no publication or access fees and in line with Libre Open Access (corresponding to the CC BY user license).

Following publication, authors retain the copyright and are entitled to republish their articles elsewhere, in original or amended form, provided that prior publication in New Diversities is acknowledged.

New Diversities complies with the COPE Core Practices for Journal Publishers.


New Diversities is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Cambridge Scientific Abstract (CSA): Sociological Abstracts and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH PLUS)
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)
  • Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG)
  • Zeitschriftdatenbank (ZDB)