Guidelines for Contributors

1) General points for contributors

Usually issues are devoted to a special theme. Articles are normally commissioned by the Editorial Office with the assistance of an external Guest Editor for the issue. In certain cases, a specific call for papers may be issued for a thematic issue. Authors considering submission should refer to the general guidelines below as well as to any specific indications in the call for papers.

Unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome for the “Open forum” section (any topic within the domain of the journal).

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed.

In line with the profile of the Journal, articles should be appealing and accessible to those not specialised in their particular subjects. Excessive technicality, jargon and mehodological protocol are to be avoided in favour of direct, clear language. Controversial ideas or doctrines should, as far as possible, be discussed in a positive manner, and in such a way as to avoid the imputation of ulterior motives to those who hold different views.

Texts should not impair the spirit of international understanding and cooperation.

Whilst the editorial staff verifies the stylistic acceptability of texts, and authors may be consulted on any problems which arise, it is important that manuscripts be presented in fully finished form. MPI-MMG also reserves the right to editorial revision and abbreviation of the text, although any revision involving substantial change will be forwarded to the author for accord before publication.

It is not the policy of the NEW DIVERSITIES to publish articles that have already been published elsewhere, or which are in press or under consideration by other journals. Authors are requested to honour this rule when submitting manuscripts.

Acceptance of an article does not commit MPI-MMG to publish.

2) Technical details of presentation

The preferred mode of submission for manuscripts is as an email attachment (readable by Word for Windows) and addressed to the editor ( If this is not possible, a CD may be accepted. Normally, hardcopy is not necessary.

Manuscripts are edited by the editorial office to be published as pdf-files on the Internet.

3) Length of manuscripts

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words (2,000 words for book reviews). This includes all notes, tables, graphics and references. It is a ceiling, not a target. Authors whose articles risk exceeding these limits should consult the editor before submission. Full-length articles should be accompanied by a 150-word abstract and a 100-word biographical note.

4) Style

Title: should be clear and informative, without straining for literary effect or allusion. Not too long (should fit into one line), without quotation marks within it, preferably no question marks, and preferably without subtitle.

Notes: should not be multiplied unreasonably. It is generally possible and often preferable to integrate elegantly much note material (and indeed, sometimes all of it) as asides in the text itself. When used, notes should be numbered consecutively, called at the appropriate point of the text, and presented in numerical order at the bottom of the page (not at the end of the text).

Acknowledgements: if any, they should be placed in a note, marked by an asterisk rather than a numeral, at the bottom of the first page, and called from the author’s name or article title.

References: given the profile of the Journal, in general authors should not seek to compile comprehensive reference lists. The references should be restricted to those which are really useful to the readers or necessary for authentification. In any case if not cited expressly in the article they should not appear in the list. Normally, the list should not exceed 25 items.

As with notes, authors are requested not to use special reference formatting systems, as this creates difficulties of manuscript manipulation for the editorial office, publisher, and printer. References should be in plain text, the same font as the main text (12 point Times New Roman).

Bibliographical details: should be complete and correct. Reference calls should follow Style B of the Chicago Style Manual, e.g. (Adam 1987) or with a page number (Adam 1987: 612). The references should be gathered at the end of the article (not at the foot of each page).

Please use the following form for articles:
BEYER, P. 1998. “Globalizing Systems, Global Cultural Models and Religion(s)”. International Sociology 13 (1): 79-94.

The following form for chapters:
ARJOMAND, S. A. 1989. “The Emergence of Islamic Political Ideologies”. In:
J.A. Beckford and T. Luckmann, eds., The Changing Face of Religion (SAGE Studies in International Sociology 37), London: Sage Publications.

The following form for books:
CASANOVA, J. 1994. Public Religions in the Modern World. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Before submitting the article the author is requested to double-check that each reference called in the text does in fact appear in the list of references (and conversely) and that the date of publication and spelling of the author’s name are correct in both call and reference list. Please pay particular attention to the correct placing of punctuation marks, capitals, small capital fonts, italics, etc. as such issues can be very time-consuming at a later stage.

Quotations: should be as few as possible and should not exceed one paragraph in length. Any quotation made in translation must be accompanied by the original language version.

Spelling: please use English rather than American spelling (e.g. labour, centre, through). Optional spelling for words like globalise/globalize.

Large numbers. If the article uses the term ‘billion’ in the text or tables, please make it clear to the reader whether this is meant as ‘thousand million’ (US usage) or ‘million million’ (UK usage). Both are accepted, but the meaning must be clear.

Emphasis: avoid excessive use of emphasis (too much emphasis destroys its effect). It should be expressed by italics (rather than bold or underlining).

Formatting: 12 point type in Times New Roman with standard margins at one-and-a-half line spacing; one extra space between paragraphs; do not indent paragraphs; emphasis and foreign words in italics; title and headings in bold; subheadings in italic underlined, but try to avoid multiple layers of subheadings.

Tables: should not be multiplied beyond necessity. They should always be clear and unambiguous, and free from corrections. None should require more than one page and each should carry a number, a caption and a source. Footnotes should not be attached to figures or tables; such information should be incorporated into the caption of the table.

Tables should normally be presented in the same word-processing software as used for the main text (e.g. Word), and presented with that text in a single file. They may be placed in the text, or grouped at the end (after the notes but before the references).

If there are figures, they should be in software readable by Microsoft Office, and should be presented in a separate electronic file. If scanned or otherwise digitally captured, these must be provided for publication in high resolution (800 dpi). However, in order to facilitate file exchanges, lower resolutions are recommended at the submission / evaluation stage. Their placement in the text (or at its end) should be indicated clearly (e.g. “Figure 1 about here”). It is understood that problems of pagination may oblige the printer to relocate slightly.

5) Complementary items to be submitted with the text

Abstract of less than 200 words. It is not necessary to list key words.

Short biographical note of less than 75 words, giving the author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address, main research interests and (optionally) most recent and/or forthcoming publication with date only. This will be published in a box with a fixed limit (560 signs and spaces) on the first page of the article.

6) Sequence of presentation

Please order the material of the article as follows, beginning each item on a new page:

  • Abstract (with title of article and author’s name)
  • Biographical note
  • Body of the text (with title and author’s name repeated at top of first page)
  • Notes if any
  • Other auxiliary material e.g. appendices, tables, figures, if any
  • References