Submission Guidelines

All contributions should be submitted via email attachments, preferably as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files, to diversities[at] Articles that are part of curated Special Issues should be compiled and submitted all at once by the guest editors.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, including notes and references. Authors whose manuscripts exceed these limits should consult the editorial team before submission.

Each article should feature an abstract of 150-200 words and a biographical note of less than 75 words. The biographical note should state the author’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, along with their main research interests, and (optionally) social media handle, most recent and/or forthcoming publication with date only. The biographical note will be published in a box with a fixed limit (560 signs and spaces) on the first page of the article.

We encourage prospective authors to use images in their contributions, and we can also accommodate other visual, audio and/or interactive elements.

To submit your manuscript, you need to prepare the following files:

  • Your manuscript with all author details (including a title page with the full name and details of the corresponding author and co-authors)
  • A main document file with abstract, keywords, main text and references, which should be fully anonymized to ensure double-blind peer review. Please also include a wordcount at the beginning of the document.
  • Figure files
  • Table files
  • Any additional material (e.g. audio, visual or other multimedia material)


Title: should be clear and informative, without straining for literary effect or allusion, and not too long (should fit into one line).

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.

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 as footnotes (not endnotes).

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

Emphasis: avoid excessive use of emphasis. It should be expressed by italics (not by bold or underlined text).

Quotations: should be as few as possible and should not exceed one paragraph in length.

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: 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. Normally, the list of references should not exceed 25 items. All entries that appear in the reference list should be cited in the text, and vice versa.

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 as footnotes). If possible, please provide digital object identifier (DOIs) for all journal articles. URLs should be provided for material that is available only online, with date accessed.

Examples of References:

Beyer, P. 1998. Globalizing Systems, Global Cultural Models and Religion(s). International Sociology 13 (1): 79-94.

Chapters in books:
Arjomand, S.A. 1989. The Emergence of Islamic Political Ideologies. In:
J.A. Beckford and T. Luckmann, eds., The Changing Face of Religion, London: Sage Publications.

Casanova, J. 1994. Public Religions in the Modern World. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Before submitting the article, the author is advised 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.

Figures: 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. Please indicate where you would like each image to appear by adding in-text callouts between paragraphs (e.g. “Figure 1 here”). It is understood that problems of pagination may oblige the printer to relocate slightly.

Tables: should not be multiplied beyond necessity. They should always be clear and unambiguous. 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. Like with figures, please indicate the placement of tables in the text, or at its end (e.g. “Table 1 here”).