Submission Guidelines

Please read the submission guidelines before visiting the submission site.

New Diversities primarily publishes content in the format of special issues curated by external guest editors together with the editorial team. Individual articles are also welcome, as are reviews of books, films, conferences, and exhibitions. The journal is also open to non-traditional article formats and forms of scholarly writing, including those taking narrative, dialogical, and/or audio-visual approaches.

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

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

All article submissions go through the journal’s double-blind peer review process. Each article considered for review is sent to at least two external reviewers.

All published content is fully available on the New Diversities website immediately upon publication, with no publication or access fees and in line with Libre Open Access (corresponding to the CC BY user license). New Diversities complies with the COPE Core Practices for Journal Publishers.

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 favour 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.

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.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are edited by the editorial office to be published in both HTML and PDF formats on the pages of New Diversities.

Manuscript submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts through the ScholarOne portal. This applies both to individual articles and to articles that are part of curated issues. Authors submitting articles as part of curated issues will be asked to indicate this in the ScholarOne submission mask.

Please submit other types of contributions for consideration (e.g. reviews, multi-media pieces, etc.) via email (preferably as a *.docx or *.doc file) to diversities[at]mmg.mpg.de.

To submit your manuscript through ScholarOne, 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)

If you have questions about using the ScholarOne portal, you can access ScholarOne Author support, or contact diversities[at]mmg.mpg.de for assistance.

General guidelines

Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, including notes and references. It is a ceiling, not a target. 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.

Style

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. Any quotation made in translation must be accompanied by the original language version.

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:

Articles:
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.

Books:
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”).