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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Serendipities: Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences publishes four kinds of texts:

Articles report research results, develop theoretical arguments, or – at best – offer a combination of both. An article has to be concerned with the sociology and history of the social sciences and should demonstrate how it adds to our understanding by relating to and positioning itself towards the relevant literature from this field.

Symposia are contributions to a discussion either to earlier published articles or related to each other. The aim of these contributions is the clarify opinions, positions, perspectives, approaches etc.

Book reviews are intended to present and assess new publications relevant to the field of the journal. There is no restriction with regard to the language of the reviewed publication. Moreover, it is the explicit aim of the editors that this section will function both as a forum for critical evaluation of new books and as a platform for those who are not able to read them in their original.

A third kind of text will be materials, These can either be archival materials, i.e., items from the past that are deemed valuable enough to be made visible to the scientific community, e.g. letters, unpublished manuscripts, administrative documents etc., together with short commentaries on the significance of the documents. Or, using some of the functionalities offered by digitalization, these materials can also be contemporary reconstructions of past situations (e.g., visualizations), data sets, or the like.

1. Submission of manuscripts

An article submitted to Serendipities: Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences must be an original, unpublished manuscript which is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Serendipities accepts submissions in English, French, German, and Spanish for reviewing but will ask those authors whose articles are accepted to provide an English version for publication. Stylistic and orthographic copy-editing will be provided.

Submission

  • Complete manuscripts can only be submitted online through our journal management software as MS-Word-doc-, docx- or RTF-file.
  • The manuscript will be reviewed anonymously (double-blind).
  • The final version of the manuscript must correspond with the reviewers’ recommendations.

2. Length, format and contents of manuscripts

Submitted articles are expected not to exceed 7,000 words or 55,000 characters (with spaces, notes, tables/figures and references). Contributions to symposia (or other discussion papers) are expected not to be longer than 3,500 words or 25,000 characters (with spaces). In certain cases, however, editors can decide to accept longer papers.

Manuscripts should be composed of the following elements:

  • Contact information: The cover letter of the author should provide postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
  • Main text: The article should use the A4 format, be double spaced (preferably 30 lines per page with 60 letters each) and with broad margins. Leave the right margins ragged and avoid word divisions and hyphens at the ends of lines. Italics may be used for emphasis, however in moderation.
  • Language: The final versions of manuscripts are expected to be written in a stylistically sophisticated and orthographically consistent English. Language editing will nevertheless provide before the release of any text. Whether to use the British or the US-American spelling, is up to the author.
  • Gender-neutral language should be maintained consistently throughout the manuscript.
  • Tables/Figures: Tables and figures should not be included within the pages of the main text, but placed on separate pages at the end of the text. They should be numbered consecutively and include a short descriptive heading and information about the sources used. Indicate where the tables and figures should be placed in the final text (e. g. "Table 3 about here").
  • Notes: The notes should be brief and formatted as footnotes and numbered consecutively.
  • References: The list of references should include all works referred to in the text in the bibliographical information following tables and figures, or in the notes. For more detailed guidelines concerning references and citations, see point 3 and 4 below.
  • Abstracts: The manuscript should come with an abstract in English, but additional language abstracts are welcome. The abstract must be a self-contained text, with about 10-15 lines (not exceeding 800 characters).
  • Keywords: Please submit 4 to 6 keywords in English.
  • Short title: Please submit a short title for your paper (for the header of the article).
  • Short biographical note: Together with the manuscript a short biographical note about the author should be provided; it should not exceed 10 lines (or 800 characters). We will publish your e-mail address as a footnote on the title page.

3. Citations

Use quotation marks for directly cited phrases or sentences within the text. Direct citations of over three lines in length should be indented and quotation marks removed.

References must be integrated into the text, providing (in brackets) the name of the author/editor, the publication year and the page number(s). In text referencing should be used as long as not more than three different sources are given. If further text is needed authors should make use of footnotes.

Examples for in text referencing:

  • Reference to one author/editor: "(Merton 1968)" or "(Merton 1968: 15)"
  • Reference to more authors/editors: "(Becker 2014: 25; Jahoda 1994: 16)"
  • Reference to more works of one author in the same year: "( Merton 1968a; 1968b)"
  • Reference to a work with two authors/editors: "(Lazarsfeld and Thielens 1958)"
  • Reference to a work with more than two authors/editors: "(Jahoda et al. 1933)"
  • Reference to an author within the text: "According to Merton (1968: 15) we conclude..."
  • Reference to a source at the end of a sentence: “after studying with Georg Simmel in Germany (Menand 2002: 379–380).”
  • For archival sources authors should use the footnotes and not make use of in-text referencing.

4. List of references

All the literature mentioned in the text should be included in the list of references. The bibliographical dates should be typed in alphabetical order. For example:

Journal article:

Janowitz, Morris (1975) Sociological Theory and Social Control, American Journal of Sociology 81 (1): 82-108.

Book:

Dahrendorf, Ralf (1995) LSE: A History of the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1895-1995, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited volume:

Horkheimer, Max (Ed.) (1936) Studien über Autorität und Familie. Forschungsberichte aus dem Institut für Sozialforschung, Paris: Librairie Félix Alcan.

Backhouse, Roger, and Philippe Fontaine (Eds.) (2010) The History of the Social Sciences since 1945, Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Article in edited volume:

Kaesler, Dirk (1989) Der retuschierte Klassiker. Zum gegenwärtigen Forschungsstand der Biographie Max Webers, in: Johannes Weiß (Ed.) Max Weber heute. Erträge und Probleme der Forschung, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 29-54.

Internet:

Hall, Peter A./Daniel W. Gingerich (2004) Varieties of Capitalism and Institutional Complementarities in the Macroeconomy. An Empirical Analysis, MPIfG Discussion Paper 04/5, Cologne. Internet: http://www.mpi-fg-koeln.mpg.de/pu/mpifg_dp/dp04-5.pdf (accessed: 29.8.2008)

Further requests:

  • Please consult texts published earlier in Serendipities to familiarize with the house styles.
  • Please ensure that spelling, titles, and publication dates used in the text correspond to those listed in the references.
  • In the list of references, spell out each author’s/editor’s full last and first name. Do not use "et al.", but list the names of all authors and co-authors (editors and co-editors).
  • When using a re-published work or a translation, the date of the original edition may also be given in square brackets, e.g. “Mauss, Marcel (1990 [1950]) Die Gabe...”.
  • Include the title and the subtitle of sources.
  • State the names of journals in full. Note that volume, issue, and page numbers are required for journal articles, as well as page numbers for articles in edited volumes.

5. Proofs

Authors are expected to correct proofs within two weeks after receiving them.

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editors.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text, with indications in the text where to be placed in the final version.
  5. The submitted text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. The submitted text is prepared in a way to ensure a blind peer review.

Copyright Notice

The author of a text (article, symposia, material, book review) (in case of multiple authors: the corresponding author, responsible for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors) accepted to be published in the Serendipities hereby acknowledges the following Copyright Notice:

  1. The author retains the copyright to the article.
  2. It is the responsibility of the author, not of Serendipities, to obtain permission to use any previously published and/or copyrighted material.
  3. Publication of a submitted text is dependent on positive results from the peer reviewing. In such a case, the Serendipities editors have the right to publish the text.
  4. In case of publication, the article will be assigned a DOI (digital object identifier) number.
  5. The author agrees to abide by an open access Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY nc) license. The license permits any user to download, print out, extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article in any non-commercial way, so long as appropriate credit is given to the author and source of the work. 
  6. The license ensures that the author’s article will be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive. In order to facilitate distribution, the author agrees that the article, once published, will be submitted to various abstracting, indexing and archiving services as selected by Serendipities.
  7. In addition, the author is encouraged to self-archive the article, once published, with reference to the place of the first publication.
  8. After the contribution appears in Serendipities, it is still possible to publish it elsewhere with reference to the place of the first publication.
  9. The finished article, if published, will include a correspondence address (both postal and email) of the author.
  10. Some funding agencies, national and international, require that an article that was accepted for publication and resulted from work they supported has to be deposited in an Open Access archive. In principle, Serendipities’s archiving policy is compliant with such provisions, but the author is responsible to check whether the journal’s policy meets all the requirements set out by the funding agencies.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.