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Author Guidelines

Comparativ looks for scholarly articles of the highest quality that have a specific focus on border-crossing flows of people, goods, capital, ideas, and other cultural patterns as well as viruses, pollution, and effects of climate change. We give preference to articles that address not only the qualitative or quantitative measurement of such flows but as well take into consideration the resulting processes of revising forms of control over these flows. This revision may take the form of new institutions, spatial formats, social habits, or ideologies, to mention but a few. We also welcome articles with theoretical and methodological considerations as well as papers on the role of transnationalism and transregionalism in any societal dimension.

The rigorous double-blind peer-review process exercised by an international body of reviewers guarantees the high quality of the journal. The review process is organized into two steps. In the first step, the innovative character and the coherence of a proposal for a full thematic issue is evaluated. Such proposals have to be submitted by 30 September at the latest to be discussed at the annual editorial conference and to be considered for the following year. Proposals should not exceed 2,000 words and contain both a description of the overall aims of the issue and of the individual papers with the names of the planned authors. The second step of peer review applies to the texts submitted and targets the individual quality of the articles as well as their original contribution to the overall aims of the thematic issue as outlined in the introduction by the guest editors of the issue.

Comparativ publishes six thematic issues a year, with an overall length of 45,000 to 50,000 words for each issue; additionally, the journal also considers from time to time proposals for double issues, with an overall length of up to 90,000 words. As all articles will be published under the open access policy of the journal, for submission all authors must accept these rules. Comparativ will make the issues immediately available to its subscribers and after 36 months to all readers via its website. Authors are allowed to post the published version on their personal/departmental website as well as place it in their institution’s official repository by connecting to the journal’s website and indicating the original place of publication.

Before submitting final articles, please have a look at the guidelines for in order to avoid extensive formal copy-editing.

Comparativ only accepts texts that are not yet published and not being considered for publication elsewhere. The journal accepts articles in English, French, and German that are accompanied by an abstract of 100–150 words in German when the article is in English or French, and in English for articles submitted in German or French. In general, individual articles should not exceed a length of 8,000 words (including footnotes). As we are well aware that there are exceptional cases where such limitations are not appropriate, before submitting an article that goes beyond the standard length please contact the editorial office.

Comparativ, itself being a product of the ongoing transnationalization in the humanities and social sciences, aims at facilitating scholarly dialogue across the boundaries of national academic cultures, linguistic areas, and disciplinary definitions of subject matters. It therefore focuses on reviewing forthcoming or recent publications that contribute in an innovative way to the development of transnational, transregional, and global history as well as to the study of globalization projects across world regions. We welcome suggestions for such reviews from both publishers and scholars. Reviews of individual publications should be no longer than 1,500 words; reviews of a set of publications that provide an overview of recent trends in a particular subfield of Comparativ’s general subject should not exceed the length of 4,000 words. The selection of books for review will be made by the editorial office with the help of an international board of review editors. Publishers will receive a copy of the review article once it has been published. Please note that we will not return unrequested review copies.

Before submitting final articles, please have a look at the guidelines in order to avoid extensive formal copy-editing.

Styleguide (PDF)

For all above-mentioned categories, please e-mail submissions to the journal’s editorial office at comparativ@uni-leipzig.de or register with Comparativ and submit online. Please provide your manuscript only as a Word document (please do not submit a PDF).



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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Styleguide (PDF).