About the Journal

Serendipities values papers on any aspect of a sociological or historical analysis of the development of the social sciences.

In brief, we seek to publish papers that may be a combination of the best of 'sociology of' and 'social studies of' perspectives on those fields of inquiry which belong to what Wolf Lepenies called the third culture, a social space between science and literature. Papers might examine a subject from an historical point of view or challenge present day practices of any aspect of the social sciences. We also welcome contributions applying ideas or concepts from other disciplines, as long as the subject belongs to the social sciences.

Some of the topics the editors hope to see and publish in Serendipities concern the development of methodologies and research techniques; the institutionalisation processes of disciplines and their research directions; the 'traveling of ideas' from one scholarly culture to another; the role of funding agencies; and the relation between the social sciences, the state and social movements.

Finally, the interaction of social science with publics and various kinds of clients is a matter of great interest to the editors. From a methodological point of view, we particularly invite submissions which engage with the still underdeveloped field of sociological semantics, prosopography, and advanced quantitative and qualitative approaches to analyse the personnel of the social sciences, their practices and the knowledge they produce.


Submission Preparation Checklist 

Please visit our site on submissions for further information: https://tidsskrift.dk/Serendipities/about/submissions. We kindly ask authors to sign in to submit an article.


Open Access Policy

The editors are keen to try new ways of publishing. Many of the established scholarly journals are associated with large enterprises making money from the distribution of ideas funded mostly by taxpayers. Subscription fees have became prohibitive in some branches of scholarship and even in the social sciences, and as a consequence, the free floating of ideas is hindered by the rising prices of subscription.

Serendipities is a fully open access online journal. All articles and contributions are published under an CC BY-NC-ND license that allow to access all content free of charge.

For more information on the Creative Commons licenses, see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/?lang=en

Serendipities does not charge article processing charges (APC) or any other publication fees.