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

A shortcut for what we expect would 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, between science and literature. Paper could either look at the subject from a historical point of view or challenge present day practices of any part of the social sciences. We also welcome contributions applying routines from other disciplines as long as the subject belongs to the social sciences.

Some of the topics that the editors hope to see covered in Serendipities are the development of methodologies and research techniques, the institutionalization processes of disciplines and research directions, the “traveling of ideas” from one scholarly culture to another, the role of funding agencies, and the relation among the social sciences, the state, and social movements.

Finally, the interaction of social science with publics and different kind of clients is a matter of great interest to the journal. From a methodological point of view, we particularly invite submissions that engage with the still underdeveloped field of sociological semantics, prosopography, and advanced quantitative and qualitative approaches to analyze the personnel of the social sciences and their thinking.


Submission Preparation Checklist 

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As part of the submission process, authors will be 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.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Peer Review Process

Serendipities will try to develop a new mode of peer-reviewing.

Any submitted paper (or archive contribution) is scanned by one of the editors / associate editors whether it fits into the scope of the journal and is sufficiently well written for further consideration. Papers who pass this test are then anonymized and read by the other editors and everyone (except the one who scanned the initial version) votes (accepted as publishable or not). If one of the editors votes negatively the paper will be transferred to Alternative B. Authors of papers which are unanimously accepted as publishable by the editors will be treated as described for Alternative A.

Alternative A: After the unanimous acceptance of the paper by the editors, the authors are immediately informed about the status of their submission (with further details on the following process). The submitted paper is then sent to 2-4 reviewers. These reviewers are informed that Serendipities will publish the particular paper and asked to provide suggestions for improving the paper.

Alternative B: Papers who did receive a majority of the editors’ votes go to 2-4 external reviewers. In this case the reviewers are asked to give us their opinion with regard to (1) rejection – (2) publishable after revision – (3) publishable with minor revisions (the usual procedure).

The advantage of this double blind peer review procedure is that good papers get (principally) accepted relatively early, authors get an acceptance note quickly and alternative A reviewers are encouraged only to help improving the paper.

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.


Open Access Policy

The editors decided that it is time to try new ways of publishing. Most of the established scholarly journals are connected to any of the large enterprises making money with distribution ideas funded mostly by taxpayers. Subscription fees became prohibitive in some branches of scholarship and even in the social sciences the free floating of ideas is hindered by rising prices for subscription.

Serendipities is therefore an open access journal free to of charge to everyone with access to the internet. All articles and contributions are published under an CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Serendipities will provide annual reports on the number of submissions, rejection rate etc. on its website. From time to time a list of external reviewers will be made public too, most probably not annually to avoid identification of reviewers by rejected authors.