Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race

For scholars interested in publishing social science research and criticism on race, with a special focus on African Americans.

Launched in the spring of 2004, the Du Bois Review provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history. The journal doesn’t shy away from theory, but it also emphasizes the practical implications of research. And although it is heavy in social science, it regularly publishes scholars in the humanities. Appears to be almost entirely leading scholars. Members of the board occasionally publish in the journal.

Each issue of DBR opens with remarks from the editors concerning the three subsequent and substantive sections: State of the Discipline, where broad-gauge essays and provocative think-pieces appear; State of the Art, dedicated to observations and analyses of empirical research; State of the Discourse, featuring expansive book reviews, special feature essays, and occasionally, debates.

Useful for Submission

Word Count: 5,000-10,000 words, excluding endnotes.

Issues per year: 2

Current volume number: 13

Articles per year: 8-10 articles; around 16-20 articles a year

Citation style: Chicago

Abstract length (if required): a 3-5 sentence bio, abstract of 100 words or less, and a brief list of key words

Upcoming special issues (if available): N/A

Relevant Editors: Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University; Tommie Shelby, Harvard University; William Julius Wilson, Harvard University; Cathy J. Cohen, University of Chicago; Cornel West, Harvard University