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Editor :

Andrea Bachner, Cornell University

51 (2023)
Founded in 1971, Diacritics publishes original work in and around critical theory, broadly conceived. Diacritics offers a forum for thinking about contradictions without resolutions; for following threads of contemporary criticism without embracing any particular school of thought. For Diacritics eclecticism in the humanities means nurturing work that is transhistorical, creative, and rigorous.
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Prepare manuscripts—typically between 8,000 and 11,000 words—following The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, with endnotes (short form), and a bibliography. Please include an abstract and remove any self-identifying references. Quote material from foreign sources in English translation, from published translations whenever available.

We support innovative prose in scholarship and we especially encourage the long and sophisticated book review articles that have been the hallmark of diacritics since its very beginning. A review article should be the occasion both for a critically positioned account of the work and—just as vitally—for a response or supplement in which the reviewer’s own theses are introduced and argued.

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to For more information visit our website

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

Diacritics welcomes submissions from scholars at all stages of their careers. We are especially interested in new work that engages creatively and rigorously with literary, philosophical, visual, filmic or cultural texts of any historical period. We agree to review original work that has not been previously published—either in print or online—and submissions should not be under consideration elsewhere. We do occasionally publish translations of essays originally published in languages other than English.

All essays published in Diacritics have first gone through double anonymous peer review. We make every effort to ensure the anonymity of authors and referees and ask that authors remove all self-identifying references. The identity of the author is not revealed to referees, and the editors do not know the identity of the author until a decision has been reached. Submissions are first read and ranked by an editorial board committee. Authors of submissions that are not recommended for further evaluation will receive notification, which does not include formal reader reports, usually within six weeks.

Those essays chosen for outside review are sent to referees with the appropriate expertise. Submissions are evaluated by scholars around the world—referees need not have any affiliation with Cornell or the Diacritics editorial board. We do not ask referees to complete any forms or to respond to particular categories such as “accept without revisions, “revise and resubmit” and so on. Many of our referees do offer substantive feedback on the essays they read. The final decision to accept or decline an essay is left to the Diacritics editorial board. On average the review process takes from three to six months.


Karen Pinkus

Managing Editor

Hannah Miller

Editorial Board

Kevin Attell
Andrea Bachner
Debra Castillo
Jonathan Davenport
Pedro Erber
Grant Farred
Paul Fleming
Peter Gilgen
Cary Howie
Nicholas Huelster
Patricia Keller
Will Krieger
Philip Lorenz
Tracy McNulty
Natalie Melas
Jonathan Monroe
Timothy Murray
Simone Pinet
Enzo Traverso
Claudia Verhoeven

Advisory Board

Emily Apter
Branka Arsić
Bruno Bosteels
Marina Brownlee
Pheng Cheah
Tom Conley
Jonathan Culler
Laurent Dubreuil
Mary Gaylord
Fredric Jameson
Eleanor Kaufman
Richard Klein
Phillip E. Lewis
Alberto Moreiras
Paul North
Joan Ramon Resina
Alessia Ricciardi
Hortense Spillers
Ashley Thompson
Geoff Waite
Yan Haiping
Cary Wolfe

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/1996-
    • Academic Search Complete, 1/1/1996-
    • Academic Search Elite, 1/1/1996-
    • Academic Search Premier, 1/1/1996-
    • Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.30, no.2, 2000-vol.36, 2006
    • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Jun.1995-
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), 1/15/1995-12/15/2008
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1995/06-
    • Humanities International Complete, 1/1/1996-
    • Humanities International Index, 1/1/1996-
    • Humanities Source, 1/15/1995-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/15/1995-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), 1/15/1995-12/15/2008
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/1996-
    • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1996-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 2012-, 2002-2010
  • Gale
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • Gale Academic OneFile
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 03/1996-06/2015
    • Gale General OneFile, 03/1996-06/2015
    • InfoTrac Custom, 3/1996-6/2015
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.23, no.1, 1993-vol.38, no.4, 2010
    • Electronic Collections Online, vol.26, no.1, 1996-vol.38, no.4, 2010
    • Humanities Index (Online), 1995/06-
    • Periodical Abstracts, v.30, n.1, 2000-v.38, n.3, 2008
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • Art, Design & Architecture Collection, 04/01/1996-
    • Arts & Humanities Database, 04/01/1996-
    • Arts Premium Collection, 4/1/1996-
    • Literary Journals Index Full Text
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online, 10/1/1981-12/1/2000
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1996-
    • ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1996-
    • ProQuest Central, 04/01/1996-
    • Research Library, 04/01/1996-

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Literary Criticism Register   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Social Planning - Policy & Development Abstracts   (Ceased)  (Print)

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0.1  (2022)
0.3 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00056 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

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Readers include: Scholars interested in contemporary textual criticism, literary and semiotic theory, comparative literature, and philosophy; and academic and research library patrons

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