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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.


Andrea Bachner

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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0.2  (2023)
0.4 (Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00054 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

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