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Instructions for contributors
Aims and Scope

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race (DBR) is an innovative periodical that presents and analyzes the best cutting-edge research on race from the social sciences. It 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, and history. 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.

Manuscript Submission

DBR is a double blind peer-reviewed journal. To be considered for publication in either State of the Art or State of the Discipline, please send an electronic copy of your manuscript (with self-references removed except for those on a separable title page), here. In State of the Discourse, the Du Bois Review publishes substantive (5-10,000 word) review essays of multiple (three or four) thematically related books. Proposals for review essays should be directed to the Managing Editor.

Manuscript Originality

The Du Bois Review publishes only original, previously unpublished (whether hard copy or electronic) work. Submitted manuscripts may not be under review for publication elsewhere while under consideration at DBR. Papers with multiple authors are reviewed under the assumption that all authors have approved the submitted manuscript and concur with its submission to the DBR.


Upon acceptance of your manuscript, a Copyright Transfer Agreement, with certain specified rights reserved by the author, must be signed and returned to the Managing Editor's office (see "Manuscript Submission" above). This is necessary for the wide distribution of research findings and the protection of both the authors and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Manuscript Preparations and Style

Final manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the DBR style sheet (found here). and the Chicago Manual of Style. Manuscripts requiring major reformatting will be returned to the author(s). Submitted manuscripts should be prepared as Word documents with captions, figures, graphs, illustrations, and tables (all in shades of black and white). The entire manuscript should be typed double-spaced throughout on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Pages should be numbered sequentially beginning with the Title Page. The Title Page should state the full title of the manuscript, the full names and affiliations of all authors, a detailed contact address with telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and the address for requests of reprints. At the top right provide a shortened title for the running head (up to thirty characters).

The Abstract (up to 300 words) should appear on page 2 followed by up to eight Keywords. If an Epigraph is present, it should precede the start of the text on page 3. Appropriate heads and subheads should be used accordingly in the text. Acknowledgments are positioned at the end of the text, followed by the manuscript dates and corresponding author's contact information. DBR prints no footnotes, and only contentful endnotes. (All citations to texts are made in the body of the text.) The Endnotes section is followed by the References section, in which all and only those works explicitly cited in the body of the text are listed. Figures, figure captions, and Tables should appear on separate pages. Appendices should appear separately.

Important: Hard and electronic copies of figures are to be provided, with the graphics appearing in TIFF, EPS, or PDF formats. Word (or .doc) files of figures not in digital format are not acceptable.

Language Editing Services

Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Corrections and Offprints

Corrections to proofs should be restricted to factual or typographical errors only. Rewriting of the copy is not permitted. Offprints may be purchased by completing the order form sent in with the proofs. Also, authors can order up to ten copies of the issue that their article appeared in at the authors' discount listed on the offprint order form.

You may download the DBR Style Sheet, here.