We encourage contributions by early career and established researchers. Authors are expected to write an article comprising a literature review and an annotated bibliography of a key theme in the study of nationalism. The articles are published in two venues: on the website of the State of Nationalism, where they will be linked to the other articles; and as a stand-alone article in the scholarly journal Studies on National Movements. All submissions undergo a rigorous, double-blind review process prior to publication. If you are interested in publishing with us, please contact Dr. Eric Taylor Woods at E.T.Woods@uel.ac.uk or Dr. Robert Schertzer at robert.schertzer@utoronto.ca.

We suggest authors to read this page thoroughly for information relating to the submission and publication of their articles. A list of potential topics to be included in the State of Nationalism can found at the bottom of the page.

How to submit articles?

Completed articles can be sent to Dr. Eric Taylor Woods and Robert Scherzer.

How to write articles?

The purpose of the reviews and bibliographies is to provide a fair account of the literature. As such, the authors should strive for a balanced assessment over trying to steer the reader towards his or her favoured approach or methodology. If authors are unsure about how to structure their submission, they should contact the Project Manager.

To ensure cohesion across the instrument, each review essay and accompanying annotated bibliography will be similarly organised. They shall be written in article format, with the review essay preceding the bibliography. The review essays should be approximately 2,000 words. They should critically describe the development of the literature and indicate whether there are key points of contention and/or differing perspectives, approaches and methods. (See here for specific author’s guidelines.)

It is advised for technical reasons to first enter the bibliographical references and then proceed with linking the citations in the article to them.

All publications included in the bibliography should be annotated. Annotations should include a brief summary of the publication and may also indicate strengths and/or weaknesses and/or why it may be of special academic interest. In cases where an author has published more than one version of a work, the annotation will merely briefly direct the reader to the original annotation. Maximum length of the annotations will be 300 words, with most annotations expected to be much shorter than the maximum.

What should be included?

The articles will review and annotate peer-reviewed scholarly publications, including journal articles, books, book chapters and, in some instances, PhD theses when they are judged to be of particular importance to the literature. The bibliographies will be assembled by tracking references in print publications and electronic databases, including: Google Scholar, Jstor, Social Science Abstracts and International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). Contributors will also be encouraged to verify their findings by contacting key authors that emerge from their research.

The focus of this project is on publications written in English. This is borne of practical reasons, given that the contributors cannot be expected to be proficient in all languages and given that English has become the chief operating language for the scientific community. However, this focus on English-language publications is not meant to constrain the remit of the articles; key publications in other languages can and should be included if possible.

The reviews and bibliographies must present a fairly comprehensive portrait of existing research. However, this is not to say that they must include all existing research. Of overarching importance is that publications seminal to a particular theme are discussed and tracked. Seminal studies are publications that are of central importance to a research tradition because they report a major breakthrough, insight, or a new synthesis of ideas. If a contributor to the instrument is unsure about the inclusion of a publication, they may inquire with the Project Manager.

How should key concepts be defined?

The State of Nationalism is focused on nationalism. However, the meaning of nationalism is contested and continuously changing. As a result, it is not possible to operationalise a pre-determined definition of nationalism across the various articles included in the State of Nationalism. To account for this, the contributors are urged to include in their articles an explanation of how nationalism tends to be defined in that area of research, and also to note instances where it is especially contested. In other words, the task for the contributors is to identify and synthesise the definition that arises from the research, rather than impose a pre-determined definition. Contributors should take a similar approach when defining other related concepts, such as empire, ethnicity, nation, national identity, race, religion, state etc.

How will the articles be published?

The articles are published via two open-access sites. In the first instance, the review essays and accompanying bibliographies are published on the main State of Nationalism website. The website will provide a comprehensive database of the articles. Each of the articles are linked to one another, so that the reader can track associations between related themes. It is therefore through the website that readers will be able to view the project in its entirety.

The articles will also be published as stand-alone essays in the scholarly journal Studies on National Movements (SNM). Upon publication in SNM, the articles can be cited as a normal scholarly article. They will also be indexed in various databases in the same way as other articles published in SNM.

Why publish the articles in two venues? In addition to helping ensure maximum visibility, there is also a more prosaic reason. In an environment where researchers are under increasing pressure to publish their findings in well-indexed quality journals, the publication of the articles in SNM will lend academic gravitas to their work.

Finally, there is a possibility for a third venue in the publication of the articles via a series of edited volumes. This will be explored at a later date.

Which reference style should be used?

For in-text citations within the review essays, authors are asked to use the following ‘in-house’ version of Harvard Style:

  • Reference to one author/publication: (Author’s surname year, page)
  • Reference to two authors/publications: (Author’s surname & Author’s surname year, page)
  • Reference to three authors/publications: (Author’s surname, Author’s surname & Author’s surname year, page)
  • Reference to more than three authors/publications: (Author’s surname, Author’s surname, Author’s surname e.a. year, page)

Please note that there is no need to include a reference list. The annotated bibliography will double as a reference list.

After entering the bibliographical information in the database, the data are automatically put in the in-house Harvard Style of reference. (See here for a guide to that style.)

How do we ensure the articles are kept up-to-date?

The State of Nationalism is meant to be a ‘living’, ongoing project, and it is expected that the reviews and bibliographies will be updated regularly in order to account for changes in the literature. Every five years, the authors will be invited to revise their submissions. If for any reason the authors are unable to provide revisions, they will be invited to suggest potential colleagues who could make the revisions. If a new colleague provides the revisions, he or she will be added as an author.

What topics are available to review?

The State of Nationalism is organised conceptually in order to encourage comparative and theoretically-oriented research. The topics included in the State of Nationalism are decided by the Partners in consultation with the members of the Advisory Committee and the Advisory Council. In addition, the choice of topics is also be open to suggestions from the wider research community.

The following list is not meant to be exhaustive. It is suggestive of the types of themes that will be included in the scope of the State of Nationalism. Articles currently in production include: nationalism and war, nationalism and memory, religious nationalism, everyday nationalism, nationalism and sport, nationalism and narrative, nationalism and gender, nationalism and communism, and transnationalism. 

Nationalism & Territory
Definitions of Nationalism Nationalism & Empire Nationalism & Cosmopolitanism
Nation & Nationalism Nationalism & the State Nationalism & War
The Origins of Nationalism Nationalism & Capitalism Nationalism & Fascism
The Future of Nationalism Nationalism & Religion Nationalism & Social Class
Political Nationalism Nationalism & Ethnicity The Performance of Nationalism
Nationalism and Racism Nationalism & Democracy Nationalism & Mass Media
Nationalism and Territory Nationalism & Language Nationalism & Globalisation
The Ethics of Nationalism Nationalism & Race Nationalism & Communism
Economic Nationalism Nationalism & Migration Nationalism & International Relations
Nationalism and Militarism Nationalism and Film Nationalism & Gender