Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

medieval worlds provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. It specifically encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages, i.e. the period between 400 and 1500 CE, to be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate, medieval worlds takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.

medieval worlds is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on thematic issues.


Section Policies

Research articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conference reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Project reports

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Peer Review Process

medieval worlds adheres to a policy of double-blind peer review. In order to ensure appropriate review, author name(s) should appear only on the title page, references to any author's prior work should be masked and internal identifications in the text should be avoided.


Publication Frequency

medieval worlds is published semiannually on 1 July and 1 December. 

Deadlines for submissions are as follows:

July issue:

  • Abstract: 31 January
  • Full paper: 27 February

 December issue:

  • Abstract: 31 May
  • Full paper: 30 June



International Advisory Board

Glenn Bowman, University of Kent

Sabrina Corbellini, University of Groningen

Mayke de Jong, Utrecht University

Nicola di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Stefan Esders, Free University of Berlin

Patrick Geary, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

John Haldon, Princeton University

William C. Jordan, Princeton University

Osamu Kano, Nagoya University

Hugh Kennedy, SOAS, University of London

Gábor Klaniczay, Central European University

Eduardo Manzano, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC)

Lars Boje Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark

Elisabeth Lambourn, De Montfort University Leicester

Marina Rustow, Princeton University

Dittmar Schorkowitz, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Teresa Shawcross, Princeton University

Naomi Standen, University of Birmingham

John Tolan, University of Nantes

Przemysław Urbańczyk, Polish Academy of Sciences

Luo Xin, Peking University


Archiving Policy

medieval worlds allows the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.

Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with the author’s accepted version. For the final published version (in PDF format) we ask the author(s) to add a link to the published article on medieval worlds' website, by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “The final publication is available at medieval worlds via http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI].

medieval worlds is preserved with Portico.


Publication Ethics

Originality and plagiarism: All authors warrant that their article is their own original work, which does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity, and cannot be construed as plagiarising any other published work, including their own previously published work.


Collaboration: The corresponding author ensures all named co-authors' consent to publication and to being named as a co-author. All persons who have made significant scientific or literary contributions to the work reported should be named as co-authors.


Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Authors must disclose all sources of funding for the research reported in the paper. Authors must declare any potential conflict of interest – be it professional or financial – which could be held to arise with respect to the article.