Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft


Leviathan is a journal committed to the idea of social scientific enlightenment and criticism. We publish current contributions in research and political, cultural, economic, philosophical, legal, and media-related debate. It is directed toward a wide audience in the fields of teaching and research, politics and administration, and journalism and media. Representing methodological, disciplinary and political pluralism, the magazine builds bridges between theory, empiricism and political practice.

Leviathan is a peer-reviewed publication and is published by the WZB together with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Max Planck Institut for the study of societies, since March 2012 under the Nomos Verlag imprint.

Editorial duties are in the hands of Hendrik Groß, research fellow at the WZB.

Archival volumes of the journal are also available via JSTOR.

ISSN Print 0340-0425
ISSN Online 1861-8588
Published quarterly


Editorial Board

Editorial Office

  • Hendrik Groß

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 / 25491 536
Mail: leviathan@nomos-journals.de

Please submit your manuscript via email to: leviathan@nomos-journals.de.

Special Editions

Guidelines for Authors

Publishing Open Access

Leviathan is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

Are you interested in this option? Talk to your editorial office or contact open-access@nomos.de!

Publications Ethics

Peer Review Process

All articles published in Leviathan are subject to a double-blind peer review process. The review process takes 2 months on average. Editors of the journal as well as external researchers act as reviewers. The reviewers are renowned professors and postdoctoral researchers in their respective specialist area, thus ensuring the journal’s scientific profile and academic standard. Manuscripts are generally evaluated by two reviewers; a third reviewer is consulted in case of disagreement. The reviewers’ recommendations are communicated to the editorial staff, authors receive excerpts of the evaluation explaining the reviewers’ decision and, if applicable, suggestions for revision. If a plagiarism is suspected the article is being re-examined and, in case the suspicion is confirmed, the submission is rejected. Reviewers are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest, for example when they know the author personally. In this case a new reviewer will be assigned to the submission.

A statement on the general editorial policy and publication ethics of Nomos Publishing is available here.

Abstracting & Indexing

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