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Focus and Scope

Redescriptions is an international refereed journal, which publishes contributions on the transdisciplinary study of concepts. Redescriptions is a fully open access journal and thus follows and promotes new academic publishing concepts, which allow for a more fair and accessible scientific publishing. All the articles published by Redescriptions are free of charge for both authors and readers.

Redescriptions draws attention to rhetorical moves within political theory, conceptual history and feminist thought, and highlights political agency within these fields. Political and feminist thought in various forms, whether in philosophical, historical or contemporary terms, is published by the journal. Unique in its focus in political and conceptual contingency, Redescriptions welcomes original scholarly contributions on any aspect of political and feminist thought, especially studies that take the changing and contested character of concepts seriously.

Authors already published in Redescriptions

  • Frank Ankersmit
  • Wendy Brown
  • Reinhart Koselleck
  • Chantal Mouffe
  • Pierre Rosanvallon
  • Joan Scott
  • Quentin Skinner
  • Nadia Urbinati

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online twice a year.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as normal issues.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, visit the Open Access Directory or

Archiving Policy

Helsinki University Press focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

This journal is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2022 volume:

Submissions received127
Reviews requested233
Reviews received323
Total Rejections47
...of which, Desk rejects56
Acceptance rate768%
Time from submission to publication8152 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


The journal was originally founded in 1997, and it was published by a Finnish publisher, SoPhi, under the title Finnish Yearbook of Political Thought (1997–2003, volumes 1–7). In 2004, the journal’s name was changed to Redescriptions, and its reach was extended to a more global audience with an international editorial team. During 2004–2014, the journal was published by Lit Verlag, a German Publisher, and it continued to appear once a year (Volumes 8–16). In 2014, Redescriptions started to appear biannually and at the same time it shifted under Manchester University Press (2014–2018, Volumes 17–21). From 2019 onwards, Redescriptions is published by Helsinki University Press (HUP).

A list of the previous editorial teams can be downloaded here.

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