About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The peer-reviewed, open-access journal GENEALOGY+CRITIQUE publishes research in critical genealogy and critical theory in English, German, and French. It focuses on combining historical analysis and theory formation in plain and concise language. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, the journal welcomes contributions from scholars in the humanities and the social sciences.


  • analyzing contemporary social, ethical, political, cultural, juridical, economic, technological, communication, and media phenomena and transformations from historical-genealogical and/or critical theory perspectives;
  • cross-fertilizing critical genealogy and critical theory;
  • exploring the critical potentials of genealogical methods;
  • fostering dialogue between various schools of critical inquiry such as Marxism, the Frankfurt School, phenomenology, poststructuralism, and deconstruction;
  • confronting genealogical research and scholarship in critical theory with more current approaches in, for example, cultural and media studies, digital humanities, science and technology studies, as well as postcolonial, gender, and race studies.

Peer Review Process

All submissions are initially evaluated by the editors, who decide whether the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered eligible for peer review are assigned to experts who assess the article for originality, sound methodology, argumentative as well as stylistic clarity, and accuracy of bibliographic information.

For research papers, the journal operates a double-blind peer review, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the whole review process. For review articles, interviews, and editorials, an open peer review is applied where the contributions are reviewed by members of the editorial team. If the authors are part of the editorial team, they are excluded from the review process.

The review process is expected to take eight to twelve weeks. Based on the peer reviews, the editors will recommend minor or major revisions to the author(s), accept the article in its submitted form, or reject the contribution. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal's editors, who are supported by an expert, international advisory board. On average, one third of the submitted articles are accepted for publication (usually after several revisions).

Publication Cycle

The journal is published as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles go online as soon as they are ready to avoid unnecessary delays in making knowledge publicly available. Special collections of articles are published as part of the normal volumes, but also on separate web pages. The editorial and peer review processes for the according contributions are the same as with all other articles. Guest editors are invited to propose special collections via the contact form.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement.

One of the benefits of open-access publishing lies in others being able to reuse material. The scientific community, but also society at large profits when people are free to redistribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we apply the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may reuse your work on condition that they cite you.

Archiving Policy

The journal's publisher, the Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content archiving is decentralized around the world to ensure its long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure the permanency of all publications, this journal also utilizes 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 let us know by emailing editorial@openlibhums.org or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


The journal was founded in 2015. Originally published as Le foucaldien, it relaunched as GENEALOGY+CRITIQUE in early 2022. The journal harks back to the academic weblog foucaultblog, which was founded by a group of humanities scholars at the University of Zurich in 2013. This blog soon established itself as a respected research platform, publishing reviewed open-access articles, organizing international workshops and conferences, and editing special issues. The peer-reviewed, open-access journal was then launched to professionalize the publication process and make the contributions digitally sustainable. The relaunch of both the journal and the blog in 2022 broadened the scope by explicitly including various approaches of genealogical research and critical theory formation.