Berliner Debatte Initial

Sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliches Journal

The topics covered in the Berliner Debatte Initial range from research into transformation and Eastern Europe, which comprised its focus in the 1990s, to questions relating to the history of ideas, philosophy, social theory, and cultural sociology, to current socio-political debates and issues concerning the zeitgeist. The journal is aimed at a broad, interdisciplinary readership with the intention of critically reflecting on the socio-economic, political and cultural processes of change in Germany, Europe, and the world and initiating public debates about them.

Each issue is dedicated to a topic related to one of its focal areas and also contains a general section with additional articles as well as discussions and reviews.

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Berliner Debatte Initial e.V.

Postfach 580254
10412 Berlin

Editorial office

Thomas Müller (editor-in-chief)
Ulrich Busch 
Wolf-Dietrich Junghanns 
Thomas Möbius 
Gregor Ritschel 
Matthias Weinhold 
Johanna Wischner

Advisory board

Wladislaw Hedeler
Cathleen Kantner
Raj Kollmorgen
Robert Stock
Udo Tietz
Andreas Willisch

Berliner Debatte Initial

General information

ISSN 0863-4564 (print)

ISSN 2941-3230 (online)

Founded: 1990

Publication frequency: quarterly

Size: 16 x 23 cm

Annual number of pages: ca. 576

Languages: German

Review section: Yes

Validation: peer review

First volumes published under the title Initial. Zeitschrift für Politik und Gesellschaft

Databases covering Berliner Debatte Initial:

  • Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus
  • Article first
  • Ulrichs web
  • Google Scholar

Publishing information

Please send manuscript submissions to the editoral office ( Submissions must be original articles (no translations) which must not be previously published. During the review process, manuscripts may not be submitted elsewhere. A manuscript submitted to the journal must be ready for publication, the editors do not accept partial or draft versions. In initial submissions, the citation rules of the journal do not have to be strictly followed. 

All submissions are subjected to peer review. The review process can result in acceptance, the recommendation of revisions or rejection of the manuscript. The author is informed of the decision by email. The editors attempt to reach a decision within 3 months of the submission of the manuscript.

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