IIJTR Mission & Structure

International and multidisciplinary in scope, IDENTITY is a cutting-edge, peer-review journal intended to provide a forum for identity theorists and researchers around the globe to share their ideas and findings regarding the problems and prospects of human self-definition. The unifying thread of these papers is "identity" in its various manifestations throughout the life course. The operating assumption is that people in many parts of the world are struggling with aspects of their identities, and that many of these problems transcend national, political, and cultural boundaries, taking on global proportions.

In addition to a focus on substantive theoretical and empirical analyses, the journal also welcomes policy discussions, program recommendations, and evaluation studies. We especially want to provide a forum in which theoretical analyses find practical applications in dealing with these global problems. Submissions are invited from all fields and from the full range of methodologies. In these respects, the journal provides multiple bridges, across nations and disciplines, as well as between theory and research, and subjectivist and objectivist epistemologies. Our intention is to provide a non-partisan forum within which researchers from the various areas concerned with identity can communicate their findings and stay apprised of the findings of other researchers, especially among those who use different technical languages.

Each issue will generally conform to the following format and structure:

  • Regular articles
    • Theoretical
    • Empirical
    • Applied / Intervention / Policy
  • Research reports
  • Book reviews
  • Forum: Commentaries and rejoinders
  • Bulletin board: Upcoming conferences, awards, funding sources,
    positions, and community news
  • Book and Journal Advertisements
  • To meet the demands of this fast-expanding area of interest, this journal will:

    Facilitate progress by bringing together scholars from various fields who do not normally communicate with one another, by providing a non-partisan forum within which scholars from various areas (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, education studies, gender studies, psychodynamic theory, political science, psychology, social psychology, sociology) can share their findings and stay apprised of other fields in which the identity concept is relevant; bring together state-of-the-art material not available elsewhere, disseminating knowledge worldwide; give an equal opportunity for the various approaches and methodologies to be presented, including:

    • postmodern approaches (along with discussions
      of issues associated with the modernist-postmodernist and the
      essentialist-constructionist debates),
    • modernist approaches (e.g., cognitive-developmental,
    • late-modern approaches (e.g., following Giddens
      and Beck),
    • quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

    Provide a comprehensive coverage of the major topic areas, including:

    ... levels of identity:

    • ego identity/self-identity (e.g., identity status/mutable
    • personal identity (e.g., impression management)
    • social identity (e.g., social identity theory)

    ... identity components and processes:

    • ethnic identity
    • gay, lesbian, and bisexual identity
    • gender identity
    • identity politics
    • immigrant identity
    • indigenous identity
    • national identity
    • political identity
    • religious identity
    • virtual identity