For all prospective paper submissions, see JOURNAL GUIDELINES AND POLICIES

For prospective special issues see SPECIAL ISSUE GUIDELINES

All submissions to a specified advertised issue, are to be made to the advertised editor(s) or guest editor(s). See our Call for Papers.

All speculative or unsolicited submissions or proposals for further issues, are to be made to the Editors-in-Chief.

All queries concerning submission and publication are to be made to the issue editor(s) or guest editor(s).

All queries pertaining to legality, process and procedures are to be made to the Editors-in-Chief.

All editors operate within the Journal’s policy frameworks. Prior to submitting an article ensure you have read the Journal Guidelines & Policies document regarding submissions and formatting, ethics, copyright and distribution.

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How to submit an article

  1. The paper has not previously been published, nor be currently under review of another journal.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format, with any submitted files (images etc) are in high quality JPEG or PDF (300-600dpi).
  3. The paper is 1.5 or double spaced in a 12-point sans serif font (like Arial). It uses italics (not underlining). All illustrations, figures, and tables have titles and dates, and are positioned in the right place in the text (or their position is identified). FOOTNOTES are not embedded (i.e. at the bottom of the page), but on a separate page (and NOT superscript). We allow either footnotes or endnotes, and also a general bibliography of up to 500 words after a References section.
  4. The appropriate copyright confirmation and permissions have been submitted for ALL items.
  5. Any URLs and hyperlinks are active and supplied for all references.
  6. The paper’s citations, references and/or bibliography is in Harvard style and is correctly punctuated throughout [i.e. not cut and pasted from other papers featuring other styles]. See below for instructions and examples.
  7. The author’s name(s) and institutional or professional identification is NOT on the front title page of the paper, but on a cover sheet — to ensure anonymity in peer-review.
  8. The author(s) signs the statement:

I am the author and owner of the copyright in the article and/or I have the authority of the authors and owners of the copyright in the article to make this agreement. I have exercised professional discretion are taken all possible steps to ensure that my submission is original, and does not break any law or Intellectual Property Right, or contain any material confidential or compromising to a third party. If my submission includes substantial subsidiary material owned by third-party copyright holders, I have sought and obtained permission to include it in the article for publication under the conditions outlined in the Journal’s Licensing and Copyright Statement.


Please include the title and an abstract of your article content of around 1-250 words. A list of keywords (between 4-8) must also be included below the abstract.

Peer Review Process and Procedures

All submissions accepted in principle by the editor(s) are considered and selected for double-blind Peer Review. Submissions that do are not in harmony with the values and ethical commitments of the journal will be declined. In the reviewing process, one reviewer is typically an editor or a representative of the journal (its policies and standards) and the other is an independent expert in the relevant subject.

The criteria for reviewing is qualitative and based on the following criteria: Linguistic and conceptual clarity, presentation and organisation; Coherence of the analysis, claims or argument; Relevance and appropriateness of the subject, claims or argument to the issue or the Journal; The originality or significance of the research, and its engagement with the Journal’s readership.

Only research articles will be double-blind Peer Reviewed (shorter reviews, reports, commentary or notices will be subject to the executive attention of the editor). The Journal’s double-blind Peer Review process is closed – reviewers will not be informed of the author’s details, and themselves will remain anonymous to the author. Authors can be assured that our peer review membership represents a considerable range of ability and professional experience.

The Peer Review process takes between 4-6 weeks: the issue will specify the time required for resubmission. Reviewers are asked to provide formative comments, even where an article is declined.

The issue editor can award an author a certificate of acceptance in principle, if the article is considered ‘under review’ by the Journal’s Peer Review.

Licensing and Copyright

The Journal’s copyright operates on two levels — in relation to the journal and the distribution (in while or part), and a notice for authors to ensure their submission is copyright free or copyright cleared.

For authors who publish with this Journal, agree to the following terms:

  • Contributing authors of The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development retain copyright of their work, but grant the Journal right of first publication (and, as above, the work remains licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License, which allows third party contributors to share or distribute the work — acknowledging authorship and publication, outside any commercial arrangement, and with any derivative entity sharing in the same license conditions).
  • Contributing authors of The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development are free to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the unpublished version of the work (e.g., post it in Word document form to their university’s institutional repository for public access, or to have it re-printed in a book): however, and re-publication must acknowledge its initial publication in The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development.
  • Contributing authors of the Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development are free to distribute their article online in other formats (e.g., institutional repositories, blog sites or an organisation’s website) but only on completion of the Journal’s Peer Review process.

The Journal: except as otherwise agreed, copyright for all submissions in the form of the manuscript submitted, remains with the author(s) (or agents to which the authors have contractually transferred their copyright). The submissions in the form published by The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development – a published PDF article, for example – remains the copyright of the Journal. The Journal will maintain the right to republish the submission in any form, while respecting any enduring copyright agreement the author(s) have with any third parties (for example, owners of images, or authors of diagrams). The Journal will not engage in any republication of material without the prior notification of the author(s).


Originality and Transparency in Submission: All submissions are considered a declaration of honesty and probity with regards authorship, origin, originality and proposed conclusions. If a submission has been previously submitted to a journal or published before, in whole or in part, then this must be declared. It must also be declared if the research is currently under the review of another journal.

The appropriate copyright confirmation and permissions must be submitted for ALL items included as part of the research submission.

Conflict of Interests: On the occasion of an author, their organisation or institution, has maintained some existing or past relationship, financial or otherwise, with any individual, group or organisation that could influence the interpretation or conclusions of the submitted research, this must be clearly declared in the abstract of the submission, and if substantial, further qualified in the endnotes or an ‘acknowledgements’ section. This includes:

  1. Research groups and networks
  2. Funders
  3. Employers or employees
  4. Sponsoring agencies
  5. Any department or agency within the researcher’s orbit of activity.

All potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed to the issue editors (or, if confidential, the Journal’s Editor’s-in-Chief).

If third party individuals or organisations are implicated in the submitted research, or will experience in some tangible or intangible way the implications of the research as published, then this must be disclosed to the Journal’s Editor’s-in-Chief.

Statement of Informed Consent: all contributors to the submitted research must be acknowledged in terms of their full name, position and role in the research. All third party individuals or organisations who are subject to critical scrutiny must be fully identified in a manner that is respectful and using proper titles or official designations. The use of anonymity must not conceal evidence or lack of, and the implications of anonymity must be acknowledged in the research conclusions. Anonymity must not distort analysis or interpretation, or be used in the event of a failure to obtain the requisite permissions.

Ethics/Institutional Review Board Approval of Research: If the submitted research has been subject to the approval of an institutional or organisation’s ethics approval, this must be declared with places and dates given.

If ethics approval was sought and not obtained from the relevant body, this must be declared and explained to the Journal’s Editor’s-in-Chief, who will make an executive decision on whether this presents a significant factor on the acceptance of the research for publication.

Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Cultural Rights: The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development will not publish any submission of research that disregards or violates the standards of scientific, intellectual, social and cultural conduct as proposed by the various UN declarations and conventions on human rights, civil liberties, social and cultural rights. This does not preclude a radical critique of such, but all forms of critique must be justified and provide transparent articulation of both the motivations and analyses that underpins a critical stance.

Open Access Policy

The Journal’s articles are issued under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License. This allows a use and redistribution of each article provided that the journal and author or any other significant source (a cited funder or sponsor) are duly credited. The article must not be traded or used for commercial purposes, and that any material entity derived from this article must be made available under the same license terms.

There is no exchange, financial or otherwise, and no contractual relations between contributing authors, the Journal, the University of Warwick or any publisher. Open Access entails the free distribution of all research in accordance with the principles of copyright and attribution cited above and in the Journal Guidelines & Policies.