Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Studies in Social Justice publishes articles on issues dealing with the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems associated with struggles for social justice. This interdisciplinary journal aims to publish work that links theory to social change and the analysis of substantive issues. The journal welcomes heterodox contributions that are critical of established paradigms of inquiry.

The journal focuses on debates that move beyond conventional notions of social justice, and views social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and transformations. Social justice is analysed in the context of processes involving nationalism, social and public policy, globalization, diasporas, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, welfare, poverty, war, and other social phenomena. It endeavours to cover questions and debates ranging from governance to democracy, sustainable environments, and human rights, and to introduce new work on pressing issues of social justice throughout the world.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Articles (6 – 8,000 words): original, previously-unpublished, and fully-referenced research contributions that significantly extend knowledge in the broad field of social justice along substantive, theoretical or methodological lines, and which are likely to be of interest to researchers and practitioners. Articles are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process.

Editors
  • David Butz
  • Monique Deveaux
  • Suzan Ilcan
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Review Essay

Review Essays (< 6,000 words): critical and evaluative overviews of particular literatures, theoretical traditions, debates, activist experiences, etc., relating to social justice. Review essays are intended as expert overviews for the benefit of activists and researchers who are unfamiliar with the area. Review essays are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process.

Editors
  • David Butz
  • Monique Deveaux
  • Suzan Ilcan
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Book Reviews

Book reviews (1 – 2,000 words): reviews of important theoretical, political and research works relating to social justice issues. Book reviews are vetted by the book review editors, but are not subject to peer review.

Editors
  • Julie Gregory
  • Samah Sabra
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Dispatches

Dispatches (< 4,000 words): reports or commentaries from the non-academic and academic spaces of social justice practice, discourse and contestation. Dispatches may report on research activities, methodological innovations, movement experiences, mobilization efforts, educational practices, social justice events and actions, etc. They need not employ an academic writing style or speaking position. Dispatches are reviewed and vetted by the editorial team, which will work with authors as necessary to help shape submissions for publication. They are not exposed to a blind review process.

Editors
  • Vanessa Farr
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Creative Interventions

Creative Interventions: visual, aural or textual products that reflect on social justice issues using an aesthetic or evocative mode of address. Creative interventions are reviewed and vetted by members of the editorial team or others with competence in the relevant areas of creative practice. They are not exposed to a blind review process.

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Peer Review Process

The Editors will make an initial judgement on the acceptability of submissions. If submissions pass this stage they will move on to an appropriate rview process as described above: double-blind for Articles and Review Essays; non-blind and in-house for Dispatches, Creative Interventions and Book Reviews. Any identifying references to the author(s) should be removed from Articles and Review Essays prior to submission. 

The initial mode of contact should be via our online submission process.

 

Publication Frequency

Studies in Social Justice is a semi-annual publication.

 

Open Access Policy

Studies in Social Justice provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and citation levels. Studies in Social Justice uses open source software developed by the Public Knowledge Project, to help make open access economically viable, as well as to improve the scholarly and public quality of research.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...