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What are we looking for?
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Self-archiving and institutional repositories
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What are we looking for?
Consumption and Society publishes original research articles, keyword essays, book review essays, book symposia, book reviews, and interviews.
- Research Articles: We invite theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as theoretical and methodological pieces, that contribute to the understanding of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Papers should be no more than 8,000 words including the bibliography, but not including the abstract (250 words). All research articles undergo a double anonymous peer review process.
If you are interested in contributing pieces in any of the following categories, please contact the Editors to discuss. The following types of contributions are reviewed internally by members of the Management Board.
- Keyword Essays explore a concept, term, or other keyword of importance to consumption studies. They should be between 3,000 – 4,000 words, not including the abstract (250 words) and bibliography. They are published alongside two commissioned responses/discussions of approximately 1,000 words each.
- Book Review Essays review three or four related books of relevance to the field. They should be no more than 3000 words.
- Book Symposia are a dialogue between at least two people reviewing the same book or books. The overall word count should be approximately 4,000 words.
- Book Reviews discuss the contribution of a recently published book, in approximately 1000 words.
- Interviews present insights on the work of a scholar or practitioner, discussing conceptual, empirical and policy-relevant implications of research and practice; they should be no more than 4,000 words.
The Editors welcome innovative proposals for other non-standard formats, as well as for journal special issues.
How to submit an article
All submissions should be made online via the Consumption and Society Editorial Manager website: https://www.editorialmanager.com/consoc/default1.aspx
Initial manuscript submission via Editorial Manager
Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.
Preparing your anonymised manuscript
Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:
- A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract up to 250 words, up to 5 key words/short phrases and the article word count. A cover page template is available to download here.
- A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgments, funding details, or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the authors' own work should be anonymised as follows: "Author's own, [year]". Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
- If you have any Figures and Tables these must be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate.
For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.
Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version via Editorial Manager.
Checklist: what to include in your final non-anonymised manuscript:
A cover page including:
- Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
- Author names and affiliations;
- Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message;
- Up to 5 keywords;
The main manuscript including
- The non-anonymised text of your article: 8,000 words including the bibliography for peer-reviewed articles, but not including the abstract (250 words).
- Key messages: Each research article must include 3-4 ‘key messages’ summarising the main messages from the paper in up to four bullet points. The contribution made by the paper to the field should be clear from these key messages. Each bullet point must be less than 100 characters. These points may be used to promote your article on social media.
- Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: ‘This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].’
- Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’ if there are none.
- Acknowledgements: acknowledge people who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting the data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.
- Figures and Tables: should be submitted as separate files. Figures should ideally be in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file format. Please indicate where figures and tables should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure/Table X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
- Supplementary data: Supplementary data can either be submitted with the manuscript or hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) and cited as a reference in the article.
- Journal Contributor Publishing Agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The Journal Contributor Publishing Agreement can be downloaded here.
Editorial Review Process
All submissions are first desk-reviewed by the editor(s) who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope as well as the quality standards of the journal. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double-anonymous peer review by at least two referees. Consumption and Society aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.
Keyword essays, Book reviews, Book symposiums and Interviews are not externally peer reviewed; each contribution is reviewed by two journal editors.
Copyright and Permissions
Consumption and Society is published by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Bristol University Press the exclusive right and licence to publish the article. Copyright remains with the author(s) or other original copyright owners and we will acknowledge this in the copyright line that appears on the published article.
Authors will be asked to sign a journal contributor agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the agreement. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent. The journal contributor agreement can be downloaded here.
Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Bristol University Press. General information on rights and permissions can be found here.
To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Consumption and Society please email Bristol University Press: email@example.com.
For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.
- British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
- Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
- Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
- Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
- Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
- Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
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Bristol University Press uses a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:
- In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets;
- List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text;
- Book and journal titles should be in italics;
- Website details should be placed at the end of the reference;
- Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.
Example of book reference:
Aghtaie, N. and Gangoli, G. (2015) National and international perspectives to gender based violence, Abingdon: Routledge.
Example of journal reference:
Williamson, E. and Abrahams, HA. (2014) ‘A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’, Journal of Women and Social Work, 29(1): 178-191.
Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Hester, M. (2012) ‘Globalization, activism and local contexts: Development of policy on domestic violence in China and England’, in MT Segal, EN Chow and V Demos (eds) Social production and reproduction at the interface of public and private spheres, London: Emerald, pp 273-294.
Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?, https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.