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What are we looking for?

Global Discourse publishes exclusively themed issues. All submissions must be in response to a specific call for papers. Please consult the list of issues under development. We are unable to publish material that does not relate to the content of the issues planned.

We are always keen to receive proposals for themed issues. Please refer to examples from forthcoming issues and the guidance for themed issue proposals. Proposals should be submitted by email to the Journal Editor, Matthew Johnson.

  • Research Articles and Replies: Global Discourse publishes a range of articles of up to 9,000 words in length (including any notes, references, tables, figures etc.) on key, pressing issues of the day. Given our discursive focus, we have a commitment to development of pieces that examine, in innovative ways, issues that matter, particularly at a global level. Each article is accompanied by a reply of up to 1,000 words produced by one of the paper’s external referees. Authors of replies are selected on the basis of their ability to advance interdisciplinary examination of the argument at hand. The outcome is journal issues that address problems from a range of perspectives, each rigorously interrogated. By submitting a research article to Global Discourse you confirm that you agree to the Journal’s policies on research articles and replies. 

  • Submission guidelines for Replies: Titles of replies should follow this format: 'A reply to [title of article] by [name of author]'. Replies do not have abstracts, but should include up to 5 keywords. They should be no more than 1000 words long, they should not include primary research, and should have no more than 6 references, including one to the article to which the piece is responding

  • Policy replies: Global Discourse sees policy making as a central feature of academic publishing within the social sciences and each issue includes policy replies written by policy makers in response to key articles. Policy replies are generally 1,000-3,000 words in length. These replies foster thoroughgoing engagement between academics and policy makers in specific fields. The intention is to achieve research impact by examining the scope of application for ideas advanced and to present cutting edge policy positions that have transformative capacity. We actively solicit a diverse range of opinions and responses in order to overcome the ‘echo chamber’ effect that so often dominates discussions. Put simply, the Global Discourse Policy Section is driven by intellectual need, not ideological dogma.

    Contributions are solicited by the Editors from think tanks, local and national government, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, charities, political parties, journalists and leading figures in business and industry Please consult our submission guidelines for Policy Section authors.
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How to submit an article

All Research Articles should initially be submitted by email to the Guest Editor(s) of the themed issue. They must be properly anonymised for double anonymous peer review (see instructions below)

Policy replies should be submitted via email to the relevant Guest Editor(s) of the themed issue. They do not need to be anonymised, as they are reviewed internally by members of the Editorial Advisory Board.

Authors of all articles, once they have been conditionally accepted, will be invited to make their final article submission via the Global Discourse Editorial Manager website.

Initial manuscript submission

Research Article manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf) and must be fully anonymised prior to submission to the Guest Editor(s).

Preparing your anonymised Research Article manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

    1. 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 (please do not include abstracts for Replies), up to 5 key words/short phrases and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.

    2. A fully anonymized 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]". The file should not have any document properties or personal information that would identify the author(s) (See guidance on how to remove hidden data and personal information from a Microsoft Office file for further help). Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.

    3. If you have any Figures and Tables these  can be included in the manuscript on first submission but must  be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript when submitting the final version. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. The files should not have any properties or personal information that would identify the author(s) (See guidance on how to remove hidden data and personal information from a Microsoft Office file for further help).

    4. Additional information: please provide funding information (if applicable), a conflict of interest statement, and acknowledgements in a separate file from your anonymised manuscript, to ensure that no information that could identify you as the author is sent to peer reviewers. Information about declaring conflicts of interest can be found in the Bristol University Press/ Policy Press ethical guidelines.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version via Editorial Manager.

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.

All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press/ Policy Press ethical guidelines.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Please also see our Journals Editorial Policies.

Checklist: what to include in your final non-anonymised manuscript:

A cover page including:

  1. Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
  2. Author names and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required);
  3. Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message (not applicable for Replies);
  4. Up to 5 keywords;

The main manuscript including

  1. The non-anonymised text of your article: please ensure this does not exceed the maximum word count for your article type.
  2. 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 by the editorial board to promote your article on Twitter.
  3. 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].’ 
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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).
  7. Supplementary data: We recommend that any supplemental data is hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and is cited as a reference in the article.
  8. Copyright Assignment agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed Copyright Assignment agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The Copyright Assignment agreement can be downloaded here.

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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. Research articles that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. Global Discourse aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission. Policy articles and Book reviews are reviewed by members of the editorial board and do not therefore go through double anonymous peer review.

Please note, that due to the Journal’s policy of soliciting replies to published articles from reviewers, the identities of the author of an article and any reviewer producing a reply for publication will be revealed to one another once an article is accepted for publication.

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Copyright and Permissions

Global Discourseis published by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Bristol University Press.

Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. The copyright assignment 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 Global Discourse please email Bristol University Press: bup-info@bristol.ac.uk.

For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

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  • 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 dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk 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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Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press and Bristol University Press Journals.

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/.

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Global Discourse Blog

The Global Discourse Blog seeks to make accessible the core content of the journal to wider audiences, creating an entry point into debates for those beyond the academy. It is a place for op-ed debate, tempered with academic rigour. 

The Blog includes pieces of 750-1,000 words produced by editors of, and contributors to, individual issues, who seek to present their arguments in op-ed form. Posts are reviewed by the Editorial Team for rigour, cogency, coherence and accessibility. 

In order to reach as wide an audience as possible, Blog posts are shared through our social media channels, encouraging public debate and discussion on the key issues of the day.

For information on how to submit a blog post please consult our Blog guidelines

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