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Global Social Challenges Journal

Non-profit, open access publishing for change

Bristol University Press is delighted to announce the call for submissions for its first fully open access journal.

“I’m proud to see Bristol University Press launching this important new journal, which promises to address the most urgent complexities of global social challenges by drawing together accessible international scholarship across the disciplines to inform policy and practice.”
Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Bristol

Editors in Chief  

Shenggen Fan, China Agricultural University, China 
Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA and Transdisciplinarity Lab ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Siddharth Mallavarapu, Shiv Nadar University, India
Bronwen Morgan, UNSW, Sydney, Australia 
Sue Scott, Newcastle University, UK 
David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 

We are continuing to build our global editorial team. See our current editorial team and board members. 

Aims and scope

How can we re-imagine society in an era of climate change, pandemic, hunger, poverty, questions of racial, ethnic and gender justice and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being, thinking, and doing emerge. This new fully open access journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and to become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines and fields. It will be the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, whilst also engaging with research from humanities, arts and STEM. Including marginalised, minority and Indigenous world views, the journal will be an important home for research which contributes to the creation of alternative futures that acknowledge past injustices and are socially and environmentally just and sustaining. It will also welcome conceptual and methodological developments which expand our thinking and enable greater understanding. Read more.

Call for submissions

Be amongst the first to publish in the Global Social Challenges Journal. Read the call for submissions to learn more. 

Open Access

The journal will operate on a Gold Open Access basis. In the first year (for articles submitted by 31 July 2022), only those with full funding for publishing OA will pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). Thereafter, we will continue to offer discounts and waivers  for those without funding and from countries in low, medium and high Human Development categories.  Learn more about our APCs and Open Access options for journals. 

Launch event

Watch our launch event to hear our editors discuss the journal's mission and what we hope to publish.


Bristol University Press has worked in partnership with academic colleagues from a range of disciplines at the University of Bristol, who have steered the journal’s development and provided invaluable input.


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