Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

Instructions for authors

What are we looking for?
How to submit an article
Editorial Review Process
Copyright and Permissions
Article Processing Charges
English language editing service
How to maximise the impact of your article

What are we looking for?

  • Research articles:  The journal seeks to address global social challenges we face by drawing together accessible international scholarship across and beyond disciplines to inform policy and practice. We welcome submissions for original research articles that reflect themes of the journal including conceptual and methodological pieces which further debate and research. Submissions may be up to 8500 words including references.  However, we will consider different word counts that are appropriate to the content.  

  • Other article types: We also intend to publish non-traditional outputs of around 3500 words, including interventions (arts-based, multidisciplinary, image-based, multi-media, provocations etc); commentaries and debate; and accounts of policy or practice. Full details will be forthcoming during 2021, but in the meantime please contact the editorial team at info@globalsocialchallenges.com with any queries and ideas about potential content.  

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How to submit an article

Please email your submission to the Managing Editor at info@globalsocialchallenges.com following the instructions below. Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format in 10 or 12 point (not pdf).  

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

    1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations, the article abstract (up to 250 words), up to 5 keywords, , funding details, a conflict of interest statement, the article word count including references, and up to 3-4 key points summarising the content. The contribution made by the submission to the field and relevance to ‘global social challenges’ should be clear from these key points, which should also be covered in the main text. 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/s own, [year]", and title and publication removed. Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned. 

    3. If you have any Figures and Tables these must be emailed as separate files. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate.

All authors should comply with 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.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted 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
    3. Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, content and key points. It is important that this abstract is accessibly written.
    4. Up to 5 keywords.

The main manuscript including:

    1. The non-anonymised text of your article: no more than 8500 words (including references) for Research Articles and 3500 words for interventions (arts-based, multi-disciplinary, image-based, multi-media, provocations etc); commentaries and debate; and accounts of policy or practice. 
    2. Key points: Each research article must include 3-4 ‘key points’ summarising the main content of the submission in up to four bullet points. The contribution made by the submission to the field and relevance to ‘global social challenges’ should be clear from these key points, which should also be covered in the main text. Each bullet point must be less than 100 characters. These points may be used to promote your article on social media.
    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 emailed 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: supplementary data can be submitted with the article or hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and cited as a reference in the article.
    8. Data availability statement: If the article reports the use of data, please declare that the author(s) take(s) responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the analysis. Please also state whether the data is available to other researchers and, if so, where or how it can be accessed.
    9. Video, podcast and blogposts: Please submit using hyperlinks, or email the Managing Editor at info@globalsocialchallenges.com for further information on how to submit.
    10. Licence to publish: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed licence with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The licence will be available to download soon.

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Editorial Review Process

All submissions are first desk-reviewed by members of the editorial team who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope as well as the quality standards of the journal. Submissions will be checked for consistency with the journal’s aims and scope. Submissions that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. Global Social Challenges Journal aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission. Please also see our Journals Editorial Policies.

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Copyright and Clearing Permissions

Global Social Challenges Journal is published Open Access by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Bristol University Press the right and licence to first publication of the article. Bristol University Press will publish the article under the Creative Commons licence selected by the author(s). 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 licence to publish agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the licence. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent. The licence to publish will be available to download soon.

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.

The permission to reproduce or reuse articles published in Global Social Challenges Journal depends on the type of Creative Commons Licence selected by the author. Full information about the licences can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.  Please email Bristol University Press: bup-info@bristol.ac.uk if you have questions about the permissible use of articles published in the journal.

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Article Processing Charges

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

For research articles submitted by those with full OA funding, the fee will be £1,500. For other submissions, please contact info@globalsocialchallenges.com.

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  • British English spelling and punctuation is expected.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory footnotes 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. Do not embed notes in the text or bibliographic references, live links, or macros. The final submitted file should also be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables, figures, 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/Figure/Chart X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Diagrams and maps should also 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 figures, diagrams, and maps are in other formats (i.e. 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 in alphabetical order by surname 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, vol 29, no 1, pp 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, Available:. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/ [24 Aug 2016].

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