Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

South Africa

Global Social Challenges Journal: Call for submissions

Be amongst the first to publish in this transformative, mission-driven open access journal.

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, not for profit journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines and fields. The Global Social Challenges Journal will be the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, whilst engaging with research from humanities, arts and STEM. It will be an important home for research that contributes to the creation of alternative futures that are socially and environmentally just and sustaining. Read our aims and scope to learn more.

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.  However, we will consider different word counts that are appropriate to the content.  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.  

The journal aims to encourage inclusivity and diversity in publishing. We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners at all career stages from around the world and particularly encourage those in less established positions and/or more disadvantaged contexts to consider submitting to the journal.

The first content will be published online in 2022. If you are interested in submitting to the journal, please see our instructions for authors.  The article submission site will be available in due course.


These are linked to but not limited by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

We will aim to address these and other issues in the context of their interplay with systemic divisions resulting from class, racialisation, gender and sexuality.

  • Cities and communities 
  • Climate change, energy and sustainability 
  • Conflict, security and peace
  • Democracy, power and governance 
  • Education and learning
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion 
  • The future of work, finance and the economy
  • Health and wellbeing 
  • Hunger, food, water and shelter
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches 
  • Justice, law and human rights 
  • Life stages and intergenerationality 
  • Migration, mobilities and movement 
  • Poverty, inequality and social Justice 
  • Society, culture and arts
  • Technology, data and society

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

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 in low and middle income countries. Learn more about our APCs and Open Access options for journals.    

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