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Global Social Challenges Journal: Call for papers

Be among 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 and other pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities. 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. 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 research articles that reflect the themes of the journal and are of 5,000 to 10,000 words including references.  However, contributions should not be constrained by length and we will consider different word counts that are appropriate to the findings.  We expect to publish non-traditional outputs, including shorter debate pieces, linked articles with interdisciplinary comment, policy papers, and to encourage video, podcast and blog content to accompany articles in order to reach a wide audience. 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.   

The first content will be published online in 2022. Our instructions for authors and article submission site will be available in due course. In the meantime, if you are interested in submitting to the journal, please email info@globalsocialchallenges.com


  • 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 
Siddharth Mallavarapu, Shiv Nadar University, India
Bronwen Morgan, UNSW, Sydney, Australia 
Sue Scott, Newcastle University, UK 
David Simon, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 
Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA

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. As a not-for-profit endeavour, any surplus is reinvested, and we offer discounts and waivers on Author Processing Charges (APCs) for those without funding and in low and middle income countries. Learn more about our APCs and Open Access options for journals.