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What are we looking for?
How to submit an article
Copyright and permissions
English language editing service
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to maximise the impact of your article
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What are we looking for?

The journal aims to publish original contributions that broaden our understanding of  ‘Work in the Global Economy’ (please see journals aims and scope for a fuller discussion). Work in the Global Economy welcomes the following contributions:

  • Research Articles:
    We welcome the submission of papers that advance understanding of ‘Work in the Global Economy’ and draw upon  empirical findings to support and develop theory. Papers that forge  interdisciplinary linkages through their empirical, conceptual, and theoretical content are especially welcome. The Editors also encourage papers that propose new conceptual and theoretical approaches; papers based upon rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; and accounts which demonstrate innovation in furthering our understanding of work in the contemporary political economy.

    Papers submitted to the journal are normally 7000 to 9500 words in length. This word limit includes all text in the article (abstract, title page, keywords, acknowledgements) but excludes references and any appendices.  Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review.

  • Theory into Practice: 
    The journal will contain a section called ‘Theory into Practice’. Within this section we welcome shorter papers of 6000 words (excluding references and tables) from academics (possibly with practitioner and/or activist co-authors) exploring how the theoretical underpinnings of their research have impacted upon practice, or how theoretical ideas have made a difference on the ground. The focus of these shorter pieces could range from policy driven interventions to more activist  campaigns at workplace, organisational or global level. Contributions to Theory into Practice will be also subject to the peer-review process.

Supporting Early Career Researchers:
Particular attention will be placed on supporting Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to secure publication in the journal (subject to the normal reviewing process). We ask ECRs to indicate their status upon submission to facilitate this. We define ECRs as an individual within eight years of the award of their PhD or within six years of their first academic appointment.

Promoting diversity: We expect authors to problematise race, ethnicity and gender and to reflect diversity in terms of citations and references.

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How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the Work in the Global Economy Editorial Manager website: https://www.editorialmanager.com/wge/default.aspx.
Please ensure you follow the below anonymisation and formatting guidelines.

Initial manuscript submission via 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.

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 (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract up to 250 words, up to 5 key words/short phrases and the article word count. 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]". If submitted by e-mail, 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 must be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. If submitted by e-mail, these files 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).

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.

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

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;
  3. Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message;
  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 (9,000 words for Research Articles; 6,000 words for Theory into Practice articles).
  2. 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].’ 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. Journal Contributor Publishing Agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed  agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The Journal Contributor Publishing 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. Work in the Global Economy 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 Permissions

Work in the Global Economy is published by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Bristol University Press the exclusive right and licence to publish the article. 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 journal contributor agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the agreement. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent. The journal contributor 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 Work in the Global Economy 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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