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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Preparing Your Paper

Word processor and word limits

Please use Microsoft Word for the manuscript.
Please include a word count for your paper.
A typical article for this journal should be more than 6000 and no more than 10000 words. This limit includes tables, references, figure captions, footnotes.
A typical review article for this journal should be more than 2500 and no more than 6000 words. This limit includes references and footnotes.
A typical book review for this journal should be more than 900 and no more than 1500 words.

Style guidelines

Please refer to the American Sociological Association Style Guide as your style guidelines.
Please use British spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.
Please use double quotation marks, except where "a quotation is 'within' a quotation". Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.
Please use hyphenated spellings, e.g. co-operative instead of cooperative, neo-liberal instead of neoliberal, etc.
Please use US date style, e.g. May 20th instead of 20th May.

Formatting and templates

Papers should be submitted in the standard format of Word. Figures should be saved separately from the text. To assist you in preparing your paper, we provide formatting templates. Word templates are available for this journal (Download Here). Please save the template to your hard drive, ready for use.

Citation and References

Please use  American Sociological Association Style Guide for citation and reference style when preparing your paper.

Using third-party material in your paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

English language editing service

Article manuscripts should be written in clear, concise and grammatically correct English. Authors are encouraged to use a language-editing service prior to submission, especially those who are from non-English speaking countries and believe that their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing.

Checklist: what to include

  1. Author details.All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. 
  2. Your manuscript should contain an unstructured abstract of 200 words.
  3. Funding details.Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
    For single agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
    For multiple agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
  1. Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. 
  2. Data availability statement. If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). 
  3. Data deposition. If you choose to share or make the data underlying the study open, please deposit your data in a recognized data repository prior to or at the time of submission. You will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-reserved DOI, or other persistent identifier for the data set.
  4. Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, GIF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).
  5. Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
  6. Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable.

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