Instructions to Authors
The (Re)imagining Peace + Justice is a student-run site that publishes an intersectional approach to transitional justice, conflict, and human rights. This site seeks to engage conversations on the mechanisms employed by local communities, states, and international actors to promote social and political reconciliation. The blog aims to unpack legacies of structural and personal violence, systematic human rights abuses, authoritarianism, and massive violence. A key aim of this blog is to encourage discussion and debate across disciplines and geographies.
We encourage posts and articles that bridge the divide between practitioner and academic. The site will amplify a range of voices, including those involved in policy-making and activism. Articles ought to be written in a manner that is accessible to all audiences, free of unnecessary jargon, and with limited referencing. Article submissions may include interviews, discussions, responses to other works, book reviews, practitioner reflections, activist reflections, notes from the field, creative writing, and the presentation of new data, frameworks, or concepts.
Preparation of Submission
All posts must be original. If the research is under consideration by another publication or in another form, the submission must include the following in bolded in capital letters at the top of the page: [“UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR PUBLICATION BY _____________”].
Authors of submitted posts are obligated not to submit it for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission. Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the (Re)imagining Peace + Justice unless they receive approval for doing so from the managing editor.
When reporting experiments and/or interviews on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or national) and with the spirit of the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Please note that this includes all interviews, surveys, focus groups or any other interaction for the purposes of research with vulnerable population groups, which would include those directly affected by conflict or violence.
The article should indicate approval by the appropriate committee for the protection of human subjects with name of body and date of approval. This can either be inserted in the text of the article or as a footnote.
For non-governmental organizations without access to such a committee (university, state, or other), please indicate how ethical questions about the research were addressed.
The article should indicate funding sources in the first footnote.
Style and Format
Should you be interested in a submission, contact the Managing Editor with the subject matter and titles of the proposed book for review.
All submissions should be in Word format, 11 point font, double-spaced with 1 inch margins, written in English and conformed to the Chicago Manual Style Guide, 17th ed. Submissions will also be accepted in other styles assuming that full and proper citations are included.
In-text citations and hyperlinks will be used when the submission is posted. Authors should submit their posts with endnote citations, which include, whenever possible, the original website from which the source material was downloaded.
Authors should consult the Chicago Manual Style Guide, 17th ed. for referencing for a comprehensive style manual followed by (Re)imagining Peace + Justice.
Articles should be between 250 and 1200 words, depending on the type of post. Please note that the word counts are inclusive of footnotes. Footnotes should be limited to no more than 15 in total.
An abstract of not more than 50 words, for use in social media and publicity materials, should be included followed by six keywords at the beginning of an article.
Alterations and Revisions
If an Editor is of the opinion that an article provisionally accepted for posting needs minor revisions (minor shortening, correction of errors, grammar, spelling, or style errors) and the revisions do not alter the meaning or sense of the original submission, such proposed changes will be made by the Editor and approved by the Editorial Board and will not be resubmitted to the author prior to being published.
Authors may be asked to re-submit articles in response to editorial review and evaluation. In these cases, the author will receive the revised copy of their submission with changes and comments.
All submissions, including book reviews, should be submitted online.
Rejected submissions will not be reconsidered for review unless an invitation to submit a revised version has been extended by the editors.
Should an author have difficulties in submitting online, submissions may be forwarded to the Managing Editor. Email submissions are strongly discouraged and authors are requested to submit online whenever possible.
Publishers wishing to submit books for review can send copies to:
Managing Editor, (Re)imagining Peace + Justice, Centre on Conflicts, Rights and Justice, SOAS University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG.
All articles are subjected to a blind review before being accepted for publication and final decision on publication rests with the Editorial Board.
Please note that by submitting or publication, you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that (Re)imagining Peace + Justice may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify (Re)imagining Peace + Justice immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication, (Re)imagining Peace + Justice will contact you using the email address you have used in the submission process.