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Instructions for authors

What are we looking for?
How to submit
How to anonymise your submission
Copyright and permissions
Language Editing Service
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to maximise the impact of your article
Contact us

What are we looking for?

We are looking for papers which contribute to the field of Gender-Based Violence. This might include:

  • Academic articles based on research, or major reviews, which should be between 5000 and 7000 words long (including references) with up to 5 key words, classifications, and an abstract of up to 200 words. Submissions should also include a key messages section which describes the key messages of the paper in 2-3 single sentence bullet points. Submissions should be anonymised (see instructions below) for double-blind peer review. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods. Authors should indicate if their article presents new empirical findings or is based on methodological innovation and should write in a style suitable for JGBV’s academic, NGO, activist, policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Policy and Practice papers should usually be between 2000 and 4000 words with up to 5 key words, classifications, and an abstract of up to 200 words. Submissions should also include a key messages section which describes the key messages of the paper in 2-3 single sentence bullet points. We recommend that you discuss with the editors prior to submission. These submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board. Policy and Practice papers should contribute to international sharing of ideas, expertise and experience between NGOs, social movement activists, policymakers, and academics. Contributors are encouraged to highlight innovative policy or practice at the local, national or international level.  
  • Open Space welcomes short submissions (up to 4000 words in length) for publication in the journal, and provides a space for feminist discussion, dialogue, analysis and reflections on activism, methodologies and events. We invite literary, poetic and creative forms, including interviews, personal narratives, polemics, reflections on key thinkers and ideas, and other non-standard submissions that will initiate and feed into debate. These pieces are reviewed by members of the editorial board. Contributors should discuss the suitability of Open Space pieces with the Editor in advance.

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How to Submit

All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Gender-Based Violence Editorial Manager website (http://www.editorialmanager.com/jgbv/default.aspx), 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. Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial or contact the Editorial Office.

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How to anonymise your submission

Author and study names should be removed in order to anonymise as should any acknowledgements which would identify the authors. We recognise that some research teams will be identifiable from the content but we ask all to anonymise as much as possible in the text. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field. The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time. Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors.

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Copyright & Permissions

The Journal of Gender-Based Violence is published by Policy Press on behalf of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. The copyright assignment agreement can be read 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 Policy Press.

General information on rights and permissions can be found here.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Journal of Gender-Based Violence please email Policy Press: pp-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.

Please also read our Journals Editorial Policies and Ethics Guidelines.

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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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A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:

  • 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. Do not include dates of access to websites
  • Spell out all acronyms in 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, vol 29, pp. 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: Segal, M. T., Chow, E. N. & Demos, V. (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, 15th August. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/

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Language Editing Service

Policy Press collaborates with Enago to provide Academic English editing and translation services to help authors get their manuscript submission-ready. A special 20% discount is available for all Policy Press authors. Find out more at: https://www.enago.com/policypress/.

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