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Instructions for authors
What are we looking for?
How to submit
Editorial Review Process
Copyright and permissions
Language Editing Service
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to maximise the impact of your article
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 (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. 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, including references) 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.
How to submit an article
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. .
In the course of your online submission you will be asked to provide a plain language summary of the paper (optional) which will be transmitted to Kudos on article acceptance. Kudos is an online platform dedicated to helping authors maximise the impact of their research. You can find out more about how it works in our guide to Kudos.
Preparing your anonymised manuscript
Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:
- 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 200 words), up to 5 key words/short phrases and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.
- A fully anonymized manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any author or study names, 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]". Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
- If you have any Figures and Tables please upload them as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate.
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 or contact the Editorial Office.
Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.
Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript
- 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 200 words), up to 5 key words and the word count.
The non-anonymised final version of your article should include:
- Key messages in 2-3 single sentence bullet points
- 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]."
- 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. Find out more about declaring conflicts of interest in the Bristol Universty Press/ Policy Press Ethical Guidelines.
- Acknowledgements: acknowledge those who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.
- Figures and Tables: should be included as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. For advice about less common file formats please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Supplemental data: We recommend that any supplemental data are hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and are cited as a reference in the article.
Editorial Review Process
All submissions will be subject to double-blind 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.
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: email@example.com. For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Download the Endnote output style for Bristol University Press and Policy Press Journals.
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, H.A. (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: 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: M. T. Segal, E. N. 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, 15th August. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/