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Instructions for authors

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

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies provides space for research and writing that crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplinary areas within the social sciences, humanities and the arts. We provide a platform for work that explores the interactions between the world of feelings, subjectivity and experience and the wider social realm in its various contexts and settings.  We publish articles from across the globe that contribute to the field of Psychosocial Studies.  Articles might include:

  • Academic articles: that might be based on empirical research, or consist of theoretical contributions or significant reviews of areas of knowledge or practice. Articles should be between 5000 and 7000 words long (including abstract, notes and references). Submissions should be anonymised (see instructions below) for double anonymous peer review. Research articles should contribute to advances in knowledge, theory or methods.

  • Open space: We welcome short submissions (up to 4000 words in length) for publication in the Journal’s Open space section. This provides a space for discussion, dialogue, analysis and reflections on current affairs, events or areas of contemporary concern. We invite literary, poetic and creative forms, including interviews, personal narratives, project proposals, reflections on key thinkers and ideas, and other non-standard submissions. These pieces are reviewed by members of the editorial board. Open Space submissions do not carry abstracts. If prompted for an abstract by the online submission system, please enter ‘N/A’. Contributors are encouraged to discuss the suitability of Open Space pieces with the Editor in advance. Please email jps.editors@gmail.com.

  • Book reviews: If you are interested in writing a book review for the Journal, please contact the editors (jps.editors@gmail.com). We can accept shorter book reviews of around 750 words or longer review pieces of up to 2000 words. All reviews/review essays must provide the following information about the books reviewed: Authors, title, year of publication, publisher, page extent, format (i.e. hardback, paperback, e-book etc.), ISBN, price. Book reviews do not carry abstracts. If prompted for an abstract by the online submission system, please enter ‘N/A’.

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How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Psychosocial Studies Editorial Manager website: www.editorialmanager.com/jpss

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 including references. 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]". 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.

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.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted 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 (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required);
    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: no longer than 7000 words for academic articles, 4000 for open space articles, and 2000 words for book reviews.
    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 supplementary data is hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and is cited as a reference in the article. Short supplementary items can be included as appendices to the article.


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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. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. The Journal of Psychosocial Studies aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.

Please also read our Journals Editorial Policies.

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Copyright and Permissions

The Journal of Psychosocial Studies is published by Policy Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Policy 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 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 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 the Journal of Psychosocial Studies 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.


  • 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 Univesity Press Journals.

Policy 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:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

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, no 1, 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 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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