Guide for Authors

RoSS is a peer–reviewed journal. New, original and unsolicited articles are welcomed. Articles should be submitted to the Editor via email at editor@rossjournal.co.uk in a Word document. Authors may expect that a decision about publication may take between two to three months. Authors of accepted articles will be asked to transfer copyright to the Review of Social Studies (RoSS).

Paper Submission Guidelines

  • Guidelines for preparing and submitting your article to the Review of Social Studies (RoSS) are provided below. Please ensure you refer to these instructions if you are preparing a manuscript to submit to the RoSS.

Article Preparation

  • Articles are only accepted in English. Articles should be 7,000 – 9,000 words including footnotes and references. On a separate sheet, please provide the author’s name, address, a brief biographical note, a 150-200 word abstract, acknowledgements, and a word count (including footnotes and references).
  • Authors should not refer to themselves by name in the text of their submission. Your identity should not be revealed explicitly or implicitly on any page of the article.
  • The Harvard referencing system should be used for bibliographical references in the text and footnotes. Notes should be kept to a minimum. A bibliographical reference list should be included at the end of the article, starting on a new page.
  • Submissions must be double-spaced throughout, including footnotes and the list of references. Margins should be of at least one inch on all sides and the text should be no smaller than 12 point font (Times New Roman).
  • Figures and tables can be included either as part of the main manuscript, or in separate files. The author must obtain any necessary permission for the reproduction of any illustrations or tables already published.
  • Pages in the manuscript should be numbered.
  • Quotations should be enclosed within double quotation marks. Substantial quotations of 40 or more words should be indented without quotation marks. Any alteration in a quotation should be acknowledged, for example: (Brown 2014: 75, emphasis added).
  • Dates should be given in the form ‘1 July 2014’.
  • Foreign language text should be italicised. Spelling practices should follow British spelling conventions and be consistent throughout the article. Authors for whom English is a second language are highly recommended to ask a native speaker with expertise in the field to carefully check the article.
  • The full name of a person, organisation, or programme should be used when mentioned for the first time, and titles and explanatory phrases should be provided when appropriate.
  • Using the Harvard referencing system, references should be presented as:

Book
Menski, Werner (2006) Comparative Law in a Global Context: The Legal Systems of Asia and Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters
Menski, Werner (2006) Cherrypicking Customs: On What Happens when Custom is Not Taught. In Manfred Hinz (ed.) The Shade of New Leaves. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 395-411.

Journal articles
Grillo, Ralph D. (2007) Betwixt and Between: Trajectories and Projects of Transmigration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33(2), 199–217.

Journal articles from an electronic source
Menski, Werner (2010) Fuzzy law and the boundaries of secularism. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal [Online, 3 December 2010], 13(3), 30–54. Available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1752910 [accessed: 24 October 2014].

Website/online material
Hammarberg, Thomas (2008) No one should have to be stateless in today’s Europe. In Council for Europe website [Online, 13 June 2008]. Available at: http://www.nationalityforall.org/news/-no-one-should-have-to-be-stateless-in-today-s-europe/ [accessed: 25.09.2014].

Yildiz, Guney (2014) Kobane fighting: IS meets its match in Syrian Kurdish forces. In BBC News [Online, 9 October 2014]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29556005 [accessed: 20.10.2014].

Review Process, Copyright and Publication

  • All articles submitted to the RoSS will undergo a peer review process: this is a critical element of scholarly publication in ensuring the appropriateness and quality of research. The review process will be conducted confidentially and anonymously. Recommendations from the reviewers will be provided to the author. Editors will use review recommendations in making decisions on the publication of any manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be original work and must not be submitted elsewhere whilst under consideration by the RoSS. Only contributions that have not already appeared in print can be accepted. If the article is accepted for publication it should not be reproduced elsewhere without the written permission of RoSS.
  • Authors will be required to sign a License Form for papers accepted for publication. Signature of the licence is a condition of publication. An appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office.
  • One hard copies of the issue containing the article will be supplied free of charge to the corresponding authors. Authors will also receive a PDF offprint of their article.

Book Review Submission Guidelines

  • Those interested in writing a book review should email editor@rossjournal.co.uk for a list of selected books available for review.
  • Reviews should involve both a non-evaluative overview of the content and a critical assessment. Please note that the publication of reviews submitted to RoSS is at the Book Review editor’s discretion.
  • The name/s of author/s of the book should be quoted at the top of the first page followed by the full title and subtitle of the book, the publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price (paperback/hardback) as follows:
    • Tas, Latif, Legal Pluralism in Action: Dispute Resolution and the Kurdish Peace Committee. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, 222 pp., £70.
  • The reviewer’s name and institution should be placed at the end of the review on the right hand side of the page.
    • Reviews for edited and non-edited volumes should be between 1,000 and 1,200 words.
    • Submissions must be double-spaced. Margins should be at least one inch on all sides and the text should be no smaller than 12 point font.
    • Footnotes should not be used in reviews. Instead, please include a citation in the text itself, followed by a full reference at the end of the review in the Harvard style.
    • Quotations should be enclosed within double quotation marks. Any alteration in a quotation should be acknowledged, for example: (Brown 2014: 75, emphasis added). Long quotations, for example more than 40 words, should be avoided. All quotations from the book reviewed should be followed by the page number from which they have been taken; for example, (p. 34).
    • Foreign language text should be italicised. Only British spelling should be used and spelling practices should be consistent throughout the review. Authors for whom English is a second language are strongly advised to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission.
    • The full name of a person, organisation, or programme should be used when mentioned for the first time, and titles and explanatory phrases should be provided when appropriate.
    • Dates should be given in the form ‘1 July 2014’.

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