International Social Science Journal

Cover image for Vol. 65 Issue 217-218

Edited By: John Crowley & Sebastian Ille

Online ISSN: 1468-2451

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Contributions should be submitted to the International Social Science Journal (ISSJ) via the journal’s online submission process using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To do this use the following link: and follow the step-by-step directions to enter your manuscript and details onto the system. During step 1 of the submission process, authors should indicate whether their manuscript is a Regular submission, a Special Issue submission, or an Editorial.

Manuscripts submitted for publication are entered into a double-blind peer review system and normally read by at least two assessors as well as by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision will be final. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be an original piece of work, not been published before and not being considered for publication elsewhere in printed or electronic form. Authors should follow the guidelines set out below to ensure their submission is in the correct format for the submission process.

Any enquiries governing the submission process should be directed to  

ISSJ uses iThenticate software to support in the identification of plagiarism and self-plagiarism. The journal follows the Wiley-Blackwell publication ethics guidelines which are available for prospective authors to consult at and also guidelines as set out by the Committee of Publishing Ethics (COPE) at

Guidelines for Articles:

1.       Manuscripts should normally be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including all notes, tables, graphics and references. Authors considering submission of longer or shorter pieces are advised to discuss the matter with the Editor-in-Chief in advance of submission. The main document submitted for review should be anonymous, with any identifying author information (including acknowledgements) moved to the separate title page. This is to preserve anonymity in the review process.

2.       Written style should be in line with the profile of the journal, meaning that articles should be appealing and accessible to those not specialised in their particular subjects. Excessive technicality, jargon and methodological protocol are to be avoided in favour of direct, clear language. The exposition should be as clear as possible, avoiding colloquialisms and explaining any local circumstances, terms or concepts which might not be widely familiar.

3.       Title page: This should be a separate document from the main manuscript and include the title of the article; the authors’ names, addresses and email addresses; any acknowledgements; and a short biographical note (see below). Where more than one author is involved the lead author, for contact purposes, should be clearly indicated.  

4.       Biographical note: to be included in the title page (see above), this should be less than 75 words including all authors, giving each author’s name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address, main research interests and (optionally) most recent and/or forthcoming publication with date only. This will be published in a box with a fixed limit (560 signs and spaces) on the first page of the article. 

5.       Abstract: An abstract of up to 200 words should be provided, giving a concise statement of the intention, results and conclusions of the paper. Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes. Abstracts are published together at the front of each issue, rather than as part of each individual article.

6.       Notes should be kept to a minimum. When used, they should be consecutively numbered using superscripts placed at the appropriate point in the text. Notes should be endnotes rather than footnotes. 

7.       References: The journal uses the Harvard version of the author–date system for bibliographical references where the author and year of publication appear in the text and the full reference appears in a ‘References’ section at the end of the article.  Please ensure all quotations are correctly referenced in the text and entered in the References.

(a) In-text citations:should follow the form (Armstrong 1985), (Li 1996, p.521), Li (1996, p.521). Where several references are cited together in the text they should be separated by semi-colons. Where there are three or more authors for a work the first name should be used, followed by et al.

(b) References section: all material relating to references contained in the text should be placed in a separate References section after the Notes. Authors should appear in alphabetical order. Where more than one article by an author appears these should be placed in chronological order and the name/s repeated and not replaced by a long dash (–). Entries should follow the following form.

LI, T.M., 1996. Images of community: Discourse and strategy in property relations. Development and Change, 27(3), 501-27.

HOY, D.C., 1986. Power, repression, progress: Foucault, Lukes and the Frankfurt School. In: D.C. Hoy, ed., Foucault: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 123-48.

ARMSTRONG, J., 1985. Long-Range Forecasting: From Crystal Ball to Computer. Toronto: Wiley.

MERCER, P.A. AND SMITH, G., 1993. Private Viewdata in the UK. 2nd ed. London: Longman.   

8.      Quotations should be as few as possible and should not exceed one paragraph in length. “Keynote” quotations are not accepted. Quotations should be in the same language as the main text of the article.  

9.      Language articles should be submitted in English using British rather than American spelling. 

10.    Large numbers. If the article uses the term ‘billion’ in the text or tables, please make it clear to the reader whether this is meant as ‘thousand million’ (US usage) or ‘million million’ (UK usage). Both are accepted, but the meaning must be clear.

11.    Emphasis. Avoid excessive use of emphasis and where used it should be expressed by italics (rather than bold or underlining).

12.    Formatting. Use 12 point type in Times New Roman with standard margins at one-and-a-half line spacing; justified text; one extra space between paragraphs. Do not indent paragraphs. Put emphasis and foreign words in italics. 

13.    Titles and headings should be in the same font and size as the text. Title and author name should be bold and centred. Main headings in bold flush left; second level of headings in italic flush left, third level in italic underlined indented 1.5 cm. 

14.    Tables and figures may be included but should not be multiplied beyond necessity. They should appear on separate sheets with self-explanatory captions and sources where required. The position in the text of each table and figure should be clearly indicated in the main manuscript. They should be consecutively numbered using numbers (Table 1, Table 2 etc.) and tables should contain the minimal number of lines with no boxes.  Please refer to editions of the journal for sample layouts. Please supply line and combination line/tone artwork as .eps files (one per figure) of 800 dpi, and tone artwork (photographs) as .tif files of 300 dpi. Colour must be converted to greyscale, ensuring that any resulting tints of black are distinguishable from each other where this is important to the diagram. Please contact the Journal Office for further guidance.  

15.    Proofs will be supplied as downloadable PDF files to authors of accepted articles for the correction of typesetting errors only. Expenses incurred by the introduction of new material, in all but exceptional cases, will be charged to the author.  

16.    Copyright Transfer Agreements: If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) on behalf of all authors on the paper. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below: 

17.    Supporting Information: Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: