Global Networks

Cover image for Vol. 16 Issue 3

Edited By: Alisdair Rogers, Steve Vertovec and Robin Cohen

Impact Factor: 1.207

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 30/84 (Anthropology); 35/77 (Geography); 52/142 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1471-0374

Author Guidelines

Online publication from 2016

Global Networks will be published in online-only format effective with the 2016 volume. This is a proactive move towards reducing the environmental impact caused by the production and distribution of printed journal copies and will allow the journal to invest in further digital development. Published articles will continue to be disseminated quickly through the journal’s broad network of indexing services, including ISI and Scopus. Articles will also continue to be discoverable through popular search engines such as Google. All color images will now be reproduced digitally and published free of charge.

How to Submit an Article

The editors welcome submissions from any social science discipline which meet the journal's aims and scope as set out elsewhere on this site. They may be based on substantial research or propose significant advances to major theoretical debates in the field. Contributions concerning any part of the world will be considered.

All manuscripts should be submitted online (MS Word or similar, not PDF) via ScholarOne Manuscripts at Any queries regarding Manuscript Central or manuscript submission should be directed to the Editorial Office.

To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below:
1. Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, Chrome 4.0 or Safari 4.0) and go to journal’s ScholarOne site (
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts:
      • After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
      • Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
      • Enter a user ID and password of your and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.
NOTE: If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” and enter your email address. The system will send you details on how to log in.

3. Log-in and select “Author Center.”
4. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript”
5. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
6. Upload your files:
      • Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
      • Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
      • When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
7. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats). Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

The manuscript should be accompanied by a covering letter, which should include the following:

  • Full names and contact details of all authors and, where appropriate, an indication of the ‘corresponding author’.
  • Confirmation that the manuscript is original and not under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere, either in part or full. It is general policy not to publish translations of articles already published in languages other than English.
  • Confirmation that you have read the journal’s aims and scope (available here) and consider that the submission falls within these boundaries.
  • Confirmation that you have read these author guidelines and that the manuscript is prepared accordingly.
  • A copy of the abstract.
  • A word count, including all references, tables and supporting material. Submissions should be no longer than 8500 words. Longer articles will normally be referred back for further editing.
  • Up to six keywords or phrases describing the article’s content and approach, which may include geographical descriptors; these may be used to identify potential referees.

To take some examples, among the most common keywords and phrases in recent issues of the journal are:

Social Networks - World City Networks - Network Society - Global Social Movements - Networking Practices - Transnational Advocacy Networks - Transnational Migrants - Cosmopolitanism Transnational Families - Knowledge Networks - Diaspora - Global Care Chains - Elite Networks - Transnational Citizenship - Global Commodity/Value Chains Mobility - Global Production Networks.

Given the high rate of submissions to the journal, editors normally refer back articles that do not fulfil the above stated criteria and conditions.

Manuscripts should be 1.5 spaced and pages should be numbered consecutively. There should be an abstract of not more than 150 words, which should summarize the content and conclusion of the article. Advice on abstracts and titles can be found here. A title page should include the institutional affiliation, full name(s) and address(es), (including email where applicable) of all authors. Where there are joint or multiple authors a principal author for purposes of editorial correspondence should be identified.

All manuscripts that meet the journal’s aims and scope and are of sufficiently good quality will be subject to anonymous peer review by at least three independent and specialist referees. The editor will forward constructive comments to the author(s).

Manuscript preparation
Footnotes should be avoided, but if necessary there may be a limited number of endnotes, numbered consecutively, at the end of the text. Authors should not use automatic footnote formats, but should use superscript numbers and list the notes as ordinary text at the end of the text. See information on Endnote below.

The number of levels of sub-headings should not exceed three (two is preferable) and each level should be clearly identified as A, B, or C.

Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text.

All acronyms should be defined in full when first used unless widely understood, for example, USA, and thereafter may be typed without full points, for example, UNESCO. Where the abbreviation is partially or wholly lower case, no full stop is needed if the final letter of the word is used in the abbreviation: Mr, St, Ltd; but ed., no. Units of measurement do not require a full stop. Initials in proper names require a full stop.

Authors should provide English translations of passages, phrases or terms in other languages. Foreign words, other than those common in English, should be italicized, unless in quotation. Racist or sexist language should be avoided. Spelling should accord with the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language. Use the suffix 'ize', not 'ise' and 'ization' not 'isation' for words where either spelling is possible. Use 'yse' not 'yze' in words such as analyse.

All numbers from one to ten should be spelled out except where attached to a unit of quantity, for example 10 km. Write per cent in text but % in tables and figures. Write 1,200 and 12,000. Elide numerals where possible, for example 1934-5, 56-7, but 11-19.

Quotations of more than 50 words should be set out from the text with spaces above and below. Quotations should not normally exceed 250 words in a single passage.

The use of ibid., op. cit., loc. cit., should be avoided.

Measurements should be in SI metric. Note especially that in American English, a ton is a unit of measurement equalling 2,000 pounds. In non-US measurements, a ton equals 2,240 pounds. Please use tonne, also known as a metric ton, a unit of mass equalling 1,000 kilograms.

Special type or layout requirements should be clearly indicated.

Wiley-Blackwell's house style is available at For a shorter guide, specific to Global Networks, contact

Secondary works cited in the text should follow the Harvard system, for example Hill (2000: 64), (Hill 2000: 64) or (Hill 2000b) when two or more references to the same author have the same year. The abbreviation et al. may appear in the main text but all authors should be named in the references. Multiple references cited in the text should appear in alphabetical order, separated by semi-colons. An alphabetical list of references by author's last name should appear after text, notes and acknowledgements. Where there are no named authors, the name of the appropriate body should be used, for example (World Bank 1996). Only works cited in the text should be listed, and all references given in the text must be listed. Full reference details should include all authors, titles, publishers and place of publication, and where unpublished material may be obtained, and for journal articles the volume and issue number and pages. If the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is known, this can be included. The reference style to be used should follow these examples:

Martin, P. L. (2009) Importing poverty? Immigration and the changing face of rural America, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Wall, R. S. and G. A. van der Knaap (2011) 'Sectoral differentiation and network structure within contemporary worldwide corporate networks', Economic Geography, 87 (3), 267308, doi: 10.1111/j.1944-8287.2011.01122.x.

Canfora, G. and A. Cimitile (2001) 'Software maintenance', in S. K. Chang (ed.) Handbook of software engineering and knowledge engineering, volume 1, NJ: World Scientific, 91120.

Milne, S. (2012) 'America's murderous drone campaign is fuelling terror', Guardian, 29 May, available at:

Waters, J. L. (2003a) 'Flexible Citizens? Transnationalism and citizenship amongst economic immigrants in Vancouver', The Canadian Geographer, 47 (3), 21934, doi: 10.1111/1541-0064.00019.

Waters, J. L. (2003b) '"Satellite kids'" in Vancouver: transnational migration, education and the experiences of lone children', in M. W. Charney, B. S. A. Yeoh adn C. K. Tong (eds) Asian migrants and education: the tensions of education in immigrant societies and among migrant groups, Kluwer Academic Publishers: London, 16584.

Important Notice for those using EndNote
When submitting your paper for publication, you must first remove all field codes, as they interfere with the software used by the publisher. Click on the Remove Field Codes button. You will see a warning message, explaining that this will preserve your original document (with EndNote field codes) and create a new, unsaved document (without EndNote field codes). Click on the OK button to continue. Save the new document under a new name, and send that version for publication. Keep the original document, as that it is the master copy which you will have to use if you wish to add or remove any references using EndNote.

Figures and tables
Figures and tables should be as clear and simple as possible, and placed on separate sheets with appropriate captions. Authors should try to keep the number of tables and figures to a minimum. Appropriate sources should be included. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Tables may use horizontal rules but no vertical rules, and notes should be placed below and clearly identified a, b, c, etc.. Line diagrams (including maps) should be submitted in a form suitable for reproduction without redrawing, i.e. camera-ready. Captions for figures should be submitted as separate copy and not included on the figure itself. Use billion to refer to a thousand million (109) and trillion to refer to a million million (1012). Authors should make allowance for the reduction of figures and tables to fit the dimensions of the journal (168mm x 246mm). Excluding margins: (121 x 196mm).

Charts: If editable (i.e. MS Office Chart) then inclusion into the Word file is fine. Otherwise, please submit as:

• A picture file (e.g. TIF, JPEG) – This will not be changed (usually) and must be of sufficient quality to reproduce in the published article. It should NOT be incorporated into a Word file.
• The data and an accurate picture of how the chart should look. This will allow a new chart to be made for inclusion in the article

Photos and Maps: as a picture file (e.g. TIF) NOT incorporated into a Word file. Resolution should be at least 300 dpi at an approximate width of 121 mm (preferably 600 dpi). No objection will be made if resolution is too high – it can always be reduced. Please note images taken from the web are unlikely to be suitable as they are usually 72 dpi. Logos and colophons: These are unlikely to be needed but, if used, ideally should be presented as vector graphics (e.g. EPS file). If this is not possible, then a high-resolution (1200 dpi) picture file (e.g. TIF) can be used. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that any necessary copyright permission is obtained. It is possible for us to scan your originals (artwork/photographs/slides, etc.) but these would have to be sent by recorded delivery and, if they are to be returned, a prepaid, self-addressed envelope must be included.

Text proofs of all submissions will normally be sent to the author or nominated principal author, who must return them promptly within a specified period. Requests for amendments at proof stage must be kept to a minimum. The editors' decision is final. Authors will receive a pdf of their article.

Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

Authors must obtain permission to reproduce material under copyright, including figures and diagrams, before submitting the final version of the manuscript. Authors will be consulted before any republication of material.


Please note that, as of January 2016, Global Networks will appear online only; there will be no hard copy publication.

Authors should be aware that the acceptance of an article is conditional upon its author's or authors' having ensured that it contains nothing which is libellous, defamatory or in breach of copyright. Agreement by authors to the publication of their material necessarily implies acceptance of this condition.

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You are required to sign one of three licences (authors who are funded by RCUK or Wellcome Trust must select the first, to comply with their mandates):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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Pre-submission English-language editing
English-language editing Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.