We are a not-for-profit, Open Access journal with a mission to address urgent global social issues through interdisciplinary research.
The journal aims to encourage inclusivity and diversity in publishing. We welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners at all career stages from around the world and particularly encourage those in less established positions and/or more disadvantaged contexts to consider submitting to the journal. We will continue to offer free Gold Open Access to authors without the funding to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). To be eligible, authors must submit before the end of 2023. Learn more
Call for Submissions
How can we re-imagine society in an era of pressing global societal challenges? Significant threats and dangers lie ahead, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being, thinking and doing emerge. This journal aims to facilitate thinking about these positive new trajectories and become the journal of choice to address the complexities of global social challenges across disciplines, fields and geographies. Ours is the first such journal to be based in the social sciences, whilst drawing together accessible international scholarship across and beyond disciplines to inform policy and practice. It is an important home for research that contributes to the creation of alternative futures that are socially and environmentally just and sustaining.
We welcome submissions for:
Research articles: Submissions should reflect the themes, aims and scope of the journal, and may be up to 8,500 words including references. However, we will consider different word counts that are appropriate to the content.
Interventions: We also invite other forms of shorter, non-standard contributions. We describe three categories of these below and encourage authors to submit these in the spirit of 'interventions': lively and timely interjections that help give readers a more textured sense of the events, impacts and debates that inspire, shape and sometimes challenge the core research contributions of the journal. Submissions should be no more than 3,500 words and will be internally reviewed by two Editors-in-Chief or Associate Editors. In keeping with the aim for these interventions to engage practically and intellectually with the journal’s interests beyond a narrowly conceived academy, contributions should be written in highly accessible language. We particularly encourage submissions from practitioners beyond the academy and from collaborations between academics and other individuals and groups.
o Policy and practice: Policy and practice submissions explore the processes of knowledge exchange, co-production and impact that widen the research community and/or adapt research to the needs of particular groups or stakeholders. Contributing to the journal’s commitment to fostering dialogue between academics, policy makers, thought-leaders, NGOs, practitioners and the public, these interventions will develop understanding of how research can be set to meet one or more global social challenges, through a variety of formats. Some will follow the making of specific policy briefings, tracing processes of design and dissemination, where others will document journeys of co-production or participatory learning. We encourage a full spectrum of methodological underpinnings, from impact evaluation to co-production and other participatory approaches. For this category only, internal review may be supplemented by input from an external individual with relevant policy knowledge or experience.
o Provocations: A provocation is a genre of writing that stimulates or incites new ways of thinking and acting, sketches a new trajectory or links different fields of enquiry, provides a springboard for ongoing discussion of timely, pressing issues and articulates the global reach of its central problem or question, even when highlighting a particular geographical example.
o Debates: Debates address contemporary matters of concern, strategies for change or forms of organisation that respond to global social challenges, where there is an element of debate and disagreement around contentious issues. The intervention is unlikely to pose a resolution, but rather lays out the lines of contention so as to invite further reflection and response. Opposing views on an important new book might constitute one possible focus, or issue-focused debates written either as one voice with multiple perspectives, or as a dialogue, or two separate mutually responsive sections. We also welcome debate contributions that respond to arguments in papers we have published, and in turn invite other responses.