Further information


Global Social Challenges Journal is a not-for-profit, Open Access publication, published by Bristol University Press in partnership with the University of Bristol.

If you have any questions or need further information, contact the journal's Managing Editor, Sarah Bird.

Open Access and Article Processing Charges

The journal operates on a Gold Open Access basis. 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. 

In order to make the journal sustainable, however, we welcome contributions from those publishing funded research. Our standard APC is £1,500+VAT. This is the amount that it costs us to publish each article. If you have some funding to contribute, but are unable to pay the full fee, contact the Managing Editor, Sarah Bird, to discuss your individual case.

From 2024 we will continue to charge our standard APC to those with funding to cover it, and a 'pay what you can' model for those who don't. Where the first author of an article comes from a low-income country, they will automatically qualify to publish free of charge, while other standard discounts will apply in middle-income countries. Submissions to our 'Interventions' section will not incur charges until further notice.

All our articles are freely available to the reader under a variety of CC-BY licences.

As a not-for-profit publisher we place equity at the core of our charging models.

Read what others have said

“I’m proud to see Bristol University Press launching this important new journal, which promises to address the most urgent complexities of global social challenges by drawing together accessible international scholarship across the disciplines to inform policy and practice.” 
Professor Judith Squires, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Bristol 

“This brand new journal aims at engaging the full range of ‘social’ conditions we confront. I fully support this opening up of a broader domain than has been the usual in the social sciences.” 
Professor Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, New York 

“In a world faced with global social challenges, narrow technical solutions and win-win scenarios abound. Too often, they evade the rigorous, collaborative work that forging just resolutions to global social challenges demands. Grounded in the social sciences, the journal will bring fresh perspectives to urgent conversations and foster open debate.” 
Tania Li, University Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada 


Watch our webinar to hear our editors discuss the journal's mission and what we hope to publish.