Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The field of consumption studies was an early touchstone for major debates on macro-social change, especially around the issues of globalisation and aestheticization. Following in this tradition, Consumption and Society aims to revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities. Read more
Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The field of consumption studies was an early touchstone for major debates on macro-social change, especially around the issues of globalisation and aestheticization. Following in this tradition, Consumption and Society aims to revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities.
The Editors invite empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Principally, Consumption and Society publishes peer reviewed, theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as purely theoretical contributions. The journal also publishes other formats, including Keyword Essays, Book Review Essays, Book Reviews and Interviews. The Editors welcome proposals for Special Issues and Special Sections to promote novel research agendas, as well as proposals for innovative and novel formats.
Consumption and Society actively seeks contributions from beyond Europe and North America and is committed to promoting scholarship from the Global South. The journal is also committed to supporting emerging, early career researchers.
"Consumption is an increasingly important part of contemporary life, contributing to the most urgent problems facing the globe - climate destabilization, inequality, and the failures of capitalism. Scholars' previous paradigms for understanding consumption are increasingly inadequate, as we grapple with profound changes to how people live. This new journal will be an important outlet for the latest theory and research, and will help us to redefine the field."
Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, USA
"From the perspective of sustainable consumption as a scholarly field, this journal is a welcome venue for serious scholars to exchange ideas and report significant research findings."
Halina S. Brown, co-founder of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University, USA
Consumption and Society publishes original research articles, keyword essays, book review essays, book symposia, book reviews, and interviews.
Research Articles: We invite theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as theoretical and methodological pieces, that contribute to the understanding of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Papers should be no more than 8,000 words including any references, tables, figures etc. but not including the abstract (250 words). All research articles undergo a double anonymous peer review process.
If you are interested in contributing pieces in any of the following categories, please contact the Editors to discuss. The following types of contributions are reviewed internally by members of the Management Board.
Keyword Essays explore a concept, term, or other keyword of importance to consumption studies. They should be between 3,000 – 4,000 words, not including the abstract (250 words) and bibliography. They are published alongside two commissioned responses/discussions of approximately 1,000 words each.
Book Review Essays review three or four related books of relevance to the field. They should be no more than 3000 words.
Book Symposia are a dialogue between at least two people reviewing the same book or books. The overall word count should be approximately 4,000 words.
Book Reviews discuss the contribution of a recently published book, in approximately 1000 words.
Interviews present insights on the work of a scholar or practitioner, discussing conceptual, empirical and policy-relevant implications of research and practice; they should be no more than 4,000 words.
The Editors welcome innovative proposals for other non-standard formats, as well as for journal special issues.
Initial manuscript submission via Editorial Manager
Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.
Preparing your anonymised manuscript
Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:
A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), the article abstract up to 250 words, up to 5 key words/short phrases and the article word count. A cover page template is available to download here.
A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgments, funding details, or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). References to the authors' own work should be anonymised as follows: "Author's own, [year]". Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised will be returned.
If you have any Figures and Tables these must be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate where they should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate.
Alt text: In order to improve our accessibility for people with visual impairments, we ask authors to provide a brief description known as alt text to describe any visual content such as photos, illustrations or figures. It will not be visible in the article but is embedded into the images so a PDF reader can read out the descriptions. Guidance on how to write this is available here: https://accessibility.huit.harvard.edu/describe-content-images.
Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version via Editorial Manager.
Checklist: what to include in your final non-anonymised manuscript:
A cover page including:
Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
Author names and affiliations;
Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message;
Up to 5 keywords;
The main manuscript including
The non-anonymised text of your article: 8,000 words including the bibliography for peer-reviewed articles, but not including the abstract (250 words).
Key messages: Each research article must include 3-4 ‘key messages’ summarising the main messages from the paper in up to four bullet points. The contribution made by the paper to the field should be clear from these key messages. Each bullet point must be less than 100 characters. These points may be used to promote your article on social media.
Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: ‘This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].’
Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’ if there are none.
Acknowledgements: acknowledge people who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting the data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text.
Figures and Tables: should be submitted as separate files. Figures should ideally be in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file format. Please indicate where figures and tables should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure/Table X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
Alt Text: In order to improve our accessibility for people with visual impairments, we now ask authors to provide a brief description known as alt text to describe any visual content such as photos, illustrations or figures. It will not be visible in the article but is embedded into the images so a PDF reader can read out the descriptions. Guidance on how to write this is available here: https://accessibility.huit.harvard.edu/describe-content-images.
Supplementary data: Supplementary data can either be submitted with the manuscript or hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) and cited as a reference in the article.
All submissions are first desk-reviewed by the editor(s) who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope as well as the quality standards of the journal. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through double-anonymous peer review by at least two referees. Consumption and Society aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.
Keyword essays, Book reviews, Book symposiums and Interviews are not externally peer reviewed; each contribution is reviewed by two journal editors.
Consumption and Society is published by Bristol University Press. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Bristol University Press the exclusive right and licence to publish the article. Copyright remains with the author(s) or other original copyright owners and we will acknowledge this in the copyright line that appears on the published article.
Authors will be asked to sign a journal contributor agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the agreement. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent. The journal contributor agreement can be downloaded here.
Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Bristol University Press. General information on rights and permissions can be found here.
To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Consumption and Society please email Bristol University Press: email@example.com.
British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
Bristol University Press uses a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:
In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets;
List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text;
Book and journal titles should be in italics;
Website details should be placed at the end of the reference;
Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.
Example of book reference:
Aghtaie, N. and Gangoli, G. (2015) National and international perspectives to gender based violence, Abingdon: Routledge.
Example of journal reference:
Williamson, E. and Abrahams, HA. (2014) ‘A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’, Journal of Women and Social Work, 29(1): 178-191.
Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Hester, M. (2012) ‘Globalization, activism and local contexts: Development of policy on domestic violence in China and England’, in MT Segal, EN Chow and V Demos (eds) Social production and reproduction at the interface of public and private spheres, London: Emerald, pp 273-294.
The Editors of Consumption and Society invite proposals for Special Issues or Themed Sections, in the format described below. The Editors will announce their initial decisions on proposals received, and indicate those accepted for development and planned publication, at the latest four weeks after submission.
What are we looking for in a Consumption and Society Special Issue or Themed Section?
The aim of a Special Issue or Themed Section is to bring together a set of cutting-edge research articles that develops a specific debate or topic on a theme relevant to the remit of Consumption and Society. This may include articles presenting theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical material. Read the Aims and Scope of the journal to learn more.
A Special Issue or Themed Section must be integrated around a common theme and must take forward scholarly debate.
Special Issues of Themed Sections should be international in scope unless specifically focusing on a geographical region and should aim to include authors from beyond the Global North.
A Special Issue should contain 6 to 8 manuscripts, each of a maximum of 8,000 words including the bibliography, but not including the abstract.
A Themed Section should contain 4 or 5 research articles, with the same word count.
Special Issues / Themed Sections should be made up of invited contributions and guest editors should commission authors before submitting a proposal.
Special Issues / Themed Sections may also contain special formats, such as interviews, keyword essays or commentaries, in addition to research articles. A list of the journal’s non-standard formats can be found in our Author Instructions.
How to present a Special Issue / Themed Section proposal for Consumption and Society
A special issue / themed section proposal must include ALL the following information:
Title: This should clearly reflect the field and content of the proposal.
Details of guest editor(s): Provide contact details, institutional affiliations, and a short academic profile (of up to 150 words) for each proposed guest editor.
Description: In no more than 750 words, outline the intellectual focus of the proposed, stating how its proposed content engages with significant issues, and the contribution it will make to the field of consumption studies.
Draft contents page: This should set out the structure of the Special issue / Themed section, listing the titles and authors of each proposed research article and other formats.
Article abstracts: An abstract for each article to be included in the collection must be provided.
Timetable statement: Please include your timetable for initial submission, review, re-submission, copyediting, etc. Securing a full set of papers and other items usually takes 12-15 months from invitation to progress to acceptance. This includes a three-month production period (e.g. typesetting, final proofing etc.). Guest editors will need to keep to agreed timescales. Peer reviewed papers normally require at least one set of revisions, and allowance must be made for review processes and for authors to amend drafts of their papers.
Maximising impact: Please consider how you intend to promote and disseminate the Special Issue or Themed Section (blogs, events, conferences, other social media, etc.). An editorial statement outlining ten useful ‘top tips for impact’ is available at: http://policypress.co.uk/journals/maximise-your-impact.
What do we like to see in a Special Issue or Themed Section?
Editorial Article written by the guest editor(s): Special Issues must include an editor(s)’ introduction; this will usually be shorter than a full paper. Guest editors should confirm their intention to provide an Editorial Article which must be accepted for publication at the production deadline for the journal. Guest editorials will be reviewed by the Editors.
Consumption and Society Keyword essay: Proposers should indicate whether they plan to provide a keyword essay, including an abstract by the main author(s) as well as suggested names for discussants.
Interview: Proposers might also list at 2-3 possible experts relevant to the topic of the Special Issue / Themed Section, for an interview format.
Other formats are also possible, please send your idea with your proposal.
How will proposals be assessed?
A Special Issue / Themed Section selection committee, comprising the Co-Editors and selected members from the management board, will review all proposals received and make decisions based on the following criteria:
International appeal and relevance to consumption studies; this is vital given the focus of the journal.
Intellectual significance, originality, and rigor:
- Does the proposal seek to challenge dominant assumptions?
- Will it set the agenda in terms of future debates?
- Does it have novel, timely or innovative dimensions?
- Does it aim to fill a significant gap in the current literature?
Profile of contributors; Consumption and Society is committed to supporting scholars from all backgrounds, disciplines and parts of the world. Proposals that include a mix of established scholars and ‘rising stars’, and which are internationally inclusive, are particularly welcome.
- Are the proposed guest editors experts in the field?
- Do they have a track record of producing cutting-edge research?
- Is their timetable realistic?
- Have they explained how they will steer and manage the development of the Special Issue / Themed section?
- Do they have the time and capacity to dedicate the required level of attention to this project?
The editorial process
If a proposal is accepted, a timeline will be established between the guest editors and journal editors. It is vital that agreed timelines are met.
Guest editor(s) will be expected to manage the process of:
Initially considering papers.
Identifying peer reviewers and, using the journal’s ‘Editorial Manager’ (EM) system, sending papers out to review, in consultation with Consumption and Society's editors (an online tutorial in using EM will be provided, and support is available from the Journal’s Editorial Assistant).
Communicating peer reviewers’ comments to the authors, via the EM system.
Deciding whether revised papers need to be reviewed again.
Making a provisional decision to accept or reject and conveying this, via EM, to the Co-Editors (Marlyne Sahakian, Stefan Wahlen and Dan Welch).
The Editors will aim to publish the Special Issue/ Themed Section according to the original agreed timeline, but proposers should note, and inform all potential contributors, that Consumption and Society’s Editors may decide to:
Run the Special Issue / Themed Section in a later issue than originally planned.
For Special Issues, accept only some of the papers and put them instead in a Themed Section that also includes manuscripts from other contributors.
Accept only one or two papers and present them as regular contributions to the journal.
Decide that none of the papers meets the quality standards or targeted content of the journal.
Be among the first to publish in Consumption and Society and revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century.
Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities. While anchored in sociological understandings of consumption, the journal welcomes submissions from a diverse range of cognate disciplines and fields, including: anthropology, geography, gender studies, history, marketing and Consumer Culture Theory (CCT), media and communication studies, political science, Science and Technology Studies, and environmental social sciences.
We invite theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as theoretical and methodological pieces, that contribute to the understanding of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Submissions may be up to 8000 words. The journal also publishes other, shorter, formats, including Keyword Essays, Book Review Essays, Book Reviews and Interviews. If you are interested in contributing non-standard pieces, please contact the Editorsto discuss – we welcome proposals for innovative ideas and novel formats. The Editors also welcome suggestions for Special Issues and shorter Special Sections (three or four related papers), to promote novel research agendas.
The Editors aim to encourage inclusivity and diversity in Consumption and Society. The journal is actively supportive of submissions from early career scholars. We will promote scholarship from the Global South, and our Editorial Advisory Board includes Regional Representatives for Africa, Latin America and East and South Asia. See our full Editorial Board. We welcome suggestions for Special Issues or Special Sections that showcase scholarship from, and focus research on, specific geographical regions.
Consumption and Society is an online journal and accepted papers will be published from August 2022 as soon as the editorial process is complete. We are committed to a timely, intellectually rigorous, and collegial editorial and reviewing process. If you are interested in submitting to the journal, please see our instructions for authors, or contact the Editors to discuss non-standard submissions or ideas for Special Issue and Sections.
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