Justice, Power and Resistance

Justice, Power and Resistance is an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies. Originally based within the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the journal invites academics, practitioners and activists to think critically about the concepts of justice and power, and what the implications of these are for the lives of people most affected by social harms. Read more

Frequency: 3 Issues per year, relaunching in 2022

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Aims and scope
Volumes 1-4
Testimonials
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Aims and scope

Justice, Power and Resistance is an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies. Originally based within the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the journal invites academics, practitioners and activists to think critically about the concepts of justice and power, and what the implications of these are for the lives of people most affected by social harms. The focus on resistance is reflective of the endeavour to move this critical knowledge to social action, to harness ways that crimes and harms of the powerful in particular can be resisted, and to support wider understandings of how to mitigate penal expansionism and mitigate harms and violence.

The editors welcome theoretical, normative and empirical studies from interdisciplinary perspectives including sociology, zemiology, geography, law, history, criminology, penology, philosophy, social policy and social theory from scholars and activists. The journal is also committed to enhancing communication and collaboration across critical and radical networks. Consequently, it welcomes open submissions in the following forms:

  • Research articles of 6,000 - 8,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures)
  • Interventions (including short papers, campaign updates, personal reflections and (auto)biographical accounts) of up to 5,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures)
  • Book reviews of up to 2,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures)

The journal also publishes and welcomes ideas for themed special issues

The scope of the journal includes a range of topics including the critical analysis of social harms; theories of state power, authority and legitimacy; gendered and racialised violence; the politics of social control; class, poverty and marginalisation; the legacies of colonialism, neo-colonialism and post colonialism; penal policies and penal practices; harms of the powerful; criminalisation; comparative studies and internationalist standpoints; abolitionist perspectives, social movements engaged in direct struggles of resistance and contestation; interventionist strategies and radical alternatives promoting human rights, social justice and democratic accountability.

Volumes 1-4

Justice, Power and Resistance has been published by Policy Press from 2022. Only issues from Volume 5 onwards are held on Bristol University Press Digital. Prior to 2022 the journal was published by EG Press and previous issues can be accessed on the EG Press website.

Testimonials 

“This journal is an essential purchase, and will continue to bridge the gap between academics, practitioners and activists in a way not seen by academic journals.”

Craig Kelly, Birmingham City University, UK

"By interrogating the multi-dimensional problem of harm, this journal sheds much needed light on the scale and scope of power, and in the process, reinvigorates debates about the role of resistance in the reclamation of justice" 

Bruce Arrigo, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Justice, Power and Resistance will provide a vital space that brings together innovative empirical research, critical thought, and support for social action across the globe.” 

Keir Irwin-Rogers, The Open University, UK

Cover image credit

Original cover image courtesy of Victor Serri (La Directa, Barcelona) and modified with his permission.

Contact us

Editorial enquiries:

Editorial office: jprjournal@outlook.com

Open acces, subscriptions and free trials:

Policy Press: pp-journals@bristol.ac.uk

Read our instructions for authors for guidance on how to prepare your submissions. The instructions include the following: 

What are we looking for?
How to submit
Editorial review process
Copyright and permissions
Style
References
English language editing service
Open Access
Self-archiving and institutional repositories
How to maximise the impact of your article
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Visit our journal author toolkit for resources and advice to support you through the publication process and beyond.

What are we looking for?

  • Research articles: Research articles of between 6- 8,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures), exploring issues linked to the Journal’s themes of ‘Justice, Power and Resistance’ in an original and thought-provoking way.
  • Interventions: Short papers, campaign updates, personal reflections and (auto)biographical accounts of up to 5,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures), intended to inspire and support social change and the mitigation of various forms of harm. Interventions are reviewed by members of the Editorial team.
  • Book reviews: Up to 2,000 word (including references, notes, tables and figures) evaluative summaries of books, identifying their contributions to the broad field of harm, ‘deviance’ and social control. All reviews must provide the following information about the books reviewed: Authors, title, year of publication, publisher, page extent, format (i.e. hardback, paperback, e-book etc.), ISBN, price. Book reviews do not carry abstracts. If prompted for an abstract by the online submission system, please enter ‘N/A’.

How to submit an article

All submissions should be made online via the Justice, Power and Resistance Editorial Manager website: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jprj/default1.aspx 

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:

  1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations, the article abstract (up to 250 words), up to 5 key words/short phrases, and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

All authors should comply with the Bristol University Press/ Policy Press ethical guidelines.

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final, accepted non-anonymised manuscript

A cover page including:

  1. Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
  2. Author names and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required);
  3. Abstract: no longer than 250 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message;
  4. Up to 5 keywords;

The main manuscript including:

  1. The non-anonymised text of your article: 6,000 - 8,000 words for Research Articles, 2,000 for Interventions or Book Review submissions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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].’
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Supplementary data: We recommend that any supplementary data is hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and is cited as a reference in the article. Short supplementary items can be included as appendices to the article.
  8. Journal Contributor Agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed journal contributor agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The agreement can be downloaded here.

Editorial review process

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. Justice, Power and Resistance aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.

Please also see our Journals Editorial Policies.

Copyright and permissions

Justice, Power and Resistance is published by Policy Press in association with the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the author(s) grant(s) Policy 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 copyright agreement to this effect. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. When submitting online, the copyright assignment agreement is considered to be signed when the corresponding author checks the relevant box. 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 Justice, Power and Resistance please email Policy Press: pp-info@bristol.ac.uk. For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

Style

  • 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 dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk 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).

References

Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press and Bristol Univesity Press Journals.

Policy 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:
Dorling, D. (2010) Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press.

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, vol 29, no 1, pp 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.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.

Management Board

Co-Editors

Jon Burnett, Swansea University, UK
Ida Nafstad, Lund University, Sweden
Lisa White, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Consulting Editor

Vicky CanningBristol University, UK

Interventions Section Editors

Bree CarltonDeakin University, Australia
Agnieszka MartynowiczEdgehill University, UK

Review Editors

Martin Joormann, Lund University, Sweden
Ashley Rogers, University of Stirling, UK

International Editorial Collective

Biko AgozinoVirginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, USA
Vanessa BarkerStockholm Univerty, Sweden
Andrea Beckmann, Independent Researcher, UK 
Emma Bell, Université de Savoie Mont Blanc, France
Gilles Chantraine, University of Lille and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Victoria Cooper, Open University, UK
Mary Corcoran, Keele University, UK
Caglar DolekCarleton University, Canada
Christina Ericson, County Administrative Board of Stockholm County, Sweden 
Giulia FabiniUniversity of Bolgona, Italy 
Valeria Ferraris, University of Turin, Italy
Sam Fletcher, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Alejandro Forero Cuellar, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Liv S. GaboritLund University, Sweden
Stratos GeorgoulasUniversity of the Aegean, Greece
Joanna GilmoreUniversity of York, UK
Andrew JeffersonDanish Institute Against Torture, Denmark 
Christos KouroutzasUniversity of the Aegean, Greece
Margaret MallochUniversity of Stirling, UK
Linda Moore, Univeristy of Ulster, UK
Christina Pantazis, University of Bristol, UK
Laura Piancentini, University of Strathclyde, UK
Ana Rodas, Western Sydney University, Australia
Vincenzo Ruggiero, Middlesex University, UK
Simone Sartoso, University of Hull, UK
David Scott, Open University, UK
Phil ScratonQueen's University Belfast, UK
Sophie Serrano, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University, UK 
Katja SimoncicUniversity of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ann Singleton, University of Bristol, UK
Ragnhild SollundUniversity of Oslo, Norway
Lizzy StanleyVictoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Luca Sterchele, University of Padova, Italy
Steve TombsOpen University, UK
Sarah van Praet, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Valeria Vegh Weis, Freie Universitat Berlin/Buenos Aires University, Germany/Argentina
Aimilia VoulvoulAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 
Tony Ward, University of Northumbria, UK
Richard WildUniversity of Greenwich, UK
Dean Wilson, University of Sussex, UK 
Per Jörgen YstehedeUniversity of Oslo, Norway

Justice, Power and Resistance is open to submissions.

Aims and Scope

Justice, Power and Resistance is an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies. Originally based within the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the journal invites academics, practitioners and activists to think critically about the concepts of justice and power, and what the implications of these are for the lives of people most affected by social harms. The focus on resistance is reflective of the endeavour to move this critical knowledge to social action, to harness ways that crimes and harms of the powerful in particular can be resisted, and to support wider understandings of how to mitigate penal expansionism and mitigate harms and violence.

The editors welcome theoretical, normative and empirical studies from interdisciplinary perspectives including sociology, zemiology, geography, law, history, criminology, penology, philosophy, social policy and social theory from scholars and activists. The journal is also committed to enhancing communication and collaboration across critical and radical networks. As such, it welcomes submissions in the following forms:

Research Articles

We welcome the submission of papers that advance understandings of the critical analysis of social harms; theories of state power, authority and legitimacy; gendered and racialised violence; the politics of social control; class, poverty and marginalisation; the legacies of colonialism, neo-colonialism and post colonialism; penal policies and penal practices; harms of the powerful; criminalisation; comparative studies and internationalist standpoints; abolitionist perspectives, social movements engaged in direct struggles of resistance and contestation; interventionist strategies and radical alternatives promoting human rights, social justice and democratic accountability.

The editors welcome theoretical, normative and empirical studies from interdisciplinary perspectives. Research articles should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words in length. This word limit includes all text in the article (abstract, title page, keywords, acknowledgements) but excludes references and any appendices.  Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. 

Interventions

The journal contains a section called ‘Interventions’. Within this section we welcome shorter papers of up to 2,000 words (excluding references and tables) from academics and activists which make short interventions into contemporary struggle through analysis, campaign updates, personal reflections and (auto)biographical accounts). Contributions to Interventions will be also subject to the peer-review process.

Book Reviews

The journal further welcomes book reviews of up to 2,000 words.
The journal also welcomes suggestions for themed and special issues.

How to submit an article

Please follow the instructions for authors.

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