About us

Introduction

This new publication has been two years in the planning and we are grateful to everyone who has supported its development. Our Opening Editorial (Issue 1) provides a full introduction to this Journal. Here we summarise.

KEYWORDS

Disability, Human Rights, Social Movements, Policy, Professional Practices, Access, Inclusion, Participation, Welfare, Wellbeing, Advocacy and Transformation.

Aims and Scope

This is a new international and interdisciplinary journal in the field of Disability Studies. We publish cutting-edge scholarship and research by authors concerned with challenging injustices relating to disability and building inclusive societies.

Articles are between 7-10,000 words. We welcome articles by independent researchers/scholars.

We understand Disability Studies to include Critical Disability Studies, Ability Studies and Studies in Ableism. We are keen to explore the connections between Disability Studies and allied fields including Deaf Studies, Mad Studies and Critical Autism Studies. 

We also recognise the importance of work at the intersections of critical perspectives including, but not limited to Disability Studies and Black, Indigenous, Postcolonial, Gender, Transgender and Sexuality Studies.

This Journal is interdisciplinary but, given its focus on social justice, we envisage that many contributions will draw upon ideas developed in the broad fields of (indicative list only):

  • Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights
  • Critical Sociologies
  • Political Science
  • Social and Public Policy
  • Philosophy/Ethics/Theology
  • Radical/Critical Social Work, Health and Psy- Sciences
  • Inclusive Education
  • Critical Management/Business Studies
  • Inclusive Design

Global Readership

Authors are encouraged to ensure that their articles are of interest to an international audience and advance knowledge and learning beyond national contexts. 

Special Issues

Map of E. and SE Asian
Map of East and South East Asia

The Journal will have Special Issues. The first will be on Disability Studies in wider East Asia.

Widening Access

Open Science

We are delighted to announce that this journal is Open Access. There will be no fees for authors to publish in this Journal.

Our publishers, Pluto Journals, have worked with Knowledge Unlatched to move their complete portfolio of journals Open Access. 

We would be most grateful if academics who are readers of and/or contributors to this journal would be willing to ask their University Library to subscribe to Pluto Journals via Knowledge Unlatched. This is an Open Science initiative.

To widen access further, each edition of the journal will be accompanied by a free-to-read, online Digest, which we describe below.  

Digest

People lead increasingly busy lives. We believe that many readers, inside and outside academia, will value the Digest that will be the Journal’s companion publication. 

The Digest will offer Plain English textual summaries or introductions in other media-formats of the articles and book reviews published in the journal. Over time, there will be additional regular features as part of our Digest.

Banner reads: Plain English is language considered to be clear and concise, avoiding uncommon terms and jargon to explain a subject.
Defining Plain English

The intended readership of the Digest includes: the general public, disabled people’s organisations, disabled people, policy-makers, NGOs, legal advocates and members of the helping professions. 

Moving forward, there will be opportunities for PhD researchers to join the Digest team and gain Editorial and publishing experience. The Digest will also engage disabled people’s organisations, human rights organisations and other relevant civil society actors.

Editorial Model

The Journal’s Founding Editorial Executive and Editorial Board brings together highly-distinguished researchers from over 20 countries and multiple disciplines (Law, Sociology, Political Science, Social Policy, Education, Social Work, ‘Critical’ Health and Social Care, Assistive Technology). There will be two Chairs of our Editorial Executive, from different disciplines, organisations or countries. Our Editorial Executive and Board will be refreshed on a rolling basis. We will strive to provide careful, collegiate reviews in a timely manner. We will provide mentorship of/for Early Career Researchers new to review and editorial processes.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much – Helen Keller

Easy Read Introduction to this Journal