Author Submissions

Submitting to the IJDSJ

On this page you will find instructions for authors wishing to submit to this Journal. We publish articles of 7-10,000 words.

We also publish Human Rights Bulletins (2-3,000 words), Current Issues Bulletins (1-2,000 words) and Book Reviews (500-1,000 words). Please contact us before you commence writing one of these types of contribution, for initial discussion.

We ask authors to please read our Journal Ethics Statement and Guidance for Authors documents (under DOWNLOADS below) when preparing their manuscripts and before submitting to the journal. The Guidance for Authors also includes information on journal style.

Both documents have been written by the Journal’s Executive Committee, assisted by and in consultation with the Journal’s Editorial Board. 

Please note: we operate a doubly-anonymous (aka ‘double-blind’) review process. Reviewers do not know the name of the authors of an article; and authors will not learn the name of the reviewers of their articles. Reviews are overseen by members of the Editorial Executive to ensure good practice (that constructive feedback is always provided to authors). Whilst the review process for this journal is robust and we strive to ensure that this journal publishes high-quality work, our mission or motto is ‘to lift each other up’ as part of the review process and not to be destructive. This is the character of the IJDSJ community.

Authors may also wish to read the template Permissions Form, supplied by Pluto Journals (under DOWNLOADS below). When an article is accepted for IJDSJ, authors will be required to sign this form prior to publication. It explains their rights.

IJDSJ will strive to make decisions on submissions within 6 months (often less).

How to submit

Submissions should be sent to the I.J.D.S.J. Executive Editors via 

Please make sure you:

1. Write ‘Submission’ in the email subject heading

2. Include all relevant attachments to your email (e.g. any tables) and that any tables or images include alt-text

3. Submit a Title Page with author details, plus a separate anonymised manuscript of your article (to allow for anonymous review).

You will receive an auto-reply to acknowledge receipt of your email. If you do not receive this, then this may mean that your email has not been delivered. Please resend. 

Would you like some initial feedback on your ideas for an article?


Before or as part of the process of writing their articles, authors are welcome to submit extended abstracts of 500 words maximum to the I.J.D.S.J. Editorial Executive for their feedback.  These abstracts should be sent to:

Format of abstracts


Authors are asked to ensure that the abstract summarises the content and central argument of the proposed article. The I.J.D.S.J Editorial Executive will provide feedback on the likely suitability (‘fit’) of the topic to the journal and offer constructive and collegiate suggestions for the article’s development.   

Gentle reminder


The I.J.D.S.J. cannot promise to publish eventual articles, even if authors have received early-stage feedback. The review process will be the same as for all other submissions.

Downloads for Authors

Listed below are the key documents authors who wish to submit to this Journal will need to read. These are all in pdf/a format. If anyone requires a different format, please contact us at: