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Journals: News & Highlights


Free journal articles for February

Policy & Politics
10 most read of 2015

Evidence & Policy
10 most read of 2015

Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
Housing policy in Scotland since devolution: divergence, crisis, integration and opportunity

Voluntary Sector Review
Towards community engagement in the governance of non-profit organisations

Families, Relationships & Societies
10 most read of 2015

Critical and Radical Social Work
Reviving social work through moral outrage

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All submissions must include an abstract of not more than 100 words, up to four key words and be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length (including references). Submissions must be completely anonymised and uploaded without preliminary details, such as title, author, affiliations, abstract or keywords in the text file. All submissions will be subject to anonymous peer-review processes (unless stated otherwise) by referees currently working in the appropriate field. The editors aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes the minimum possible time; most papers can be published online via FastTrack ahead of print publication at: Please note: submissions that, in the opinion of the editors, have not been anonymised for review will be returned to authors. The final decision on publication rests with the managing editors. 

Those submissions most likely to be accepted for publication are ones which:
- Anticipate and analytically frame those topical and important trends which are likely to shape governance and policy over the next decade or more at an international, national and local level; 
- Investigate and compare public sector institutions, services, cultures and goods, including in relation to other sectors (markets, civil society and so on); 
- Offer a comparative analysis which is historical and/or geographical and designed to draw lessons, e.g. About policy transfer and cross-national influences, for an international audience; 
- Achieve a high degree of theoretical sophistication and innovation, especially in relation to empirical data, methods and methodologies; 
- Provide an analysis of the social, economic and political impacts (including public attitudes and effects on service users) of key social and public policies; 
- Helpfully summarise and reflect on a comprehensive body of literature and knowledge in the form of review articles; 
- Propose arguments which are potentially controversial while still achieving a high level of rigor and professionalism in scope, research and presentation; 
- Extend or critique previously published material, articles and debates in Policy & Politics.
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How to Submit 
All submissions should be made online at the Policy & Politics Editorial Manager website: New users should first create an account. 
If you are interested in public policy and adjacent subjects, such as politics and social policy, we encourage you to either register at, or log in to, the Editorial Manager site and specify your areas of interest so that you can be invited to support the journal by reviewing articles relevant to their expertise.
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Copyright & Permissions
Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of Policy & Politics. 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 copyright assignment agreement can be read 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 Policy Press.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in Policy & Politics please email Policy Press: information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

Please read our ethical guidelines for authors, editors and reviewers.
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  • - 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 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).
  • - Further guidance may be found in Policy Press editorial guidelines
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A custom version of the Harvard system of referencing is used:
- 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. Do not include dates of access to websites
- Spell out all acronyms in first instance.

Example of book reference
Dorling, D, 2010, Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Bristol: Policy Press
Example of journal reference
Warin, P, 2012, Non-demand for social rights: A new challenge for social action in France, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 20, 1, 41–53 
Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication 

Levitas, R, 2011, Utopia calling: Eradicating child poverty in the United Kingdom and beyond, in A. Minujin and S. Nandy (eds) Global child poverty and well-being: Measurement, concepts, policy and action, Bristol: Policy Press, 449–73

Example of website reference
House of Commons Debates, 2010, Work and pensions (CSR), Hansard, 4 November, col 337WH,

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If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email Rebecca Tomlinson at the Policy & Politics office for assistance:
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