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Author Guidelines

The Editorial Board invites submissions from across the social sciences, humanities and related applied areas, including psychology, sociology, social care,social policy, urban studies, education, criminology, geography, literature and media studies. Proposals for special theme issues are also welcome. They should normally comprise at least five related articles of around 5000-8000 words each, plus an Introduction or editorial. Suggestions for special/themed issues should be addressed to the editors in the first instance. A short proposal outlining the proposed theme that you would like to cover should include details of why you feel that this theme is of contemporary interest; an indicative list of potential articles or authors (most of who will have agreed to contribute); and your CV, including recent publications. Once approved, the Guest Editor/s will have responsibility for managing the paper submission and review process and for ensuring the quality of the issue. All published content must be approved through the normal JAST refereeing and editorial process, and final editorial control remains with the JAST Editor.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Manuscript style

File types
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, XLS. Guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files can be found below.

Reference Style
The Journal of Applied Social Theory manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Harvard referencing style guidelines.

Each manuscript should contain:

  • Title page. The author must attach a separate file containing full title and subtitle (if any). The title should be brief and informative. The title page must also include the corresponding author’s full contact information (including email address, mailing address, telephone number and institutional affiliation), as well as the names and institutional affiliations of all co-authors.
  • Abstract. Up to 250 words; should briefly specify (1) the purpose of the submission, (2) the approach/design/methodology used, (3) the main contribution of the submission. The abstract is not included in the article word limit.
  • Keywords: A list of up to 6. Avoid general terms.
  • Main text. Word count should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words for a research article and up to 3,000 words other journal sections (reviews, commentary, etc.). This should include notes and references, but excludes illustrations, figures, tables, video and audio content or any other type of material used in supplementary appendices.

Formatting the Manuscript

    • The text has been clearly organised, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings. Quotations should not exceed 40 words, and have been indented in the text.
    • The text has not been justified; a ragged right-hand margin has been used.
    • Only one space has been entered after the full-stop at the end of a sentence.
    • TAB has been used when indenting paragraphs or separating columns in tables.
    • Italics have been used for emphasis (avoid using underlines).
    • The text is double-spaced, using a 12-point font.
    • All illustrations, figures, and tables have been placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end, and have been clearly captioned.
    • All graphics and images have been rendered with at least 600 dpi. Graphics and images that are unsuitable may be returned to the author for amendment, causing delay in publication.

Abbreviations and symbols
Abbreviations and symbols should be defined in full in the first instance. Avoid any use of abbreviations in the article title and abstract.

Submitting supplemental files
Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.

English language
The Journal of Applied Social Theory is published in British English. The text has been proof-read.

Double blind review

The journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the identity of the authors should remain unknown.

- The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

- The title page revealing the identity of the authors is uploaded separately during step the submission process.


Authors’ Agreement:

Authors submitting to The Journal of Applied Social Theory take responsibility for the guarantees given therein and may be held accountable for any breach thereof. Note that this procedure is instead of, but just as valid as, signing the agreement on paper.

- The submitting author shall be the point of contact throughout the peer review and proofreading process (if applicable).

- The submitting author warrants that s/he is authorized by all co-authors to submit this version of the manuscript and to be their spokesperson during the review process and beyond.

- The submitting author warrants that this manuscript – or a very similar version – has not previously been previously published nor is it under consideration elsewhere.

- The submitting author warrants that the submitted manuscript is original, and that neither it nor any illustration or supplementary material, or any part thereof, are in any way in violation of any existing original or derivative copyright.

- The submitting author warrants that the submitted manuscript contains nothing obscene, indecent, objectionable or libelous according to generally accepted norms.

- The submitting author warrants that any interests that might impair the credibility of the manuscript are disclosed in the cover letter to the Editor, which letter may be uploaded at the same time as the manuscript.

- The submitting author warrants that s/he and her/his co-authors shall indemnify and hold harmless The Journal of Applied Social Theory as to warranties and representations of the author's ownership, originality, or similar breaches. Such indemnification shall last beyond publication of the article, as well as extend to all related claims.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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ISSN: ISSN 2398-5836