Author Guidelines

  • Social Research: An International Quarterly publishes four thematic issues each year. We are not a peer-reviewed journal; the great majority of the papers we publish are by invitation. On occasion we publish nonthematic issues for which we will consider unsolicited manuscripts. Please review back issues of the journal to familiarize yourself with the sort of articles we publish before sending a submission. Information about forthcoming issues is available on the JHUP website (see "forthcoming" link below), and information about back issues is available at If there is no nonthematic issue listed as forthcoming, it means we are not currently planning one. Note: conference issues are closed to submissions and will include only the conference proceedings.
  • Article manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words in length, including all endnotes and references. Please send us a hard copy or PDF file of your paper as well as an editable word processor file.
  • Place the title of your article, your name and contact information (including mailing address), your abstract or summary, and any acknowledgments on the first page of manuscript.
  • Bear in mind that Social Research follows the Chicago Manual of Style's Author-Date system and so does not use footnotes. References are cited within the text and listed at the end of the paper, and all notes are provided as endnotes. We urge our authors to limit their references only to sources directly cited in the article and, further, to avoid citing sources merely as further reading.
  • Articles may include up to a total of five visuals (images, figures, graphs, or tables). Authors are responsible for obtaining all permission and providing Social Research with a copy of the written permission, complete captions (including credit lines), and publishable image files. Social Research routinely prints in grayscale only, but if an author prefers to include color images, the author may pay a surcharge for color printing.
  • If accepted, manuscripts and visuals (images, figures, graphs, and tables) must be formatted for publication according to the Social Research style and image guidelines. These guidelines will be provided upon acceptance. However, for submission purposes, any format is acceptable, and low resolution images may be included within the manuscript.
  • Unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied by the author's CV.
  • Submissions may be emailed to the editor's attention at or mailed to the editor at Social Research, 80 Fifth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10011, USA.
  • Please allow at least four months for a response. Because of our skeletal staff, we are unable to provide feedback on unsolicited submissions.