The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice provides a unique blend of research, policy and practice from leading authors that is essential for academics, practitioners and policy makers. Focussing on poverty and social exclusion, the journal explores links with social security (including pensions and tax credits) employment, area regeneration, housing, health, education and criminal justice, as well as issues of ethnicity, gender, disability and other social inequalities as they relate to social justice.
With succinct articles ideal for teaching purposes and students, the journal combines an original and exciting mix of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, cutting-edge discussions of topical questions and a comprehensive round-up of key research and publications.
The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice welcomes submissions from those working in these areas, both in the UK and internationally. All research articles are peer-reviewed.
What people are saying about the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
"The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice plays a unique role in mapping the vicissitudes of social policy and programmes in the new post-crisis world." Ian Gough, London School of Economics & Political Science
"Edited by a very talented team, the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice is a key journal in the field. Required reading for those interested in social security, the welfare state and justice and poverty - now far more widely defined." Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield
"The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice has its finger on the policy pulse with its timely and thoughtful articles by leading commentators on the poverty and welfare reform issues that are top of policy makers' and campaigners' agendas." Kate Green, MP
"…important reading for academics, practitioners and policy makers" Alan Deacon, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds
"In the current climate of retrenchment, the Journal serves as an important source of information on social policy issues and provides an excellent forum for following the ongoing discourse on their impact." Abraham Doron, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Abstracting and indexing
The Journal of Policy and Social Justice is abstracted in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PsycINFO, Scopus and Social Care Online.
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Recently published papers include:
Rod Hick (Co-Editor)
, University of Cardiff, Email: email@example.com
Gill Main (Co-Editor)
, University of Leeds, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rod Dacombe (Associate Editor: Book Reviews)
, King’s College London, Email: email@example.com
Terry Patterson (Associate Editor: Policy & Practice)
, Welfare Rights Specialist, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Paskell (Associate Editor: Research Highlights)
, NatCen Social Research, Email: email@example.com
Fran Bennett (Chair of Board)
, University of Oxford, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Mortimer (Publisher)
, Policy Press
Kim Allen, University of Leeds
Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, Makerere University, Uganda
Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester, UK
Ben Baumberg Geiger, University of Kent, UK
Simon Brimblecombe, International Social Security Association
Tania Burchardt, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
John Gal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Bingqin Li, University of New South Wales, Australia
Ruth Lister, Loughborough University, UK
Kinglun Ngok, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Ruth Patrick, University of Liverpool, UK
Veli-Matti Ritakallio, University of Turku, Finland
Solange Rosa, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Roy Sainsbury, University of York, UK
Tracy Shildrick, University of Leeds, UK
Stephen Sinclair, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Dorottya Szrika, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences
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What are we looking for?
- Articles should be up to 8000 words (including references) in length (or longer by agreement with the editor). Authors should make clear the policy context, reference only directly relevant literature, adopt an intelligible structure and a lucid style, use rigorous argument and reach strong conclusions. Technical and statistical material is best omitted or presented as an appendix. An abstract of not more than 100 words should be included.
- Policy and Practice is concerned with policy ideas and themes emanating from pressure groups and think tanks, and also provides updates on new developments, issues, legislation and reviews especially with reference to welfare rights. Contributions should be no longer than 3000 words (including references).
- Research Highlights should indicate the subject of the research, how it was carried out, what the principal findings were and what (if any) recommendations have been made. A brief note should indicate where interested readers can obtain copies of any reports and their cost. Contributions should be no longer than 1500 words.
- Book reviews: for information on how to submit a book review please contact the Book Review Editor, Rod Dacombe: email@example.com
How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
Editorial Manager website: http://jpsj.edmgr.com
, in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details. 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. 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.
Copyright & Permissions
Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to Policy Press as publisher of Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
. 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 Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
please email Policy Press: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com 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 the Policy Press editorial guidelines.
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,
If you have queries regarding the submission process, please email the Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
office for assistance: JPSJoffice@gmail.com