Journal of Poverty and Social Justice


  • Editors

    Rod Hick, Cardiff University, UK 
    Gill Main, University of Leeds, UK

  • Frequency

    Three issues per annum: February, June and October

  • ISSN

    1759-8273 (print)

    1759-8281 (online)


    2016 CiteScore: 0.78

The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice provides an internationally unique forum for leading research on the themes of poverty and social justice. Focusing 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.

The Journal encompasses an original and exciting mix of scholarly research articles and lively policy- and practice-oriented discussions of topical questions.

Interdisciplinary and international in scope the journal is essential reading for academics, students, policy-makers and practitioners interested in poverty, social security, welfare and justice.

The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice welcomes submissions from those working in these areas across the globe. 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 Poverty and Social Justice is abstracted in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PsycINFO, Public Affairs Information Service, Scopus, Social Care Online, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, and a number of EBSCO and ProQuest bibliographic databases.

Rod Hick (Co-Editor), University of Cardiff, Email:
Gill Main (Co-Editor), University of Leeds, Email:

Rod Dacombe (Associate Editor: Book Reviews), King’s College London, Email:
Terry Patterson (Associate Editor: Policy & Practice), Welfare Rights Specialist, Email:
Ruth Patrick, (Associate Editor: Social Media), University of Liverpool, UK
Fran Bennett (Chair of Board), University of Oxford, Email:
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
Caroline Paskell, NatCen Social Research, UK
Veli-Matti Ritakallio, University of Turku, Finland
Solange Rosa, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Roy Sainsbury, University of York, UK
Peter Saunders, University of New South Wales, Australia 
Tracy Shildrick, Newcastle University, UK
Stephen Sinclair, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Dorottya Szrika, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences
Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University, USA

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What are we looking for?
  • Research 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).
  • Book reviews: for information on how to submit a book review please contact the Book Review Editor, Rod Dacombe: 
How to Submit
All submissions should be made online at the Journal of Poverty & Social Justice Editorial Manager website:, 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. 

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.
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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.
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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).
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  • 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,

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