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)

  • 25 Anniversary logo

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 Policy and Social Justice is abstracted in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PsycINFO, Scopus and Social Care Online.

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Call for Proposals for a Special Issue 

The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice is seeking proposals for a Special Issue to be published in late 2018. This presents an opportunity for one or more Guest Editors to collaborate with the Co-Editors in developing a showcase of articles on a specific theme.  We welcome submissions from both established academics and early career researchers; training and support can be provided in the process of co-ordinating and collating a Special Issue if required. 

We seek to publish high-quality articles of relevance to an international audience of academics, policy-makers and practitioners. The special issue might do this by incorporating both academic and policy/practice articles but, more generally, we will expect proposals to be clear about how the special issue will be of relevance to these diverse audiences. 

Deadline extended: Please submit proposals by Friday 11 August, by email: 

A proposal should include:

  1. A provisional title for the Special Issue
  2. Names and affiliations of the Guest Editor(s)
  3. A description of the proposed topic, outlining its nature, timeliness, and relevance to JPSJ, and a justification for the devotion of an  issue to the topic
  4. A rough outline of the topics and authors who have been or will be approached to contribute to the Special Issue including, where relevant, details about whether authors have agreed to contribute papers, how contributions will be sought, etc. We are particularly interested in proposals which include contributions from a wide range of international authors.
  5. Details of how you would plan to promote and disseminate the Special Issue, e.g. via blogs, events, conferences, and social media.  Support will be available for this via Policy Press, and some ideas are available here:
  6. A brief work plan detailing the timescales, taking into account the time needed to put out a call for papers and solicit submissions; receive submissions; go through the peer review process; and deliver finalised manuscripts for publication 
Proposals should be developed with consideration of the following points:

  • The Special Issue should address a topic which is relevant to the Aims and Scope of JPSJ, and which is timely
  • We are seeking to develop the international content and readership of JPSJ, so would strongly encourage proposals of relevance to, and including contributions from, audiences outside the UK
  • The Special Issue should complement, and avoid replicating, topics addressed in other recent Special Issues of JPSJ and of other prominent journals in related fields
  • The topic should be broad enough that sufficient contributions can be found, bearing in mind that unforeseen delays and peer review may result in fewer articles available for the final Special Issue than have been commissioned.  This should be reflected in the work plan.  We would expect a minimum of 6 substantive articles, in addition to an editorial outlining the scope and content of the Special Issue. 
Please do get in touch with Rod and/or Gill to discuss any ideas or with any questions you might have. 

Gill Main –
Rod Hick –
JPSJ Co-Editors 

Information about the editorial process 

If a proposal is accepted a clear time-line will be agreed between the co-editors and guest editors. The guest editors will normally manage the process of:

  • Commissioning/soliciting the papers;
  • Initially considering the papers;
  • Identifying reviewers and sending the papers out for review, using the Journal’s online Editorial Manager system (training for this will be provided);
  • Consulting with the Co-Editors about editorial decisions and communicating them to the authors;
  • Handling revisions and deciding whether they need to be sent back to peer reviewers;
  • Consulting with the Co-Editors about final editorial decisions and communicating them to the authors. 

The Co-Editors will aim to publish the Special Issue according to the agreed timeline, but it should be noted that, in the interest of maintaining the highest quality standards, they reserve the right to:

  • Run the special issue in a later issue than originally planned;
  • Accept only some of the papers and put them instead into a themed or standard issue of the journal;
  • Decide that none of the papers meet the quality standards of the journal.
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:
Caroline Paskell (Associate Editor: Research Highlights), NatCen Social Research, Email:
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
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
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.
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.
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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 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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