Submissions to the journal are welcome, but we ask that all articles submitted for consideration adhere to the Guidelines for Submissions below. We appreciate your cooperation. 

Guidelines for Submissions

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Please note that Journal of Human Rights  uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Journal of Human Rights  you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Human Rights must not have been previously published or committed to another publisher under a copyright transfer agreement, and must not be under consideration by another journal.


The Journal of Human Rights receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at If you have any other requests, please contact Shareen Hertel, Editor, at For more information, visit the journal’s website at As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).


Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be arranged as follows either in one continuous Microsoft Word File or as 4 separate files:

  1. Title page, to include the name, affiliation, and contact information, including fax and telephone numbers, of the author(s).
    The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  2. Brief biography of the author(s) (on its own page, separate from the title and abstract), limited to 2 to 3 lines maximum per author.
  3. Abstract of the article with a maximum of 200 words (also on its own page, separate from the title and biography).
  4. Keywords  – please include 3-4 keywords
  5. Text, Endnotes, Bibliography: The full citation for all sources referenced in the paper should be listed in alphabetical order after the endnotes section


Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be formatted as follows:

  1. Text: All copies should be typed with left justification, and with no hyphenation. For spelling, punctuation, and style refer to the American Heritage Dictionary and the Chicago Manual of Style. The text should be double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font, including indented passages, tables, and endnotes, printed on only one side of the paper.
  2. Tables/Figures: Each table and figure should be on a separate page, and should be referred to in numerical order in the text. Location notes (e.g., insert Table 1 here) should be provided in the text. Figures and tables must be camera-ready copy, and are the author(s)’ responsibility.
  3. Language: Manuscripts must include all necessary diacritical marks in both the text and the endnotes. Foreign words and names which are written with the Latin alphabet may be spelled either in the original language or in a commonly used transcription system, but must be transcribed if they are not written with the Latin alphabet. In general, it is easier to give common place names in their standard English form than in more complicated transcription systems. Acronyms must be spelled out at their first appearance in the text: Popular Movement for the Revolution (MPR).


The text of the manuscript should be no more than 30 typed double-spaced pages or 10,000 words (in either case, inclusive of notes, references and appendices). Manuscripts over 30 pages or 10,000 words are discouraged, (as are manuscripts significantly shorter than 30 pages), except in special instances. All manuscripts must be written in English. Manuscripts submitted by authors whose major working language is not English should be copyedited prior to submission to ensure fluidity.


Notes should be kept to a minimum and marked clearly in the text at the point of punctuation by superior numbers, and listed consecutively at the end of the article. They should not be used as footnotes to manuscript pages.


These should follow the Harvard system, i.e. they should be indicated in the typescript by giving the author’s name, with the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. Smith (1994): or if there are more than two authors: Smith et al. (1994). If several papers from the same author(s) and from the same year are cited, (a), (b), (c), etc. should be put after the year of publication. Issue numbers, as well as volume numbers, should always be included for journal articles. The references should be listed alphabetically and in full at the end of the paper on a separate sheet in the following standard form:


  • HARWELL, Emily, and LE BILLON, Philippe. (2009) Natural connections: Linking transitional justice and development through a focus on natural resources. In Transitional Justice and Development: Making Connections, Pablo de Greiff and Roger Duthie (eds.) (New York: International Center for Transitional Justice).


  • KUPER, Leo. (1981) Genocide: Its Political Uses in the Twentieth Century (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press).


  • UNITED NATIONS. (2005) Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law. UN Doc. A/RES/60/147 (See Section IX) (Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations).UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UNDP). (n.d.) United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal. [Online]. Available:  [17 August 2012].


  • UNITED STATES V. WINDSOR. (2013) 570 U.S. (Docket no. 12–307).


  • U.S. CONSTITUTION . Amend. XII, Sec. 3.


  • U.S. CONGRESS. (1997) Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Global Climate Change: Hearings before the Committee on Environment and Public Works. 105th Cong., 1st sess., July 10 and July 17.


  • ZANGER, Sabine C. (2000) Good governance and European aid: The impact of political conditionality.European Union Politics, 1(3), 293–317.


For comprehensive style guidelines, please download the publisher’s style guide here.


Authors for whom we receive a valid e-mail address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.


For issues related to copyright, please consult the Taylor & Francis Authors Service: CLICK HERE

After Acceptance:

The manuscript will not be published unless the first footnote explicitly states where the data used in the study can be obtained for purposes of replication and any sources that funded the research. All replication files must be stored on the JHR Data Archive on Dataverse. For information on how to upload your replication files, please download the Journal of Human Rights Instructions for Dataverse.

Book Reviews:

JHR has moved away from publishing single-book reviews and now only publishes review essays that integrate a synthesis of at least three books on a single topic or theme. If you would like to submit a proposal for a clustered book review, please send inquiries to Book Review Editors Dr. Sarita Cargas and Dr. Sandra Sirota c/o