Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system.
Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript. Failure to do so may delay processing your submission.
All word limits include referencing and citation.
The editors welcome submissions in non-standard formats. If you would like to submit your work using audio and/or video materials (either in conjunction with a written component or on their own), please get in touch with the Editor to agree a way forward.
To ensure blind peer review, please only list the title and abstract on the submitted manuscript file.
The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional) and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process. All authors must conform to the journal's definition of an author, available here.
Author names should include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot consist only of initials.
The affiliation should ideally take the form: ‘Department, Institution, City, Country’ but only the Institution and Country are mandatory.
Abstract and Keywords
The main text of research articles must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily distinguished from the text of the article itself.
A list of at least three and up to six key words should be placed below the abstract, separated by semi-colons.
The abstract and keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.
The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that provides non-specialists in the subject with an understanding of the issue(s) involved and the contribution made by the research being described. Methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections may then follow as appropriate; it is the authors’ task to ensure that the article has a suitable structure and that readers will be able to navigate it with ease.
Up to three levels of heading may be used and these must be clearly distinguishable (through use of different fonts, bold or italic text etc). To ensure consistent application throughout your document, we suggest using defined styles in your word-processing application; if using Microsoft Word’s, consider choosing styles in accordance with its outline levels.using different font sizes, bold or italics. We suggest using Headings 1, 2 and 3 in MS-Word’s ‘Style’ section.
If data, structured methods or code used in the research project have been made openly available, a statement should be included to inform the reader how/where to obtain these files. This should include the repository location and the DOI linking to it. Read our reproducibility guide for more information on best practice and maximising the impact of your open data.
If it is not possible to use a repository then the journal can host supplementary files. Such files must be listed in the data accessibility section, with a corresponding number, title and optional description. Ideally the supplementary files will also be cited in the main text.
e.g. Supplementary file 1: Appendix. Scientific data related to the experiments.
Supplementary files will not be typeset so they must be provided in their final form and must be submitted for review during the original submission process. They will be assigned a DOI by the publisher and the publication will link to this.
NOTE: If data used in the research project have not been made available, a statement confirming this should be added, which explains their absence.
The journal's data policy is available on the Editorial Policies page.
Ethics and consent (if applicable)
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should refer to this approval within the article text, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number assigned. The identity of the research subject(s) should be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must have been obtained from participants (or their legal guardians) and included in the ethics statement. If a study involving human subjects/tissue/data was not required to obtain ethical approval, a statement confirming this from the relevant body should be included within the submission.
Experiments using animals must follow national standards of care. For further information, click here.
Any acknowledgements must be included as a separate section, placed after the main text but before the reference list.
Funding Information (if applicable)
If the research is funded in whole or by part by a grant, the grant provider and grant number should be included in a separate section.
If any of the authors has any competing interests then these must be briefly declared. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare, the following statement should be included: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.
A sentence or a short paragraph should be included which explains the contribution of each author to the submission. All individuals listed must conform to the definition of an author, as per our authorship guidelines.
All sources cited within the submission must be listed in full in the final section of the main text file.
The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required prior to submission of the manuscript. Permissions and owner details should be stated for all third-party content included in the submission or used in the research.
If a method or tool is introduced in the study, (including software, questionnaires, and scales), any licence under which this has been made available and/or permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, it is the author's responsibility to check the licence and obtain any necessary permissions. Statements confirming that permission has been granted should ordinarily be included in the methods section.
For the submission title:
Capitalise the first word and any proper nouns:
Headings within the main text:
Headings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title.
Headings should be under 75 characters.
Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as these are used consistently throughout the submission.
When using proper nouns and institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.
American or British grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and are consistent with the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma (standard in American English) or not (commoner in British English).
The typeface used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. It may be changed during the typesetting process.
Underlined text should be avoided whenever possible.
Bold or italicised text (to emphasise a point) is permitted, but it should be use sparingly to maximise its effectiveness.
Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbering system should be used.
Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their impact.
Use double quotation marks except for quotations within a quotation, in which case single quotation marks should be used.
Quotations that are longer than three lines must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text.
The standard typeface (non-italicised) should be used for all quotations.
The source of any quotation must be clear from the text and/or citation and page numbers should be provided. If quoting from material that is under copyright then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder for material that would not be covered under fair dealing, fair use and educational exceptions. If you are uncertain regarding what may be permissible, please contact the University of Westminster Press directly.
Acronyms & abbreviations
With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to understand your text. Write all names in full on first use, putting the abbreviation in parentheses immediately thereafter. You may use the abbreviation in all subsequent references.
A few abbreviations are so common that it is reasonable to assume any reader will be familiar with them. Examples of these can be found here.
Abbreviations should usually be in capital letters without full stops.
Common abbreviations of Latin phrases do not follow this rule and should be in lower case, including full stops.
Use of footnotes/endnotes
Use endnotes rather than footnotes - we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication. These will appear at the end of the main text, before ‘References’.
Notes should only be used where it is essential to provide additional information which would be a source of distraction if included in the main text.
Avoid using notes for purposes of referencing, using in-text citations instead. If in-text citations cannot be used, a source can be cited as part of a note.
Please insert the endnote marker after any end punctuation.
station.1 not station1.
Symbols are permitted within the main text and any supplementary files as long as they are in common use or a definition is provided when they are first used.
Hyphenation, em and en dashes
There is no set rule on the use of hyphenation between words, as long as it is done consistently.
Em dashes should be used sparingly. If they are present, they should denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence and can replace commas, parentheses, colons or semicolons.
En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range. No space should surround the dash.
For numbers zero to ten please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 11 and above.
We are happy for authors to use either words or figures to represent large whole numbers (eg. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text.
If a sentence includes a series of numbers then figures must be used in each instance.
If a number appears as part of a dataset, in conjunction with a symbol or as part of a table then figures must be used.
If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt, or the sentence should be re-written so that it no longer starts with the number.
Do not use a comma for a decimal point.
Numbers of a magnitude less than 1 must have ‘0’ preceding the decimal point.
Units of measurement
Symbols following a figure to denote a unit of measurement must be taken from the latest SI brochure. See http://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si_brochure_8_en.pdf for the full brochure.
Formulae must be carefully checked by the author(s) as editors will not edit them. If special software has been used to create formulae, they will appear in the publication as laid out by the software.
Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask the author(s) to re-render it or may omit it.
All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).
Each figure must be accompanied by a descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or relevance of the figure. A short additional figure legend (offering a fuller description) is optional.
Figure titles and legends should be placed within the text document, either after the paragraph in which they have first been cited, or as a list following the references.
The source of the image should be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorisation (if applicable).
If your figure file includes text, please use Arial, Helvetica, or Verdana, which will match the typeset text of the finished article.
NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, and EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g. .ai, or .eps).
Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text, and numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.).
Each table must be accompanied by a descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or relevance of the table. A short additional table legend (offering a fuller description) is optional. The table title and legend should be placed beneath the table.
Tables should not include:
NOTE: If there are more columns than can fit on a single page in portrail format, the table will be placed on a landscape page. If this is not possible, the table will be divided into sections as appropriate.
All use of information from other sources must be cited in the text so that it is clear where external material has been used.
If the author is already mentioned in the main text then the year should follow the name within parentheses.
If the author name is not mentioned in the main text, the surname and year should be inserted, in parentheses, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by semi-colons and follow alphabetical order unless there is good reason to order them otherwise.
If three or fewer authors are cited from the same source then all should be listed. If four or more authors are part of the citation then ‘et al.’ should follow the first author's name.
If multiple sources are cited from the same author and year, a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year to differentiate between them.
If specific pages are being cited, the page number(s) should follow the year, after a colon.
For publications authored and published by organisations, use the short form of the organisation’s name or its abbreviation instead of its full name.
Do not include URLs as part of in-text citations, but rather cite the author and year and provide all details, including the URL, in the reference list. If you see good reason not to do this, include the URL in an endnote.
All sources must be listed in "References" at the end of the text file, in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames.
All reading materials should be included in ‘References’ . If the author wishes to share with the reader works which have not been cited within the main text (perhaps as further reading), these may be included in a section that is separate from the references section. The author may, alternatively, include this information in endnotes that also explain the relevance of the work(s).
NOTE: If multiple works by the same author are being listed, please re-type the author’s name out for each entry, rather than using a long dash.
NOTE: DOIs should be included for all reference entries where possible.
This journal uses the Harvard system – see below for examples of how to format:
Author, AA. Year. Title. Place of publication: Publisher.
Adam, DJ. 1984. Stakeholder analysis. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Silverman, DF. and Propp, KK. (eds.) 1990. The active interview. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
Achebe, C. 1995. Colonialist Criticism. In: Ashcroft, B et al The Post Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge. pp. 57–61.
Author, A. Year. Title. Journal name, vol(issue): page. DOI
Martin, L. 2010. Bombs, bodies and biopolitics: Securitizing the subject at airport security. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(1): 17-34. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360903414585
NOTE: Please include DOIs for all journal articles where possible.
Author, A. Year. Title of chapter. In: Title of conference proceedings, location, date, pp. page.
Lynch, M. 2003. Dialogue in an age of terror. In: The Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA on 18 August 2003, pp. 4-7.
Author group. Year. Title. Place of publication: Publisher
World Health Organization. 2010. The world health report – Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO.
Author, A. Year. Title. Unpublished thesis (PhD), institution.
Yudis, A. 2004. Failed responsibility of the media in the war on Iraq. Unpublished thesis (PhD), University of Manchester.
Author, A. Year. Title, date of publication. Available at URL [Last accessed date month year].
Pascual, Amb. C. 2005. Stabilization and Reconstruction: Building peace in a hostile environment. Prepared statement to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 16 June 2005. Available at http://2001-2009.state.gov/s/crs/rls/rm/48644.htm [Last accessed 14 August 2012].
Author, A. Year. Title. Newspaper, date of publication, page.
Tate, P. 2007. Illicit organ trade increasing. The Jordan Times, 6 June, p. 3.
Author, A. Year. Title. Newspaper, date of publication, [URL and last accessed date].
Patel, SS. 2005. Climate; In a Marsh, Sifting the Past And Seeing the Future. The New York Times, 6 November [online access at http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800EEDF173EF935A35752C1A9639C8B63 last
accessed 28 April 2014].