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Notes for Contributors

The PC&D accepts original and unpublished papers under the following categories:

(1) Academic articles
(2) Book reviews
(3) Field reports
(4) Practitioners’ perspectives
(5) Replies to previous articles

All submissions should be made according to the stated call for papers. We will not consider submissions after the indicated deadline or those not related to the call published on the website. If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the editors at editor-peacestudiesjournal@bradford.ac.uk 

Academic Articles

Academic articles should be original contributions that engage in dialogue with the academic literature on the chosen topic. Submissions should be between 4,000-9,000 words in length, excluding footnotes.

Academic articles will be assessed according to the following criteria:

(a)    Newness – original contribution of the article in the field of peace, conflict and development studies

(b)    Relevance – state clearly the question addressed and its contribution to the academic debate

(c)    Coherence – provide a clear connection between theoretical argumentation and empirical evidence. Note that the PC&D will accept purely theoretical articles, as long as they clearly comply with the previous criteria

Other criteria taken into account during the review process are: structure; quality of expression; extensive use of bibliography and referencing (please use the referencing style indicated below); and depth of analysis.

The PC&D is multidisciplinary. Therefore we accept contributions from different fields of knowledge, as long as they engage in direct dialogue with issues of peace, conflict and development.

We particularly encourage innovative papers that contribute to the practical dimensions of peace and development policies. We do not accept policy papers or opinion articles.

Book Reviews

The PC&D accepts book reviews and book reviews articles (comparative reviews of two to four books). We give preference to recent releases (up to the last two years) and the topics have to be related to the general field of peace, conflict and development – or with the thematic call, if there is one. Book reviews have to provide:

(a)    Details about the book (publisher, place and year of publication, ISBN, indicate if paperback or hardcover)

(b)    Details about the author of the book

(c)    A clear reference to the book’s purpose, structure and arguments

(d)    A critical assessment of the book (including how it relates to the broader discussion on the topic)

Book reviews should not exceed 1500 words in length and book review articles should have a maximum of 3000 words. Please ensure you use UK English spelling and that any direct quote is referenced according to our referencing style (below).

Field Reports

The journal provides space for short reports from individuals researchers based on their fieldwork. Reports can cover practical, methodological, ethical, or substantive issues arising from the fieldwork experience. Fieldwork reports should be between 2-3000 words in length.

Practitioners' Perspectives

The PC&D encourages dialogue between academics and practitioners. This section of the journal aims to:

-  Provide  a space for practitioners in peace, conflict and development to share their own experiences in translating theory into practice

- Provide a space for academics to reflect on their field experiences

– Shed light on issues that are ignored or underexplored in the academia

– Criticise/reinforce academic analyses in light of the evidence of policy practices

– Assess the implementation of projects based on academic studies

– Introduce new topics that deserve but have not been given theoretical consideration

– Highlight points of friction/tensions between academic ideal-types and practical experiences and ways of dealing with these (dialectical dialogue)

This section does not include papers that are exclusively policy focused, or merely a list of recommendations. Instead, we encourage contributions that are based on practical experiences and explore the complex translation of academic concepts and theories into the day-to-day practice of development agencies, NGOs, civil society organisations, government initiatives etc., and vice-versa.

Submissions should be between three and six thousand words and will be assessed according to their:

(a)    Newness – original contribution of the article in the field of peace, conflict and development studies

(b)    Rigour – reliability and validity of empirical evidence provided to support the argument

(c)    Coherence – how the evidence is used to build the argument

Other criteria taken into account during the review process are: structure, quality of expression, depth of analysis, use of bibliography and referencing.

Replies to Previous Articles

These are short pieces between 1500 and 3000 words, aiming at critically re-examine a specific article previously published in the PC&D.

Submission and Peer-review Process

The PC&D only accept submissions written in English. All submissions should be sent electronically to the editors at editor-peacestudiesjournal@bradford.ac.uk until the deadline stated in the Call for Papers. Please include a short abstract and biographical information on a separate sheet. To ensure anonymity, remove any personal references from the text.

Regardless of the type of submission, the documents will follow the two stage peer-review process, before being accepted for publication. At the first stage, the submissions will be reviewed by the PC&D pool of internal reviewers. The articles accepted at this stage will then proceed to second review, where a specialist in the field will provide a much more in depth assessment of the paper and finally decide if the paper will be published or not. In both stages, the articles will receive final feedback of either (a) rejection; (b) revision and resubmission; or (c) acceptance. Before publication, all papers will be proofread and formatted according to the PC&D guidelines. Authors will be notified by email when their paper has been received and of the results in each stage of the review process.

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