Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The International Migration Review (IMR) publishes manuscripts that reflect the highest quality of international migration scholarship. IMR intends to publish significant new knowledge relevant to processes of international migration and international migration policy. It communicates a corpus of research that is geographically and demographically inclusive of topics in the international and interdisciplinary field of migration studies, as well as disciplinary and analytic approaches to those topics. Given the increase in the volume of social scientific research on international migration worldwide, publication of papers in the International Migration Review is a highly selective process.

IMR publishes original scholarly papers, following a process of peer review. To ensure impartiality in the selection of manuscripts for publication, all papers deemed appropriate during an initial review by IMR editors are sent out anonymously to external reviewers for further evaluation. External reviewers are selected based on their knowledge and experience related to the paper’s topic, analytic perspective, and/or methodologies. Based on these reviews and confidential recommendations to the Editor, a decision may be made to: (1) accept the paper (usually with minor revisions) (2) request revisions to the manuscript and resubmission to the editor for reconsideration; or (3) decline the paper for publication. Authors are not paid for their submissions. Submission of a manuscript to IMR is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in this journal.

Manuscripts submitted to IMR are not to be submitted simultaneously to another publication. Manuscripts that have appeared in repositories as peer-reviewed working papers or discussion papers are considered to be previously published and are not eligible for publication in the IMR. Once a submitted article has been accepted for publication, authors must modify manuscripts or headers in non-peer-reviewed electronic collections (including their own personal web sites) to indicate that the paper is forthcoming in the International Migration Review. Once the article is published, authors should modify manuscripts or headers to indicate that a revised version of the paper is now published and should include a complete citation to the published paper.

Book Reviews

Books and reports are selected for review by the IMR editors. The Book Review Editor identifies and extends invitations to potential reviewers of books and reports. IMR does not accept unsolicited book or report reviews. Publishers may send books for review to the IMR Book Review Editor:

Jamie Winders
Professor of Geography
Department of Geography
144 Eggers Hall
The Maxwell School
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244

Submission Procedures and Guidelines

The International Migration Review (IMR) uses the web-based submission and peer review system, ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscript submissions must be made at Full instructions and support are available on the site, and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit.

In submitting an original paper for consideration for publication in IMR, authors must follow the guidelines below. Failure to adhere to these instructions may lead to return of the manuscript without review.

Upon login to the IMR ScholarOne Manuscripts page, authors will be prompted to submit author and manuscript details (e.g. corresponding author name, co-authors, contact information, institutions, acknowledgments, etc.), as well as the abstract.

Authors will also be prompted to indicate in ScholarOne whether or not the manuscript has been published elsewhere or made publicly available (e.g., in institutional repositories, working paper series, conference proceedings). If an earlier version of the manuscript has been published or made publicly available, the author should indicate the location of the manuscript and specify how the paper submitted differs from the earlier version.

After completing all required fields, authors should then upload the following to ScholarOne Manuscripts:

(1) an anonymous manuscript omitting all references to the author(s)’s name(s) or identity; and

(2) any tables and figures (which may be incorporated at the end of the manuscript body or submitted as a separate file).

A completed submission is confirmed by email immediately, and your paper will then enter the editorial process.

Your manuscript will have a unique manuscript number, and you can check the progress of your manuscript at any time by returning to Authors will be notified by email when a decision is issued. If a positive decision is made, revisions should also be submitted online, with an opportunity to view and respond to all comments from the editor and reviewers.

Full support is provided, by clicking on the ‘Get Help Now’ icon located on every page to connect directly to the online support system at If you do not have Internet access or cannot submit online, please contact the IMR Editorial Office at the Center for Migration Studies by calling (212) 337-3080 or emailing

Submission Style Format

All submitted manuscripts must be typed in 12-pt Times New Roman font and doubled-spaced, including indented matter, footnotes, and references.  Submissions with comments or tracked changes will be returned without full review. All documents will be converted to .pdf format and renamed by ScholarOne.

While IMR has no prescribed page or word limit, most articles are less than 10,000 words, including citations. Significantly longer manuscripts are better suited for another outlet, although they may be considered for publication in IMR, depending on their topic and scope. IMR also publishes a small number of shorter ‘research notes’ focusing on specific analytic issues.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be prepared for communication of results and should not include output from statistical software.  Tables and figures should appear at the end of the manuscript or be submitted in a separate file.  Within the paper’s body, authors should insert a location note (e.g., “Table 2 about here,” at the appropriate place in the text).

Tables should not contain more than 20 two-digit columns or lines or the equivalent.

Citations and References

In-text citations and references should follow the Author-Date format of The Chicago Manual of Style. The only exception is that an author’s first name in the references must be written with the first initial only. In-text citations should be parenthetical.  For example, sources should be identified at an appropriate point in the text by last name of author, year of publication, and pagination, all within parentheses.


(Gonzalez 2014)

(Massey 2009, 124-27)

(de Haas 2010; Gurak 2014) – multiple citations

(Nystedt and Dribe 2015, 16) – for two authors

(Massey, Durand, and Pren 2014) – for three authors

(Johnson et al. 2015, 128) – for three or more authors

Use of footnotes should be minimized and only for substantive observations.

In an appendix entitled “References,” list all referenced items alphabetically by author’s last name and first initial, then by year of publication, beginning with the most recent year. For multiple author or editor listings, include all authors. Use italics for titles of books and journals.


Bedford, R., and P. Spoonley. 2014. “Competing for Talent: Diffusion of An Innovation in New Zealand Immigration Policy.” International Migration Review 48(3): 891-911.

Tajfel, H., and J. C. Turner. 1986. “The Social Identity Theory of Intergroup Behavior.” In Psychology of Intergroup Relations, edited by S. Worchel and W. G. Austin, 7-24. Chicago: Nelson-Hall.


For any further inquiries on IMR, please direct correspondence to the IMR Editorial Office at