Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) seeks evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas. Papers should begin with an executive summary of one page or less that briefly describes the theme and purpose of the article and that lists (preferably in bullet form) both its findings and its policy recommendations. JMHS encourages the submission of papers with diverse viewpoints.

Ideas for papers — in keeping with the general criteria outlined in the concept note — can be vetted with JMHS staff prior to submission by contacting Papers will be peer-reviewed and, thus, even solicited papers will not necessarily be accepted for publication.


In order to ensure impartiality in the selection of manuscripts for publication, all papers deemed appropriate for JMHS will be sent anonymously to reviewers. To protect anonymity, authors should submit a separate cover page with the manuscript title and author names, affiliations, and contact information. Authors should remove names and affiliations from the executive summary, manuscript, and/or tables and figures.

JMHS has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts should not be submitted simultaneously to another publication. Submission of a manuscript to JMHS is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in JMHS. No paper known to be under review by any other journal will be reviewed by JMHS. However, JMHS will consider papers based on previously published or posted research. Authors will not be paid for accepted manuscripts, except in rare circumstances. If manuscripts are accepted and published, all rights, including subsidiary rights, will be owned by CMS. However, the author will retain the right to use his or her article without charge in any book of which he/she is the author or editor after it has appeared in JMHS. There are no submission fees or article processing charges to publish in this journal.


Submissions, correspondence, revisions, and other communications should be made, whenever possible, electronically. Authors should:

  • Type and double-space all copy — including indented matter, footnotes, and references;
  • Include a cover page listing the manuscript title and author(s)’s names, affiliations, and contact information;
  • Include an executive summary of not more than one page summarizing the theme/topic of the paper, as well as its findings and recommendations;
  • Put forth specific, targeted, and clear recommendations using active voice and identifying which institutions, officials, agencies or individuals should take which steps;
  • Save any tables and graphs together in a separate file. Insert a location note (e.g., “Table 2 about here”) at the appropriate place in the manuscript text. Tables should not contain lines or more than 20 two-digit columns or the equivalent;
  • Follow the style guidelines and format for references in the text below;
  • Not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the executive summary;
  • Email the electronic version of the manuscript (e.g., Word file) to; and
  • Promptly respond to proposed edits and revisions.


In-text citations and references should follow the author-date format of The Chicago Manual of Style. 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.


(UNHCR 2014, 6) — one author

(Warren and Kerwin 2017, 3) — two authors

(Frelick, Kysel, and Podkul 2016) — three authors

(Martinez et al. 2013) — four or more authors

Use of footnotes should be minimized and used only for substantive observations. Court cases, statutes, and other legal references should be cited in Bluebook style using footnotes.

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


MacPherson, Myra. 1985. “Caught in the Storm of Sanctuary.” Washington Post, March 12.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). 2014. Children on the Run. Washington, DC: UNHCR Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean.

Warren, Robert, and Donald Kerwin. 2017. “Mass Deportations Would Impoverish US Families and Create Immense Social Costs.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 5(2): 1-8.


The style sheet of JMHS follows the Chicago Manual of Style and uses US-style punctuation, spelling, and date format. Examples include:

  • “Double” quotation marks, with closing punctuation marks inside quotation marks, and ‘single’ quotation marks for quotes within quotes (e.g., “According to Warren and Kerwin (2017), mass deportations would create ‘immense social costs.’”);
  • US-style spelling (e.g., “labor organization program” instead of “labour organisation programme”); and
  • Dates written in order of month, day, and year (e.g., June 17, 2008).

Further style guidelines include:

  • Spell out acronyms at first mention, with acronym in parentheses;
  • Spell out numbers zero through nine;
  • Spell out the word “percent” instead of using the percent symbol;
  • Write “US,” “UK,” and “UN” as acronyms without periods when they appear as adjectives (e.g., US immigration reform), and written out when it is used as a noun (e.g., refugees in the United States).