Submission Guidelines

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) announces a new online, peer-reviewed, public policy publication titled the Journal on Migration and Human Security (“the Journal”).  The Journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives.

CMS is an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants and newcomers.  In keeping with its mission, CMS values the knowledge, expertise and perspectives of scholars, public officials (present and past), faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others.  It recognizes that important migration-related issues, scholarship and analysis do not receive sufficient attention in public policy circles.  This is particularly the case for cross-cutting scholarship, comparative analysis, issues that have not been extensively documented or studied, and perspectives that are not typically captured in academic or trade publications.  In addition, scholarly papers, public and private reports, and other sources of information and ideas do not always take a form that is accessible or even available to public officials or to others who influence public policy.  Nor are such papers typically published on a timeline that maximizes their influence.

The Journal seeks to publish rigorous and well-argued papers that can significantly inform and contribute to the US and international policy debates on migration.  It particularly welcomes papers that:

  • Address timely migration-related “human security” issues, broadly defined;
  • Cover issues and research that receive insufficient attention in immigration policy circles;
  • Provide new information, ideas, non-traditional perspectives, comparative scholarship, or multi-disciplinary analysis; and
  • Articulate areas of agreement and disagreement on particular issues, as well as gaps in knowledge.

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.  The Journal seeks evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas.  Papers should not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the Executive Summary.  Papers for the Journal will be published on-line at least every other month.  CMS will extensively disseminate and publicize the availability of new papers.  In addition, CMS will compile a hard-copy volume of the Journal’s articles at the end of each year.

Ideas for papers – in keeping with the general criteria outlined above – can be vetted prior to submission with Donald Kerwin — (212) 255-1111 or  All papers will be peer-reviewed and, thus, not all papers – even solicited papers — will be accepted for publication.  Compelling topics for papers or series of papers will also be identified by the Journal’s Editorial Board.

Editorial Policies and Procedures

In order to ensure impartiality in the selection of manuscripts for publication, all papers deemed appropriate for the Journal will be sent out 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 also remove names and affiliations from the Executive Summary, manuscript and/or tables and figures.

The Journal has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts.  Manuscripts should not be submitted simultaneously to another publication.  Submission of a manuscript to the Journal is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in the Journal.  No paper known to be under review by any other journal will be reviewed by the Journal.  However, the Journal will consider policy papers based on previously published or posted research.  Authors will not be paid for accepted manuscripts.  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 the Journal.

Preparation and Submission of Copy

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.
  • 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 format for references in the text and appendix set forth for the International Migration Review;
  • Not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the Executive Summary
  • Email the electronic version of the manuscript (e.g. Word file) to Breana George, Research Coordinator, at;  and
  • Promptly respond to proposed edits and revisions.