Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal on Migration and Human Security

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer-review process.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims, scope, and guidelines for the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) will be reviewed. JMHS welcomes unsolicited submissions.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.

As part of the submission process, you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the Journal on Migration and Human Security will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers. However, please alert the Editorial Office when submitting such a paper (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal’s author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

If you have any questions about publishing with SAGE, please visit the SAGE Journal Solutions Portal.

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

1.2 Article types

1.3 Writing your paper

 2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

2.2 Authorship

2.3 Acknowledgements

2.4 Funding

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

 3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

3.3 Open access and author archiving

 4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Formatting

4.2 Artwork, figures, and other graphics

4.3 Identifiable information

4.4 Reference style

4.5 English language editing services

 5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 Information required for completing your submission

5.2 Permissions

 6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

6.2 Online First publication

6.3 Access to your published article

6.4 Promoting your article

 7. Further information

 

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to the Journal on Migration and Human Security, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article types

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) seeks to publish evidence-based, public policy papers on international migration.  Its “human security” frame is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant-sending communities; promoting safe, orderly and legal migration; upholding the rights of migrants; and developing immigration, refugee protection, and integration policies that benefit immigrants, their families, and sending and receiving communities. JMHS papers are published online as they become available. JMHS also publishes special, thematic editions.

JMHS papers bridge the research and public policy communities on international migration.  Each paper 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) its findings and its policy recommendations. Rather than generally stating preferred social outcomes, JMHS submissions should provide policy recommendations that specify the measures that particular institutions and individuals should take. JMHS encourages the submission of papers with diverse viewpoints. Because JMHS seeks to create a community of authors and readers committed to fact-based, migration policy ideas under the general rubric of “human security”, it requests that potential authors be familiar with previously published JMHS papers that are relevant to their submissions.

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 [email protected], but JMHS will not review potential articles prior to their submission. Papers will be peer-reviewed and, thus, even solicited papers will not necessarily be accepted for publication.

BOOK REVIEWS

At this time, JMHS is not publishing book or report reviews.

EDITORIAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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. 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 JMHS. Authors will not be paid for accepted manuscripts, except in rare circumstances. There are no submission fees or article processing charges to publish in JMHS.

RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS

If the manuscript is accepted and published, all rights, including subsidiary rights, will be owned by the Center for Migration Studies (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. Authors may also share the article for educational or teaching purposes and retain the right to upload the accepted, but not published, version of their article in an institutional repository or non-commercial platform. Redistribution of the article in a commercial repository is not permitted. Please click here for further details regarding author re-use of their own work.

Authors have the option of making their article Open Access (OA). This allows full reuse and redistribution of an author’s article under a Creative Commons license. Please click here for further details.

PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF COPY

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

  • Type and double-space all copy — including indented matter, footnotes, and references;
  • Include an executive summary of not more than 500 words 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 figures in separate files (i.e., not in the manuscript file). Insert a location note (e.g., “Table 2 about here”) at the appropriate place in the manuscript text and include table/figure caption(s) with the location note or as a list at the end of the article. Tables should not contain lines or more than 20 two-digit columns or the equivalent. See Artwork Guidelines below for more information;
  • Your manuscript should be in 12 point, Times New Roman font;
  • Follow the style guidelines and format for references in the text below;
  • Not to exceed 10,000 words, inclusive of the executive summary and policy recommendations.

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

Authors will also be prompted to indicate in ScholarOne whether 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:

  • an anonymous manuscript omitting all references to the author(s)’s name(s) or identity; and
  • any tables and figures submitted as separate, native files.

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 https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/JMHS. 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 http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/index.html. If you do not have Internet access or cannot submit online, please contact the JMHS Editorial Office at the Center for Migration Studies by calling (212) 337-3080 or emailing [email protected].

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. 

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer-review policy

The Journal on Migration and Human Security is committed to delivering high-quality, expeditious peer-review for your paper. All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editor(s) and carefully reviewed again following the peer review process. JMHS operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author, and the author’s name from the reviewer.  Each manuscript is reviewed by two referees.  Authors should expect to receive reviewer’s comments within approximately six weeks.

JMHS has partnered with Publons, a third-party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Journal on Migration and Human Security can opt into Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision, and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

Members of the Editorial Board may submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in JMHS. In these cases, the submitting Board member will have no involvement in the peer-review or decision-making process. On rare occasions involving time-sensitive papers that have been extensively reviewed and vetted, the Editor(s) may opt to forego the formal peer-review process.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors that do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, a department chair who provided only general support, or an intern that provided research on relevant literature or data.

Please supply any personal acknowledgments separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.                                                                   

2.3.1 Third-party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company, and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

2.4 Funding

The Journal on Migration and Human Security requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

The Journal on Migration and Human Security encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends that authors review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

JMHS and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of acceptable practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action. 

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published reports or other material can be adapted and considered for publication in JMHS. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor(s) at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

JMHS offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word.

4.2 Artwork, figures, and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

  • Format: TIFF, JPEG: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). EPS is the preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
  • File Type: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word can be included at the end of the manuscript. Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, PDF) should be submitted as separate files (be sure to identify the file, i.e., “Figure 2”).
  • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e., with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
  • Color: Please note that images supplied in color will be published in color online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using color with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating color.
  • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

4.3 Identifiable information

Where a journal uses double-anonymized peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymized. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymized material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.

See https://sagepub.com/Manuscript-preparation-for-double-blind-journal for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

APPENDICES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

Appendices and supplemental material containing questionnaires and instruments, intervention materials, supplemental data analyses, or other materials or information that are proposed by the authors(s) and deemed to be valuable by the Editor(s) may be made available for public access via links to a section for such material at the Journal on Migration and Human Security website. Appendices and supplemental material intended for online-only display should be clearly marked with “online supp” in the file name.

4.4 Reference style

JMHS adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style. Court cases, statutes, and other legal references should be cited in Bluebook style using footnotes.

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.

Examples:

(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 or for the citation of treaties, Conventions, statutes, case-law, websites, blogs, or social media.

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

Examples:

MacPherson, Myra. 1985. “Caught in the Storm of Sanctuary.” Washington Post, March 12. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/03/12/caught-in-the-storm-of-sanctuary/ba04c62b-84fa-4c23-937a-582edda5695d/?utm_term=.d7fce06574eb.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). 2014. “Children on the Run.” Washington, DC: UNHCR Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean. http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/about-us/background/56fc266f4/children-on-the-run-full-report.html.

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/233150241700500101.

Style Guidelines:

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).

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the Journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. JMHS will not be able to accept or correct manuscripts with extensive language, translation, and grammatical problems.

5. Submitting your manuscript

 JMHS is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/JMHS to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for JMHS in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.1 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.2 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

6. On acceptance and publication    

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence, and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change. 

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal on Migration and Human Security’s Editorial Office as follows:

JMHS Editorial Office
Center for Migration Studies
(212) 337-3080
[email protected]