Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) seeks evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas and recommendations. 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) its findings and its policy recommendations. JMHS encourages the submission of papers with diverse viewpoints. Potential authors should be familiar with previously published JMHS articles that are relevant to their submission.

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.

English language editing and translation assistance is available for authors at the SAGE Language Services website here. Please note that usage of this service is paid at the author’s expense and is for use pre-submission.


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


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 this journal.


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.


The Journal on Migration and Human Security 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 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;
  • Follow the style guidelines and format for references in the text below;
  • Not to exceed 10,000 words, inclusive of the executive summary.

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:

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

(2) 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 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 JMHS Editorial Office at the Center for Migration Studies by calling (212) 337-3080 or emailing [email protected].


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).


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


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 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.


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).


For any further inquiries on JMHS, please direct correspondence to [email protected].