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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript is the authors’ own original work.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format. (No PDFs will be accepted.)
  • The manuscript is between 4,000-7,000 words in length, not including bibliography or footnotes.
  • The text is inclusive, respectful to all, and free of bias based on individual characteristics, conveying no stereotypes (e.g. use “chairperson” instead of “chairman”). The spelling of English-language submissions is in American English rather than British.
  • The text adheres to the requirements outlined in the Files to Upload section of the Submission Guidelines.

Submission Instructions

The Student Journal for the Study of Human Rights (SJSHR) seeks contributions that further the existing literature in the field of human rights studies and provide an in-depth analysis to current challenges and emerging crises.

SJSHR accepts submissions from Columbia affiliates who are third and fourth year undergraduate students or graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs.

SJSHR is a forward-thinking and norm-challenging academic journal that welcomes all researchers in the interdisciplinary field of human rights studies. We proudly call for submissions from researchers who push the boundaries of the binary, from diverse perspectives including the LGBTQ+ community, Black, Indigenous Peoples, and people of color (“BIPOC”), including authors from Hispanic, Asian, and Arab descent. We encourage you to submit your work to SJSHR.

Files to Upload

To submit to SJSHR, upload the following Microsoft Word files using the link at the top of this page:

1. Your de-identified manuscript, with all traces of your name removed to facilitate anonymous peer review. The manuscript should include:

  • The title of the manuscript
  • An abstract (max length, 250 words) on a separate page
  • The main body
  • Bibliography, in alphabetical order
  • Figure-caption list and tables 

2. A separate title page that includes:

  • The title of the manuscript and the name of author(s), with degrees
  • Authors' affiliation: academic department, institution, city, and state (or nation)
  • The corresponding author's telephone number and e-mail address

3. A separate cover letter that includes:

  • A brief statement certifying the manuscript contains original work, has not been published previously, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, including any declarations of conflicts of interest, and proof of IRB approval if applicable.
  • Optional: Explain why your manuscript aligns with the SJSHR mission, aim and scope. 

Publication Author Agreement 

Following acceptance for publication, authors must sign an author agreement to grant SJSHR appropriate rights to publish the article. Authors retain all copyrights to the article.

Citation or Intellectual Property Concerns

When/If there are concerns with a citation or intellectual property, SJSHR abides by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences policy on Academic Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research.

Privacy Statement

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