Paper Guidelines

IRFD Online Forum: Paper Guidelines

Papers should focus on the Priority Theme for UN CSW57: Eliminating All forms of Violence Against Women & Girls. We especially encourage submissions highlighting experiences, lessons, & strategies for eliminating all forms of violence against women & girls, such as research on best practices, case studies and on going challenges.

Papers may also focus on the Review and Emerging Themes of CSW57.

1) Any submission must be the original work of the author. If it has been published previously, as a whole or in part, either in print or electronically, or is soon to be so published, author must obtain all rights to publish to this online forum.

2) The target length of paper is 4,000 to 5,000 words, excluding notes. If your paper is longer than this, please contact us.

3) All papers must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

4) Paper texts should be in English. We can exceptionally consider for publication papers in other languages, but authors must in that case contact us in advance.

A condition of acceptance of a paper so submitted would be that the paper be translated into English — and vetted by a native English speaker for fluency and idiom.

5) Notes should be kept to a minimum and, wherever possible, be confined to necessary references. Notes should not be used for ‘sub-texts’. Wherever possible without confusion, references should be grouped together. Notes should rarely exceed 10-20% of the text.

6) Graphs, Tables, Maps, etc., may of course be included in a paper when they add materially to the substance or comprehensibility of the argument. Illustrations may also be included where they add materially — up to a maximum of twelve (3–6 is more usual). It is the author’s responsibility to provide high-definition images of any illustrations they wish to include.

It is the author’s responsibility also to obtain any necessary permissions (and to provide us with copies of the relevant documentation).

Language Editing
Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your paper, you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the editorial committee. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

Permissions
Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editorial committee. It is also the author’s responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions.

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