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Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Right-Wing Studies welcomes submissions in English on a wide range of modern movements that have historically been classified on the political right, such as nationalism, populism, political realism, fascism, traditionalism, monarchism, libertarianism, and conservatism, along with an assortment of “new” and “alt” rights. We publish on any topic—race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, class and markets, religion and culture, media and communications—that touches the right’s mobilization, history, or thinking. We are especially interested in submissions that question the category of “the right,” the relationship among its component groupings and ideas, the right’s relationship to the political left, continuities and ruptures in the right’s history, the meaning of key concepts used to describe the right, and their global applicability. Submissions should be mostly nonquantitative but may be theoretical or empirical in focus. Successful submissions will frame their subject broadly and address an interdisciplinary audience. We expect contributors to come from many methodologies and fields, including sociology, history, geography, political science, political theory, social psychology, international relations, literature, media studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and religious studies.

We publish three types of pieces:

  • Research articles

    These are works of original research and analysis, submitted exclusively to JRWS. Submissions should normally be between 8,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes or references. Authors should also submit a brief bio, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and up to six keywords. Submissions will be submitted to double-blind peer review, but publication decisions remain with the editor in chief.

  • Essays

    These can be review essays built around discussion of new (or in some cases classic) books in the style of contributions to the New York Review of Books. Essays can also be extended opinion pieces that discuss specific events, trends, dilemmas, or policy choices relevant to study of the right. We seek to give authors considerable freedom in shaping their approach. The important thing is that essays are arguments, grounded in expertise and framed for maximum public interest. Essays are editorially reviewed and should normally be between 2,500 and 6,000 words with minimal (or no) notes. Essays must first be pitched to our editorial staff. If you have an idea for a JRWS essay, we would love to hear from you!

  • Debates and interviews

    JRWS also publishes structured debates, roundtable discussions, and extended interviews. While we welcome suggestions, these pieces are normally arranged or conducted by JRWS editorial staff.

Manuscript preparation

All submitted manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word and should follow US English conventions for spelling and punctuation. Please keep text styling to a minimum. Authors may, however, include hyperlinks in their notes. For research articles, restrict the author’s name, title, affiliations, and contact information to a cover page and take care that the manuscript does not inadvertently disclose the author’s identity. Do not include any acknowledgments; if desired, acknowledgments can be added after the manuscript is accepted. If research articles have more than one author, a single corresponding author must be identified (including phone number and email address). All communication will go to this person alone.

Authors of research articles should also include on the cover page a list of six possible peer reviewers. Please give their names, titles, affiliations, and email addresses. The reviewers cannot be colleagues working in the same institution as any of the authors. The editors may select reviewers from outside this list.

Authors may use either the “Notes and Bibliography” or “Author-Date” system for citations, as appropriate to their field or topic.

Please follow carefully the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for all questions of grammar, usage, and mechanics, including citations. If you choose the “Notes and Bibliography” system for citations, please forgo the bibliography and instead make sure all footnotes include full bibliographical information on first mention. For an overview of Chicago citation, please see: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

As a best practice in publishing, all material submitted to the Journal of Right-Wing Studies is screened for plagiarism prior to acceptance.

Where to submit/pitch

All submissions and pitches should be mailed to jrwseditors@gmail.com. If you have questions before you submit a proposal or a manuscript—or any questions whatsoever—please contact us.