Notes for Contributors

  1. The Editorial Board invites submissions from across the social sciences and related applied areas, including psychology, sociology, social care, social work, social policy, community development, education, criminology, youth work, family studies, early education and related areas. Proposals for special theme issues are also welcome. While the primary area of focus is applied social studies in Ireland, submissions from other regions are also welcome, particularly those that provide a comparative perspective.
  2. Manuscripts may be pre-screened to ensure they fit the aims and scope of the Journal. It is editorial policy that manuscripts are sent to two anonymous peer reviewers. To that end, authors should not put their names or other identifying features on the manuscript.
  3. Proposals for Special or Themed issues are welcome. They should normally comprise at least five related articles of around 5,000 words each, plus an Introduction or Editorial. Suggestions for special/themed issues should be addressed to the Editor in the first instance. A short proposal outlining the proposed theme that you would like to cover should include details of why you feel that this theme is of contemporary interest; an indicative list of potential articles or authors (most of who will have agreed to contribute); and your CV, including recent publications. Once approved, the Guest Editor/s will have responsibility for managing the paper submission and review process and for ensuring the quality of the issue. All published content must be approved through the normal IJASS refereeing and editorial process, and final editorial control remains with the IJASS Editor.
  4. Manuscripts shall be based on primary research, or exceptional critical literature reviews, or practice innovations.
  5. Manuscripts must be between 4000-6,000 words in length (excluding References, Tables and Figures).
  6. The manuscript should be preceded by an abstract, on a separate page. The abstract should consist of title, and summary of the paper, between 300 and 500 words in length. The abstract should end with three or four key words relating to the content.
  7. Manuscripts should be typed on one side of the page, in Times New Roman, 12, double-spaced with wide margins. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at http://www.arrow.dit.ie/ijass.
  8. All text should be unjustified. Do not insert page breaks or bold the text.
  9. Authors are expected to correct proofs. The typescript finally accepted for publication must be regarded as definitive and subsequent corrections should be restricted to printer’s errors. Any alterations at this stage may be made only with the agreement of the editorial team. Changes in the text will not be considered at proof stage.
  10. Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. This fact should be stated by the author in a covering letter on submission.
  11. The American Psychological Association referencing style must be used (as per 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, 2010). See examples below. References should be placed in alphabetical order at the end of the text. The second line of each entry to the References should be indented by one tab.



    Andrews, H. & Leopold, T. (2013). Events and the social sciences. New York: Routledge.

    Book chapter

    Kitchen, R. & Bartley, B. (2007). Ireland now and in the future. In B. Bartley & R.Kitchen (Eds.), Understanding contemporary Ireland (pp. 301-07). London: Pluto Press.

    Journal article

    Djimeu, E. (2014). The impact of social action funds on child health in a conflict affected country: Evidence from Angola. Social Science and Medicine, 106, 35-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.12.027

    Online citation

    Irish Council for Civil Liberties (2009). ICCL Submission on the (Retention of Data) Bill Nov 2009. Dublin: Irish Council for Civil Liberties (http://www.iccl.ie/Justice-publications.html).

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