Submissions to the journal are welcome, but we ask that all articles submitted for consideration adhere to the Guidelines for Submissions below. We appreciate your cooperation. 

Guidelines for Submissions

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Please note that Journal of Human Rights  uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Journal of Human Rights  you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Human Rights must not have been previously published or committed to another publisher under a copyright transfer agreement, and must not be under consideration by another journal.


The Journal of Human Rights receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at If you have any other requests, please contact Shareen Hertel, Editor, at For more information, visit the journal’s website at As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).


The text of the manuscript should be no more than 30 typed double-spaced pages or 10,000 words (in either case, inclusive of notes, references and appendices). Manuscripts over 30 pages or 10,000 words are discouraged, (as are manuscripts significantly shorter than 30 pages), except in special instances. All manuscripts must be written in English. Manuscripts submitted by authors whose major working language is not English should be copyedited prior to submission to ensure fluidity.

Presentation, Style, and References:

JHR uses parenthetical citation in the APA 7th edition style and endnotes only for purposes of essential clarification. For comprehensive instructions on preparing your paper, and for style guidelines, please see the publisher’s website.

Harvard Dataverse Requirement for Quantitative Data:

JHR requires as a condition of publication that authors employing quantitative data and regression modeling techniques in articles published in JHR also submit a replication file and description to a public data portal we have created on the JHR Data Archive at Harvard Dataverse. All replication files must be stored on the JHR Data Archive on Dataverse. For information on how to upload your replication files, please download the Journal of Human Rights Instructions for Dataverse.

Book Reviews:

JHR has moved away from publishing single-book reviews and now only publishes review essays that integrate a synthesis of at least three books on a single topic or theme. If you would like to submit a proposal for a clustered book review, please send inquiries to Book Review Editors Dr. Sarita Cargas and Dr. Sandra Sirota c/o