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Author Guidelines



The Journal of World-Systems Research welcomes submissions of papers on themes related to the journal’s emphases (see editorial policy). Please be sure your submission follows the guidelines specified below. All submissions are online; instructions found above under "Online Submissions." 



The Journal of World-Systems Research uses the American Sociological Association (ASA) manuscript style. (See American Sociological Association. 1997. American Sociological Association Style Guide. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association).

Please follow U.S. spelling and punctuation conventions (i.e., labor, not labour; globalization, not globalisation. For direct quotations, use double quotation marks (").)

We request manuscripts between 8000 and 10,000 words. Anything above 10,000 words will require a justification in the cover letter.

Please be sure to remove all personal identifiers from your paper prior to uploading it to the system. There are instructions on the author submission page.

Unless noted otherwise below, all content including text, abstracts, footnotes, appendices, and references, should have the following format:

12 point Times New Roman/Times font


Six-inch lines/one-inch margins all around

US Letter page size (8.5 X 11 in.) Left justified



First page of manuscript (removed before the manuscript is sent out for review)


Author(s)' names

Corresponding author's name, address, phone number, and email

Acknowledgments and/or funding source (if any)

Second page of manuscript

Title and abstract

Effective abstracts are concise and clearly state the article’s main contributions and findings. Please limit your abstract to a maximum of 250 words. Concise, informative, and engaging abstracts are especially important for online publishing. Short abstracts direct more readers to your work.

• Here’s a helpful guide to writing abstracts

Third page of manuscript

The title should be repeated before the text of the manuscript begins.



Three headings are generally adequate to organize an article.

1. First-Level: Centered, bold, capitalize first letter of each word.

2. Second-Level: Left justify, bold, capitalize first letter of each word.

3. Third-Level: left justify and indent; bold, italicize ,and capitalize first letter of first word only, follow with a period, include as part of text.


                                                       Heading One

Heading Two

  Heading Three. Thenormalparagraphtexthere…



Each table and figure should be placed in the manuscript as you would like it to appear in publication. Captions should appear above tables and figures. Do not incorporate captions into the figure itself.

Tables may be created in a word processing program, or in an external spreadsheet program. Tables should be bordered by horizontal lines at the top and bottom. Another horizontal line should appear under column headers. Vertical lines and grids should be avoided. Numbers in table columns should be lined up by decimal points. This can be done with decimal tab stops, or by right justifying numbers in columns and using separate columns for additional symbols such as asterisks. A smaller font size may be used if necessary to conserve space. Use italics and boldface sparingly.

Resolution of images must be at least 200dpi.



Use footnotes only to explain material that cannot be justified for inclusion in text or tables. Number the notes consecutively, using Arabic numerals, beginning with footnote “1.” Use your word processing program to insert footnotes.



It is your responsibility to make sure that works are correctly cited, including carefully checking the spelling of titles, authors' names, internet addresses, etc. For information about references, please consult the American Sociological Association Style Guide (2nd edition).

Cite all references in the text, where appropriate, by the author's last name, publication year, and (where applicable) page number(s). Footnotes are NOT to be used for citations.

Depending on sentence construction, the citation will appear as follows: Jorgenson and Kick (2003) or (Jorgenson and Kick 2003). If a page number is used, it follows the publication year and is set off by a colon: Jorgenson and Kick (2003:196). Enclose a series of citations within parentheses, separated by semicolons. Place multiple citations in alphabetical order: (Bunker 2003; Grimes and Kentor 2003; Hornborg 2003). Make subsequent citations of a source exactly as cited the first time (i.e., no “ibid.”). If an author has two citations in the same year, distinguish them by attaching a or b to the year in both the text and the references: (York, Rosa, and Dietz 2003a, 2003b).

The author is responsible for ensuring that the references cited list is properly formatted according to ASA style.


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.

  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  7. Provide details of any grants or contracts awarded from sources other than your university or institution to fund this research. This statement will appear as a footnote in the published article.

  8. By checking this box, the author/s acknowledge that all relevant IRB procedures at their institution have been followed.

  9. For authors who are currently sharing or plan to share data used in this article with the larger scholarly community, please indicate how these data can be accessed. With your permission, we will publish your data on our dataset on the journal's dataverse upon publication of the article ( You can link your dataset to the dataverse on the ensuing pages.

    If you have data that is currently unavailable, we request that you include the future date of access.

    Your statement will appear as a footnote in the published article. Since data sharing is not always possible, please skip this item if you will not share your data with other scholars.

  10. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. The Author retains copyright in the Work, where the term “Work” shall include all digital objects that may result in subsequent electronic publication or distribution.
  2. Upon acceptance of the Work, the author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.
  3. The Author shall grant to the Publisher and its agents the nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:
    1. Attribution—other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the author as indicated on the journal Web site;
    with the understanding that the above condition can be waived with permission from the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  4. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post online a prepublication manuscript (but not the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version of the Work) in institutional repositories or on their Websites prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Any such posting made before acceptance and publication of the Work shall be updated upon publication to include a reference to the Publisher-assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal.
  6. Upon Publisher’s request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Publisher, at the Author’s own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by Publisher to be covered by the principles of Fair Use.
  7. The Author represents and warrants that:
    1. the Work is the Author’s original work;
    2. the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;
    3. the Work is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
    4. the Work has not previously been published;
    5. the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and
    6. the Work contains no libel, invasion of privacy, or other unlawful matter.
  8. The Author agrees to indemnify and hold Publisher harmless from Author’s breach of the representations and warranties contained in Paragraph 6 above, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to Publisher’s use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content.

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