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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The text is a finished draft and has been reviewed by an English language proof reader as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • On the following page, ensure your file(s) are uploaded following the text box before selecting "Save and Continue."

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 (").) It is the responsibility of the author to seek out an English language proof reader as needed.

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

Title and abstract (Please do not include name, contact information, or other identifying information as it will need to be removed in order to send your article to reviewers).

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


Second 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.

Book Reviews

JWSR does not accept unsolicited book reviews, but we do welcome queries and suggestions of possible books for review. JWSR will consider reviewing books published in languages other than English.

If you are a publisher or author with a book you’d like JWSR to review, please send a query to our book review editor, Alexandre White, at If we decide to review the book, we will identify a reviewer and ask that the review copy be sent to him/her directly.

Women in World-Literature: A Woman’s Work

Authors in this section have been invited to participate by the guest editor. No outside submissions will be considered.

Non-State Movements and Spaces

Special issues of the Journal of World-Systems Research are thematic collections proposed and edited by a guest editor or editors. All articles undergo the same review process as our regular research articles.

Symposium: Home Rule by Nandita Sharma

Only invited authors may make a submission to this section.

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