The International Journal of Disability and Social Justice (IJDSJ) is a new international and interdisciplinary journal in the field of Disability Studies, providing an outlet for scholars and academic-activists.
Launching in 2021, the Journal will be of interest and use to the broader community of disabled people and their allies, who are working to challenge injustices and build inclusive societies.
IJDSJ understands Disability Studies to include Critical Disability Studies, Ability Studies and Studies in Ableism. The Journal recognises the connections between Disability Studies and allied fields including Deaf Studies, Mad Studies and Critical Autism Studies. Authors from these fields are warmly invited to submit to and engage with the Journal.
Given the Journal’s focus on social justice, many contributions will draw upon ideas developed in the broad fields of:
- Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights
- Critical Sociologies
- Political Science
- Social and Public Policy
- Radical/Critical Social Work, Health and Psy- Sciences
- Inclusive Education
- Critical Management/Business Studies
- Inclusive Design
Co-Chairs of Editorial Executive
Angharad Beckett (Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, UK)
Anna Lawson (Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds, UK)
David Abbott (Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, University of Bristol, UK)
Theresia Degener (Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Germany)
Amita Dhanda (Nalsar University of Law, India)
Hannah Morgan (Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, UK)
Simon Ng (HKUSpace, Hong Kong University, HK)
Gerard Quinn (University of Leeds, UK and Lund University, Sweden)
Chrissie Rogers (Tizard Centre, University of Kent, UK)
Michael Stein (Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Harvard University, USA)
Anna Arstein-Kerslake (N.U.I, Galway)
Andrew Azzopardi (University of Malta)
Julia Bahner (Lund University)
Dikmen Bezmez (Koç University)
Peter Blanck (Syracuse University)
Nicola Burns (University of Glasgow)
Bronagh Byrne (Queens University Belfast)
Tom Campbell (University of Leeds)
Paula Campos Pinto (University of Lisbon)
Heng-hao Chang (National Taipei University)
Tsitsi Chataika (University of Zimbabwe)
Luke Clements (University of Leeds)
Beverley Clough (University of Leeds)
Pedro Encarnação (Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics)
Deborah Fenney (Kings Fund)
Eilionoir Flynn (NUI Galway)
Debbie Foster (Cardiff University)
Frederic Fovet (Royal Roads University)
Anita Ghai (Ambedkar University)
Barbara Gibson (University of Toronto)
Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield)
Miro Griffiths (University of Leeds)
Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham)
Paul Harpur (University of Queensland)
Chris Hatton (Lancaster University)
Katharina Heyer (University of Hawaii)
Roni Holler (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Esther Ignagni (Ryerson University)
Jo Ingold (University of Leeds)
Sanjay Jain (ILS Law College, Pune)
Kelly Johnson (University of New South Wales)
Emily Kakoullis (Cardiff University)
Arlene Kanter (Syracuse University)
Hisayo Katsui (Helsinki University)
Rosemary Kayess (University of New South Wales)
Amanda Keeling (University of Leeds)
Patrick Kermit (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Rebecca Lawthom (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Oliver Lewis (University of Leeds & Doughty Street Chambers)
Kirsty Liddiard (University of Sheffield)
Kelly Loper (Hong Kong University)
Ravi Malhotra (University of Ottawa)
Janice McLaughlin (Newcastle University)
Sagit Mor (University of Haifa)
Nagase Osamu (Ritsumeikan University)
Mark Priestley (University of Leeds)
Shivaun Quinlivan (NUI Galway)
Anne Revillard (Sciences Po)
Katherine Runswick-Cole (University of Sheffield)
Jonas Ruškus (Vytautas Magnus University)
Sara Ryan (University of Oxford)
Lucy Series (Cardiff University)
Roger Slee (University of Leeds)
Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University)
Damjan Tatić (Independent Scholar)
Rannveig Traustadóttir (University of Iceland)
Filippo Trevisan (American University)
Raquel Velho (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Lisa Waddington (Maastricht University)
Michael Waterstone (Loyola Marymount University)
Nick Watson (University of Glasgow)
Felix Welti (University of Kassel)
Gregor Wolbring (University of Calgary)
Wanhong Zhang (Wuhan University)
We ask authors to please read our Journal Ethics Statement and Guidance for Authors documents (under DOWNLOADS below) when preparing their manuscripts and before submitting to the journal. The Guidance for Authors also includes information on journal style.
Both documents have been written by the Journal’s Executive Committee, assisted by and in consultation with the Journal’s Editorial Board.
Authors may also wish to read the template Permissions Form, supplied by Pluto Journals (under DOWNLOADS below). When an article is accepted for IJDSJ, authors will be required to sign this form prior to publication. It explains their rights.
IJDSJ will strive to make decisions on submissions within 12 weeks, but should there be delays, authors will be kept informed.
How to submit
Submissions should be sent to the I.J.D.S.J. Executive Editors via email: IJDSJContact@gmail.com
Please make sure you:
1. Write ‘Submission’ in the email subject heading
2. Include all relevant attachments to your email
You will receive an auto-reply to acknowledge receipt of your email. If you do not receive this, then this may mean that your email has not been delivered. Please resend.
There will be four issues in 2021/22, thereafter this journal will be published quarterly.
The journal is Open Access and the Open Access statement, Open Access license terms, copyright terms as well as a statement on its absolute lack of author charges can be found here.
The journal became Open Access with its first edition on 1 November 2021 and is published open access on ScienceOpen. The Reuse rights of published material is all under the open CC BY 4.0 license as stated here.
We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and to supporting ethical research practices. We expect authors to reflect on the ethical stance adopted in their papers. This includes, but goes beyond, procedural matters, to questions of values and relationality. Empirical studies should detail appropriate ethical approvals and discuss the ethical implications and/or challenges of their research. We would, where relevant, expect to see discussion about (but not limited to): the process of gaining the consent of research participants; handling difficult and/or sensitive topics; researcher positionality; attempts to maximise diversity and inclusion in sampling and participant recruitment.
We understand that language and terminology vary in different contexts and geographies. However, we expect submissions to be thoughtful about their use of language, culturally sensitive and cognisant of current debates and preferences of relevant groups, for example, in relation to person-first or social model of disability language. Should authors be uncertain in this regard, they are invited to contact the Editorial Executive who will be happy to discuss and offer advice.
We welcome submissions employing a wide range of methodological approaches especially, but not exclusively, those that are coproduced with or led by the people who are the focus of the submission. The full range of quantitative and qualitative methods is of interest to us, including approaches that are, for example, participatory, use creative methods and develop our understanding of methodological innovation. We are also interested in manuscripts which do not draw on any empirical data – including ones that draw on doctrinal legal analysis or engage in theoretical or methodological debate.
We will not accept submissions that undermine the inherent value and integrity of marginalised groups of people. We welcome debate, but not about the inherent worth of, for example, disabled people, people from ethnic groups facing racism and oppression, the trans community and people from across the spectrum of sexual and gender identities. We strive to make this journal an inclusive, open and a safe place for contributors and readers.
We are committed to a peer review process that is respectful and supportive. We also take seriously issues of plagiarism or other forms of fraud and misconduct in academic publishing and research practice. This includes content recycling (what used to be termed self-plagiarism). We will do our best to ensure fair, unbiased, respectful and transparent peer review processes and editorial decisions. Any detected cases of misconduct, whether on the part of authors, reviewers or editors, will be taken very seriously.
Where there is more than one author, it is important that work is fairly acknowledged and that the published author list accurately reflects individual contributions and has been agreed by all authors.
We will work to maximise diversity within our governance structures, including our Executive and Editorial Board and our community of reviewers. We will seek to make content available and accessible to disabled people’s organisations and other readers outside academia interested in disability debates.