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Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migration. The Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons.

Each issue relates to an emerging or overlooked theme in the field of human trafficking. The Review’s focus is global in nature, exploring micro and macro levels of anti-trafficking responses and the commonalities, differences and disconnects in between. Each issue features a Debate Section in which two or more sides of a contentious issue are presented.

We welcome submissions from a diverse range of actors, including academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates. The Anti-Trafficking Review particularly welcomes contributions from practitioners and those with direct experiences and insights to share.

The Anti-Trafficking Review is aimed at a wide readership. It therefore encourages submissions that are in clear, jargon-free English with appropriate but not excessive citation. Submissions should be around 4,000-6,000 words (including footnotes and abstract).

Articles should be previously unpublished and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Sections

At the moment the journal has two sections: Thematic articles and Debate.

More sections may be added in the future, such as book reviews or case studies.

Peer Review Process

All articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing. Articles are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers in a double-blind process. The editorial team cannot guarantee publication of any submissions, even when authors have been encouraged in correspondence to submit an article.

Publication Frequency

The Review currently publishes two issues per year - in April and September. Call for papers are announced twice a year, in January (to be published in April the following year) and July (to be published in September the following year).

Call for papers are available on the Announcements page.

Forthcoming Special Issues:

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge, as well as practitioner access to new research findings. The journal content is licensed under Creative Commons licensing, and does not charge authors APCs.

Archiving

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Anti-Trafficking Review Publication Ethics Statement

Author Responsibilities

  1. Authors are required to give a guarantee that the same article, or an article with substantially the same content, has not been submitted concurrently to a different journal. Authors should submit only original work. Submitted work should not have been published elsewhere in whole or in part unless this is brought to the attention of the editorial team.
  2. Authors should fully and accurately cite appropriate sources for facts and ideas that they draw on in their article. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to include any copyrighted material including images or tables in their work.
  3. Authors should include any conflicts of interest in a statement in the published paper. Conflict of interest includes any financial or political interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question or create a possible impression of bias in the work - including pertinent sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), or personal relationships.

Reviewer Responsibilities

  1. Reviewers must keep information related to the articles confidential, confirming that the entire text of an article (and drafts), will not be shared until its publication, upon which time the final version of the article may be shared freely according to copyright licensing. Reviewers confirm that all details about comments made during the peer review process will remain confidential among the individuals involved and not be divulged to anyone else.
  2. Reviewers are responsible for declaring any potential conflict of interest they may have related to the author or subject, which might unduly influence their review. Conflict of interest includes any financial or political interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question or create a possible impression of bias in the work - including pertinent sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), or personal relationships.
  3. Reviews should be clear and constructive, based on the paper’s contribution to new knowledge, originality, quality, coherence, clarity and proper application of research methods, full and accurate citations, as well as its relevance to the remit of the journal.
  4. Reviewers should affirm that the authors have accurately cited appropriate sources for their work. They are asked to notify the editorial team if they notice any overlap between an authors’ paper and a previously published work.

Editor Responsibilities

  1. The editorial team* must keep information related to articles confidential. This includes ensuring that the peer review process is double blind, that reviewers are only sent anonymised articles, and that authors do not receive information that reveals the identities of the reviewers. The editorial team is responsible for maintaining confidentiality of the entire text of an article (and drafts) up to publication. The editorial team must confirm that all details about manuscripts that are rejected for publication, requests for redrafts, and comments made during the peer review and editorial process will remain confidential among the individuals involved in the editorial, review and publications processes.
  2. The editorial team has the responsibility of accepting or rejecting an article, as well as the responsibility of notifying authors of any revisions which need to be made to their work prior to publication.
  3. The editorial team must review the article for its scholarly content and value. Members of the editorial team must declare any potential conflicts of interest to the editorial team related to particular submissions. The editorial team will work to ensure that submissions from members of the journal’s Editorial Board, editorial team, the publisher’s staff, membership organizations, Board, or Associates receive an objective and unbiased evaluation. Members of the editorial team shall not take part in the review or evaluation of their own submissions. Editorial decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the paper’s contribution, originality, coherence, clarity and proper application of research methods as well as its relevance to the remit of the journal.
  4. The editorial team is responsible for ensuring that any press releases or other communications issued by the journal reflect the message of the reported article and put it into appropriate context.
  5. The editorial team has a responsibility to investigate any suspicions or allegations of misconduct or improper conduct on the part of any person including authors and those involved in the editorial, review and publication processes. Should they find any proof of misconduct, they also have the responsibility to find an appropriate solution.
  6. The editorial team encourages and is willing to consider cogent criticisms or corrections required of work published in the Anti-Trafficking Review. Authors of criticized material should be given an appropriate opportunity to respond. The editorial team is responsible for determining an appropriate format for criticism and response. Further, the editorial team is open to receiving submissions that challenge previous work published in the journal.

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*N.B. The editorial team is composed of the Anti-Trafficking Review Editor, and the Communications and Production Officer of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. For special issues, a guest editor is invited to temporarily work with the editorial team, and is required to abide by the same ethical standards.

Journal Sponsorship

Publisher

The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), an alliance of over 80 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.

Opinions expressed in articles and reviews in the Anti-Trafficking Review are the views of the authors, and not those of the editorial team, the publisher or the Editorial Board.

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

Journal History

The Anti-Trafficking Review was founded in 2011 and launched its first issue in June 2012. See the Archives section for all past issues.