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Instructions to Authors

The International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ) publishes high quality, peer reviewed articles in the rapidly growing field of transitional justice; that is the study of those mechanisms, judicial and non-judicial, employed by communities, states and the international community to deal with a legacy of systematic human rights abuses and authoritarianism in order to promote social reconstruction.

A central aim of the journal is to encourage debate and discussion across disciplines and geographic areas. Articles which bridge the academic-practitioner divide and represent a range of voices, including those of civil society and policy-makers, are encouraged.

Articles should be written in a manner which is accessible, free of unnecessary jargon and not overly referenced. Papers submitted for the ‘Notes from the Field’ section may include interviews, discussion papers, responses to earlier articles, practitioners’ reflections, creative writing and the presentation of new data.

Instead of individual book reviews, IJTJ publishes review essays that compare and critique 3 books on a given topic recently published in the field, identifying key themes and critical issues in each and discussing their contributions to the wider transitional justice literature.


  • Articles should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length or 1,500 to 5,000 words if submitted for the ‘Notes from the Field’ section. Book review essays should be 3,500 to 5,000 words. Please note that the word counts are inclusive of footnotes.
  • Unsolicited book review essays are not accepted. Should you be interested in submitting a review essay please contact the Associate Editor jbrankovic@csvr.org.za with the subject matter and titles of the 3 proposed books for review.
  • Pages should be numbered sequentially (excluding the title/ cover page) and submitted in Word format, 11 point font, and double-spaced with 1 ½ inch margins.
  • An abstract of not more than 150 words should be included followed by five keywords at the beginning of the article.
  • All manuscripts must be original and not under consideration with another publication or in another form, such as a chapter of a book. Authors of submitted papers are obligated not to submit their paper for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission. Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the Journal unless they receive approval for doing so from the managing editor.
  • When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional OR national) and with the spirit of the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Please note that this includes all interviews, surveys, focus groups or any other interaction for the purposes of research with vulnerable population groups which would include those directly affected by conflict or violence.

    The article should indicate approval by the appropriate committee for the protection of human subjects with name of body and date of approval. This can either be inserted in the text of the article or as a footnote.

    For non-governmental organizations without access to such a committee (university, state, or other), please indicate how ethical questions about the research were addressed.
  • The article should indicate funding sources in the first footnote.

Alterations and Revisions If the Editor is of the opinion that an article provisionally accepted for publication needs minor revisions - including minor shortening, correction of errors in punctuation, spelling and style - such proposed changes will be made by the Editors and will not be resubmitted to the author for approval prior to publication if they do not alter the meaning or sense of the original manuscript. Authors may be asked to resubmit articles in response to the peer review evaluation.


If your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


Authors should consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, for references. For the comprehensive style guide of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, click here

Footnotes, not endnotes are used. Footnotes should be used for both bibliographic as well as explanatory information and should be marked clearly in the text in numeric order after a point of punctuation, and listed as the bottom of the relevant page.

Avoid over-referencing. IJTJ aims to be a publication accessible to a range of audiences, academic and practitioner.


All submissions, including book reviews, should be submitted online on the journal’s submission website at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijtj.

Should an author not have access to the internet or have difficulties in submitting online, submissions may be forwarded to the managing editor at ijtj@csvr.org.za. Email submissions are strongly discouraged however and authors are requested where possible to submit online.

All correspondence relating to the journal can be sent to ijtj@csvr.org.za

Publishers wishing to submit books for review can send copies to:

Managing Editor, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, PO Box 30778, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2017, South Africa

All articles are subjected to a double blind peer review before being accepted for publication and final decision on publication rests with the Editors-in-Chief.


Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Offprints Authors will receive free url access to their paper. Additional prints can be ordered at a reasonable rate by authors by returning the offprint order form.

Advance Access IJTJ uses Advance Access which allows for papers to be published online soon after they have been accepted for publication – reducing the time between submission and publication. Articles posted for Advance Access have been copyedited and typeset but not yet paginated for inclusion in a specific issue of the journal.

New papers are put into Advance Access at regular intervals and are then taken off the Advance Access page once they have been paginated, at which point the issue into which they are incorporated will be posted online.


International Journal of Transitional Justice authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the International Journal of Transitional Justice can use the following Creative Common licence for their articles:

• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)

• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)

• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/$3000/€2450
Reduced rate developing country charge* - £975/$1500/€1225
Free developing country charge* - £0/$0/€0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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