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Please note that the journal now encourages authors to complete their copyright licence to publish form online



Articles must be in English and should be sent by email to: jrs.editorialoffice@oup.com.

Authors may not submit articles under consideration for publication elsewhere. The preferred maximum length is 8000 words. Shorter articles may be considered, e.g. for the Field Reports section of the journal. Authors will normally be notified of the editors' decision within three to six months.


Please note the following requirements:

  1. Your manuscript should be in Word or RTF format.
  2. Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files (please see 4. Tables and Figures for more information).
  3. A separate file should be submitted as your title page, containing the manuscript title, names and affiliations of all contributing authors, and contact details for the Corresponding Author.
  4. Include an abstract of approximately 150 words as part of your manuscript main document.
  5. The journal does not accept PDF files.
  6. Pages must be numbered.
  7. For the purposes of double-blind review, we request that you suitably anonymize your manuscript and remove any self-identifying information (this can be inserted/adapted at a post-review stage). You should also check the properties of the files you are submitting to ensure that your name does not appear in them. Failure to do so will not affect the processing of your paper, but it does mean that the journal will be unable to guarantee you a double-blind review.
  8. Avoid footnotes.
  9. Two levels of subheadings are used: the first in bold and the second in italic. Subheadings are not numbered or lettered.
  10. In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources in the manuscript. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.
  11. References should confirm to the journal’s style (please see 5. References below).
  12. Provide a cover letter (in Word/PDF format) to accompany your manuscript submission. Your covering letter should include the following statements:
    1. I confirm that the attached manuscript is suitably anonymized and includes no references to my own previous works.
    2. I confirm that I have read the Instructions to Authors and that my manuscript complies to the journal’s submission guidelines.
    3. I confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and neither the whole manuscript nor any significant part of it is published, in press, or submitted elsewhere in any form, including as a working paper, online, in a journal or a book.
  13. Once you have ensured that you have met all of the above requirements, please submit your article by email to jrs.editorialoffice@oup.com, for the attention of the Editors.


Because of the dynamic nature of many refugee situations, authors are requested, when relevant, to indicate clearly in the text when fieldwork was carried out. At the end of the paper, note the approximate dates when it was written.


These should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be submitted as separate electronic files, one for tables and one for figures, with the desired position of each table and figure indicated in the text. For the style of tables and captions to figures, see papers in the journal’s current issue. A resolution of 600dpi is necessary for electronic versions of figures.

If colour figures are provided, they will only appear in colour in the online version; if different colours are used to make distinctions, these distinctions may not show up in the black and white printed version.


The Harvard System is used (see papers in an issue and examples below). All references must be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper.

Please note: A great deal of editorial time is spent correcting references when these are not prepared in the style of the Journal. The correct format is:

  • Author's name (in capitals)
  • initials
  • date in brackets
  • title
  • place
  • publisher
  • website and last accessed date for online references.

Please ensure that all citations in the text appear in the list of references and vice versa.

LEONG, F. T. L. and LAU, A. S. L. (2001) 'Barriers to Providing Effective Mental Health Services to Asian Americans'. Mental Health Services Research 3(4): 201-214.

LEVY, S. (1999) 'Containment and Validation: Psychodynamic Insights into Refugees' Experience of Torture'. In Ager, A. (ed.) Refugees: Perspectives on the Experience of Forced Migration. London: Pinter, pp. 237-257.

ROTER, D. L. and HALL, J. A. (1992) Doctors Talking with Patients/Patients Talking with Doctors: Improving Communication in Medical Visits. Westport: Auburn House.

For online references please add the website details as follows: Available at <...> (accessed DATE).

If you use EndNote to facilitate referencing citations (not required for submission), this journal's style is available for use.


Quotations longer than two lines are indented. Where quotation marks are required, these should be single not double.


When a final version has been accepted for publication, authors will receive proofs for correction. No changes to content are permitted at this stage and alterations are restricted to correction of typographic errors.


Manuscripts submitted will be expected to contain original work and should not have been published in abridged or other form elsewhere. 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


Please send any requests for permission to reproduce articles/information from this journal to:

Journals Division
Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street


+44 (0) 44 1865 354490 or 353695


+44 (0) 1865 353485




Contributors of articles will receive free url access to their paper. Authors will have the option to buy further offprints at reasonable prices. These can be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge.

For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number. The form should be completed and returned together with payment to:

Journals Production Department
Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street
Oxford OX2 6DP


OUP offers pre-submission language editing through Oxford Language Editing, a service for researchers all over the world. Language editing, particularly if English is not your first language, can be used to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by the journal editors and reviewers. Visit
www.oxfordlanguageediting.com to find out more about the freelance editors available and the different services offered. Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.


Journal of Refugee Studies 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 Journal of Refugee Studies can use the following Creative Commons licences 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* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

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.


For information about this journals policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

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