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Instructions To Authors

Links to Sections
Scope of the Journal
How to Contact the Editorial Office
Instructions for submitting a Proposal for a Special Issue
Book Reviews
Publication Ethics
Page Charges and Colour Figures
Advance Access
Self-Archiving Policy


For the aims and scope of Migration Studies , please click here .


Please send correspondence and preliminary queries to the Migration Studies Editorial Office

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All material to be considered for publication in Migration Studies should be submitted online using the journal’s online submissions system at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/migration . Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the information below, instructions on how to submit your manuscript online can be found by clicking here . Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscript using our manuscript template in Word format, available here . Please note, the template includes a title page, which must be uploaded separately, in order to keep the manuscript anonymous.

Format and style

Articles should ideally range from 7000 to 9000 words and should be prefaced by an abstract of less than 250 words. Migration Studies welcomes submissions of Articles and Book Reviews, though please follow the separate guidelines below regarding Book Reviews. Please prepare your typescript text using a word-processing package (save in .doc or .rtf format). Please also include the files for any other supplementary material to be submitted with your manuscript (this material is published online only). It is recommended that authors spell-check all files before submission.

Journal Copyediting Style Guide

All submitting authors should follow the Oxford style, and a mini style checklist is available here .

Other helpful hints are: (i) use the TAB key once for paragraph indents; (ii) where possible use Times New Roman for the text font and Symbol for any Greek and special characters; (iii) use the word processing formatting features to indicate Bold , Italic , Greek, Maths, Superscript and Subscript characters; (iv) please avoid using underline: for emphasis use bold; (v) clearly identify unusual symbols and Greek letters; (vi) where there might be confusion, differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters I and l and the number 1.

Title page

Papers must be submitted with a separate title page containing the information specified below. This information should not appear on the manuscript itself, which should be anonymised for the purposes of peer review.

  • Article type.
  • Manuscript title.
  • Names and affiliations of all contributing authors. It is important that authors ensure the following: (i) all names have the correct spelling and are in the correct order (first name, then family name); (ii) initials are correct. Occasionally, the distinction between surnames and forenames can be ambiguous, and this is to ensure that the authors’ full surnames and forenames are tagged correctly, for accurate indexing online.
  • Full address for correspondence, including telephone and fax number and email address.
  • Abstract: please provide a short summary of up to 250 words. The summary should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
  • Key words: please provide a minimum of 4 and up to 6 key words in alphabetical order, suitable for indexing. Ideally these words will not have appeared in the title.
  • Funding Statement (see notes below).
  • Acknowledgements.

Section Headings

Use numbered headings, with up to three levels, and in the following formats:

1. Introduction
1.1 The Collection as we see it
1.1.1 And then there were none. The reader will then notice that…


Short quotations should be incorporated into the text and are not indented. A single inverted comma should be used at the beginning and end of the quote. Quotations over 30 words in length should be indented from both margins, and quotation marks for such quotes are not required. Punctuation should be included within the quotation marks if it forms part of the quote, or remain outside if not part of the quote.


Avoid over-referencing. Migration Studies aims to be a publication accessible to a range of audiences, both academic and practitioner. Use the author-date system for in-text citations (eg: Ngugi 2007: 28-32), and list references alphabetically at the end of the article in a bibliography (see below). All references should be cited in the text using the author-date system. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references, and are asked to pay particular attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of references. Endnote: You can download the current reference style for this journal at EndNote's website .

The bibliography should only contain sources cited in the text. Full references should be provided in accordance with the style of Migration Studies , examples are shown below.

  • Book: Magarey, M. E. (1988) ‘Examination of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine’. In: Grant R (ed.) Physical Therapy of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine , pp. 81–109. New York: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Article in a journal: Stookey, R. W. (1974) ‘Social Structure and Politics in the Yemen Arab Republic’, Middle East Journal , 28/3: 248–60.
  • Electronic resource: Strunk, William (1999), The Elements of Style (Geneva, NY, 1918; pubd online July 1999) accessed 14 Dec 2001.

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 .

Crossref Funding Data Registry

Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.
The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’.
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health' not ‘NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or 'NCI at NIH’ ( full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies ).
  • Grant numbers should be complete and accurate, provided in brackets and multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers ABX CDXXXXXX, EFX GHXXXXXX]’.
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency).
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.
  • An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [P50 CA098252 and CA118790 to R.B.S.R.] and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [HFY GR667789].

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Migration Studies is currently not inviting any Special Issue proposals, due to a high level of initial submissions. We will in future send out a call for Special Issue proposals on a yearly basis.


Figures should be saved in separate files without their captions. Files should be named according to DOS conventions, e.g. 'figure1.tif'.

Each figure and table should be numbered and mentioned in the text. Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript following the Reference section. Each figure and table should be accompanied by an explanatory legend. The figure legends should be grouped and placed on a separate page. Figures that are to be printed in black-and-white should not be submitted in colour. Authors will be charged for reproducing figures in colour.

In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table.

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Publishers submitting books for review should send them to the Associate Editor for Reviews by email or to the postal address below. Please note that the journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews. Invited reviews should be submitted to the journal using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/migration .

Reviewers should follow the format and style indicated above, and include full publishing details: author or editor, title, publisher, location, year, number of pages, and ISBN number. Reviews of single books should not exceed 1,000 words. The journal prioritizes review essays of 2-5 books sharing a common theme. In this case, the length of the review will be negotiated with the Editor based on the selection of books under review. The journal also considers reviews of documentary films and other media. All reviews are subject to editorial changes, and a final review by the author.

Postal address:
The Associate Editor for Reviews
Alexandra Délano
Assistant Professor of Global Studies
The New School
80 5th Ave, room 519
New York, NY 10011

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Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) . Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

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Authors will also be asked to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained in writing from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article.

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of figures, tables or poems for unpublished or copyrighted material.

If text material (over 250 words) is to be reproduced from published sources, written permission is required from both publisher and author. For shorter quotations, it is usually sufficient to add a bibliographic credit. If illustrations or figures are to be duplicated from previously published work, written permission must be obtained both from the publisher and the author, and a credit line giving the source added to the relevant Figure Legend. The letters containing the permission for the reproduction of either text or illustrations must accompany the typescript. If you have been unable to obtain permission, please indicate this. For more information on how to obtain permissions, please consult Rights and Permissions .

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Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. They will, however, be required to grant Oxford University Press an exclusive license to publish the article in paper and electronic form, and to confirm that any necessary permissions have been obtained from the copyright owners of any third party material included in the article. Contributors will be asked to confirm that their work is original and has not been published elsewhere. In granting this exclusive licence, authors may use their own material in reworked form in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at OUP authors will be invited to complete an online 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.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Migration 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.

Charges Information

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.

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Authors are sent page proofs by email. These should be checked immediately and corrections, as well as answers to any queries, returned to the publishers as an annotated PDF via email or fax within 3 working days (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly and only essential corrections should be made at this stage.

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All contributors of published articles will have free online access to their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website. The Publisher will send a link to the corresponding author to purchase offprints and single issues online.

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No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions. Figures can be published in colour in print at the author’s expense only, and all figures can be published in colour online free of charge.

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Advance Access articles are published online soon after they have been accepted for publication, in advance of their appearance in a printed journal. Appearance in Advance Access constitutes official publication, and the Advance Access version can be cited by a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier) . When an article appears in an issue, it is removed from the Advance Access page.

Articles posted for Advance Access have been copyedited and typeset and any corrections included. This is before they are paginated for inclusion in a specific issue of the journal. Once an article appears in an issue, both versions of the paper continue to be accessible and citable.

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Opinions expressed in articles and reviews in Migration Studies are the views of the authors and contributors, and not those of the Editors, the publishers or the editorial board.

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For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page .

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