Center for Global Studies

General submission guidelines

All submissions should conform to the style guidelines of the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University and be submitted to the publication editor, Ger FitzGerald (if you are submitting a manuscript to the Global Migration and Transnational Politics Series, please correspond with Randa Kayyali). All graphics (tables, figures and all other illustrations) should be included at the end of the manuscript file after the text and before the bibliography.

  1. Articles should be formatted as letter-sized documents, single-spaced and formatted according to the document template. All pages (including those containing only diagrams and tables) should be numbered consecutively.
  2. Currently, articles may be submitted in English only. If authors are not certain whether or not their text corresponds linguistically to international standards, they should present texts that have been language-edited by a native English speaker. A spelling check and grammar check should be performed before sending manuscripts to the editors.
  3. Articles submitted should be between 6,000-8,000 words, excluding footnotes, references and any annexes including tables and figures (NOTE: If you are submitting a manuscript to the Global Migration and Transnational Politics Series, the total length is between 3,000-4,000 words). We highly recommend that some scope be left for possible revision following the reviewing process. Submissions over this limit will be sent back to authors for shortening.
  4. The article should begin with an indented and italicized abstract of maximum 150 words, which should describe the main arguments and conclusions of the article.
  5. In addition to the abstract, authors are asked to give between two and five keywords.
  6. Details of all authors’ institutional affiliations, their full addresses and other contact information (including email, fax, and telephone number) should be included on a separate coversheet. The corresponding author should be indicated. Any acknowledgements should be included on the coversheet, as should a note of the exact length of the article (including notes, references and biographical data)
  7. All diagrams, charts and graphs should be referred to as figures and consecutively numbered. Tables should be kept to a minimum and contain only essential data. Each figure and table must be given an Arabic numeral, followed by a heading, and be referred to in the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any material previously published elsewhere (including illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations). Sources should be credited in the accompanying captions.
  8. Notes should be numbered consecutively and placed as footnotes in the paper, at the bottom of each page. Author acknowledgements should be provided separately on the cover page.
  9. All references cited in the paper should be listed in the reference section. Bibliographical references should be checked for accuracy.

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their articles conform to the CGS style guidelines. Manuscripts, which do not observe these presentational requirements, will be returned.


Style guidelines




In the text, refer to the author(s) names(s) (without initials, unless there are two authors with the same name) and year of publication. Et al should be used when citing works by more than two authors. Details of personal communications are included with the citation in the text, and not added to the reference list. Publications which have not yet appeared are given a probable year of publication.


Since Smith (1983) has shown that… This is in results attained later (Miller et al., 1964:36). Results have been reported (Johnson, 1999, personal communication) which suggest…
Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be identified with a, b, c (e.g. 1977a, 1977b) closed up to the year. If there are two authors for a publication, put both names separated by ‘and’ (not &). If there are more than two authors, put the name of the first author with et al to follow. References to material only on the Internet should be marked in a footnote and not appear in the reference list. The full URL must be given.



References are placed in alphabetical order of authors. Et al should not be used in the reference list: give names of all the authors. Examples of correct forms of references for alphabetical style:

Papers in journal

Graham, L., and J. Kantor. 2007. " Soft" Area Studies versus" Hard" Social Science: A False Opposition. Slavic Studies Review 66, no. 1: 1.

Lutz, E., and K. Sikkink. 2001. Justice Cascade: The Evolution and Impact of Foreign Human Rights Trials in Latin America. The Chicago Journal of International Law 2: 1.


Anderson, B. (2006). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London; New York: Verso.

Tendler, J. 1975. Inside Foreign Aid. Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore.

Chapters in books

Theidon, K. (2009). Histories of Innocence: Post-War Stories in Peru. In Beyond the Toolkit: Rethinking the Paradigm of Transitional Justice, ed. R. Shaw, L. Waldorf, and P. Hazan. Standfor: Standford University Press.

Jowitt, K. 1992. The Leninist Legacy. Eastern Europe in Revolution, ed. I. Banac, 207-24.

Conference papers

Kohli, A., P. Evans, P. J. Katzenstein, A. Przeworski, S. H. Rudolph, J. C. Scott, and T. Skocpol. 1995. The Role of Theory in Comparative Politics: A Symposium. World Politics 48, no. 1: 1-49.


Backer, D. 2009. Understanding Victim's Justice: Evidence from Five Countries in African Countries. Paper presented at conference "Accountability after Mass Atrocity: Latin American And African Examples In Comparative Perspective" May 6. Washington, DC.


Rinker, Jeremy. (2009) Justpeace Prospects for Peace-building and Worldview Tolerance: A South Asian Movement’s Social Construction of Justice. Unpublished Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Newspaper/magazine articles (with/without named author)

Wood, N. (2006). Nationalism still a Threat in Macedonia. New York Times, 4 July. Online version. World, Europe, available at:

The Economist. (2009). The Triumph of the Monthly Bill. 8 October.




US spelling is preferred although any consistent spelling style is acceptable. The Harvard style of referencing should be used, which entails references in the text in the form (name, date), and a full alphabetical bibliography at the end of the text. Use single quotation marks with double within if needed.

If you have any questions about references or formatting your article, please contact Ger FitzGerald.


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