Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is an open access journal,  concerned with developing a better understanding of social change and cultural cohesion in cosmopolitan societies. Its focus lies at the intersection of conflict and cohesion, and in how division can be transformed into dialogue, recognition and inclusion. The Journal takes a grounded approach to cosmopolitanism, linking it to civil society studies. It opens up debate about cosmopolitan engagement in civil societies, addressing a range of sites: social movements and collective action; migration, cultural diversity and responses to racism; the promotion of human rights and social justice; initiatives to strengthen civil societies; the impact of ‘information society’ and the context of environmental change. Researchers engaged in interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary work in areas such as social and environmental action, community capacity, migration and cultural diversity, and those aiming to inform policy-making for social and cultural sustainability are encouraged to contribute.


Section Policies

Editorial Welcome

The Editorial Welcome is intended to give a brief introduction to the issue.

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Articles (refereed)

We encourage innovative submissions, relevant to the journal's scope. These submissions can include multi-media components. Contributions will be screened for suitability for publication in CCS Journal usually within two weeks of submission. If suitable, the manuscript will be sent to two reviewers with special interests in the topic. Based on advice from the reviewers, the Editorial Committee will accept the paper, nominate the changes to be made before the submission can be accepted or reject the submission. This process normally takes up to twelve weeks.

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Non-refereed Articles

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal is a peer-reviewed journal. Very occasionally, it may consider non-refereed submissions for publication. Of these are published, they will be identified as non-refereed contributions.

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  • James Goodman
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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal are reviewed by two independent peer referees who are qualified experts in the subject field. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Reviewers' recommendations are taken into consideration by the editors in determining publication and revisions.

Authors are asked to document their response to reviewers’ comments. 

Authors may  appeal against decisions to reject a submission, presenting a case to refute the recommendation of reviewers. This appeal will be considered by the Editorial Committee.

Authors will be asked to approve the text and layout of the submission before it is published.

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.

Conflicts of Interest

Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their resesarch networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor.


Publication Frequency

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal publishes three issues per year. Articles are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own table of contents. Special issues of the journal are also published. These are compiled by guest editors by arrangement.


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.  

This journal has no submission or article processing charges.  

Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant others the right to use, reproduce, adapt and share their articles according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.  

Authors are permitted to self-archive works on their personal or institutional webpages and repositories.



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Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal has a mandate to publish a broad range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work in diverse fields by authors in different career stages. The journal aims to provide a forum for investigation of cosmopolitan engagement through collective action and learning; strengthening civil societies; migration, cultural diversity and racism; human rights and social justice.



The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology, Sydney.


Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

  • Any conflicting or competeing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.
  • They contact the Journal Editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
  • The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal's style guide.
  • The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the paper and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.


Complaints Handling

Complaints related to Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal should be directed in the first instance to the Editorial Team at ccsjournal@uts.edu.au. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the repsonse they may contact the Publisher, utsepress@uts.edu.au. Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.


Plagiarism Detection

This journal uses the iThenticate software to identify instances of the use of unattributed sources and of plagiarism in submissions. Submissions containing plagiarism will be rejected.


Handling of Suspected Misconduct

Issues of suspected misconduct will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Corrections and Retractions

Corrections and retractions will be treated in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.