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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge. 

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites authors to submit manuscripts that fall within the ‘Focus and Scope’ of the journal. Acceptance of an article for publication in Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is made on condition that authors accept the parameters described in About the Journal. Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished. Copyright for articles published in Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. The names and email addresses entered in Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Authors should post their submissions online after registering and logging in at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/mcs/. No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Receipt will be automatically acknowledged and registered. After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the editor will send it electronically to two referees, who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any communication with the author. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article. Accepted articles, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, copy edited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and registered readers notified. Readers can read articles as published or retrieve them later through searches.

Submission Guidelines Articles will generally be between 4000 and 8000 words in length including references and should use the Harvard style of referencing as outlined below under Bibliography. Articles must be in English. Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 300 words and a list of up to six key words. Please use the typeface Times New Roman throughout your article. The main text of submissions should be typed in 1.5 spacing in a font size of 12pt. The text should be justified on the left margin only (not justified on the right). Use a single (not a double) space after full stops and other punctuation. Do not put a space in front of a question mark, or in front of any other closing quotation mark. The beginning of a new paragraph should be indicated by a space made by a double carriage return (not an indent). Insert page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of each page. Limit headings to three levels. The first level (for the title of the paper) should be 16pt bold. The second level (for subheadings) should be 12 pt bold, and if a third level is necessary use 12pt italic text. Capitalize the first letters of words in titles and headings. Subheadings should be separated from the preceding paragraph by a space, but do not put a space before the paragraph immediately following the subheading. For further details, see the text formatting guidelines below. Articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format. Please do NOT submit compressed files. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as strike through, hidden text, comments and merges.

Text Formatting Guidelines

  • Use FULL STOPS after abbreviations but NOT in the case of contractions (Dr, Prof) or capitalised abbreviations (NSW, USA).
  • Use CAPITALS only for proper nouns or to avoid ambiguity.
  • If referring more than once to an organisation, place etc use FULL TITLE first followed by an abbreviation or contraction in parentheses: eg the United Nations (UN).
  • Use single QUOTATION MARKS for quotes. ‘Use “double quote marks” within single quotes’ for quotations within quotations. Quotations of more than three lines should be indented.
  • Use three POINTS OF ELLIPSIS (…) for breaks within quotations but not at the beginning of quotes.
  • Use ITALICS sparingly for emphasis or uncommon or foreign words.
  • DATES should be expressed by day, month and year (1 January 2008) though this form must not be used at the beginning of sentences. Use 1920s NOT 1920’s and 1959-60 NOT 1959-1960.
  • Only use UNDERLINE if used in a quotation.
  • Use [SQUARE BRACKETS] for interpolations.

Referencing Style:  Harvard System

In-text referencing

(1) Single author: “Goodman (2001) proposed that …” OR “ … three models of social movements (Goodman 2001).

(2) Two or three authors: “Leonard and Onyx (2003) suggested …” OR “… loose and strong ties are not synonymous with bonding and bridging" (Leonard & Onyx 2003, p. 53).

(3) More than three authors “Jakubowicz et al. (1994 ) showed that …” OR … race is depicted in the media (Jakubowicz et al. 1994, pp. 93 - 95).

(4) When citing an anonymous work, use the title in italics and year if there is no author (Third Sector Review 2007).

Add a, b, c, etc. to distinguish between two or more references with the same author or editor name and the same year.

List a string of references in chronological order, and separate them by semi-colons.

For electronic references, use the same principles as for books. However, as electronic sources often do not contain page numbers, use the paragraph number preceded by the abbreviation para. If the author’s name is unknown, cite the website URL.


Author/s Year, Title, Edition, Publisher, Place of publication.

• Goodman, J. 2000, Single Europe, Single Ireland? Uneven Development in Process, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland.

• Collins, J.H., Noble, G., Poynting, S. & Tabar, P. 2000, Kebabs, kids, cops and crime, Pluto Press, Sydney, Australia.

• Leonard, R. & Onyx, J.A. 2004, Social Capital & Community Building - spinning straw into gold, Janus Publishing Company, London.

Editor (ed.) Year, Title, Edition, Publisher, Place of publication.

• Dale, A; Onyx, J (eds), A Dynamic Balance: Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development, UCB Press, Vancouver.

Author(s) of chapter Year, 'Title of Chapter' in Editor (ed.), Title of book, Publisher, Place of publication, page numbers.

• Darcy, S.A. & Small, J.J. 2008, 'Theorizing precincts: Disciplinary perspectives' in Hayllar, B., Griffin, T. and Edwards, D (eds), City Spaces - Tourist Places: Urban Tourism Precincts, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 63-91.

Author(s) Year, Title, Publisher, date viewed, DOI in the form http://dx.doi.org/... .

• Keane, J. 2010, Global Civil Society, Cambridge Books Online, Accessed 5 December 2011, <http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511615023>.

Author Year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, volume, issue or part (if applicable), page numbers.

• Goodman, J. & Worth, D. 2008, 'The minerals boom and Australia's 'resource curse'', Journal Of Australian Political Economy, vol. 61, pp. 201-219.

• Green, J.M. & Dalton, B.M. 2007, 'Values and virtues or qualifications and experience? An analysis of non-profit recruitment advertising in Australia', Employment Relations Record, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1-14.

Author Year, 'Title of article', Journal, Volume, Issue, Date viewed, Link to digital copy, DOI in the form http://dx.doi.org/... .

• Goodall, H., Ghosh, D. & Todd, L. 2008, 'Jumping Ship - Skirting Empire: Indians, Aborigines and Australians across the Indian Ocean', Transforming Cultures eJournal, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 44-74. Accessed 5 December 2011, <http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/TfC/article/view/674/635>

Author Year, 'Title of conference paper', Conference Name, Publisher, Conference Location, Pages.

• Burridge, N. 2008, '2007 Unfinished Business : Re-igniting the discussion on the role of education in the reconciliation process', AARE Conference - 2007, AARE, Fremantle, Australia, pp. 1-28.

Title Year, Medium, Production Company, City

• Gibson, S.C.1997, Myths of Childhood , Film Australia, Sydney.

Title Year, Medium, Series Title, TV or Radio Station, City, Broadcast date.

Shutting down Sharleen 2010, Radio broadcast, Hindsight, Radio National, Sydney, 21 March 2010.


It is the responsibility of the author/s to obtain permission for the use of any illustrations, tables or artwork for which they do not hold copyright.


All tables must be embedded in the manuscript near the first reference to the corresponding table. Tables MUST be no wider than 13.5 cm.

Multimedia files

Any graphics that go in the paper must be submitted as separate files. The highest quality master (e.g. TIF) is preferred. Additionally, the graphics must also be embedded in the correct locations within the document. Please note that any graphics created in Microsoft Word must also be submitted as separate files. Filenames for figures must be clearly labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., at the bottom of the figure, left justified, numbered in sequence, and must be referenced within the text of the article. ALT tags will be applied to all graphics. The default tag will be the figure caption supplied by the author. Authors should provide tag text for any graphics used as links to audio or videos. All videos must be submitted in a web-optimized format as to allow for progressive download. The preferred format is Windows Media. Videos should be identified in the text as “Video 1, Video 2,” etc., and video filenames should include the corresponding video numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the video within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., “Video 1”) or a still frame from the video (i.e., a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file). Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimized format in either Windows Media, Real, or Quicktime formats. Audio files should be identified in the text as “Audio 1, Audio 2,” etc., and audio filenames should include the corresponding audio numbers. Authors must clearly indicate the location of the link to the audio within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., “Audio 1”) or a related graphic. 2.5 MB is the recommended maximum multimedia file size. If it is essential to have files that are larger than this, two different versions of files must be made. One version, less than 2.5 MB in size, will serve as a low-resolution or truncated version. The other version can be up to 15 MB in size. If a multimedia file has both a smaller and larger version associated with it, the smaller version will be the standard option and the larger version will be available from a link in the e-journal.


Complaints Procedure

Authors who wish to submit a complaint related to the peer review process or other editorial decisions should contact the Managing Editor, James Goodman at ccsjournal@uts.edu.au as a first point of contact. Issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily by either the Journal Manager or Managing Editor may be escalated to the Editorial Advisory Board or to the Publisher, UTS ePress by contacting utsepress@uts.edu.au.

For further information, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers.

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