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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. This information is outlined in the ‘About the Journal’ page, along with information regarding the peer review process and the open access policy. Please review the following information before you submit the manuscript.

1 Article requirements

1.1 Originality

Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished. (An explanation for previous publication can be provided in Comments to the Editor).

1.2 Word limit

Articles should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length including references.

1.3 Spelling

Articles must be in English. Australian, British or American spelling is acceptable.

1.4 Abstract

All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words and a list of five key words. Authors whose submissions have been accepted for publication will be encouraged to submit a video abstract in MP4 format, lasting 60 seconds.

1.5 Headings

Headings should be limited to three levels. The first level (for the title of the paper) should be 16pt bold. The second level (for subheadings) should be 12pt bold. 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.

2 Submission

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

2.1 Anonymisation

Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should submit a copy of their paper including the paper title, abstract, body and references which has been anonymised as well as the title page template To anonymise the submission please ensure the following are removed: 

  • All author names and affiliations (including those in headers, footers and figure or table captions)
  • Author email addresses
  • Author ORCIDs and social media handles
  • Author biographical notes
  • Self-citation in the main text and references
  • Acknowledgements
  • Funding statement
  • File identifiers that would reveal author identities, such as including name in the document title.

Most word processing software contains instructions for removing embedded file identifiers.

2.2 Submission process

Authors should lodge 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 the article will be forwarded to two referees, who will recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any communication with the author. 

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

3. Tables

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.

4. 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 file format is MP4. 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 preferably mp3 or mp4. 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.

5. Referencing

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal adopts the Harvard referencing style. 

5.1 In-text citations

  • Single author: “Goodman (2001) proposed that …” OR “ … three models of social movements (Goodman 2001).
  • 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).
  • More than three authors: “Jakubowicz et al. (1994 ) showed that …” OR … race is depicted in the media (Jakubowicz et al. 1994, pp. 93-95).

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. after the year of publication to distinguish between references with the same author or editor name that are published in the same year.

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

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

5.2 Reference list


  • Author(s), Year, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication. <URL/DOI if applicable>

Collins, J., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Jordan, K., Babacan, H. & Gopalkrishnan, N. 2020, Cosmopolitan Place-making in Australia: Immigrant minorities and the built environment in cities, regional, and rural areas, Springer Nature, Singapore.

Gopal, D & Ahlawat, D (eds.) 2017, India-Australia Relations: Evolving polycentric world order, Pentagon Press, New Delhi.

Spoonley, P. 2020, The New New Zealand: Facing demographic disruption, Massey University Press, Auckland.

Chapter in an edited book

  • Author/s Year, ‘Title of chapter’, In: Editor/s (Ed/s.), Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication. <URL/DOI if applicable>

Allen, Fidelis. 2018, 'Politics of state/oil multinational alliance and security response', In: Ndimele, Prince E. (ed.), The Political Ecology of Oil and Gas Activities in the Nigerian Aquatic Ecosystem, Academic Press, London, pp.295-305. <https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809399-3.00019-7>

Journal Articles

  • Author/s Year, ‘Title of journal article’, Name of Journal, vol. xx, no. xx, pp. xx-yy. DOI in the form: <https://doi.org/.........>

Norman, H. 2021, ‘From assimilation to recognition: Aboriginal participation in rugby league in New South Wales’, Sporting Traditions, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 3-28.

Hillmann, F. & Spaan, E. 2017, ‘On the regional rootedness of population mobility and environmental change’, Comparative Population Studies, vol. 42, pp. 25-54. <https://doi.org/10.12765/CPoS-2017-06>

Hua, Y., Dong, F. & Goodman, J. 2021, ‘How to leverage the role of social capital in pro-environmental behaviour: A case study of residents’ express waste recycling behaviour in China’, Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 280, pt. 2, p. 124376 <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124376>

Lin, H-M., Pang, C-L. & Liao, D-C. 2020, ‘Home food making, belonging, and identity negotiation in Belgian Taiwanese immigrant women’s everyday food practices’, Journal of Ethnic Foods, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1 – 18. <https://doi.org/ 10.1186/s42779-020-00061-5>

Conference Papers

  • Author/s Year, 'Title of conference paper', In: Editor/s (ed/s.), Title of Book, Part, Publisher, Conference Name, Conference Location, Page numbers. <URL, if applicable>

Broadbent, K., Brown, T. & Goodman, J. 2018, ‘Scholarly teaching fellows: Drivers and (early) outcomes’, In: Wache, D. & Houston, D (Eds.), Research and Development in Higher Education: (Re)valuing higher education, no. 41, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference, Adelaide, HERDSA, pp. 14-24.

Yerbury H. & Henninger M. 2018, ‘Civil commitment and the role of public librarians’, In: Kurbanoğlu S., Boustany J., Špiranec S., Grassian E., Mizrachi D. & Roy L. (eds.) Information Literacy in the Workplace, European Conference on Information Literacy 2017, Saint-Malo, France, Springer, pp. 376-385. <https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_40>

Newspaper article

  • Author Year, ‘Title of article’, Name of News Publication, Date of publication, Date retrieved YYYY-MM-DD <URL if applicable>

Norman, H 2021, ‘How the Dark Emu debate limits representation of Aboriginal people in Australia’, The Conversation, Retrieved 2021-11-06. <https://theconversation.com/how-the-dark-emu-debate-limits-representation-of-aboriginal-people-in-australia-163006>

Grey literature, including reports

  • Author or Organisation, Year, Title of report, Report series name and report number, Publisher/institution, Place of publication. <URL>

Humphreys, E., Newman, F., Goodman, J. 2020, Heat stress and work in the era of climate change: What we know, and what we need to learn, Centre for Future Work, The Australia Institute & UTS Climate Justice Research Centre, Canberra, Australia. <https://australiainstitute.org.au/report/heat-stress-and-work-in-the-era-of-climate-change/>

Audio-Visual Media

  • Creator(s)/Composer(s) Year, Series/Work title, Medium, Production Company, Location
  • ‘Title of episode’ Year, Medium, Series title, Broadcast organisation, Location
  • Title, Year, Medium, Production Company, City

Center for Peace and Violence Prevention 2021, Social cohesion in times of pandemic: An expert talk with Prof. Fidelis Allen, videorecording, YouTube, viewed 2021-11-11. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ZVMw-Xi50>

Rath, J. 2019, Olifantenpaadje, Image, Jan Rath Photoblog, viewed 2021-11-11. <https://www.janrath.com/wp-content/uploads/olifantspad.jpg>

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

Foreign Language Scripts

Sources should be referenced appropriately. Any information in non-Roman script should be transliterated (not translated).

Chung, H-M. 2017, ‘1920年代農民運動與解放政治:二林蔗農事件的意義 [1920 Niandai nongmin yundong yu jiefang zhengzhi: Er lin zhenong shijian de yiyi]’, In: 2017台灣二林蔗農事件92周年紀念國際學術研討會 [2017 taiwan er lin zhenong shijian 92 zhounian jinian guoji xueshu yantao hui], 臺北:國立臺灣大學 [Taibei: Guoli taiwan daxue].

6. Permissions

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.

7. 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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