Submissions

The editorial team have chosen Sanctuary as our in-Focus theme for the tenth issue of the journal.  

This year we want to encourage submissions to interrogate what human rights are and who gets to be included in the category of “human”. We felt the word sanctuary was a vessel for us to do just that. From the climate catastrophe to Covid-19, we have been pushed to grapple with our existence as humans as well as the (fleeting) existence of other species and the ecology. Individuals, societies and governments have also been forced to reimagine and recreate societies to deal with and protect from existential threats.  

We want to encourage submissions to think about how we can achieve sanctuary for the most marginalised in societies and whether that is even possible? It may also be useful for you think and engage with ideas of peace, safety, insecurity, nature, climate change. However, the list could go on as we want you to think outside the box!  

Reflective pieces, essays and articles are welcome. Creative submissions such as photography, poetry and other artistic expression are greatly encouraged. A broad range of mediums can be accommodated, with past volumes featuring everything from interviews interwoven into articles to scanned paintings. 

Please note that in addition to submissions exploring this theme, we will be considering pieces on otherwise salient human rights issues. See below for guidelines applying to all journal submissions. Any queries can be directed to: smlhrj@leeds.ac.uk

Academic Submission Guidelines

  • Only one academic submission per person.
  • Submissions can be from any academic discipline dealing with the subject of human rights.
  • Academic submissions must be no longer than 3000 words.
  • All submissions should have an abstract of no more than 200 words.
  • Only footnotes will be accepted as a referencing system in the final publication. Submissions must therefore be submitted in this style or be changed after acceptance to be published. (MHRA referencing style, please see the Leeds Library Referencing Guide for more details)
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • All submission documents must be anonymous.
  • A completed cover sheet must be submitted with the documents – download the cover sheet in Word format here.
  • Submit one electronic copy and cover sheet as Word documents.
  • Email submission as an attachment to hrj@leeds.ac.uk with the subject title Academic Submission for HRJ’.
  • Only submissions by UK undergraduate students and students that graduated in the previous academic year will be accepted.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday 11th March 2022.

Note for submissions: In submitting to the journal you confirm that the submission is all your own work. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work, in whole or in part, as your own. Submissions to the journal are made in good faith and the responsibility for any potential claim for plagiarism or academic malpractice lies solely with the author.

Creative Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions can be from any printable medium dealing with the subject of human rights and can include photographs, poetry, reflective writing and scanned illustrations or hand-drawn art.
  • There is no limitation on how many creative submissions one student can submit.
  • Written creative submissions must be no longer than 1000 words.
  • Please bear in mind that whilst we hope to print the publication in colour, printing may be in greyscale if our budget does not allow for colour printing.
  • If you are unsure of the suitability of your creative piece, please email hrj@leeds.ac.uk
  • All submissions should have an accompanying comment of up to 200 words explaining the context of the submission – e.g. reason for composition of poem or photo captions explaining subject matter.
  • All submission documents must be anonymous.
  • A completed cover sheet must be submitted with the documents – download the cover sheet in Word format here.
  • For each submission, submit one electronic copy and cover sheet.
  • Email submissions as an attachment to hrj@leeds.ac.uk with the subject title Creative Submission for HRJ.
  • Only submissions by UK undergraduate students and students that graduated in the previous academic year will be accepted.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday 11th March 2022.

Note for submissions: In submitting to the journal you confirm that the submission is all your own work. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work, in whole or in part, as your own. Submissions to the journal are made in good faith and the responsibility for any potential claim for plagiarism or academic malpractice lies with the author solely.