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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • The submission includes an abstract of up to 200 words
  • Where possible, the author should de-identify in the initial submission. This includes removing the name of the author, organization, or institution. We realize this may be challenging or impossible depending on the context of the paper - please reach out if you have questions.
  • Author has permission to use indiviually or organizationally identifiable information, including data and images.

Author Guidelines

Abstract Submissions

We welcome abstracts up to 750 words for any of the open issues and general submissions that fit the scope of the journal. 

Download Abstract Guidelines here

Manuscript Submissions

Download the full Call for Papers here (updated SEP 23)

Submissions can range from 5,000 and 8,000 words. We welcome papers that are co-authored by scholar-practitioner teams. Each paper will include an abstract of up to 200 words. Authors should provide a clear statement of purpose, theoretical and/ or methodological frames (what concepts and approaches have guided the development of your paper?), an explanation of existing practices and research that inform your discussion, and an analytic or reflective discussion that explains your main ideas or arguments. We also encourage authors to share their views about the implications of their paper for the practice, scholarship, and/or teaching of community organizing. 

Submissions should follow Chicago-Style Citation . Authors are encouraged to contact the editorial team with any questions about using Chicago Style. A bibliography and citation guide can be found here.  

Authors should post their submissions through the online system after (free) registration to the journal: https://organizingjournal.net/index.php/COJ/user/register.

Once manuscripts are approved through the editorial process, each contribution will create a brief summary (written or video) to increase the accessibility of the work. 

Issue No. 1: Reimagining the Scholarship and Practice of Community Organizing How can the scholarship and practice of community organizing be reimagined?

  1. What community organizing practices can and should endure? What have been the impacts of these practices and in what ways can they be sustained in the future?
  2. What needs to be disrupted? Why? 
  3. How can the academic study and teaching of organizing contribute more effectively to the practice of organizing?

Issue No. 2: Community Organizing and Democratic Visions 

In what ways does the field of community organizing elevate a democratic vision of humanity? 

  1. Is community organizing connecting effectively with other forms of political and civic engagement including social movements, labor organizing and unions, and electoral politics?
  2. How does organizing defend and promote democracy? 
  3. In what ways does organizing challenge the growing concentration of wealth and power and the rise of antidemocratic, authoritarian movements? 

Issue No. 3: Innovations in Community Organizing 

What significant trends are occurring around the globe that speaks to change and innovation in organizing? 

  1. How are local communities organizing and building power for change? In what ways do these practices embody established organizing traditions and new approaches? 
  2. How are established organizing groups and networks responding creatively and effectively to new challenges and opportunities? To what extent and how are newer organizing initiatives doing so?
  3. What organizing practices are best poised to meet the social, economic and political challenges of the moment? Why? 

 

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