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Contributing to the journal

Articles which provide an informed theoretical perspective as well as empirical investigations of community currency systems are encouraged. We welcome contributions which explore both the historical and contemporary uses of such currencies, to generate knowledge which will help contemporary systems to learn from the past.

Articles from both non-academic and academic sources are welcome.

Articles should be original unpublished material, and not submitted for publication elsewhere. All papers will be reviewed by two independent referees. Please see below for formatting guidelines.

By submitting a paper to the journal, you agree to become part of our journal’s reviewing community, and to review a relevant paper for the journal in the future.

Contributions of academic papers and other reports should be sent by e-mail.

Book reviews

We welcome reviews of relevant books in the field of complementary currencies – these can be both newly published and older books as well.

Book reviews should provide a critical evaluation of a book’s content (not simply a summary), and highlight its relevance or interest to readership of this journal. They should be around 1,000 words in length, written in non-technical language for maximum accessibility, and must include full bibliographic information in the following format:

Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance edited by Sheila Jasanoff and Marybeth Long Martello. London: MIT Press, 2004. Pp. viii + 351; index. £43.95 (hardback); £17.95 (paperback). ISBN 0262101033 and 0262600595.

Reviewers are encouraged to follow the guidance offered here, about writing a good book review.

Suggestions of books to review are welcome, and we often have a pile of books awaiting review – do get in touch. Reviewers are welcome to keep the book they have reviewed, on the condition that a publishable review is received within two months; otherwise the book is to be returned.

Publishers should send review copies to the book reviews editor

Formatting your paper

The following guidelines have been devised so that papers can be published as quickly and efficiently as possible. Any paper that does not follow these guidelines after acceptance will be returned to the author for amendment. Please direct any queries to the editors.

  1. Text should be simply laid out and consistent, and be suitably formatted for publication, as follows:
  2. Submissions will be accepted only by e-mail.
  3. Articles submitted for publication should not normally exceed 8,000 words (plus references)
  4. Formatting: Microsoft Word format or Rich Text Format (RTF);
    1. Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single line spacing, fully-justified text;
    2. Use an extra line space between paragraphs for spacing; add neither spaces between paragraphs nor indentation;
    3. For clarity during paper production, please indicate the hierarchy of headings and subheadings using 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1 etc..
    4. Do not use italics or bold text.

A separate title page should include the following information:

  1. Title of the paper;
  2. Name(s) of Author(s);
  3. Affiliations;
  4. Contact author’s details including address, email address, URL if appropriate.

An abstract of no more than 200 words should be included in the title page, summarising the content of the paper.

A short acknowledgement of assistance, funding, etc, can also be included.

Tables and figures should be inserted into the text as appropriate, with titles above and source information (if applicable) below.

Do not use footnotes; endnotes may be used sparingly. Footnotes will be converted to Endnotes.

Appendices usually comprise material which may be too detailed to be included in the main text, but which is of use to some readers. They should appear at the back of the paper behind the references, and be referred to in the text.

Articles should be in English whenever possible. They should be clearly written and made as accessible as possible to the widest readership.

References should be placed in a separate section at the end of the article, titled References, and should follow the Sage Harvard format, as follows:

  • Journal:
    Tepe M, Gottschall K and Kittel B. (2010) A structural fit between states and markets? Public administration regimes and market economy models in the OECD. Socio-Economic Review 8: 653-684.
  • Book:
    Amin A. and Thrift N. (1995) Globalization, institutions and regional development in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Book section:
    Amin A. and Thrift N. (1995) Living in the Global. In: Amin A. and Thrift N. (eds.) Globalization, institutions and regional development in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1-22.
  • Conference Paper:
    Amin, A., Cameron, A., & Hudson, R. (2001). The UK social economy: panacea or problem? Paper presented at the EuroConference “Social capital: interdisciplinary perspectives”. University of Exeter, 15-20 September 2001.
  • Electronic article:
    Amin, A., Cameron, A., & Hudson, R. (2001). The UK social economy: panacea or problem? Paper presented at the EuroConference “Social capital: interdisciplinary perspectives”. University of Exeter, 15-20 September 2001. URL (remove all hyperlinks) and add “last accessed:” date.


Following acceptance of your paper, you are invited to submit a final, proof-read version of your text, and any images/diagrams/complex formulae should be submitted as separate pdf files. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that papers are free of errors at this stage, as typos etc cannot be corrected later. PDF proofs will be returned to authors, to check for errors introduced during the paper formatting and production process (n.b. this is NOT an opportunity to make corrections to the text.)