Submit a Paper & Other works

Types of contributions accepted for publication

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

Articles should be original unpublished material, and not submitted for publication elsewhere as long as the submission and review process is pending at the International Journal of Community Currency Research. 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.

The International Journal of Community Currency Research accepts submissions of original works as following:

1. Research articles

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.

2. Literature review articles

Articles that provide literature review of a topic that is within the scope of the IJCCR. We particularly welcome literature reviews that provide an interdisciplinary presentation of writings related to money and currencies.

3. Empirical research reports

These are short articles (4000 words maximum) that present findings from field research that have not been yet analysed or explored adequately through theory. We welcome in particular empirical research reports from ongoing projects and from PhD students who want to share research results before their dissertation is concluded.

4. 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.

Reviewers who want to expand the book review with a commentary (please, see below Section A.5) may submit a book review of about 2000 words in total instead of two pieces of work.

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.

5. Commentaries

We accept commentaries of no more than 1000 words on a paper or other scholarly work published in the Journal or in another Journal but related to the IJCCR scope. In a commentary the author(s) can critique, support or develop an idea or research conclusion, or they can situate their thoughts towards scholarly work that is published by other authors.

If the commentator wants to comment on a paper that is published at another Journal, it is their responsibility to notify the author of that paper about the commentary being published at the IJCCR. The IJCCR is committed to scholarly dialogue, which means that the authors whose articles are commented upon are welcome to send their reply commentaries for publication at the IJCCR commentary section.

The IJCCR reserves the right to deny to publish any commentary related to critiquing a published paper that is not written in a respectful way or that it does not focus clearly on a published text and is used to personally attack another author. The IJCCR in particular reserves the right to deny to publish any commentary that turns the critique into a pretext for expressing views that discriminate authors on the basis of their age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status, or religion.

6. Ideas for debate

We accept short pieces of writing of no more than 2000 words concerning an idea or reflection that a scholar wants to share with the IJCCR community and the world while they have not yet done any thorough research about it or have no systematic field experience related to that idea that would allow them to write a proper research paper. We aspire that Ideas for debate will help scholars and practitioners to share their ideas with the community at an early stage and receive precious feedback that might allow them to proceed with submitting a full paper at some point in the future.

Submit a paper

We kindly remind you that any submission should not be submitted to any other journal or publisher.

All submissions should be sent at first in their final draft form by e-mail, in a .pdf format. Your pdf should be written according to the writing rules of the journal. (See Writing norms section)  

We remind you that the IJCCR is published in English. Special Issues can be published in other languages, but your contribution still needs a version of the abstract and of the title in English, for research sharing purposes. 

Moreover your paper must be submitted alongside an “author page” with your names, the abstract of your submission, keywords and your ethical statement. Please, also provide the journal with a table of content of your submission, it is very helpful to us. If you or co-authors need a disclosure statement, please provide it at this step (Find more information in the Disclosure statement section).

IJCCR assumes that the corresponding author has agreed on the publication of the article with the other authors and has taken proper care of the authorship attributions. 

Authors can include non-author names in the acknowledgements section. They will be requested to include this at the last stage of the publication process. 

Click to submit your contribution as a PDF so that it can be subjected to an initial review by the editors. If you are notified that we are accepting a full submission, please see the following section for all requirements.

Publishers should send review copies to the book reviews editor.

Accepted Submissions

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).

1. Some advice about the language format

The International Journal of Community Currency Research is published in English.

Publishing in an international journal has the aim to facilitate communication and reach the widest possible readership. That also depends on using language that is accessible to everyone.

In order to improve your experience as an author collaborating with our Journal for submitting and publishing a paper with us, we recommend that you proof-read your paper. Here is some practical advice that might be useful for you to improve the presentation of your paper:

  1. Proof-read your paper as many times as you can.
  2. Write short sentences.
  3. Explain as if you explain to a non-expert, in particular to someone who might have had no university education.
  4. Describe facts with everyday words. Avoid long words or words that are rarely used unless they are absolutely necessary. If you use words that are technical or specially used in your field, please, provide an explanation for their meaning in the paper.
  5. If you feel like writing in first person, write in first person.
  6. Use one idea per paragraph. Better to break a paragraph in two or more. Each paragraph has to have more than 1 short sentence.
  7. Automatic grammar check “sees” errors when the sentences are simple so it is to your benefit to keep your sentences simple.
  8. When proof-reading your paper on your own, read it aloud. The sound of the language will show you whether you have too long sentences and whether something does not seem or does not sound right.

If you still feel that you need another person to look at your paper providing professional proof-reading, please have a look at the links below.

Our Journal does not undertake proof-reading nor do we find proof-reading services for authors. It is to your benefit to avoid a lot of revision rounds due to language corrections. We understand that proof reading may add expenses to your budget, but it is important for your work to sound and feel professional. It is also important for your ideas to be transmitted to your readers in the clearest possible way. After collaborating a couple of times with a proof-reader you will also be able to spot a lot of mistakes that you previously were not aware of and you will need the proof-reading services less and less.

2. 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 (.doc or .docx) 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.

References should be placed in a separate section at the end of the article, titled References,. All references used in the text must have the corresponding full reference in the list of references and all references appearing in the list at the end of the paper must appear and be used in the paper at least once.  References 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.

3. Anonymisation of the paper

The IJCCR requires that the authors provide, apart from the full version of their paper, an anonymised version of the same paper, in order to share that anonymised version with the reviewers who are also anonymous for the authors. To anonymise a paper for submission, please take into account the following:

  1. Anonymised means that the author details do not appear anywhere as author of the paper.
  2. Any information in the acknowledgements or funding disclosure that might identify the author needs to be erased.
  3. If you erase a self-reference with your name, you erase the whole reference from the reference lists replacing it with “Author,(year)”. This also holds for co-authored works where your are one of the authors.
  4. Using too many references where you appear as a (co-)author makes the paper author identifiable. If you cannot choose which of all those self-references you will use in a context that does not make you identifiable, better to erase them all. A paper where the same authors appear again and again makes the author identifiable.

The IJCCR Editorial Board retains the right to erase all self-references if those are possible to identify the author of a paper and also retains the right to return the submitted paper to the author until all anonymisation requirements are fulfilled.