Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Stigma Research and Action is an open access journal that provides a multi-disciplinary, international forum for the presentation of scholarly research pertaining to prejudice and discrimination that is caused by health conditions, disabilities, or membership in marginalized social or cultural groups. We publish original research articles (empirical, theoretical, and qualitative accounts), reviews, position papers, editorials, commentaries, and book reviews. Our goal is to inform research, policy, and practice. We publish the following types of conrtibutions:

  • Peer-reviewed original research articles (empirical or theoretical) and literature reviews 3,000 to 4,000 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Peer-reviewed short reports of research findings, 2,000 to 2,500 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Peer-reviewed short reports of student theses and projects, 2,000 to 2,500 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Qualitative accounts and first person testimonies, 2,000 to 2,500 words inclusive.
  • Submitted or invited collections of 3-4 thematic papers published with a brief commentary.
  • Letters to the editor, 1,000 to 1,500 words inclusive. Please see our Guide for Authors for information on article submission.

If you require further information, our editorial staff will be happy to assist.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Brief Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Qualitative Accounts and First Person Testimonies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Opinion

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Initial Screening

Manuscripts are screened by the Executive Editor to determine if they are original contributions and within the journal’s scope. The Executive Editor is responsible for the decision to reject or to recommend the article for full peer review. Authors of manuscripts that are rejected at this point will be informed within 3-4 weeks of submission. Articles that are recommended for peer review are passed to the Editor-in-Chief who will make the final decision to move forward to be peer reviewed.

Selection of Reviewers

Stigma Research and Action employs a conventional blind review, where both the referees and the authors remain anonymous throughout the process. The Editor-in-Chief will assigned two referees to each paper based on their availability and expertise.

Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript for:

Originality and scientific contribution

Internal validity (including review of the literature, methods, analysis, and interpretation)

Organization and writing style (clear, concise, jargon-free writing)

Referees will provide anonymous comments to the authors and an opportunity to provide confidential comments to the Editor. The anonymous comments to the authors are also made available to the other reviewer. Referees are not expected to correct or copy edit manuscripts as this will be done by editorial staff. Typically, the peer review process will take 2 months. However, if there is a controversy, the Editor-in-Chief may assign additional reviewers and this will lengthen the process.

The final decision

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision to reject or recommend the manuscript for publication. The decision will be sent to the author(s) along with reviewer recommendations. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript in keeping with reviewer comments. Revised manuscripts may be returned to the original referees for review or alternate reviewers chosen. The Editor-in-Chief may request more than one revision of a manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

Individual items will become available on line as soon as they are ready and combined into two full issues per year.  

 

Open Access Policy

Stigma Research and Action provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Conflict of Interest Policy

Stigma Research and Action requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

 

Data Disclosure Policy

Authors of original scientific research agree to submit original study protocol and to release underlying data to editors or reviewers upon request.

 

Proofs

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) by PDF; Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors other small revisions.  Any queries posed by the editorial staff should be answered in full.  All corrections must be returned to editorial staff in a single email by the deadline required.  Stigma Research and Action reserves the right to proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.

 

Supplementary Data

Stigma Research and Action accepts supplementary data to support or enhance your research. If accepted, supplementary files, such as more detailed tables or results of auxiliary analyses, will be published online and linked to the electronic version of your article.

 

Accessibility policy

We have done our best to make our web site as accessible as possible.  For example: the Images in the website have alternative text (so if you can't see the image you can still read the text); the website has a colour contrast between foreground and background is sufficiently strong; and the text resizse according to user preference.  

Feedback

If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will always do what we can to make this site easier for everyone to use.

 

Disclaimer

All materials published by Stigma Research and Action reflect the opinions and work of the authors and do not necessarily correspond to the opinions of the Editors or members of affiliated organizations.  Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their manuscripts including all data and references.

 



ISSN: 2210-5174