We will not ask you to ‘write for us’ because we feel that it is not us who will directly benefit from what you said, but rather other people whose minds are going to be exposed to the truth and whose hearts are going to be touched by the reality that you attempt to capture through your writing. So instead, we will ask you to write for a better world.
Who Could Write?
Some of our articles are solicited — meaning we directly ask writers to write about issues in their respective fields. But we believe that everybody’s voice matters. We therefore strongly welcome unsolicited submissions by anyone on topics related to social justice affairs.
JUSTIN publishes articles in two mediums: Commentaries only and JDR — our e-Magazine. When you are writing something topical and would like to get your opinion out there as soon as possible, the Commentaries only might suit your need. Once we approve your article, we will publish it on our Website and circulate it on our socials as soon as possible
If you are interested in submitting an article specifically for JUSTIN Development Review — a quarterly e-magazine of The Justice Institute (JUSTIN), then the topic must respond to the main theme of the related issue. Publication times are March, June, September, and December. This medium is appropriate to those who are writing something that is on the balance between popular and academic writing. For Commentaries only, in-text citations are encouraged but not required.
The decision of whether the article will be published as a commentary only or in the Magazine (JDR) is at the Editor's discretion.
We allow submissions for the below sections. Please review previously published articles before deciding which section you will pitch your article into.
INSIGHTS: A section that provides access to essays written by Guest Authors/Contributors on global social justice affairs.
Book Review: A section that provides access to critical analysis and interpretation of books that contain social commentaries or social justice elements.
Stories from the BOP: A section that demonstrates the lives of the economically-marginalized individuals or the so-called "bottom of the pyramid" (BOP). 'Stories from the BOP' covers both individual stories and grassroots movements.
Marginal: A section that demonstrates the lives of the marginalized groups (ethnic minorities, people with physical and mental disabilities, refugees, asylum seekers, or those prevented from participation in social, educational, cultural, and political life). 'Marginal' covers both individual stories and grassroots movements.
We expect the article to be between 1000-1500 words. A piece that is outside the word count range is less likely to be considered for publication.
What we’re looking for in a piece of writing:
A sharp argument: A commentary is not a descriptive summary of events; it is also not a merely descriptive and evaluative paragraph. It has to convey the writer’s standpoint. Avoid the overuse of data or statistics. It’s a commentary, not a report.
Clear and accessible writing: Write with clarity. Do not overuse jargon or big words just so that you can impress people. Here is something you should know: they might be impressed with your vocabulary, but they won’t be able to understand what you said. Isn’t the purpose of writing to build a conversation?
The truth: Freedom of speech is a human right. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As long as your argument is grounded on facts, you should not fear expressing your thoughts. Perhaps if you don't write it, nobody will ever know about it. So let us know the truth.
How to Submit?
If you're ready, submit your writing via this link
What happens after submission?
Once your piece is received, the Editor will get in touch with you via email and communicate either one of the following decisions:
ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION - MINOR REVISION
ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION - MAJOR REVISION
If your piece is accepted for consideration, be it minor or major revision requests, the Editor will work with you to shape your article to achieve its best format. It means you will work to ensure the accuracy of data, concepts, theories, and solutions. There will be two types of changes that the Editor will request:
MANDATORY: Changes relate to sentences or content that, if left unrevised, violate the standards of JUSTIN's publication and harm the author's reputation.
OPTIONAL: Changes relate to sentences or content which could strengthen the article but declining the changes will not violate the standards of the publication or harm the author's reputation.
In addition, the Editor might also directly make some necessary changes to the article. But rest assured that you will always be informed.
If you are able to address the mandatory changes and related revisions, the Editor will communicate the final decision; that your piece is accepted for publication.
If you decline to make the mandatory changes, you may withdraw your submission and publish your commentary elsewhere.
A Note for Invited Contributors
We usually solicit submissions from individuals whom we believe could write an interesting article for us. But this does not exempt the author from the revision process and there is still a chance that the submission will be rejected if it fails to address the mandatory changes.
WRITE FOR US?
JUSTIN Development Review (JDR) 2022 Themes
December 2022: The Lives Under The Platform Economy
We will consider submissions that highlight discourses on digital platforms that allow individuals to make a living through various means such as by working for the platform, being independent creators, and opening their own market. On the other hand, the lives of consumers before and after the birth of the platform economy are also of interest to our readers.
Examples of the platform economy are AirBnB, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, you name it. You may write about a specific platform or discuss the social justice elements of the platform economy using a more holistic overview.
We desire a novel perspective that goes beyond the debate of who wins and who loses in the platform economy era.
To be considered for publication, please submit before 07 November 2022
Note that this is not an exhaustive list. As long as you can justify your selection of topic and how it relates to the planned publication, we will consider your submission.
We will again update this page in November 2022 to update the March 2023 theme.