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 ask directly writers and researchers 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 of 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 a 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-marginalised 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 marginalised 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 of 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 if we accept your piece?
If your piece is accepted for publication, we might edit it prior to publication. However, rest assured that you will always be informed about the revision. If you disagree with the changes, you may withdraw your submission and publish your commentary elsewhere.
WRITE FOR US?
JUSTIN Development Review (JDR) 2022 Themes
June 2022: Party of Poverty
We will consider submissions that highlight discourses on the political economy of poverty alleviation, multidimensional poverty, the role of the State and non-State actors in alleviating poverty, behavioural and structural poverty, and class.
To be considered for publication, please submit before 07 May 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 May 2022 to update the September 2022 and December 2022 themes.