Submission Guidelines for Authors


The Journal of Co-operative Studies is a peer-reviewed international academic journal, which aims to promote knowledge, research and innovation within the co-operative sector. The Journal is published by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in Manchester, England, a city strongly associated with the co-operative movement since the days of the Rochdale Pioneers. It is distributed in Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation.

The editors welcome contributions on most aspects of co-operation, co-operative management, governance and leadership, and related subject areas, in relation to a range of co-operative sectors. This includes worker, consumer, retail, housing, credit, insurance, information technology, environmental and other forms of co-operative endeavour; international co-operation; and other sectors within the social economy, including mutual businesses, co-operative banks and building societies, community businesses, and member-based non-profits. The Journal also accepts submissions on agricultural co-operation, but it conscious that there are other co-operative journals more relevant to this sector.

While one role of the Journal is the dissemination of the results of research, we are keen to ensure that its contents should also reflect the role of the UK Society for Cooperative Studies in acting as a bridge between theory and practice ways of contributing:

1. Articles of 4,000-7,000 words, which either by reporting the results of empirical research or through developing theoretical perspectives will contribute to knowledge about co-operation and related subject areas. These articles will be subject to anonymous peer review by two specialist referees. They should be preceded by a title page with name(s) of the author (s), and a short abstract of up to 200 words. Authors are invited to submit an outline proposal for discussion. They should be submitted electronically in MS Word format to the editors.

2. Shorter articles, generally of around 2,000 words are assessed on the basis of their general interest and readability. Such articles are not subject to formal peer review although the editor may seek comments and suggestions from members of the Editorial Advisory Board, which would be discussed with the author as part of the editing process. They should be submitted electronically in MS Word format and include a short abstract of up to 200 words.

3. Think pieces: As a new feature of the Journal, we invite prospective contributors to submit very short (maximum 1,000 words) articles, which may be controversial or somewhat speculative in character. Their purpose should be to stimulate discussion and possible future new directions for co-operative research.

4. Reviews and review articles; the former should be no more than 600 words, the latter 2,000 words.


Submission Guidelines:
Each paper – of whatever length – must include an abstract of no more than 200 words. The abstract must be written in plain English and written in a way that is understandable by academic readers and non-academic readers alike. This together with author details should be included as a separate page before the main document or attached as a separate accompanying document to the main manuscript.

Manuscripts will use a sans serif font e.g. Arial, font size 11.

Titles and main headings should be sentence case in bold e.g. Partnering to Build a Social Co-operative for Aboriginal Women Transitioning from Prison.

Sub-headings should be sentence case in italics (a lower level of sub-sub heading should be avoided).

Paragraphs should be marked by a three-space indent, and sub-headings should be used sparingly.

Quotations of less than 20 words should be put in the text with double quotation marks. Quotes of more than 20 words should be indented and delineated by a space at top and bottom but without quotation marks.

References and citations should use APA style (author/year) – see style guide for further information.

Once accepted: A short description of the author’s current job title (or one previous title), should be included at the end, in bold print.

Authors of short articles, refereed articles and book reviews will receive two complimentary copies of the Journal. Authors of refereed articles will also receive 10 copies of their own article.

Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word or RTF format, attached to an email and emailed to: editor@ukscs.coop

Editor Dr. Jan Myers
Deputy editor Dr. Paul A Jones
Deputy editor – Canada Professor Luc Thériault
Deputy editor – Ireland Dr .Olive McCarthy