The Open Review: Call For Papers


For its sixth volume, The Open Review (The SWDTP’s Student Journal) is opening its call for papers. In the current context of global uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to work together, collaborate and encourage community.
We welcome submissions from anyone working within the social sciences, broadly construed. We are especially interested in submissions of papers that demonstrate collaborative elements. You do not need to be a part of the SWDTP to submit.

As a student led, peer-reviewed academic journal, we aim to provide a supportive yet rigorous platform for scholars to showcase their work. Submitting a paper to the Open Review could be particularly helpful for postgraduate researchers who may not have published before and want to gain experience of the editorial process in a friendly, constructive environment.

We welcome submissions in the following format:

1. Short essays (up to 4000 words) 2. Research articles (up to 8000 words)
We encourage you to think creatively about what you might like to submit and we warmly welcome a range of pieces. To give you some ideas, your submission might be based on previous work undertaken as part of a dissertation, research methods module, findings (preliminary or otherwise) of a PhD or other project you are currently working on. Your submission does not have to concern your ‘main’ research topic though and could also include a range of other formats including (for example) book reviews, commentaries, case notes, conversation pieces, reflective pieces etc.

IMPORTANT: Submissions

Before you submit, please double (and triple!) check that you have read the GUIDANCE IN FULL before submitting.


In your email submission, please include one Word document which includes:

1. Your submission (including reference list/bibliography)

2. Your abstract

3. Your biography

Please send your final and completed submission to with the email subject: “SUBMISSION [YOUR NAME]” For help with any aspect of the submission, please see the Guidance documents on The Open Review’s Website or email


Any questions? For more information or if you have any questions, please email with the email subject: “INFO [YOUR NAME]”