Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Founded in 1981, Refuge is an interdisciplinary journal published two times a year by the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. The journal aims to provide a forum for discussion and critical reflection on refugee and forced migration issues. Refuge is a non-profit, independent periodical supported by subscriptions and provides analytical, reflective, and probing articles from a wide range of disciplinary and regional perspectives, presenting writing of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field of forced migration. The journal provides space for discussion of emerging themes as well as ongoing issues. Special thematic issues address the broad scope of the journal's mandate, featuring articles and reports, shorter commentaries, and book reviews. Refuge publishes articles in both English and French.


Section Policies

Test Articles

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Peer Review Process

Papers may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words and must be submitted in electronic form (word processed, double-spaced).

All submissions are subject to our anonymous peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome.

REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (reference the quick guide online here) for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline. Please note: Papers must be prepared with full citations in the endnotes rather than with a bibliography. A great deal of editorial time is spent correcting references when these are not prepared in the style of the Journal.

Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include an unnumbered note of one or two sentences, stating the author’s institutional affiliations, and acknowledgments (if any).



Les contributions peuvent être en français ou en anglais et seront publiées dans la langue originale. Elles doivent être en format électronique (dactylographiées à double-interligne) et ne doivent pas excéder 7500 mots. Chaque texte sera soumis à notre processus d'évaluation externe avec experts indépendants tout en préservant l'anonymat de l'auteur. Les articles plus courts, y compris les comptes-rendus et les recensions, sont également bienvenus.

Les Les références doivent suivre généralement le Chicago Manual of Style et doivent être présentées sous forme de notes à la fin du texte (et non dans une bibliographie). Tous les manuscrits, à l'exception des recensions de livres, doivent être accompagnés d'un résumé de 100 à 150 mots et d'une phrase décrivant l'affiliation institutionnelle de l'auteur.



Publication Frequency

Refuge is published on a semi-annual basis, generally in the spring and fall of each year. Each issue is based upon a Call for Papers which focuses on a particular theme within the field of refugee studies. In addition to articles relating to the theme, each issue of Refuge contains articles concerning refugee studies generally and book reviews.


Open Access Policy

We are happy to announce that Refuge journal has transitioned to an entirely open access electronic publication. Not only will this make the journal more accessible to readers from all countries and continents, but a digital publication will also be more eco-friendly and cost effective. Refuge will save on printing costs, freeing up resources that can be better used in other areas of the journal, and readers will save on subscription costs because the content will be entirely free. There will also be the option for individual readers to pay for hard copies through a print-on-demand system.


Editorial Advisory Board

Refuge is grateful for the guidance and assistance of the following individuals as members of its Editorial Advisory Board:

Sharryn Aiken
Queen's University

Laura Bisaillon
University of Toronto Scarborough

Megan Bradley
McGill University

François Crépeau
McGill University

Jeff Crisp
Refugees International

Judith Kumin
University of New Hampshire, Manchester

Susan McGrath
York University

Volker Türk

Madine Vanderplaat
Saint Mary's University


Editorial Management

Christina Clark-Kazak

Nausheen Quayyum
Managing Editor

Dianna Shandy
Book Review Editor


Self-Archiving Policy

This section is being updated.


ISSN: 1920-7336