European Journal of Social Security
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European Journal of Social Security


General Editors
Michael Adler Edinburgh University, UK
Frans Pennings Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Book Review Editors
Marta Carniero Office of the Portuguese State Secretary for Citizenship and Equality, Portugal
Constanze Janda Speyer University, Germany
Editorial Assistant
Fiona McGrath University of Edinburgh, UK
Bryce Zedalis University of Edinburgh, UK

eISSN: 23992948 | ISSN: 13882627 Frequency: Quarterly

Commencing in 2017 SAGE is delighted to be the new publisher of The European Journal of Social Security. Information and full-text content will continue to be accessible from Intersentia as the journal transitions to SAGE. Please click here.


The European Journal of Social Security
(EJSS) is primarily concerned with developments in social security at the EU level and, on a comparative basis, with developments in different European countries. It adopts a broad definition of social security and, in addition to articles on different forms of income maintenance, it includes articles on demography, inequality, poverty, disability, health and social care, employment, migration, taxation and public expenditure.
EJSS is a highly respected, peer-reviewed journal, which is aimed at academics, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who are interested in social security in Europe.

The European Journal of Social Security welcomes contributions which deal with social security from a comparative, international and/or theoretical point of view. It is published in English, four times a year. In recent years, one of the four issues has been a Special Issue comprising a collection of articles on a single topic.

Editorial Board
Willem Adema Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
Bea Cantillon University of Antwerp, Belgium
Mel Cousins Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Stamatia Devetzi Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Eberhard Eichenhofer University of Jena, Germany
Ana M. Guillén Rodriguez University of Oviedo, Spain
Tamara Hervey University of Sheffield, UK
Kirsten Ketscher University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Anne Pieter van der Mei Maastricht University, Netherlands
Bruno Palier Sciences Po, Paris, France
Peter Saunders University of New South wales, Sydney, Australia and FISS
Paul Schoukens KU Leuven, Belgium and EISS
Henriette Sinding Aasen University of Bergen, Norway
Sara Stendahl University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dorrottya Szikra Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Marcin Wujczyk Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: European Journal of Social Security

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Please read the guidelines below before submitting your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of European Journal of Social Security will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  1. Article types
  2. Editorial Policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgments
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical Trials
    2.8 Reporting Guidelines
    2.9 Data
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open Access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Journal layout
    4.5 Reference style
    4.6 Footnotes
    4.7 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
  7. Further Information

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1. Article types

All articles must be submitted to the editors in British English. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors and may be returned to authors for revision. All manuscripts will be language edited and editors reserve the right to make alterations as to style, punctuation, grammar etc. Manuscripts should not normally exceed 9,000 words. Pages should be numbered consecutively throughout at the foot of the page.

Book reviews

Book reviews should provide the following information about the book under review:
· the name(s) of the author(s) or editor(s)
· the title of the book
· the place of publication
· the publisher’s name
· number of pages
· ISBN

Reviews should not normally exceed 900 words but may be longer or shorter depending on the importance of the book in question. Reviews should include a summary of the main argument as well as an assessment of its originality and contribution to knowledge.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

European Journal of Social Security operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

European Journal of Social Security encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

2.5 Non-sexist use of language

The Journal is committed to a non-sexist use of language.  Thus, the use of masculine pronouns (he, him, his) should be avoided unless they are used specifically to refer to a male.  Further guidance can be obtained from the Editors.

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3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway 

3.1.1 Plagiarism

European Journal of Social Security and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 

3.3 Open Access and author archiving

European Journal of Social Security offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway 

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4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

4.4 Journal layout

European Journal of Social Security conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines. 

4.5 Reference style

European  Journal of Social Security  adheres to the OSCOLA reference style. View the OSCOLA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

4.6 Footnotes

Footnotes should not be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g. …limitations are possible.¹ The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.

4.7 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

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5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editors: Frans Pennings f.pennings@uu.nl and Michael Adler michael.adler@ed.ac.uk

5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract (of 150-200 words) and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

5.3 Corresponding author contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

6.2 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.3 Online First publication

Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet 

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7. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the European Journal of Social Security editorial office as follows:

Co-Editor-in-Chief: Frans Pennings f.pennings@uu.nl
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Michael Adler michael.adler@ed.ac.uk

Book Review Editor: Marta Carneiro marta.carneiro@jur.ku.dk
Book Review Editor: Constanze Janda Constanze.Janda@hochschule-heidelberg.de

Editorial/language assistant: Fiona McGrath fmcgrath@ccea.org.uk
Editorial/language assistant: Bryce Zedalis bryce.zedalis@gmail.com
Book Review Editor: Marta Caniero martalcarneiro@gmail.com
Book Review Editor: Constanze Janda janda@uni-speyer.de

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