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Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting your manuscript to Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees. Refuge accepts original articles that are not under consideration by another publication at the time of submission.

Manuscript Format

  • Articles may be submitted in either English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They must not exceed 7500 words.
  • Papers must include an abstract of approximately 100 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. This abstract will be translated into French, so that abstracts appear in both languages of the journal.
  • Book reviews may be submitted in either English or French and will be published in the language of submission.
  • Please avoid using computer codes, other than those concerning font and line spacing. Use hard returns only at the end of a paragraph.
  • All authors must include a biographical statement following this format: <name> is <position> at <affiliation>. The author may be contacted at <email address>. This should not exceed two sentences and must be submitted separately from the manuscript itself. 
  • Please ensure that all author identification is removed from the manuscript (including endnotes, personal information and details in the 'properties' of the document) before submitting so as to allow anonymous reviews. 
  • Acknowledgements for funding, research assistance and/or scholarly contributions can be included in a footnote as a brief statement not exceeding two sentences.
  • Refuge encourages all authors to review the ‘Common Errors That Authors Make’ document.

Computer Software

  • Manuscripts should be in electronic form, either in Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, text or RTF formats.

Accuracy of Citations

  • Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all citations.


Reference Style

  • It is the authors' responsibility to carefully check and keep to the reference style of Refuge. For social science papers, Refuge adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., following the style given for endnotes with full bibliographic detail given in the endnotes (no footnotes, no bibliography, and no use of the author-date parenthetical notation style).
  • Papers in the legal discipline should also adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., except where inconsistent with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed. (i.e. for citations).
  • For all questions relating to Chicago formatting please refer to the following websites for guidelines and examples:



Merci beaucoup pour votre intérêt pour notre procession de soumission à la revue Refuge : revue canadienne sur les réfugiés. Refuge accepte en soumission des articles et recherches originaux qui ne sont pas actuellement sous examen ailleurs.

Format de soumission

  • Les articles peuvent être soumis en français ou en anglais, et seront publiés dans la langue de soumission. Les articles ne dépassent pas 7500 mots.
  • Les soumissions doivent inclure un résumé d’environ 100 mots, indiquant le propos principal et/ou les conclusions de l’étude. Ce résumé sera traduit en anglais afin que le résumé soit disponible dans les deux langues.
  • Les comptes rendus de lecture peuvent être soumis en français et en anglais, et seront publiés dans la langue de soumission.
  • S’il vous plaît, évitez les mises en forme automatiques (macros et autres). N’utilisez l’alinéa qu’entre les paragraphes.
  • Tous les auteurs doivent inclure une notice biographique indiquant l’affiliation institutionnelle. Cette notice ne doit pas dépasser deux phrases et doit être soumisse séparément de l’article. 
  • Assurez-vous d’avoir enlevé tous les noms d’auteurs du texte soumis (y compris dans les notes) afin de garantir l’évaluation anonyme. 
  • Les remerciements pour le financement, les assistants de recherche et les autres contributions peuvent être faits sous la forme d’une notice ne dépassant pas deux phrases, à la suite de la notice biographique.
  • Refuge encourage tous les auteurs à consulter le document intitulé « Les erreurs courantes ».

Format informatique

  • Les manuscrits doivent être soumis en format électronique, en format Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, texte ou RTF.

Exactitude des citations

  • Les auteurs sont entièrement responsables de l’exactitude de leurs citations.


Protocole de référence

  • Les auteurs sont responsables de mettre leur texte en forme selon le protocole de référence de Refuge. Pour les articles relatifs aux sciences humaines et sociales, Refuge suit le protocole de référence du Chicago Manual of Style (16e édition) propre au système des notes de fin de document donnant les références bibliographiques complètes (sans notes de bas de page, sans bibliographie, et sans référence suivant le système auteur-date)
  • Les articles relevant des disciplines juridiques suivent également le protocole de références du Chicago Manual ofStyle (16e édition), sauf lorsqu’il y a contradiction avec le Manuel canadien de la référence juridique (8e édition) (par exemple pour les citations).
  • Pour toutes questions concernant le protocole de référence du Chicago Manual of Style, reportez-vous aux sites web suivants :


Book Reviewer Guidelines Only

Please note: This is not for people submitting a regular manuscript.

  1. Book reviews are a vital component of the journal and provide an important service to the field as a whole. Reviewers are encouraged to take the opportunity to explain how the book advances forced migration studies in the contemporary world. We encourage critical evaluation both of the specific content of the book and of its significance within a broad framework of current thinking in forced migration. Reviewers may be asked to consider the content of the book in relation to a narrower topic for special thematic issues.
  2. Unless the book review editor has stated otherwise, the length of a review should be 1000 words.
  3. Please cite full publication details as follows:
    - Full title including subtitle.
    - By author.
    - Place of publication: publisher, year of publication, and number of pages.

    Example: Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home: Youth, Gender, Asylum. By Ala Sirriyeh, Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013, pp. 230.

    For edited works state “Edited by ...” For multi-authored works give all authors’ names in the order first name, surname
  4. Limit citations of books not being reviewed. If it is necessary to cite another work, however, please provide the full reference including name, title, publisher, date of publication and page number as an endnote, following Refuge citation style. 
  5. To quote material from the book being reviewed, please give page number in parentheses and use double quotation marks.

    Example: The problem, according to Long, is that “territorial state entities and ‘national’ identities are often mismatched” (20).
  6. Give your name and affiliation at the end of the review.
  7. Please remember that Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees is a multidisciplinary journal. Accordingly, it is helpful if the wider value and relevance of the book can be considered.
  8. Proofs of reviews are sent to reviewers. Your timely attention to proofing the final copy helps us to keep publication deadlines.
  9. The Managing Editor strives to send a copy of the published review to the reviewer and to the author/editor of the work being reviewed.
  10. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees allows authors to self-archive the final, typeset PDF that has been approved by Refuge, as long as they provide the DOI. (The DOI is more stable than URL, and this provides the direct pathway to the original file).
  11. Reviewers should direct any questions regarding their review to the Book Review Editor, with copy to the Refuge editorial office (


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. All references in the submission are in keeping with the Chicago Manual (or, where applicable, the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation).
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to all other stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.
  6. You will be able to provide a brief abstract and bibliographic statements (for all authors) as part of the article submission process.
  7. Review the ‘Common Errors That Authors Make’ document.
  8. Read and completed the Authors Guidelines, as outlined on the Refuge website

Copyright Notice

Authors grant a Creative Commons copyright license in the article to the general public, in particular a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which is incorporated herein by reference and is further specified at (human readable summary at


Les auteurs s'accordent par la présente au grand public une licence de droit d’auteur Creative Commons à l’égard de l’article, en particulier une licence Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International, qui est intégrée aux présentes par renvoi et décrite en plus de détails
à (résumé lisible sans aide à ).


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the Refuge website shall be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Les noms et courriels inscrits dans le site web de Refuge ne sont utilisés exclusivement qu’aux fins de la revue Refuge et ne sont disponibles pour aucune autre fin et aucun autre organisme ou établissement.