Login or Register to make a submission.

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.
  • 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).
  • This paper conforms with standard academic honesty practices and has been checked for plagiarism by the authors.
  • All empirical papers which contain work involving human subjects or secondary data about them have been approved by either a university research ethics board (REB) or the institutional equivalent in the case of an NGO or international organization.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or equivalent editable file format (no PDF)
  • All references in the submission are in keeping with the APA Style Guide with bibliography and minimal use of footnotes (or, where applicable, the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation).
  • 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.
  • You will be able to provide a brief abstract, bibliographic statement (for all authors) and ORCID id, if available, as part of the article submission process.

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.

Refuge will not publish plagiarized material. We reserve the right to refuse and retract materials that are found to contain plagiarism.

Manuscript Format

  • Please ensure that all author identifying information is removed from the manuscript (including author names, acknowledgments, authors 'previous publications and author details in the Word' 'properties' menu) before submitting so as to allow anonymous reviews.
  • Articles may be submitted in either English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They must not exceed 7500 words including footnotes and bibliography.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Acknowledgements for funding, research assistance and/or scholarly contributions can be included in a footnote as a brief statement not exceeding two sentences.

File Format

  • Manuscripts should be in electronic form, either in Microsoft Word or equivalent 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 American Psychological Association (APA), with minimal use of footnotes and bibliography.
  • Papers in the legal discipline may choose to use either the APA Style Guide or the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation
  • For all questions relating to APA formatting please refer to Purdue Owl guide for instructions and examples.

Book Reviewer Guidelines Only

Please note: This is not for 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.
    - 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 ...” Please indicate 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 PDFs that have 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 ( refuge@yorku.ca or raluca.bejan@dal.ca).

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.