Call For Papers

Call for texts for Sur Journal No. 22
Essays - case studies - institutional reflections
Deadline: August 30 201

Conectas Human Rights welcomes entries for the 22nd edition of the Sur Journal, which will be published in December 2015.

Sur – International Journal of Human Rights is published twice a year by Conectas. It is edited in three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish) and is available online here.

The objective of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights is to influence the global human rights agenda by producing, fostering and disseminating innovative research and ideas, primarily from the Global South, on human rights practice.

Sur Journal is seeking contributions that reflect this objective and welcomes contributions written in an accessible language but nevertheless containing thorough analyses. Contributions bringing empirical research or first-hand experience are particularly encouraged. For more details on the Journal’s editorial policy, click here.

With this in mind, Sur Journal is now accepting contributions (in Portuguese, English or Spanish) between 7,000 – 20,000 characters including spaces in the following formats:
  • Essays: In-depth analysis of any contemporary human rights topic, with a preference for essays dealing with issues of transnational significance and/or bringing a comparative perspective from different countries.
  • Case studies: Texts on the implementation of advocacy strategies, litigation and other experiences and which analyse the impact of these strategies.
  • Institutional reflections: Shorter pieces about management, evaluation, fundraising and sustainability within the field of human rights.


Once submitted, the contributions will be subject to a review process. Each contribution is reviewed by a member of the Editorial team and, if it meets the Journal’s quality standards, by an external blind review. Due to the large number of contributions received for each issue, the Editorial Board is unable to inform authors why a contribution has been rejected.

In relation to authors’ rights, Sur Journal uses Creative Commons- Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike License 4.0 International to publish its texts. This preserves the rights of the authors, while allowing readers to share its content.
Any submission that contains citations without appropriate references (plagiarism) will be disregarded immediately.


Contributions should be sent to in electronic format (Microsoft Word file) and using the following standards:
  • Length: Each contribution should be between 7,000 – 20,000 characters (including spaces).
  • Language: Contributions can be submitted in any of the working languages of the Journal (Portuguese, Spanish, and English). In addition, in order to be as accessible as possible to the widest audience, the Sur Journal has an editorial policy that favours clear and concise language, free of jargon.
  • Font: "Garamond", size 12 and 1.5cm line spacing should be used for the main body of the text.
  • Footnotes: Footnotes should only be used where necessary. Footnotes should be concise and follow the Chicago format for full note citation. The format “(AUTHOR, year)” will no longer be used. "Garamond", size 10 with single line spacing.
  • The contributions should include:
    • A brief biography of the author (maximum 50 words);
    • A summary/abstract (maximum 150 words);
    • Keywords for bibliographic classification; 
    • The date when the article was written.
  • It is not necessary to include a bibliography at the end of the text. Footnotes will include full citation.
  • For Latin phrases - inter alia, jus cogens, etc - use italics.
  • To refer to articles of an international instrument or legislation, do not use the abbreviation "art." but the word "Article."
  • Use the official acronyms from the intergovernmental organisations’ systems, if any.
  • Use "s" (lower case) when referring to a state (country). When specifically discussing a country within the context of an international organisation, such as the UN, use “Member State”.
Contributions received that do not follow the guidelines above (including the number of characters) may lead to it being immediately rejected by the Executive Board. 

Contributions for the Sur Journal No. 22, to be published in December 2015 will be accepted for consideration until 30 August 2015. Contributions received after this date will be considered for the next edition of SUR.