Letter to the reader

Sur Journal is changing its face to become more relevant to you Sur Journal is changing its face to become more relevant to you

Dear Reader,

Following its landmark 20th edition published in December 2014 – which hosted some of the leading names in the human rights world today – Sur Journal will be adopting a more accessible format and will discuss primarily contemporary human rights issues.

Some of the major innovations that the Journal has undergone are:

    • Reader generated content focused on human rights practice

Our readers and those involved directly or indirectly with human rights practice may submit contributions for the following sections through our call for papers:

    • Case studies: experiences of original human rights strategies;
    • Mid-length articles: academic analyses which feature contemporary, or very recent human rights issues and preferably based on empirical research;
    • Institutional perspectives: reflections from civil society organizations about management, funding, sustainability and related issues.
      • New sections, including artistic work

    In addition to the above sections, the SUR team will use its network to bring you:

    • A leading report at large: an in-depth analysis on a challenging recent human rights issue;
    • Photographic or artistic works: contributions by individuals committed to advancing human rights through their artistic talent;
    • Interviews: keeping you up to date with influential figures in the world of human rights;
    • Short op-eds: interesting, thought provoking pieces on contemporary issues to fuel the global debate on human rights.
      • New website

    In order to make the journal even more relevant and accessible, SUR will continue to be published online, but on a new website that will be launched soon.

      • More periodic editions

    In 2015, while our team is busy implementing the new format outlined above, the Sur Journal will continue to be published twice per year (in May and October 2015). From 2016 onwards, it will be published 3 times a year.

      • Wider geographical reach

    The online editions will still be available in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish). However, these will be collated in one print edition at the end of the year, which will also be published in French. This will allow us to considerably expand its geographic reach, in particularly in the Francophone region of Africa. We hope that very soon the Journal will also be able to receive contributions in French.

    So be a part of the SUR and submit your contribution now through our call for papers! Deadline is March 22th 2015! For more information on the Sur Journal click here.

    Sur Journal team

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