Call for Papers – Reclaiming Civic Space: Insights and Learning from and for Activists

Deadline: 15th September 2017.

Conectas Human Rights and the Fund for Global Human Rights invites contributions in the form of articles, case studies and institutional reflections – with preference given to activist voices from the Global South – for the 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, to be published in December 2017. The special edition will focus on the responses to the crackdown on civil society currently seen – to different degrees – around the world.

The objective of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas, 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 is an open access journal, edited in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has an online ( and print readership of over 20,000 people in more than 100 countries.

Sur Journal is now accepting contributions (in Portuguese, English or Spanish) between 7,000 – 20,000 characters including spaces in the following formats:

In-depth analysis of any of the questions raised above, with a preference for essays dealing with issues of transnational significance and/or bringing a comparative perspective from different countries.

Texts on the implementation of civil society mobilisation, advocacy strategies, counter narratives and other responses and which analyse the impact of these strategies.

Shorter pieces about sustainability, security and well-being, and alternative methods of funding in the face of the crackdown on civil society.

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-NoDerivatives 4.0 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. The Sur Journal does not charge authors a processing or publication fee.

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.

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