Notes for Contributors to the Journal of Co-operative Studies


UK Society of Co-operative Studies

Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation

The Journal of Co-operative Studies is a peer reviewed international academic journal which aims to generate theoretical knowledge as well as promoting research and innovation within the co-operative sector. The Journal is published by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in Manchester, England, a city strongly associated with the co-operative movement since the days of the Rochdale Pioneers. It is distributed in Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation.

The editor welcomes contributions on any aspect of co-operation and related subject areas: in particular on co-operative sectors (consumer, housing, worker, agricultural, credit and other forms); co-operatives in different countries; and other sectors within the ‘social economy’, including mutual businesses, credit banks and building societies, community businesses, and member-based non-profits.

Whilst one role of the Journal is the dissemination of the results of research, we are keen to ensure that its contents should also reflect the role of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies in acting as a bridge between academics and practitioners in advancing knowledge and understanding of co-operation.

There are four ways of contributing:

1.      Articles of 4,000-8,000 words which, either by reporting the results of empirical research or through developing theoretical perspectives, contribute to knowledge about co-operation and related subject areas. These articles will be subject to anonymous peer review by two specialist referees. They should be preceded by a title page with name(s) of the author (s), and a short abstract of up to 200 words. Authors are invited to submit an outline proposal for discussion. They should be submitted electronically in MS Word format

2.      Shorter articles, generally of around 2,000 words which are assessed on the basis of their general interest and readability. Such articles are not subject to formal peer review although the editor may seek comments and suggestions from members of the Editorial Advisory Board which would be discussed with the author as part of the editing process. They should be submitted electronically in MS Word format and include a short abstract of up to 200 words.

3.      As a new feature of the Journal, we invite prospective contributors to submit very short (maximum 1,000 words) articles which may be controversial or somewhat speculative in character. Their purpose should be to stimulate discussion and possible future new directions for co-operative research.

4.      Reviews and review articles; the former should be no more than 600 words, the latter 2,000 words. They are usually commissioned by the review editor, Dr Molly Scott-Cato, The Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives, at the Business School of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Articles should be submitted as email attachments to, or or , in Word or RTF. Paragraphs should be marked by a three-space indent, and sub-headings should be used sparingly. Main headings should be lower case in bold, sub-headings lower case in italics (a lower level of sub-sub heading should be avoided). Quotations of less than 20 words should be put in the text with double quotation marks. Quotes of more than 20 words should be indented and delineated by a space at top and bottom, but without quotation marks.

Each paper – of whatever length – must include an abstract of no more than 200 words.

References should use the Harvard system. A short description of the author’s current job title (or one previous title), should be included at the end, in bold print.

Authors of short articles, refereed articles and book reviews will receive two complimentary copies of the Journal. Authors of refereed articles will also receive 10 copies of their own article.

Articles are also downloadable from the Journal section of Ingenta.

Paul A Jones (Editor)
School of Applied Social and Community Studies
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Studies
Henry Cotton Building
15-21, Webster Street,
Liverpool, L3 2ET, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)151 231 4415 (University):
+44 (0)7939 566552 (Mobile)
Email: (University email)


Editor: Canada: Professor Luc Thériault

Carleton Hall, Room 135

Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick

PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick

E3B 5A3 Canada



Editor: Ireland: Dr Olive McCarthy, Centre for Co-operative Studies

2nd Floor, O'Rahilly Building

University College Cork, Cork, Ireland



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