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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).
  • The text adheres to the general guidance in Author Guidelines (below) and to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Full author addresses and keywords have been provided.
  • The authors undertake to obtain and deliver to the publisher all necessary permissions to reproduce any illustrations such as photographs, diagrams or maps (whether from printed material, from the internet or from any other source).
  • The authors consent to the publisher's Privacy Policy.
  • The authors agree to the journal's Preservation Policy.

Author Guidelines

Publishing Standards

The White Horse Press is a small family-run business, but we aspire to standards of academic quality and fair dealing as high as those of the best international scholarly publishers. Please read the guidelines on our website for authors, editors and reviewers regarding what we expect from them, and what they can expect from us.

The journal provides a forum for original academic papers that are accessible to people from other disciplines, and also those who operate outside the academic community. To this end, contributors should avoid needless technicality. They should also bear in mind the requirements of an international readership when making reference to localised places or events.

Manuscripts should show engagement with ongoing intellectual debates, and awareness of the current literature. Authors should especially make sure they are familiar with papers published in recent issues of The Journal of Population and Sustainability that are relevant to their topic. Authors should avoid excessive quotation from their own previous works: failure to do so can result in work being classified as self-plagiarism. All quotations from author’s own publications and from outside sources must be acknowledged and fully referenced. More details.

Submissions must be original and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. We aim to reach a decision on publication within three months of receipt of the submission.


Specific Guidance

  • File Format. Submissions must be uploaded to our online system in Microsoft Word or a Word-compatible format.
  • Word Limit. Unless otherwise agreed, submissions should be no more than 8,000 words in length including references. Discussion articles (comments on published papers and author replies) should be no more than 4,000 words and book reviews no more than 1,500 words. Manuscripts of excessive length will not be considered.
  • Page Layout. A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. Include tables or figures at the end. Avoid excessive use of subheadings and text formatting for emphasis (underlining, bold, italics).
  • English. Manuscripts should be in English and be of an acceptable standard in that regard (if in doubt please have a native speaker read your manuscript prior to submission).
  • Anonymous Manuscript. To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Abstract. A summary of around 100–150 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.


Please follow the detailed style guidance provided here.


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