Call for papers

2024 Call for Papers now Open!   

Dearcadh: Graduate Journal of Gender, Globalisation and Rights.   


Submissions to the 2024 edition of Dearcadh are now being accepted and the submission portal will remain open until the 29th of February with an expected publication date of September, 2024. Please consider publishing outstanding essays or shortened versions of your MA thesis/Research Paper with Dearcadh.  


Dearcadh aims to publish original research and review articles that engage with the concepts of gender, globalisation and rights, by graduate authors and early career researchers. In particular, we seek to publish quality, original works spanning a wide range of topics (please visit our past volumes – link below- to get a sense of the range of publications). We publish empirical and theory-based works that employ a feminist, gender, or queer lens. Shortened versions of MA dissertations and Research Papers, high-achieving essays or new pieces of research are all appropriate submissions.  


In order to reach as wide an audience as possible, articles should aim to be accessible in style, without compromising on rigour. The underlying themes of gender, globalization and rights shape the journal and all articles should respond in some way to these themes.  


For more information and to see the earlier editions of the journal click here.    


Instructions for Authors   



The journal is published on an annual basis. Submissions to the journal for the 2024 edition can be made up to the 29th of February 2024.   


How to submit:  Articles prepared according to Author Guidelines (below) can be submitted to up to the 29th of February 2024.   


Review process: All submitted articles will undergo a review by an anonymous reviewer. Articles will also receive comments from the editors. These reviews are designed to provide constructive advice to aid authors in improving their work.   


Review Outcome: Following the review process, authors will be provided with the comments from reviewers and the decision. There are four possible outcomes: accept; accept with minor revisions; accept with major revisions; reject.   


Articles that are accepted should then be revised on the basis of the review comments and re-submitted to . It is critical that authors ensure they have prepared their manuscript according to the journal style when resubmitting to reduce possible delays in publication.   


Author Guidelines: Research and Review Articles   


Please pay attention to the following guidelines in the preparation of your article.   


Structure: Articles should include the following elements:   

  1. Title page including title of article, author biography (150 words), author contact details and 5 key words.  
  2.  Abstract (250 words maximum)   
  3. Main Text: As a guideline, your main text should be compiled in the following order: introduction, methodology and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; references; appendices (as appropriate). table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).   
    1. N.B. These sections are open to change depending on the article (e.g. theoretically-based articles may not have substantive methodology and results sections), and should therefore be seen as a guideline. 

      Word Count:  4000-6000 words, including bibliography and acknowledgments, excluding cover page.  


      Body text: Times New Roman 12pt  

      Headings: Times New Roman, 12 pt. Use bold for main headings; bold italics for sub-headings; and italics for third-level headings.  

      Line spacing 1.15

      Margins: ‘normal’, ie. 2.54cm top, bottom, left and right 

      Key words and abstracts  

      Authors should include up to five key words with their article for electronic searches, and write an abstract which outlines the key points in the article to be published at the head of the article.  


      Please provide all necessary references to ensure academic standards of rigour.  Citations and references should conform to the Harvard Referencing System guidelines. Please refer to the University of Galway university library guide for citing and referencing in the Harvard style.  

      Headings: use bold for main headings; bold italics for sub-headings; and italics for third-level headings.  

      Author biography: please provide a short biography (max. 150 words) indicating your education and graduating year (e.g. Graduated with MA Gender, Globalisation and Rights, 2022), your current occupation or principal activities, and any additional information you may wish to include.  

      Acknowledgements: use this space to acknowledge assistance or support you may have received in preparing your article (e.g. comments from former supervisor, scholarship or other funding, etc.)  

      Copyright notice:  

      The first right of publication is maintained by Dearcadh, before reverting the copyright back to the authors.  

      Publications are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work for non-commercial purposes, without modifying the original work, and with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.  

      Authors may enter into additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book) provided that its initial publication in Dearcadh is acknowledged.  


      We hope you will consider publishing with Dearcadh and look forward to receiving your submission. 


      All the best, 

      Stacey Scriver and Carol Ballantine