Instructions for Authors


The journal is published on an annual basis. Submissions to the journal can be made when the Call for Papers opens, normally January of each year and closing early March. Information on dates will be made available on the frontpage of the website from August.

How to submit:  Articles prepared according to Author Guidelines (below) can be submitted to once the call for papers opens.

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:

Title page including title of article, author biography (150 words), author contact details and 5 key words.      

                            Abstract (250 words maximum)

Main Text: 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)

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


Body text: Constantia 12pt

Headings: Calibri 12pt

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 NUI 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, 2020), your current occupation or principal activities, and any additional information you may wish to include.

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.