Instructions for Author

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to our journal. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements.


1. About the Journal

Journal Title: Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies

ISSN: 2465-4183

Field/Discipline: Humanities and Social Science

Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies (HRPS) is an international peer-reviewed journal in the field of social science and humanities bi-annually published by Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. The Journal is published 2 issues per year: January - June and July – December. We invite research articles; academic or review articles; book reviews, article reviews or multi-media reviews; and field note articles in the areas of human rights, conflicts and peace studies and relevant fields. Please see the journal’s Aims & Scope for further information about its focus and peer-review policy.


2. Submissions

1) Authors should send all submissions and resubmissions to HRPS through ThaiJo system (registration at

2) The submitted manuscript should be in the field of social sciences and humanities, with a specific focus on human rights and peace studies.

3) The submission must be an original work, which has not been published previously or concurrently submitted for review process elsewhere.

4) Authors should follow format and requirement of HRPS. Should the authors be unable to follow HRPS’s format and requirements, HRPS have the right to reject the manuscript.

5) A cover page must be submitted along with the manuscript, specifying the title of the manuscript, author’s name, email contact, main affiliation and its country location.

6) Each manuscript submitted to HRPS undergoes the process of editorial review and double blind peer-review, in which the manuscript is reviewed by two experts in the relevant field.

7) In case there would be suggestion and feedbacks from reviewers and editorial team from the peer-review process, each author is expected to review and edit their manuscript based on the suggestions and feedbacks of editorial team. Otherwise, each author should provide justifications with details to editorial team for not doing so.

8) The final acceptance for publishing in the journal is based on that each manuscript submitted for the HRPS must have been considered and accepted by at least 2 peer reviewers, and also the editorial team of the HRPS.


3. Guidelines for Preparing Manuscripts

3.1 General Format and Types of Articles

Manuscripts to HPPS should be submitted in MS Word and formatted for standard paper (A4) with 1 inch margins on all sides.

HPPS accepts manuscript in Both English and Thai languages. For English manuscript, the authors must use Times New Roman, font size 12 dpi, 1.5 spacing. For Thai manuscript, the author must use TH Sarabun New, font size 16 dpi, 1.15 spacing. This applies to the abstract, main text, quotations and references.

Avoid using footnotes, endnotes or appendices unless absolutely necessary. (See in Notes and appendices)


Length of the manuscript is restricted according to the types of article:

1) Academic Articles and Research Articles:

 English: The length should be between 6,000 - 8,000 words, including references, notes, tables and figures. The author should provide an abstract of 150-250 words with 3-5 keywords.

Thai: The length should be 15 – 20 pages of A4, including references, notes, tables and figures The author should provide an abstract of ¾ page with 3-5 keywords.

Research articles should be based on well-founded research with appropriate research methodology. It Articles should contribute new knowledge to the academic community.

2) Book Reviews and Multimedia Reviews:

English: The length should be between 3,500 – 5,000 words with an abstract and 3-5 keywords.

Thai: The length should be 7 – 10 pages of A4 with an abstract and 3-5 keywords.

3) Article Reviews:

English: The length should be between 500 – 700 words.

Thai: The length should be 1 – 1 ½  page of A4.

4) Fieldwork Notes:

English: The length should be between 3,500 – 5,000 words with an abstract and 3-5 keywords.

Thai: The length should be 7 – 10 pages of A4 with an abstract and 3-5 keywords.


3.2 The Manuscript

The final version of the manuscript should contain, in this order:

(a) cover page with name(s) of the author(s), affiliation and a word count

(b) abstract

(c) main text

(d) list of references

(e) biographical statement(s)

(f) tables and figures in separate documents.

Authors must check the final version of their manuscript against this guideline before sending it to us.


(a) Cover page

The cover page should be in a separated document/file from other parts of the manuscript and should contain only the paper’s title and name(s) of author(s) with affiliation(s) in the center of the page. The title should be concise and informative. List the author’s main affiliation and its country location in the line under the name. Author(s)’ email is included on the following line, with the first author as the corresponding author. Do not list author(s)’ academic degree or position (as it is included in the biographical statement).

Acknowledgments and source(s) of support, if any, should be placed at the bottom of the cover page.

Somewhere on the lower part of the cover page, put a statement of the author’s report about the manuscript as given below:

This article is not simultaneously submitted to any other journal for review and/or publication.


Example of Cover Page:



(b) Abstract

Put your abstract on a separate page by itself. On the first line, enter the title of your paper at the center of this page. Below the title, center the word “Abstract”. Do not give the author(s)’ name on this page.

Beginning with the next line, write a concise summary of the key points of your article. Your abstract should, at a minimum, contain research questions, materials and methods, data analysis, results, and conclusions. Implications of your research and future work that you see connected with your findings may also be included. Your abstract should be 150 - 250 words long.

At the end of the abstract and on a new line, enter the word Keywords: (italicized) and a list of three to five keywords from your paper.


(c) Main text of the article

Format the article without page number. Main text of the article can be separate into several sections by headings and sub-headings.

In general, academic articles or review articles should include introduction section, content sections and conclusion. Research articles should include introduction, methodology, results or findings, discussion and conclusion sections.     


(d) References

All manuscripts are required to use the American Psychological Association (APA) style for citations and references. The author(s) should use the in-text citation and end-of-text references and should not incorporate the references in the notes. The authors are recommended to consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. Following link provides some examples of APA style references: HRPS Referencing Guidelines


(e) Biographical statement

The biosketch of author(s) in HRPS appears after the references. It should be brief and include highest academic degree, year achieved, where obtained, position and current institutional affiliation. In addition authors may indicate their present main research interest or recent (co-)authored or edited books as well as other institutional affiliations which have occupied a major portion of their professional lives. But we are not asking for a complete CV.


(f) Tables and figures

All tables and figures should be clear and self-explanatory as far as possible. Avoid tables and figures that are too large or too small. Captions should be concise and easy to understand for a general audience.

All tables and figures should be numbered with capitalized first letter of the word and followed by a colon, then caption. The word table and figure must be in bold type. The Table headings should be placed above the Table and the Figure headings are placed below the figures.


Table 1: Violent incidents in the southernmost provinces of Thailand, 2005 - 2018

Figure 1: Map of the southernmost provinces of Thailand

The headings of Table and Figure should be concise but additional explanatory information may be appeared in notes immediately below relevant Table or Figure. These notes to Tables and Figures must not be incorporated into the main notes section and should not be preceded by the word ‘Note’.

Tables and figures should be inserted in the text and submitted in a separate file. Figures should ideally be JPEG, TIF or GIF files, if possible in high-resolution format (at least 350 dpi). Figures can be either in colour or in black-and-white.

There are no such categories for graph, diagram, picture and map in HRPS. The author should decide whether they are Tables (with quantitative data or text) or Figures (with graphical data). “Figure” is used for all graphic information, diagram, map or picture.

The author(s) is responsible for not violating copyright in the published article.  Sources of data in tables/figures should be placed below them in parentheses and included in the reference list. If necessary, the author(s) should obtain written permission.


(g) Equations

The author(s) should avoid using the equations in article. They should be limited up to only 3 equations, if necessary. Equations should be included within the main text and numbered in parentheses at the right-hand side, for example.

x + y = z + 2  (1)

x – y = 3a (2)

Equations should not appear in footnotes. In equations, all characters other than numerals and mathematical symbols should be italicized (including subscripts and superscripts).

(h) Notes and appendices

The authors should use Notes only where substantive information is conveyed to the reader. Literature references should normally not necessitate separate notes.

Notes are numbered with Arabic numerals. Authors should insert notes by using the footnote/endnote function in MS Word.

You may also use Appendices to include important information which would unduly break up the information in the main text. However, keep the number of Appendices and the information contained in them to an absolute minimum. Appendices must be included in the word count.


3.3 Copyright

The responsibility for not violating copyright in the quotations of a published article rests with the author(s). It is not necessary to obtain permission for a brief quote from an academic article or book. However, written permission should be obtained, if necessary, for a long quote or a Figure or a Table. The author must consult the original source to find out whether the copyright is held by the author, the journal or the publisher, and contact the appropriate person or institution.

The Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies (HRPS) requires the author as rights holder to sign a Journal Copyright Transfer Form for all accepted articles. This is a license agreement under which the author retains copyright in the work but grants HRPS the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright.