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Violence: An International Journal

Violence: An International Journal

Published in Association with Foundation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme

eISSN: 26330032 | ISSN: 26330024 | Current volume: 3 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually
Violence is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes twice a year. It aims to develop understanding about violence, but also to build up a delineated field of research for preventing and exiting violence, with its contributions and debates. More particularly, the journal is focused on physical, political or social violence, but also deals with State violence, delinquency and crime for instance. When asking crosscutting issues, Violence will look at various regions of the world, from the local to the global.

Violence publishes:
• Research articles
• Debates
• Interviews and Portraits
• “State of the art” articles

Violence: A Journal aims to develop understanding about violence, but also to build up a delineated field of research for preventing and exiting violence, with its contributions and debates. More particularly, the journal is focused on physical, political or social violence, but also deals with State violence, delinquency and crime for instance. When asking crosscutting issues, Violence will look at various regions of the world, from the local – such as a specific country or even a city - to the global.

Scott Straus University of California, Berkeley, USA
Michel Wieviorka EHESS, France
Associate Editor
Mohamed-Ali Adraoui Marie Slodowska Curie Fellow, Georgetown University and London School of Economics, USA and UK
Sergio S. Araya Associate Professor, School of Political Sciences, Director, Doctorate in Government and Public Policy, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Agnes Favier Part-Time Professor, Middle East Directions Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy
Jerome Ferret Associate Professor in Sociology, University Toulouse 1 Capitole, Co-director of the Maison des sciences de l'homme et de la société of Toulouse (USR 3414 CNRS), France
Sabrina Melenotte Social and political anthropologist, IRD research fellow (URMIS-Paris) in France, visiting researcher at CIESAS-Golfo (2021-2023) in Mexico
Paola Rebughini Full Professor of Sociology of Culture, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy
Managing Editor
Thomas Coppey FMSH, France
International Advisory Board
Bertrand Badie France
Fethi Benslama Professor of Clinical Psychopathology, Director of Psychoanalytical Studies Research Unit (UFR), Director of the Institute of Humanities, Paris Diderot University, France
Catherine L. Besteman Professor of Anthropology, Colby College, USA
Judit Bokser Liwerant Research Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Rony Brauman Medical Doctor / Research Director, Doctors Without Borders / Professor, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and at the University of Manchester, UK
Craig Calhoun University Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, USA / Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Manuel Castells Professeur Emerite de Sociologie, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Elisabeth Claverie Anthropologist, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS, France
Randall Collins Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, USA
Carole Damiani Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Director at Paris Aide aux Victimes (Paris Help for Victims Association), General Secretary at Association de Langue Française de l’Etude du Stress et du Traumatisme (ALFEST), France
Donatella Della Porta Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
Mamadou Diouf Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History, Chair, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Department, Colombia University, USA
Marie-Christine Doran Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, Ottawa University, SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Director of Research, Canada
Jean-Pierre Dozon Vice President of Foundation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH), Emeritus Research Director at the Institute for Development Research (IRD), member of the Institute of the African Worlds (IMAF), Director of Studies at the EHESS, France
Nilufer Gole Sociologist, Research Director, EHESS, France
Maria Stela Grossi Porto Full professor, Departement of Sociology, Brasília University, Brazil
Wilhelm Heitmeyer Founder and director (1996-2013) of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld University, Germany
Shashi Jayakumar Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) / Executive Coordinator, Future Issues and Technology, S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Mary Kaldor Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics, UK
Farhad Khosrokhavar Director of the Observatory on Radicalisation, FMSH, retired Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Pascale Laborier Professor of Political Science, Paris Nanterre University, France
Yvon Le Bot Sociologist, Emeritus Director of research, CREDA (CNRS-Université Sorbonne nouvelle), Co-Holder for the Global Destinies of Latin America Chair, Cadis International Association, France
Carlos Martinez-Assad Investigador emérito de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico y Coordinador del Seminario Universitario de las Culturas del Medio Oriente, Mexico
Saoud El Mawla Professor of Sociology of Arab Societies, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar
Tarek Mitri Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Ernesto Ottone Professor, Diego Portales University, Chile / Chairholder of the Global Destinies of Latin America Chair, FMSH, France
Paulo Sergio Pinheiro Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, United Nations, Brazil / USA
Eduardo Pizarro Sociologist, Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Richard Rechtman Research Director, EHESS, member, CESPRA (Centre of sociological and political studies Raymond Aron), France
Marc Sageman Independent Scholar, USA
Jacques Semelin Senior research fellow CNRS, France
Natan Sznaider Professor of Sociology, Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, School of Behavioral Sciences, Israel
Peter Wallensteen Senior Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
Elisabeth J. Wood Crosby Professor of the Human Environment, Yale University, USA

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Violence: An International Journal

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

Please read the guidelines below and then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Violence: An International Journal will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.

Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Violence: An International Journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research Data
    2.7 Research ethics and consent
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Violence: An Internatioanl Journal, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

Violence: An Internatioanl Journal will publish the following article types

  • Research articles (5000 to 8000 words)
  • Special issue articles (5000 to 8000 words)
  • Debates, interviews and portraits (5000 to 8000 words)
  • “State of the art” articles (5000 to 8000 words)
  • Articles or interviews that deal with violence or the exit of violence through the lens of art (short essays by artists, interviews of artists, all artistic disciplines welcome, from visual arts to literature, theater and music)

The Editors will not consider submissions that are longer than 10,000 words.

There are is no limit on the number of references allowed.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. 
Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

•  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
•  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
•  The author has recommended the reviewer
•  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

Violence: An International Journal is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Violence: An International Journal can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.3.1 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

2.4 Funding

Violence: An International Journal requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

Violence: An International Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

It is the policy of Violence: An International Journal to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

2.6 Research Data

At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Violence: An International Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

2.7 Research ethics and consent

Research involving humans, especially vulnerable groups involving sensitive topics or research that may compromise their safety or privacy must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

Submitted manuscripts that involve work with humans should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and must state in the methods section that the relevant ethics committee or institutional review board provided (or waived) approval where it is appropriate. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number. 

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.  The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file. 

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Violence: An International Journal and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

3.3 Open access and author archiving

Violence: An International Journal offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

This is an online only publication. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

4.4 Reference style

Violence: An International Journal adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

Violence: An International Journal is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.


As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. 

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Violence: An International Journal editorial office as follows:

Thomas Coppey
Service des Éditions
Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme,
A1-15, 54 Bd. Raspail
75270 Paris Cedex 06


7.1 Appealing the puiblication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at

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