Information for authors

Submitting your article

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article. All articles should be emailed to the editor ( as a Word Document (.doc/.docx). Please include ‘DGS: article submission’ in your subject line.

We welcome original articles including also visual material such as photographs as long as the author/s have the right to use these images.

The journal accepts academic articles written in Spanish or English

Please note: we do not accept published reports written for organisations or other stakeholders and we do not upload third party material. DGS is an academic journal, not an online repository. 


Voices from the Field: we also accept written and audio visual contributions from practitioners (e.g. field workers, NGOs and international organisations), activists, independent researchers and others working in the field to write in about their practice, views and perspectives, about areas and issues from the field that may often be neglected by academic circles. Our objective is to provide a critical space and prioritise the voices of practitioners and others in the field (especially those in the global South) and bring academia and practice closer together. For more information please visit our Voices page


Article Requirements

Cover Page

All articles require a cover sheet included with the original article submission as a single document. The cover page should include the following information:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • Short biographical note about the author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation (if any)
  • Contactable email

This information will be removed from the document before being sent on for anonymous review.



Please include an abstract (150-200 words), followed by 3 to 6 keywords separated by a semi-colon.


Article Length

Articles should be between 5000 and a maximum of 8000 words including references.



  • Authors are required to submit their articles in a document with font Times New Roman or Arial size 12 in double line spacing.
  • Please do not indent paragraphs.
  • Please do not used numbered sections and sub-sections. Differentiate these by using bold or italics.
  • Do not use CAPS for section titles.
  • Articles not following formatting requirements will be immediately returned.


Page numbers

Please ensure all pages are numbered



Please ensure your article is a minimum of 1.5 spacing and includes the title of your contribution in the main document.



Footnotes are not accepted in the text. If necessary, only use a small and limited number of endnotes.


Figures & Tables

If figures and tables are used, please ensure they are labelled and numbered in a consecutive fashion e.g. Figure 1: The disability and poverty cycle, followed by Figure 2 etc. If any of those figures is reproduced from a third party, please include the source and that all permissions are obtained. If photos are used, please ensure they are of high enough resolution to be reproduced with clarity.



We welcome contributions from everywhere, but if English is not your first language, it would be greatly appreciated if your article is checked and proofread by a third party before submission. We will in any case gladly assist with this if your article moves forward for publication.

If using acronyms, please ensure the word is written in full the first time e.g. World Health Organisation (WHO). All subsequent references can then use the acronym only.

While we do understand and are responsive to the nuances of language and other critical issues across cultures and contexts, we encourage authors for journal consistency to adopt terms such as ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’.



The journal uses an adapted version of Harvard referencing. Please use  single (not double) quotation marks when required in text e.g. direct citations or for emphasis.



Said, E. (1993). Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage Books.


Chapter in edited book

Kett, M. (2009). Conflict Recovery. In T. Barron and P. Amerena (eds.). Disability and Inclusive Development (pp. 155-183). London: Leonard Cheshire International.



Meekosha, M. (2011). Decolonising Disability: Thinking and Acting Globally. Disability & Society, 26(6),  667-682.


Books and Journals with more than 2 authors

Both in text and in the reference list, for authors or books with more than 2 authors, please use ‘et al’.

In text: (Taylor et al., 2003) or Taylor et al. (2003)

In reference list: Taylor, J., Smith, P. et al. (2003). Book Title. Place: Publisher


Electronic journal article

Grech, S. (2008). Living with disability in rural Guatemala: exploring connections and impacts on poverty. International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation, Volume 7, No. 2. Available at:


Web document

Miles, M. (2011).  Blind and Sighted Pioneer Teachers in 19th Century China and India. UK: Independent Living Institute. Available at:


Direct citations in Text

As Escobar (1995:111) notes, ‘…local situations are subsumed under the professional discourse’.




Copyright of material submitted and accepted for publication remains with the author(s). The author(s) grants the journal the right to publish the work. Only articles that have not been published in other journals, or are not under consideration for publication elsewhere, will be considered. Following publication in the journal, authors are free and encouraged to share the article widely but in its entirety and unaltered, and as long as the initial publication in this journal is acknowledged and clearly stated. The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.