Notes for Contributors

Journal Philosophy

The European Journal of Homelessness is an international, peer reviewed journal, that welcomes the submission of high-quality, original research on homelessness, local, regional national and comparative policy reviews, and think pieces that stimulate debate and foster critical reflection. We particularly encourage contributions which engage with, extend or critique debates previously published in the European Journal of Homelessness.

The European Journal of Homelessness provides a critical analysis of policy and practice on homelessness in Europe for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and academics.  The aim is to stimulate debate on homelessness and housing exclusion at the European level and to facilitate the development of a stronger evidential base for policy development and innovation. The Journal seeks to give international exposure to significant national, regional and local developments and to provide a forum for comparative analysis of policy and practice in preventing and tackling homelessness in Europe. The Journal is also intended to explore lessons for Europe, which can be derived from policy, practice and research from elsewhere.

Originally published once a year, the Journal is now published 3 times a year and we welcome the submission of manuscripts at any time.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word file e-mail attachment to Professor Eoin O’Sullivan ( Authors’ details and contact information should be included in the body of the e-mail, and should not appear on the manuscript in order to facilitate the anonymous peer reviewing process.

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

Peer review

The European Journal of Homelessness is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous, expert referees. Please refer to our style guidelines when preparing your paper.

Open Access

The European Journal of Homelessness is an open access journal, making it free to access online immediately on publication.


Articles should generally contain between 6,000 and 8,000 words including abstract, notes and bibliography, although shorter articles may be accepted by arrangement with the Editor.

Contributions should be accompanied by an abstract of between 100 and 200 words plus up to six key words and details of any acknowledgements. Abstracts should disclose the substantive argument or finding of the article and not merely its subject and formal structure.

All manuscripts should conform exactly to the European Journal of Homelessness style in terms of conventions such as capitalization, reference format and the presentation of tables and figures. These conventions are summarized below.

References. These should be indicated in the text by giving the author’s surname(s) with the year of publication (e.g. (Wilson, 2004)). References to more than one publication by the same author in the same year should be distinguished alphabetically (e.g. Wilson, 2004a; Wilson 2004b; etc). Where there are two authors both should be named (e.g. Wilson and Smith, 2007). Where there are more than two authors the abbreviation ‘et al.’ should be used (e.g. Wilson et al., 2007). The author and date references should be placed in parentheses unless the name forms part of the text, in which case the date is placed in parenthesis (e.g. Wilson (2007) argues that…’.) Where material referenced has not yet been published it should be referred to as ‘forthcoming’ (e.g. (Wilson, forthcoming)).

Where several references are given for the same point, these should be listed in date order separated by semi-colons (e.g. Smith, 1990; Cameron, 2005; Wilson, 2007, etc.). Where page numbers are given, this should be in the following format (Wilson, 2007, p.29); or if more than one page is referred to (Wilson, 2007, pp.29-34). Page numbers must always be given for direct quotations.

The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard forms.

Journal articles:

Crane, M. and Warnes, A. (2000) Policy and Service Responses to Rough Sleeping Among Older People, Journal of Social Policy 28(1) pp.21-36.

Chapter in an edited book:

Jargowsky, P. (2002) Sprawl, Concentration of Poverty, and Urban Inequality, in: G. Squires (Ed.) Urban Sprawl: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses, pp.39-72. (Washington, DC: The Urban Institute).

Books and research reports:

Evans, A. (1991) Alternatives to Bed and Breakfast: Temporary Housing Solutions for Homeless People (London: Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

References published in a language other than English should use the original title with a translation in square brackets (for articles in books or journals it is sufficient to translate the title of the article and give the original title of the book or journal). For example:

Drøpping, J.A. (2005) Bo-og tjenestetilbudet for bostedsløse. Hvordan kommunen ivaretar sin plikt til å finne til å finne midlertidig husvære til dem som ikke klarer det selv [Housing and Services to Homeless People. How Municipalities Attend to Their Obligation to Provide Temporary Accommodation to Those in Need of Assistance]. (Oslo: Fafo).

Headings. Both the titles of articles and first level sub-headings should be in bold, and the first letter of all principal words should be in upper case. For second level headings, use lower case except for the first letter of the first word and proper nouns, and use italics but no bold. For third level headings, again use lower case except for the first letter of the first word and proper nouns, but no italics or bold.

Tables and Figures. All tables, figures, diagrams and maps should be inserted into the text but a separate file should also be provided. Refer to all tables as Tables, which should be numbered consecutively. Refer to all other illustrations as Figures, also numbered consecutively. Tables and figures should include short, informative captions and, where appropriate, keys to symbols. Lettering in illustrations should be large enough to allow the necessary reduction in size for printing.

Footnotes. A limited number of footnotes are permissible, and they should be indicated serially within each article by superscripts 1, 2, 3 etc. Footnotes should not be used for citations (see References). Lengthy footnotes should be avoided. Do not use endnotes.

Permissions. Any necessary rights or permissions to reproduce quoted material or illustrations published elsewhere remain the responsibility of the author(s).