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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The DOI as a full link was provided for each cited work in the references.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Please click here for the pdf version of the authors' guideline.


Aims and scope

Critical Romani Studies is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for activist-scholars to critically examine racial oppressions, different forms of exclusion, inequalities, and human rights abuses of Roma. Without compromising academic standards of evidence collection and analysis, the Journal seeks to create a platform to critically engage with academic knowledge production, and generate critical academic and policy knowledge targeting amongst others scholars, activists, and policy-makers.


Scholarly expertise is a tool, rather than the end, for critical analysis of social phenomena affecting Roma, contributing to the fight for social justice. The Journal especially welcomes the cross-fertilization of Romani studies with the fields of critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical policy studies, diaspora studies, colonial studies, postcolonial studies, and studies of decolonization.


The Journal actively solicits papers from critically-minded young Romani scholars who have historically experienced significant barriers in engaging with academic knowledge production. The Journal considers only previously unpublished manuscripts which present original, high-quality research. The Journal is committed to the principle of open access, so articles are available free of charge. All published articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editorial screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous scholars. The Journal provides a modest but fair remuneration for authors, editors, and reviewers.


Policy statement

Manuscripts submitted to Critical Romani Studies are judged using the following criteria: relevance of the submission to the aim and scope of the Journal; appropriateness of theoretical/conceptual literature and methodological grounding; contribution to theory/research and the advancement of policy and practice; and reader accessibility.

The journal does not consider manuscripts that are already published, are under review by other journals, or as parts of a monograph or edited volume.

Manuscripts that the coeditors consider relevant and sufficiently developed are refereed using a double-blind review process, which can take up to five months. The process allows for a rigorous review within a relatively short timeframe. This provides authors with the greatest latitude in publishing because they have the possibility of publishing in Critical Romani Studies within twelve months from the time of the initial submission. Alternatively, authors have the opportunity to re-submit elsewhere those manuscripts that are not the best fit for this journal without having their papers stuck in a lengthy editorial cycle.



Contribution to the journal should be sent to the editorial team by email: crs@ceu.edu and uploaded to the online platform https://crs.ceu.edu/ .


Article Length

Articles should have 5,000 to 8,000 words including footnotes, tables, captions, and references. Book reviews should be 1,000 to 2,500 words long.


Submission format

All manuscripts should incorporate the following parts in their order as indicated below.

  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Main text with footnotes
  • References
  • Tables and figures with caption(s) on individual page(s)
  • Appendix

The paper should not contain any information on the author(s). It is the author(s)’ responsibility to ensure the anonymity of the paper. Before submission, please check the main text and footnotes carefully to make sure that they provide no information with regards to your identity, including references to your previous publications (which should be in given in the third person). Please, do not include acknowledgements in your submission. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide a short bio and acknowledgements AFTER the review process.

The research questions, key argument(s), methodology, and main findings should be outlined in an abstract of 150–200 words. The Abstract should differ from the opening paragraph of the article.

Four to six keywords should follow the Abstract.

Titles, subtitles, and headings should be short. Throughout the manuscript, headings are to be numbered in roman numerals and indented, starting with the Introduction. Subtitles should not be written in uppercase but each word of the (sub)title should be capitalized. Here is an example:

  1. Introduction: Setting the Stage
  2. Romani Representation in the Media
  • Conclusion: What Does This Mean for Future Research?

All tables and figures should have titles. Source(s) should be indicated in a note under the table or figure. Tables and figures are to be numbered separately (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1) and placed at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page with a clear indication in the text as to their placement (e.g., [Table 1 here]).

Manuscripts should be prepared using MS Word 2007 or higher with Times New Roman 12 point font and double-spaced. Footnotes and references should be double-spaced. The full text (including headings) should be left aligned. Authors are kindly asked not to use justified paragraphs and paragraph spacing. Headings should be numbered manually. Do not use the footer and the header. Pages should not be numbered.

Tips for ensuring anonymity

  • Delete your name from the text as Author or Reviewer.
  • Do not refer to yourself and your work in first person.
  • Do not include acknowledgement in the main document, as they can give away your identity, your affiliation, etc.
  • Using MS Word, author identification should also be removed from the properties. For more information on removing hidden data and personal information from the document visit:

MS Word 2007: https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Remove-hidden-data-and-personal-information-from-Office-documents-c2499d69-413c-469b-ace3-cf7e31a85953

MS Word 2010: https://support.office.com/en-au/article/Remove-hidden-data-and-personal-information-by-inspecting-documents-356b7b5d-77af-44fe-a07f-9aa4d085966f



  • The Journal adheres to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines (AUTHOR-DATE system). Please consult the 2017 edition in regard to all matters of style, punctuation, etc. A basic subscription-free presentation of the conventions of the Chicago Manual is available online:
  • Authors should engage only authors and references relevant to their topic.
  • Please avoid excessive jargon and write in a readable style.
  • If acronyms are used, they should be explained when they first appear in the text.
  • Please use plural pronouns or the passive form instead of he/she if possible.
  • For emphasis, use italics, but please keep them to a minimum.
  • Please do not use bold or underline. Use italics for title of books, newspapers, or novels when they appear in the main text. References to other articles (whether from academic journals or popular magazines or newspapers) should be in double quotation marks.
  • Write numbers under 10 in full.
  • When writing centuries, write them out in full, e.g., nineteenth century, twentieth century
  • Use commas rather than spaces or full stops in numbers with four or more digit Example(s): 1,000,000 or 3,500 EUR
  • Use “per cent” in the text; the “%” sign should only be used in tables.
  • Authors are asked to use American or British spelling consistently throughout the manuscript.
  • The Journal prefers footnotes rather than endnotes, which should be kept to a minimum.
  • Special characters in person or location names from non-English languages should be written in correct original form. Example(s): Mirjana Oršuš
  • Non-English terms should be italicized if not commonly used in Engli If translation is included, please use parentheses. Example(s): He was referred to as gadjo (non-Romani person).
  • Use the n-dash between dates and page numbers. (The n-dash is a medium sized dash, not to be confused with its longer cousin, the m-dash, and can be found under the insert special characters menu in Word). For example: 
    • Eliason, A. (2016) “With No Deliberate Speed: The Segregation of Roma Children in Europe.” Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 27: 191–241
  • To separate clauses and parenthetical remarks, use space n-dash space, for example: 
    • Nonetheless, although federal hesitancy was rooted in deference to state sovereignty, federal victories in the Civil War and the Reconstruction Amendments– where Southern states had lost the sovereignty-based argument in favor of slavery – should have obviated that concern (Charles and Fuentes-Rohwer, 2015: 133–135).
  • The footnote number in the main text should follow, not precede, the full stop, e.g., last word.¹ [not, last word¹.]
  • Common abbreviations such as e.g. and i.e. do not need to be spelled out and can be included in their shortened versions, preceded and followed by a comma.
  • Use of ampersand (&) is discouraged.
  • Dates shall follow the convention of DD MM YYYY (Day Month Year)
  • The serial or Oxford comma is preferred for clarity, for example: Roma are exposed relentlessly to marginalization, discrimination, and racism in the societies in which they live.
  • United States should be written as U.S. (not US).


  • Roma: Plural noun, especially when referring to the people as a whol Example(s): Roma come from India.
    Do no use an article (a/the) before Roma when referring to this minority ethnic group.
  • Romani: Adjectiv Example(s): A Romani man was attacked in Budapest.
  • Romani (name of the language): The journal uses “Romani” when referring to the name of the language instead of Romanes. Example(s): “Romani is an Indic langua”
  • Romani instead of Romany: The Journal uses “Romani” instead of “Romany”.


Citation, quotation

In-text citations should follow the model: (Author(s), year, page #).


  • one author: (Hall 2011).
  • two authors: (Rogstad and Midtbøen 2010).
  • more than two authors: (Mazzoleni et al. 2003).
  • more than one study: (Rydgren and Holsteyn 2004; Eatwell 2005; Bos et al. 2010).
  • one author with page number: (Hall 2011, 49–52)
  • if applicable, use“Ibid.” (no italics) to refer to the only work cited in the preceding note. It may or may not include a page number (Ibid. 43.). Ibid. is never used if the preceding note consists of more than one source.
  • Direct quotations should be placed within double inverted commas. They should follow the model: (Author(s) year, page number); otherwise for the number of authors and studies the same rules are applied than for in-text citations.
  • Example: “urgent and exceptional measures to deal with the threat” (Buzan and Wæver 2003, 491).
  • Use single quotation marks only for quotations within quotati Example: The style guide says, “do not use a comma before ‘and’ or ‘or’.”
  • Short quotations (less than 4 lines of text) should be incorporated into the text and are not indented. Quotation marks should be used at the beginning and end of the quot
  • Quotations over four written lines in length should be indented and justified, and quotation marks for such quotes should not be used.
  • If the quotation forms a complete sentence, the closing full stop (or other punctuation) should fall inside the closing quotation marks; if the quotation is not a complete sentence, the full stop (or other punctuation) should fall outside the closing quotation mar
  • When omitting words in a quotation, use square brackets with a series of three full stops inside […].
  • Use only the Latin alphabet (with accents and other extended characters) and the transliterated version of names, places, and titles into the Latin alphabet, e.g., Kuljić (from Serbian) or Tsimouris (from Greek).



Only works cited in the text should be listed in the list of references. Supply English translations for all titles of books and articles written in a language other than English after the original language source, in brackets. Please indicate the DOI as a full link for each cited work.

You can find the DOI numbers at https://search.crossref.org/ or https://www.crossref.org/guestquery/


Book, single author

della Porta, Donna. 1995. Social Movements, Political Violence and the State. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University

Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/cbo9780511527555.

Róna, Dániel. 2016. A Jobbik-Jelenség - A Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom Térnyerésének Okai (The Jobbik-Phenomenon – Reasons Behind the Rise of Jobbik). Budapest: Könyv&Kávé. https://doi.org/10.14267/phd.2015002.

Book, multiple authors

Almond, Gabriel, and Sidney Verba, S. 1963. The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations. Princeton: Princeton University Press. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781400874569.

Edited volume

Newman, Leonard S. and Ralph Erber, eds. 2002. Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust. Oxford Scholarship Online. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133622.001.0001.

Book chapter, article in book

Kriesi, H. 2004. “Political Context and Opportunity.” In The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by David Snow, Sarah A, Soule and Hanspetet Kriesi, 67–90. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470999103.ch4.

Journal article, single author

Jens, Rydgren. 2007. “The Sociology of the Radical Right.” Annual Review of Sociology 33 (1): 241–262. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.soc.33.040406.131752.

Journal article, multiple authors

Snow, David, E. Burke Rochford, Steven K. Worden Robert D. Benford. 1986. “Frame Alignment Processes, Micromobilization, and Movement Participation.” American Sociological Review 51 (4): 464–48. https://doi.org/10.2307/2095581.


Hamza, George. (n.d.) Past and Present of Constitutionalism in Central and Eastern Europe. Unpublished manuscript.

Heaton, Linda. 2013. International Migration. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Rutz, Cynthia Lillian. 2013. “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues.” PhD diss., University of Chicago.

Conference paper

Kroon, Anne C., Alena Kluknavská, Rens Vliegenthart, and Hajo G. Boomgaarden. 2014. Victims or Perpetrators? News Framing of Roma Minorities across Europe. Paper presented at the Fifth European Communication Conference (ECREA). November 12–15, Lisbon.

Paper published by other institutions and sources

Fodor, Éva. 2011. The Policy on Gender Equality in Hungary. European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Brussels. Accessed January 1, 2015. 


Papastergiou, Vassilis and Eleni Takou. 2014. Eleven Myths and Even More Truths. Migration in Greece. Rosa Luxembourg

Foundation, Brussels. Accessed March 20, 2015. http://www.rosalux.de/publication/40646/migration-in-greece.html.

News or magazine article

(Page numbers, if any, can be cited in the text but are omitted from a reference list entry. If you consulted the article online, include a URL or the name of the database.)

Manjoo, Farhad. 2017. “Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera.” New York Times, March 8, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/technology/snap-makes-a-bet-on-the-cultural-supremacy-of-the-camera.html.

Mead, Rebecca. 2017. “The Prophet of Dystopia.” New Yorker, April 17, 2017.


(For a source that does not list a date of publication or revision, use n.d. (for “no date”) in place of the year and include an access date.)

Paul, Krugman. 2014. “Putin’s Bubble Burst.” New York Times, December 18, 2014. Accessed December 21,

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/opinion/paul-krugman-putins-bubble-bursts.html.

Google. 2017. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy & Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017. https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Yale University. n.d. “About Yale: Yale Facts.” Accessed May 1, 2017. https://www.yale.edu/about-yale/yale-facts.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The text has not been previously published in English, nor is it with another journal for consideration.
  • All authors listed on the paper have reviewed and approved the manuscript in its current form and are aware that it has been submitted to Critical Romani Studies.
  • The submission file is provided in Microsoft Word format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If the submission contains any previously published material, a statement of permission from the original authors/publishers is attached to the submission.
  • The submitted text explicitly refers to any conflict of interest and/or financial support received.
  • The authors are aware of the Journal’s Statement of publication ethics and prevention of publication malpractice, and the present submission complies with those.
  • No fees or charges are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in Critical Romani Studies.


Authors’ details

Once the paper passes the double blind peer review, please insert the following details into your paper: full name, email address, position and affiliation (if applicable), circa 70-words-long biography written in third person with full English sentences, and your ORCID number.

We strongly encourage all authors to provide their unique ORCID identifier when submitting the paper. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. You can register your ORCID identifier for free at https://orcid.org 




Upon acceptance, a PDF of the article proofs will be sent to authors by e-mail to check carefully for factual and typographic errors. Authors are responsible for checking these proofs and are strongly urged to make use of the Comment & Markup toolbar to note their corrections directly on the proofs. At this stage in the production process only minor corrections are allowed. Proofs should be returned within promptly


A PDF file of the article will be supplied free of charge by the publisher to the corresponding author for personal use. Authors are allowed to post the pdf post-print version of their articles on their own personal websites free of charge. This means they can show the article exactly as it appears in print.


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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work three months after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, 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), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. This acknowledgement is not automatic, it should be asked from the editors and can usually be obtained one year after its first publication in the journal.


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