The Journal for Human Advancement: Independent Projects for Progress and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary journal published by The Goodis Center for Research and Reform, Inc., twice annually. Academic content is peer reviewed by qualified volunteers and the editors of the Journal. Due to the variety of content—including audio-visual media—in the Journal, we publish issues digitally, both online and on CD.
Due to staffing and budgeting difficulties, the Journal has not been published regularly in the past. The inaugural issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) was published in February 2010 and the second issue (Volume 2, Issue 1) was published in February 2012. Beginning with the next issue, scheduled for publication in February/March 2016, we plan to fulfill our twice-yearly publication schedule. See our updated Call for Submissions.
Our International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) is 2152-2766.
The notion of human advancement raised in the title of the journal is intended to speak to our goals of advancing and protecting human rights and of empowering society to prevent future atrocities. Our journal does not aim solely to discuss matters of human rights, but also to find ways to achieve and preserve those rights.
This Journal is published in order to encourage and develop a general public familiarity with human rights and to foster a productive critical understanding of human rights ideology and practice. Articles include basic introductions to the material, case studies, and theoretical discussions, as well as scientific and artistic works that deal with any themes in human rights.
This Journal is intended to work towards an understanding for the origins, development, direction, applications, conflicts and controversies in human rights, as well as to bring attention to both the relation between human rights and policy and the implementation of policies into practice. Moreover, the Journal for Human Advancement seeks to bring together various disciplines and genres to promote a multifaceted and interdisciplinary framework for evaluating, advancing and protecting human rights.
The journal is a venue for all things dealing with human rights and/or human advancement. Works may include:
Essays, lectures, research reports or abstracts from any of the humanities or social or natural sciences.
Artistic media and multimedia presentations including, but not limited to: photographs and photo-essays, films and videos, theatrical performances and scripts, dances, songs, readings, poetry, prose, drawings, sketches, paintings, graphic and studio arts, et cetera.
The Goodis Center encourages authors to submit works that contribute to an informed understanding of human rights and objective human advancement from any academic discipline or artistic genre. Works also include those that help to flesh-out discussions within human rights or to 'bring home' these matters to the audiences, as well as any works that problematize relevant ideology and policy. Acceptable submissions may simply review established literature with an accessible, well-rounded and articulated perspective or they may offer strong, progressive critiques of human rights. The Journal is also seeking works that can help to relate matters of human rights with our everyday lives.
The Authors and Artists:
Many of our authors and artists are students (including undergraduate, graduate, and law students); however, the Journal is open to submissions from everyone. Everyone is welcome to submit their original, unpublished works to this journal for consideration. Students of all levels, academics, professionals, and amateurs alike are all encouraged to send in their works to be reviewed by our editors and for a chance to be published alongside other thinkers, researchers, artists, and activists.
Submission guidelines can be found in the front-matter of any published issue of the Journal. Detailed submission guidelines are also available here.
Submission does not guarantee publication. Copies of the Journal will be provided to those published in each respective issue only if funding permits. Published authors and artists will receive free online access to their issues through The Goodis Center for Research and Reform, Inc.
The Journal makes no guarantee that it will be able to provide feedback on any submissions it receives. Our staff will try to provide a productive review and critique of all submissions, but our capacity for this amount of work is limited.
If you still have questions, please contact us for more information.
If you have materials to submit that already meet the guidelines, please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or mail it in duplicate to:
Journal for Human Advancement
Robert Goodis, Editor
9405 Caroline Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901-3043
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For Volume 1, Issue 1 and Volume 2, Issue 1, Journal for Human Advancement: Independent Projects for Progress and Human Rights is Copyrighted © by The Goodis Center for Research and Reform, Inc., and the respective authors and creators of each work contained within each issue. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents of Journal for Human Advancement: Independent Projects for Progress and Human Rights may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from publisher, except in the case of short quotations used for academic and critical reviews in accordance with governing copyright law and academic standards.
For all issues released after 2014, copyright and licensing information is currently in development. Further details will be posted here when available, and will be included in the front-matter of each issue of the Journal.