The Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration receives submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year. It is a bi-annual publication, published in the spring and autumn. Authors who submit for publication will be notified of the status of their article within 2 weeks of the submission deadline for the upcoming issue. Please refer to calls for papers to find out the closing date for the upcoming issue.

OxMo is divided into five sections:

  1. Policy Monitor
  2. Law Monitor
  3. Field Monitor
  4. First Hand
  5. Academic Articles

To make a submission to OxMo please follow the instructions and guidelines below. Please click on Instructions to Authors to find out what needs to be sent along with your submission.  When preparing  your article, please follow our style guidelines and consult our previous issues. Please note that each section has its own specifications.

For general questions, concerns or comments, or if you are unsure which section best suits your submission, please send an Email to the Editor-in-Chief:

Monitor Sections

The Field, Law and Policy Monitors seek to engage with pressing issues that affect the day to day lives of forced migrants. Articles published in these sections include those that address  legal, social, political concerns at the local, national and international level.  The primary purpose of the Field, Law and Policy Monitors is to examine, assess and analyze matters that pertain to forced migrants as well as local communities in times of displacement, asylum, return or resettlement on the ground and at the policy level. The Monitors also seek to draw attention to developments taking shape and their possible implications on policy and practice.

We place great emphasis on presenting critical, thought provoking, insightful analyses.

Monitor articles include but are not limited to: assessments of projects or policies of international organizations, NGOs and national governments, articles that elucidate and expose human rights violations and authoritative accounts of conditions in refugee camps or detention centers. At the same time, we also seek submissions that offer hope for the future. Such articles may explore innovative practices and advancements geared towards countering forced migration predicaments or report best practices.

Submissions to the Monitor sections may take the form of an article, an essay, a critique, a discussion or a report and should be no longer than 1500 words. They need not be in the style of an academic article. Rather, Monitor submissions should be short, to the point and informal.

The Monitor sections are open to current students and recent graduates. Please email your submission and additional information (see Instructions to Authors, also note the style guidelines) to the corresponding editors of the section for which you wish to be considered.

Policy Monitor

For the Policy Monitor we are seeking critical analyses of current and emerging policies and practises undertaken by governments, NGOs and UN organisations that pertain to forced migration situations or forced migrants in times of displacement, asylum, return or resettlement.

Law Monitor

In the Law Monitor we welcome analyses of national and international laws, rulings, government policies and practises as well as legal developments taking shape and their possible implications for the rights of forced migrants.

Field Monitor

In the Field Monitor section, we are interested in hearing from those of you who have had direct experience with forced migrants—including but not limited to your work or research in the field, e.g. in camps, or your engagement with forced migrants in your local community.

First Hand Section

The First Hand section encourages currently or formerly displaced students to submit articles reflecting on their experiences. In this section of the journal we seek to present the opportunity to those directly affected by the policies, laws and activities of the agencies we monitor to give expression to their insights and perspectives. For example, this may take the form of a report of the activities of the agencies within a refugee camp,  discussion of particular problem that has not been given due attention, or commentary on government policies in a specific country,  region or locale amongst others.

We seek critical, balanced analyses that allow the reader to gain an understanding of the context in which the report is written and that engages with wider implications of the situation described.

Articles for First Hand should be not be longer than 1500 words. At present we are only able to accept written submissions in English. However,  in effort to make the section as accessible as possible we are also accepting multimedia submissions such as videos, photos and spoken word pieces in the following languages: Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish, Laotian, Persian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu. If your language is not listed here, please continue to check our website for regular updates. Accompanying the multimedia submission should be a short blurb of no more than 300 words about the author and the piece itself. This, too, will be accepted in any of the languages listed above. Please note that videos, audio recordings and photos must be sent as an attachment in a zipped file not exceeding 25 MB .

First Hand is open to all persons who have been or are currently displaced. Please note the Instructions to authors and our Style Guidelines. Please send your submissions and any queries for the editors of First Hand to:

Academic Articles

The Academic Articles section provides a space for thorough scholarship and  serves as a forum for students to engage critically with practical and conceptual issues relating to forced migration. Papers published in the Academic Articles section interrogate the existing literature on forced migration, conduct in-depth research in a given area and move to offer original insights.

As we recognize and value the multidisciplinary nature of Forced Migration Studies we encourage submissions from across various academic disciplines including but not limited to: political science, law, anthropology, ethics and philosophy, sociology, economics and media studies.

Every piece we receive will undergo rigorous peer review.  This review process will be a valuable opportunity for students to get feedback on their work. The selection of student papers will not be bound by a theme (e.g. urban displacement) to emphasize the merit-based selection process that will be applied to all submissions.

Submissions must not exceed the maximum word limit of 6000 words per paper, including bibliography and footnotes (which must be kept to a minimum). Submissions must be accompanied by an abstract, author information and the publishing agreement. Please refer to Instructions to Authors and our Style Guidelines.


The Academic Articles section is open to current students and recent graduates. Please email your submission  and any queries to the Academic Articles editors at:

From Academia, Policy and Practice

We also provide the opportunity for professionals to impart their knowledge and to share their thoughts and experiences with students, forced migrants and others working in the field. We hope that this initiative fosters greater discourse between policy and practice, students and academics, as well as organisations and the individuals they strive to serve.

We therefore welcome short essays that delineate specific aspects or concerns that may serve to direct students towards particular issues that require further scholarship. Submissions to this sections should be no longer than 1500 words. They need not be in the style of an academic article.

This section is open to professionals from academica, policy and practice. Please email your submission and additional information (see Instructions to Authors, also note the style guidelines) to the Editor-in-Chief at


We thank you for your interest in Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.