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National Association of Human Rights Workers [NAHRW] Professional Development Services

We are believers in due process and compliance with laws and statutes that preserve human and civil rights. Through our network of professionals, we train and support our membership.


National Association of Human Rights Workers / The Journal of Intergroup Relations [JIR]

Call For Papers

The National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW) is seeking papers for the winter edition of the Journal of Intergroup Relations (JIR). The Journal is a bi-annual publication (summer and winter) that features information and research of interest to scholars and practitioners in the human rights cause worldwide. Published by the National Association of Human Rights Workers since 1959. The Journal is especially interested in manuscripts that address intergroup relations and/or human rights issues in both theoretical and practical ways.

Submissions should be timely, contain elements of interest to a wider audience when concerning local issues, and not be under consideration by another publication.


In addition to feature articles, The Journal also is interested in publishing shorter manuscripts:

  • Our Reader’s Forum includes personal reflections, philosophies, and visions for human rights and/or intergroup relations.

  • Book Reviews on fiction, non-fiction, trade, or academic books that discuss their practical and theoretical value are also encouraged. Reviews should offer specific commentary on how particular books provide insight into human rights issues or intergroup relations.

  • Promising Practices, a new feature in The Journal, is designed to highlight programs, strategies, and tools that have proved effective in promoting positive intergroup relations and/or advances in the human rights cause.

  • Replies to Journal articles, which have merit, will also be published. Replies should be written in a style/approach that works to facilitate dialogue between readers. One possible framework for this section is the cre­ation of a series of essays discussing one particular topic.

When preparing manuscripts, be sure to check The Journal’s style or consult the 5th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Authors should allow for wide margins and double-space all material. Tables, charts, and graphs should be kept to a minimum. If used, each should be camera-ready, clearly labeled, and presented on a separate page. Footnotes and references should follow the article. Final manuscripts normally should not be more than 25 pages (including references, notes, and tables).

Each manuscript should include a title page with the following elements: (a) title of manuscript; (b) author(s) name(s) and contact information, including email address, if available; (c) short bio statement; and (d) history of manuscript (i.e., thesis, dissertation, or conference presentation).

The original manuscript, as well as one hard copy and one on disc (formatted as a WORD document, either IBM or MAC), should be sent to:

Willie Ratchford, Executive Director (NAHRW / JIR Editor)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee
600 East Trade Street, Suite 003
Charlotte, NC 28202



Electronic submission is highly encouraged and should be sent to Inquiries about possible submissions are encouraged and should be directed to the Editor at or you may call at (704) 336.2195.  NAHRW and IAOHRA members are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts.

Upon receipt, each manuscript will be reviewed by the editor and/or members of the Editorial Board within 3-5 weeks. Once published, authors receive five complimentary copies of the issue of The Journal in which their articles appear.

July 2023


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