WFR seeks to encourage and facilitate communication among researchers and practitioners in all related fields and from all geographic, social, political, and economic sectors. It is also intended to promote public understanding and education in the methods and use of futures research. The concern of the editors is thus not only with specific techniques and planning tools; we also wish to include analyses of the role of futures research in the larger context of decision-making.
In addition to full-length articles, WFR will publish, from time to time, responsible reactions to articles and the ideas presented in them; short notices from Editorial Board members; news items; reprints of pertinent classic papers; interviews with prominent futurists, and abstracts or more detailed reviews of selected new books and reports. Because it is not always possible to present all viewpoints within the confines of a single issue, we rely upon WFR readers to provide the necessary balance through their responses to controversial or one-sided material.
In brief, it is our intention that this journal shall provide a forum for all who are professionally involved with the theory, methodology, practice, and use of futures research.
|Antonio Alonso-Concheiro||Analitica Consultores, Mexico|
|Guillermina Baena Paz||National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico|
|Wendell Bell||Yale University, USA|
|Guillermina Benavides||Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico|
|Clement Bezold||Institute for Alternative Futures, USA|
|Peter Bishop||University of Houston, USA|
|Marcus Bussey||University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Stuart Candy||OCAD University, Canada|
|Kua-Hua Chen||Tamkang University, Taiwan|
|Andrew Curry||The Futures Company, UK|
|Hugues de Jouvenel||Futuribles, France|
|Jake Dunagan||Design Futures, US|
|Jay E. Gary||Oral Roberts University, USA|
|Tamás Gáspár||Budapest Business School, Hungary|
|Jennifer Gidley||President, World Futures Studies Federation, Australia|
|Jerome C. Glenn||The Millennium Project, USA|
|Fabienne Goux-Baudiment||proGective, France|
|Sirkka Heinonen||University of Turku, Finland|
|Kwang Hyung Lee||Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, South Korea|
|Sohail Inayatullah||Tamkang University, Taiwan|
|Lane Jennings||Former Managing Editor of World Future Review|
|Timothy C. Mack||AAI Foresight, US|
|Riel Miller||UNESCO, France|
|Ruben Nelson||Foresight Canada, Canada|
|Ryota Ono||Aichi University, Japan|
|Ziauddin Sardar||East West University, US|
|Wendy L. Schultz||Infinite Futures, UK|
|Richard Slaughter||Foresight International, Australia|
|David Pearce Snyder||The Snyder Family Enterprise, USA|
|Mei-Mei Song||Tamkang University, Taiwan|
|Petri Tapio||University of Turku, Finland|
|Victor Vahidi Motti||Vahid Think Tank, Iran|
|Ian Yeoman||Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
For World Futures Review
The editors of World Futures Review invite manuscripts from contributors worldwide whose essays fall within the broad spectrum defined as “futures research.” This encompasses both an evolving philosophy and a range of specific techniques primarily aimed at assisting decision-makers to better understand the potential consequences of present and future decisions by developing images of alternative futures.
We are especially seeking the following types of material:
1. Methodological and conceptual papers regarding futures study techniques;
2. Papers based on research, analysis, and modeling of presumed causes and potential developments affecting current social, economic or political conditions;
3. Papers evaluating the actual outcomes achieved by government and corporate planning efforts and/or assessing the common practices of professional futurists;
4. Papers about futures research practitioners (whether individual, corporate, or governmental) and their contributions to the art and science of futures research; and
5. Scholarly reviews that compare past efforts at forecasting and/or depictions of future societies in fiction or popular media, with actual events and current trends.
This is a journal primarily by and for professional futurists. But, because we seek to promote dialogue between communities of theoreticians, practitioners, and beneficiaries, assumptions as to the technical knowledge and sophistication of readers should be minimized. We urge contributors to avoid, or at least explain, any specialized terms or jargon not commonly used outside a specific discipline.
We believe that “serious” futures study can fruitfully draw upon material created by writers and other artists whose primary aim was entertainment. Such works often have considerable impact on public perceptions and expectations of future life. However, to be useful to researchers exploring possible, probable, and preferable futures, we expect that speculative fiction will be examined with the same degree of critical thought applied to historical records and scientific papers. Our primary criteria for “good futures writing” are relevance and quality, and our overriding needs: clarity and simplicity of expression.
All manuscripts are evaluated anonymously by at least two members of our editorial board and may be subject to minor editing to meet standards of our journal. Any substantive revisions will be returned to the author for approval prior to final acceptance.
Articles should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/wfr, and should not normally exceed 6,000 words. Reference citations should be numbered in sequence, and placed after main text beginning on a separate page. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date Style)* regarding orthography and word usage.
All manuscripts submitted should be Microsoft Word files. Illustrations, pictures and graphs should be supplied with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Please note that color images will be published in color online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged); therefore, it is important that you supply images that are legible in black and white.
*Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition). For ex.,
Crews, Drew W., Walter R. Gartska, Ming-Ho Yoo, R. J. Kalter, Bob J. C. Owen, Richard T. Doe Jr., and Xavier Zed. 1981. The physiology of the garter snake: An analysis. Scientific American 245: 158–59.
Voet, D., and J. G. Voet, eds. 1990. Basic biochemistry, 3rd ed.New York: J. Wiley.
For more detailed information see CMS, sec. 14.14