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World Futures Review

World Futures Review

James Allen Dator University of Hawaii, USA
Associate Editor
Aubrey Yee University of Hawaii, USA

eISSN: 21692793 | ISSN: 19467567 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

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.

Now in its fifth year of publication, World Futures Review is a refereed journal that seeks to expand communication among the researchers and practitioners now exploring trends and alternatives for society. We welcome articles that: 1) assess techniques for studying future options; 2) that fairly evaluate probable, possible, and optimal outcomes of existing policies and practices in every field; and 3) that facilitate the exchange of futures-relevant information among cultures. Our aim is to help all peoples develop sustainable lifestyles and technologies that respect the carrying capacity of Earth’s environment, while promoting new research into areas beyond today’s known limits.
Editorial Board
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
Andy Hines  
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
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  • 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, 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

    Please read this statement before submitting to WFR.

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