The European Journal of Social Security (EJSS) is a highly respected, peer-reviewed journal, which is aimed at academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who are intterested in social security in Europe


EJSS is primarily concerned with developments in social security at the EU level and, on a comparative basis, with developments in different European countries. It adopts a broad definition of social security and, in addition to articles on different forms of income maintenance, it includes articles on demography, inequality, poverty, disability, health and social care, employment, migration, taxation and public expenditure.

General editors

Frans Pennings (Utrecht University) and Michael Adler (Edinburgh University)

book Review Editors

Marta Carniero Office of the Portuguese State Secretary for Citizenship and Equality, Portugal

Constanze Janda Speyer University, Germany

Editorial Assistant
Fiona McGrath University of Edinburgh, UK

Bryce Zedalis University of Edinburgh, UK

Editorial board
ditorial Board
Willem Adema Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France
Bea Cantillon University of Antwerp, Belgium
Mel Cousins Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Stamatia Devetzi Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Eberhard Eichenhofer University of Jena, Germany
Ana M. Guillén Rodriguez University of Oviedo, Spain
Tamara Hervey University of Sheffield, UK
Kirsten Ketscher University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Anne Pieter van der Mei Maastricht University, Netherlands
Bruno Palier Sciences Po, Paris, France
Peter Saunders University of New South wales, Sydney, Australia and FISS, Australia
Paul Schoukens KU Leuven, Belgium and EISS, Belgium
Henriette Sinding Aasen University of Bergen, Norway
Sara Stendahl University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dorrottya Szikra Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Marcin Wujczyk

Information for Authors

The European Journal of Social Security (EJSS) is a multi-disciplinary journal, which publishes articles on social security law and social security policy. It adopts a broad definition of social security – in addition to articles dealing with different types of income maintenance, it publishes articles on demography, inequality, poverty, disability, health and social care, employment, migration, taxation and public expenditure.

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EJSS is particularly keen to publish articles on developments in social security at the EU level and in different European countries on a comparative basis. It is also very keen to publish articles on the impact of European law on national social security systems.

The European Journal of Social Security is jointly edited by Frans Pennings (an expert in social security law) and Michael Adler (an expert in social security policy) and has a distinguished international editorial board. It is aimed at academics, researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

All articles are peer reviewed by experts in the field. EJSS is published in English, four times a year. Each issue consists of:
  • three leading articles
  • Recent case law – new developments in the case law of the Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights and new European legislation  
  • book reviews
Articles are welcomed from lawyers, social scientists and policy makers.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts

Authors should submit carefully checked, electronic manuscripts by e-mail attachment, preferably in Word or in rich text format to the editors: Frans Pennings and Michael Adler Book reviews should be sent to Sara Stendahl

Acceptance for publication entails the transfer of copyright to the publisher for a period of one year from the date of publication. During that period no part of the article may be reproduced in any form whatsoever, e.g. by photocopying, microfilm, digitally, or any other means, without prior written permission from the publisher. After this period reproduction is only allowed with prior notice to the publisher and with full and complete reference to the original publication in EJSS.
Manuscripts should be arranged in the following way:

1. Title page: The title (brief but informative) should be typed on a separate page, which should also include the author(s)’ name(s), affiliation, full postal address, telephone number and e-mail address. The biographical information will appear as a footnote on the first page of the article in the journal.

2. Abstract: All articles must include a summary of 150-200 words.

3. Keywords: A list of up to six keywords should be provided

4. The main text: All articles must be submitted to the editors in English. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors and may be returned to authors for revision. All manuscripts will be language edited and editors reserve the right to make alterations as to style, punctuation, grammar etc.

Manuscripts should not normally exceed 9,000 words. Pages should be numbered consecutively throughout at the foot of the page.

Any acknowledgements should appear in a footnote on the first page.

Up to five levels of subheading may be used. Headings and subheadings should be numbered as follows:
1st level: 1.
2nd level: 1.1.
3rd level: 1.1.1.
4th level:
5th level: italics

Words that are to appear in italics or in bold should be clearly indicated.

The following formatting guidelines should be followed

Title should be in capitalised and in Arial 14 point
Text should be in Times New Roman 12 point and fully justified
Footnotes should be in Times New Roman 10 point and fully justified
Margins should be set at 1 inch or 2.54 cm all round

Spelling should follow that of the Oxford English Dictionary. Arabic numerals should be used for all page numbers, tables, diagrams, etc.

Book reviews

Book reviews should provide the following information about the book under review:
· the name(s) of the author(s) or editor(s)
· the title of the book
· the place of publication
· the publisher’s name
· number of pages

Reviews should not normally exceed 900 words but may be longer or shorter depending on the importance of the book in question. Reviews should include a summary of the main argument as well as an assessment of its originality and contribution to knowledge.


Authors should either use footnotes or the Harvard system.

Authors using the Harvard system should provide the cited author’s name followed by a comma and the date of publication in brackets in the text, for example (Jørgensen, 2002), and a full list of references at the end. Where multiple works are cited in the text, these should be arranged in alphabetical order followed by date order, for example (Artner, 1998; Stelzer-Orthofer, 1996 and 1998).

Authors using footnotes should number them consecutively and include references at the bottom of the page. They should also provide a full list of references at the end of the article. Entries should appear in alphabetical order, followed by date order. If two or more publications in the same year are cited for one author, a, b, c etc. should be added after the date. References should be in the following formats:


Surname, Initial (date), Title, Place of publication: Publisher.

For example: Jørgensen, H. (2002), Consensus, Co-operation and Conflict: The Policy Making Process in Denmark, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

Articles in edited collection

Surname, Initial (date), ‘Article title’ in Surname, Initial (ed.), Title, Place of publication, Publisher.

For example: Hemerijck, A., Unger, B. and Visser, J. (2000), ‘How Small Countries Negotiate Change’, in Scharpf, F.W. and Schmid, V.A. (eds.), Welfare and Work in the Open Economy (Volume 2), Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Journal articles

Surname, Initial (date), ‘Title’, Journal title, Volume/Issue number, Page numbers.

For example: Visser, J. (2000), ‘From Keynesianism to the Third Way: Labour relations and Social Policy in Postwar Western Europe’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 21, pp. 421-56.

Electronic sources

Online documents should be cited as follows:

Surname, Initial (date), Title, Retrieved Month, year, from source

For example : United Kingdom (2002), National Strategy Report on the Future of Pension Systems. Retrieved August 2003 from social.soc-prot/pensions/uk_pensionreport_en.pdf

Legal cases

Citations to cases should follow the style of the country of origin, including the date of the case, except for cases from common-law jurisdictions. The name of the jurisdictions and of the review or law report in which the case is published should be included. The names of the parties in cases from common-law jurisdictions should be in italics. The abbreviation ‘v.’ (for versus) should be in Roman typeface.

For example:

Court of Justice EC:
Court of Justice 10 March 2003, Case C-232/2001 Cartinara, [2003] ECR I-3456

National Courts
BSG 5 March 2004 SozR § 550, nr.53
CRvB 4 March, RSV 2004/545
Commissioner 5 March 2004, Case R3/54 Benefits 2004, p. 343

Tables and figures

Tables and figures can be inserted at the appropriate points in the text or, alternatively, the point at which the tables and figures should be inserted can be marked in the text and they can appear at the end of the article. In either case tables and figures should be in a format which can be edited.

Tables should be numbered consecutively and include a short, descriptive title, which should appear above the table. Any relevant footnotes should be placed below the table and identified using superscripts.

All line diagrams are termed ’Figures’ and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. A short, descriptive title should appear above each figure. As with tables, any relevant footnotes should be placed below the figure and identified using superscripts.

Non-sexist use of language

The Journal is committed to a non-sexist use of language. Thus, the use of masculine pronouns (he, him, his) should be avoided unless they are used specifically to refer to a male. Further guidance can be obtained from the Editors.

Submission and acceptance of articles

All manuscripts will be refereed. Authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that the work has not been published previously and, should the work be accepted for publication, that the author(s) obtain the necessary permission to use material already protected by copyright.  


Except in special circumstances, proofs will be read by one of the Editors and the Assistant Editor on behalf of the author.

Copies of journals

Authors will receive two copies of the issue of the Journal containing their article on publication. Co-authors will receive one copy of the issue of the Journal containing their article.