World Future Review Editorial Guidelines

The editors of the World Future Society's peer-reviewed journal World Future 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.
  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 among 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.

To facilitate anonymous review, all identifying information about the author(s) should be on a separate attachment. Manuscripts should not normally exceed 6,000 words. Citations and other references should be limited to essential entries, numbered in sequence, and should be on a separate page and placed following the last page of text. WFR’s copyeditors use the University of Chicago Press’s A Manual of Style and Merriam Webster’s unabridged dictionary as guidelines on spelling and style.

Two copies of the issue containing the article, once published, along with a PDF of the article itself will be provided free of charge to each author. Larger quantities can be obtained at moderate cost.

Manuscripts should be e-mailed to Managing Editor Lane Jennings at

If you already have a user’s account with SAGE, feel free to submit your paper to WFR via SAGE at: