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Fourth World Journal

The Fourth World Journal (FWJ) is the world’s leading publication for ideas and analysis about and by writers from the world’s more than six thousand Fourth World nations.


Volume 21, Number 1
Summer 2021
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Script: Lukanka
Author: Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.
Script: A Leader of Nations, Joe DeLaCruz
Author: John Caldbick
Script: Líder de Naciones, Joe DeLaCruz
Author: John Caldbick
Script: Spoiled Identity and Stigma: A Case of Ex-Criminal Tribes of India
Author: Dattrateya Bhandalkar
Script: Sovereignty in the Third and Fourth World: A Comparative Discussion on Two Levels
Author: Sabina Singh, PhD.
Script: La Soberanía en el Tercer y Cuarto Mundo: Una Discusión Comparativa en Dos Niveles
Author: Sabina Singh, PhD.
Script: Engaging Free, Prior and Informed Consent for Mutual Benefit
Author: Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.

ISSN: 1090-5251

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Taiaiake Alfred (Mohawk, Canada)
Nitu Singh (India)
Heidi Bruce, MA
Levita Duhaylungsod Ph.D
Christian Nellemann Ph.D
Anke Weisheit, B.Sc, Eng.
Rudolph Ryser Ph.D. (Taidnapum Cowlitz)
Leslie E. Korn Ph.D., MPH
Dina Gilio-Whitaker MA (Colville Confederated Tribes)
Janaka Jayawickrama Ph.D.


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Submissions may be articles, reports, essays, book reviews, or commentaries. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Publication in a working­paper series does not constitute prior publication. By submitting material to the Fourth World Journal, the author stipulates that the material is not currently under review for another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at the Fourth World Journal.

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  • Indicate if you are submitting a manuscript for peer review or for general publication;
  • Ensure manuscripts do not exceed 6,000 words (before references);
  • Convert manuscripts to Microsoft Word format;
  • Use 12 point Times or Times Roman with 1 inch margins;
  • Provide complete references formatted in APA 6th style  (for detailed guidance on formatting in­text citations and reference lists in APA style, see the Purdue Online Writing Center: ;
  • Provide photos and infographics as separate files, even if artwork is embedded in your document:
    • in .JPG, .PDF, .EPS or .PNG format
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    • 300 dpi at minimum 3 inches wide, or 72 dpi at minimum 7 inches wide
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  • Provide tables and graphs that are submitted in text form as separate files;
  • Include a short biographical sketch of the author at the end of the manuscript with name, address, telephone, email address.

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Submissions undergo a double­blinded peer review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  The results of the review will be returned to the author with one of four responses: Enthusiastic, publish as is; Publish with minor revisions; Publish with major revisions; or Do not publish.

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Submission of a manuscript does  not guarantee publication. The author understands that the Center for World Indigenous Studies, Fourth World Journal will consider manuscripts for general publication or peer reviewed (refereed) manuscripts, and the editorial board may agree to publish contingent upon editorial adjustments. If the manuscript has been approved for publication it may appear in the next succeeding edition of Fourth World Journal or a later journal edition. Publication will occur within 18 months of approval for publication. Subsequent use of Fourth World Journal published manuscripts in other publications must carry the following citation:

Fourth World Journal, Center for World Indigenous Studies, Vol ( ), Number ( ) Date URL (if digitally retrieved).

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