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Journal of Belonging

and Human Connection

Brill Publishers



A sense of belonging is a fundamental human need. Alarmingly, research tells us that a significant portion of the population feel lonely and like they don’t belong. Loneliness has become an epidemic and people in adolescence and old age groups are at risk. Having a sense of belonging has widespread physiological and psychological benefits, with positive outcomes that transcend the lifespan, and possibly generations. The need to belong is common for all people irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, geography, or location.

The aim of this journal is to present contemporary research on belonging, human connection and loneliness and draw together transdisciplinary approaches and theoretical orientations to address a burgeoning issue of our time. A secondary aim of the journal is to highlight how detrimental a lack of belonging is for psychological and physical functioning. The Journal of Belonging and Human Connection (JBHC) is a direct response to a critical issue and seeks to provide a platform for which we can begin to address it.


Ethical and Legal Conditions


The publication of a manuscript in a peer-reviewed work is expected to follow standards of ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: authors, editors, and reviewers. Authors, editors, and reviewers should thoroughly acquaint themselves with Brill’s publication ethics, which may be downloaded here:




The journal will have online submission in 2022. Until that time, please send expressions of interest to contribute to our inaugural issue by email to the Editors-in-Chief, at :


Christopher Boyle

Kelly-Ann Allen


Double-blind Peer Review

JBHC uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that manuscript author(s) do not know who the reviewers are and that reviewers do not know the names of the author(s).

When you submit your article via Editorial Manager, you will be asked to submit a separate title page that includes the full title of the manuscript, the names and complete contact details of all authors, the abstract, keywords, and any acknowledgement texts. This page will not be accessible to the referees. All other files (manuscript, figures, tables, etc.) should not contain any information concerning author names, institutions, etc. The names of these files and the document properties should also be anonymised. There will be instances where a triple blind  review process will be used. As in the case of a double-blind review, in triple-blind review reviewers are also anonymous , however  the author's are anonymous to both the reviewers and the editors. Such articles will be anonymised on submission and will be used to reduce conflict of interest for submissions received from the editorial team or board.

More details on submission guidelines coming soon. 


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