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2020-2021 Open Call for Special Issues of Chinese Education and Society

For over 50 years, the journal Chinese Education & Society has identified important studies and reflected the state of empirical research on education policies and practices within China's changing society. It publishes unabridged translations of scholarship on education and society from China, as well as some original English research articles on topics of contemporary interest.

All journal issues are commissioned and compiled by an invited Guest Editor with special expertise on the research area selected for coverage. All articles are double blind reviewed and directly solicited. Usually once a year, the Editorial Team announces an Open Call for Special Issues, which gives a group of authors the chance to work on an interconnected set of papers focused on a coherent theme. This 2020-2021 Open Call for Special Issues solicits high-quality proposals that will be assessed in a highly competitive procedure.

The journal welcomes original empirical studies on Chinese education and society. It welcomes papers that examine relevant important issues from various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Papers can be submitted in either English or Chinese. Articles submitted in Chinese that have been accepted will be translated into English by the journal’s translation team.

Proposals for a Special Issue must contribute to theory and practice and connect to an area of high interest for the journal. Special Issue proposals do not have to focus on areas that have already been extensively covered in the journal; the range of topics of interest to the journal is quite broad, and might contribute to knowledge in a mature area of study, or an important emerging area.

Proposals for a Special Issue must have a well-elaborated theme. It should aim at an international level of scholarship in a particular research area. We encourage the guest editors to invite contributions of researchers from different countries.

A proposal for a Special Issue should include:

  • the name and address of the guest editor(s);
  • a 500-word rationale, either in English or Chinese, to explain the scope and significance of the proposed theme, including at least 5 key references;
  • a list of the potential authors of around 6 contributions, depending on the length of these contributions;
  • a preliminary time schedule for the preparation of the Special Issue;
  • around 10 possible reviewers of the individual papers, who are not involved as authors.

Please keep our audience in mind: international scholars and graduate students across fields of education (including sociology, economics, history, philosophy, curriculum studies, policy studies, educational administration, etc.), as well as area specialists (China).

The maximum length of a paper is 8,000 words in English (including references, tables and figures). Proposals for Special Issues must be sent directly to the four editors, Professor Stanley Rosen ([email protected]), Professor Gerard A. Postiglione ([email protected]), Professor Xie Ailei ([email protected]), and Professor Tanja Sargent ([email protected]). The selection of proposals will be influenced strongly by an evaluation of the quality of the members of the editorial team.

The review process for the proposal will be expeditiously undertaken. Once the proposal is approved, we will contact the Guest Editor(s) for timelines and details relating to publication. The papers intended for the selected proposal for Chinese Education & Society should be submitted via email. Each will undergo a rigorous double blind peer review.

Please do not hesitate to contact the editors for further details and clarifications.

Thank you.

Gerard A. Postiglione, Stanley Rosen, Xie Ailei, Tanja Sargent