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Journal of Cyber Policy

Deadline: 15 June 2021

Global Cyber Governance:


As part of its project, “A cyberspace for all: towards an inclusive approach to cyberspace governance”, the International Security Department at Chatham House is preparing a special issue of the Journal of Cyber Policy. The special issue will be implemented in tandem with the two parallel UN General Assembly (UNGA) processes; the Group of Governmental Experts on Developments on the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE) and the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG).

The aim of the special issue is to advance an informed debate on global cyber governance amongst policy-makers and stakeholders from different regions around the world. It aims to create a solid body of knowledge on global cyber governance to help inform policy development in this area.

Chatham House is calling for papers which explore and raise awareness around the following themes.

A.    Existing and emerging threats in cyberspace

B.    Norms, rules and principles for the responsible behaviour of States

C.    Confidence-building measures

D.    International cooperation and assistance in ICT security and capacity-building

E.    International law application to the use of ICTs

F.    What happens next? enforcement and accountability

Most of these themes are based on the 2015 UNGGE consensus report, which has also been seen by most states as a good basis for discussions within the OEWG meetings.

Through this call for papers, we are looking for interdisciplinary research across different fields, regions and stakeholders’ group which will help create a rounded understanding of the different dimensions of cyber governance. Hence, the Journal’s editorial team is committed to geographical diversity and gender balance in the authorship of papers and is seeking submissions from authors from different fields (economics, mathematics, law, etc) and backgrounds (i.e. practitioners, policy makers, academics or technologists).

Submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit relevant articles for consideration by the editorial board. The editorial team will accept the successful articles on a rolling basis which will then be published online. At the end of 2021, all articles will be aggregated in one issue and will be published online with open access and in hard copy.

Interested authors are asked to submit as a first step their abstract and paper outline (400- 600 words), sketching out the key ideas in their proposed paper. The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2021.  The editorial team will then consider the proposals and make a decision with regards to the commissioning of the full paper within three weeks of the submission of the abstract. Completed manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (not including notes and references).  

Completed manuscripts or outlines/abstracts should be submitted via Routledge, Taylor & Francis’ ScholarOne system. Full ‘Instructions for authors’ can be found here.

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Editor: Emily Taylor

Guest Editor: Chris Painter

Co-Editor: Joyce Hakmeh


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