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Share a Special Issue Proposal

with Policy Studies

Deadline: 1 February 2021

Policy Studies is a long-standing, international journal focussing on public policy and governance at all levels and across all continents. It publishes original articles which are assessed through a rigorous peer-review process.  The journal aims to enable theoretical, methodological and empirical advances in the study of public policy and governance that have consequences of broad, international significance.

The journal has recently published special issues on topics including inclusive voting practices, deliberative policy analysis, the political economy of data and populism versus liberalism.

The journal has revised aims and a new editorial board for 2021.  The journal now welcomes proposals for future special issues.  Interdisciplinary proposals are welcome which fit with the journal aims (below).

Special issues tend to include between six and ten articles, but there is considerable flexibility in terms of the number of articles that should make up the proposed special issue. Each contribution should not exceed 9,000 words.

Proposal Format

A formal proposal should contain the following:

  • Title of the proposed Special Issue
  • Names, contact details, of the proposed Guest Editor(s), as well as a brief biography
  • Overview (500 words) of the rationale behind the proposal, the likely audience and innovation
  • Names, institutional affiliation, paper title and an abstract for each of the papers
  • A timeline for completion

Guest editors

The role of the guest editors will include:

  • Ensuring the timely delivery of the manuscripts
  • Managing the peer review process of the articles on the ScholarOne system, with support from the Policy Studies Editorial Team
  • Writing the Introduction and conclusion for the special issue

Further Notes

  • All papers that form part of the proposal will be sent to blind peer review, so it is advisable that there are more papers in the proposal
  • Special issues are welcome at different levels of development. For example, the guest editors may wish to publish a call for papers to invite contributions. However, proposals will be assessed against whether they are deliverable
  • Proposals will be assessed by the Editor in Chief and members of the editorial board

Proposals should be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief, Toby S. James, by 1st February 2021. Email your Proposal

Policy Studies aims to:

  • Enable theoretical, methodological and empirical advances in the study of public policy and governance that have consequences of broad, international significance.
  • Enable cutting-edge research to be connected to real-world policy problems and vice versa.
  • Identify ‘what works’ in improving the formation and delivery of policy through rigorous research.
  • Identify the state of the art of research in public policy
  • Trace new developments affecting public policy and governance including, but not limited to, those arising from technological, political, economic, informational, or demographic shifts.
  • Breakdown geographical and disciplinary silos by encouraging inter-disciplinarily, historical, comparative and global approaches to the study of policy.
  • Encourage diversity and opportunity in the academy.

The journal takes a pluralistic approach and encourages submissions irrespective of the methodological approach and the country of study.  Although the journal is traditionally based in political science, a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of public policy is encouraged. Articles are predominantly original research articles, but review articles that assess the state of the field are also welcome.

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