Call for Special Issue Proposals
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: July 1st, 2023
Policy Studies is a long-standing, international journal focusing 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, populism versus liberalism, The Trump Administration and governance and public administration in China. We have special issues in progress on climate intermediatories and digital campaigning.
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 the articles that should make up the proposed special issue. Each contribution should not exceed 10,000 words.
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
The role of the guest editors will include:
Ensuring the timely delivery of the manuscripts.
Providing names of proposed reviewer and making collaborative decisions on acceptances and rejections.
Writing the Introduction and conclusion for the special issue.
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 should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief [email protected], by 1st July 2023, but will be considered on a rolling basis.
Instructions for authors are available via the journal website.
Proposals will be assessed by the Editor in Chief and members of the editorial board.
Nana Akua Anyidoho University of Ghana, Ghana
Rossana Castiglioni Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Chu May Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sara Connolly University of East Anglia, UK
Patrick Dunleavy London School of Economics, UK
Alan Finlayson University of East Anglia, UK
Rachel M. Gisselquist United Nations University, Finland
Hussein Kassim University of East Anglia, UK
Patrick Le Galès Sciences Po, France
Wei Liu Renmin University of China, China
Kate Mattocks University of East Anglia, UK
M. Jae Moon Yonsei University, South Korea
Pippa Norris Harvard University, USA
Christopher Pepin-Neff Sydney University, Australia
M Ramesh National University of Singapore, Singapore
Farhana Sultana Syracuse University, USA
Diane Stone European University Institute, Italy
Paul ‘t Hart University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Kathleen Thelen Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Giuseppe Veltri University of Trento, Italy
Ariadne Vromen Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Australia
Li Zhang Tsinghua University, China
More about the journal
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:
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 published are predominantly original research articles, but review articles that assess the state of the field are also welcome.
Peer review policy
All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by two anonymous referees.
Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.
Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.