Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies

Call for Special Issue Proposals

The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (JIRS) invites Special Issue Proposals.

Proposals must be submitted by email to the attention of Dr Irina Isaakyan at: [email protected] by 1 March 2024, 12 noon EST – 18.00 hours CET.

Special Issue proposals must be up to 5,000 words long and should include:

A short conceptual, empirical and methodological rationale, explaining the following:

  • why this Special Issue is important in scholarly and political/policy terms;

  • what it adds to existing literatures on the topic;

  • why the selected papers, case studies and approaches have been chosen;

  • how the Special Issue connects the proposed papers into a coherent whole (in other words how is this SI different than the sum of its parts);

    Paper abstracts;

    Biographical notes of contributors  (max 100 words)

    Biographical notes of guest editor (s) (max 200 words)

    Special Issues are expected to include 7-8 article contributions and a substantial Special Issue introduction. Articles should be approximately 8,000 words long all included (references, notes etc).

    You will be notified about the results of the Call by end March 2024. Selected Special Issue proposals should be ready for submission for peer review through Scholar One by end 2024.

    What happens after your proposal is selected?

    Selected proposals will be invited to proceed with the preparation of the special issue for double-blind peer review. Normally guest-editors should do at least one round of peer review themselves, and then submit officially to Scholar One.  We usually try to assign 3-4 reviewers that assess several papers or the entire Special Issue to ensure they have an overall view of the Special Issue. During the reviewing phase, we keep guest-editors informed of the progress. Once a SI is accepted, the aim is to help authors improve their papers and have them published. However, there could be instances where a paper is rejected and not included in the Special Issue.

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    More about the journal

    The last decade has seen an important transformation in international migration: not only have migration flows increased and origins/destinations multiplied but it has also become particularly difficult to distinguish between migrants (moving for economic reasons) and refugees (fleeing persecution and violence).

    The Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies is a double-anonymized, peer-reviewed publication, interdisciplinary and international in scope. It is unique in its character as it covers both migration and refugee studies, with a truly global coverage, across continents and topics. The journal publishes full-length theoretical and empirical research discussing migration governance, migrant/refugee integration, and related policies and practices. The journal privileges international and comparative perspectives but also accepts case studies focusing on specific groups, regions, or countries. Both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches are welcome.

    The journal does not have a book review column and does not accept review articles unless there has been a prior agreement with the Editor in Chief.

    Publication office: Taylor & Francis, Inc., 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

    Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

    Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

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