Third World Quarterly

Propose a Special Issue

Third World Quarterly (TWQ) is the leading journal of scholarship and policy-relevant research in the broad field of Global South studies and is now welcoming proposals in this field. Special Issue proposals must be in line with the journal’s aims and scope and should present innovative, interesting research on critical issues and core debates affecting the Global South.

Prospective Guest Editors are encouraged to submit thematic collections of articles that are coherent, robust, and original contributions to scholarship. The journal’s focus is on internationally comparative or regional research. Special Issues about a single country will not normally be considered.

Cross-disciplinary, critical, and innovative approaches are encouraged, with each article expected to have strong empirical underpinnings. Although each article should be able to stand alone, the journal expects to see a clear connection between each article and how it contributes to the overarching argument of the Special Issue.

Special Issues published in TWQ will be considered for re-edition in the Routledge ThirdWorlds book series to increase their reach.

TWQ welcomes authorship teams from diverse backgrounds and values gender-balanced proposals. The journal also encourages the dissemination of research by early career researchers, especially from the Global South, and proposals are expected to include scholars from the areas under research.

Since its inception, TWQ has sought to encourage transnational and regional cooperation to ensure diverse debates that move forward academic research. Guest Editors may wish to consider applying for the Global South Colloquium Fund (GSCF), which offers financial support for workshops and other events that enable the collaborative work of Global South researchers.

Submission Instructions

Prospective Guest Editors should complete the journal’s proposal form electronically and return it to the Third World Quarterly editorial office by email. Proposals are being accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed by the Special Issues Coordinating Editors. Guest Editors will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

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More about the journal

Third World Quarterly

Third World Quarterly (TWQ) is the leading journal in the field of Global South studies, focussed on historical and contemporary structures and relations of inequality and development. It was launched in 1978, in the context of the North-South Dialogue and the then-emerging New International Economic Order. TWQ is committed to a just and equitable future for what is historically known as the ‘Third World’.

The journal has a legacy of publishing progressive and exploratory content that is anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-sexist. It continues to shape academic and policy agendas across political and development discourses, as well as the postcolonial trajectories of Global South nations and peoples. TWQ articles showcase the agency and rising power of the Global South in setting the agenda and providing alternatives to Western ideologies, global inequities, and responses to the global permacrisis.

TWQ has a broad remit and publishes a wide range of research on social justice, environmental sustainability, health, statebuilding, mobilities, security, financial systems, peacebuilding and human rights, culture and art, among other topics. The journal encourages contributions from across the social sciences and humanities, including but not limited to:

  • international relations; 
  • development studies; 
  • women’s, gender and queer studies; 
  • race, class and ethnicity studies; 
  • heterodox economics and critical political economy; 
  • and historical and sociocultural research.

TWQ welcomes interdisciplinary contributions as well as case studies that are theoretically informed. The journal also fosters bridge building between policy research and practitioner relevance. TWQ supports and disseminates the voices of early career researchers, especially from the Global South, and welcomes proposals for ground-breaking special issues that interrogate crucial topics relevant to the journal’s mission and bring together scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Peer review

The journal is edited by a global and multidisciplinary team of Academic Editors. All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal and, if found suitable for further consideration, are then subject to double-anonymous peer review by two or more external reviewers; all peer review is conducted via the journal’s ScholarOne platform. For special issues, the review process itself is conducted by the guest editors, but is then reviewed by one of the journal’s Academic Editors who will make the decisions on each article taking into consideration the Guest Editor’s recommendation. The journal may occasionally publish shorter Viewpoint pieces, which are by invitation only and are reviewed by the editorial team before publication.

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

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article. Details on how to submit proposals for special issues are to be found here.

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