Call for Special Issue Proposals International Migration

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January 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Political Science, Race / Ethnic Studies, Sociology

International Migration is pleased to announce that it will be accepting Special Issue applications for review. This call is open to Special Issues proposals that present cutting-edge research with broad theoretical engagement. IM publishes articles from different scholarly disciplines employing diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives to explore migration in various contexts and regions. Please examine the IM website to develop an idea about the types and scope of research published.

Special Issues are an opportunity to give space to pioneering contributions concerning a specific field of migration research. Special Issues that have a level of coherence are favored to better establish the collection’s contribution to the field. Regarding selection criteria, the editorial team focus on the originality of the Special Issue collection as well as its potential to advance migrations scholarship. We will prioritize proposal engaging with wider theoretical, conceptual, empirical puzzles rather a collection of case studies. Special Issues from scholars from the Global South are especially welcomed as well as proposals that rely on innovative or new methodologies to present research findings.

Special Issue guest editors are expected to be actively involved in the editorial process by reviewing article contributions internally prior to their submission to the journal as well as writing an introduction for the collection that outlines its contribution to advancing migration scholarship. To be sure, upon submission, each individual contribution will be externally evaluated by anonymous reviewers and should therefore comply with the regular quality criteria.

The IM editorial team announces the call for Special Issue proposals that will be evaluated in a competitive procedure. Proposals should have a maximum of 4000 words and must adhere to the guidelines outlined below or the proposal will be rejected.

IM accepts Special Issue proposals bi-annually in January and July. For consideration, all Special Issue proposals should be sent by email to by January 15, 2021 and July 15, 2021.



The Editorial team will review and consider Special Issue proposals received by the deadline outlined and select those they consider to be the most innovative, timely and of high quality. The selection process depends on several factors, but Special Issue editors are expected to highlight:

- How the Special Issue collection and its publication may advance a specific research field

- Ensure the quality of individual papers

- Coherence of Special Issue as a whole

Special Issue proposals should have a maximum of 4000 words and include the following:

- Concept note explaining the premise and need for the Special Issue (max. 1000 words)

- The title of the Special Issue

- List of contributors, institutional affiliations and a note to confirm they are submitting as part of the Special Issue

- The titles and abstracts (or brief summaries) of the article contributions

- Details of origin of the Special Issue (developed from workshop, conference, )

- Expected publication timeline including clear milestones about internal review and submission to IM


Review Process:

After the special issue proposal is accepted, guest editors are expected to:

- Follow up with individual contributors to ensure the overall coherence and cohesiveness of the Special

- Critically review and edit all the article contributions internally before their submission to IM for peer review

- Ensure all article submissions must be made to the journal in a maximum of 1 year after the Special Issue proposal is

- Ensure articles included in the Special Issue using case studies explore broader concerns within migration studies or engage with pertinent theoretical issues rather than limit themselves to the specificities of the case

- Pay special attention to ensure that abstracts reflect the main arguments of the article contributions and titles are carefully

Guest editors must take the following into consideration:

- For the Special Issue to be a complete International Migration Issue, it would ideally include up to 15 articles (including an introduction by the guest editors).

- If at the end of the peer review process, the number of articles is less than 12 articles, it is possible that the Special Issue will be published as a Special Section within a regular issue with non-related original

- If at the end of the peer review process, the number of articles in the Special Issue is less than 6 articles, the editorial team reserves the right to publish the articles as original submissions and not as a Special Section. If at the end of the peer review process, the number of articles in the Special Issue are less than 6 articles, the editorial team reserves the right to publish the articles as original submissions and not as a Special

- It is necessary to include an introductory chapter to ensure the coherence and cohesiveness of the Special Issue or Special

- Special Sections are expected to have the same coherence of a Special Issue and guest editors are expected to submit introductions for the

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