Call for Proposals for Thematic Special Issues of Socio-Economic Review


Deadline: July 31, 2018

Socio-Economic Review (SER) is pleased to invite proposals for either of the thematic Special Issues to be published in 2020 or 2021.

A Special Issue is a peer reviewed collection of articles on a specific theme. The theme should normally focus on a new or distinctive area of inquiry insufficiently explored in socio-economic literature, has a broad relevance, and falls within the aims and scope of the journal. Thereby, a special issues provides an opportunity to collectively explore a new topic, develop insightful new lines of research and exchange in dialogue across disciplines such as sociology, political science, economics, business, law or history.

A proposal should contain the following information:
1. The names, contact details, and positions of the proposed Guest Editor(s) together with brief biographical details.
2. The title of the proposed special issue.
3. A one-page “call for papers” indicating the main theme, key topics, and methodological foci for submissions to the Special Issue.
4. A list containing titles and short abstracts of any potential contributions, information about the authors and indication of their commitment. Guest editors are not permitted to submit regular peer review papers for the special issue, but are encouraged to write a substantive introductory article developing the state of the art around the topic.
5. A description of the rationale behind the proposal, its planned scope, innovative nature in relation to existing published work, and likely relevance for readers of Socio-Economic Review. Please read the Editorial Policy Statement of SER via the following webpage: http://ser.oxfordjournals.org/
6. An envisioned timetable including a deadline for the first submission, a period for review and resubmission, and deadline for final print-ready papers.

Key Information:
The team of Guest Editors for the Special Issue will handle all manuscripts from their initial submission; they assign reviewers, and they make decisions (reject, revise, conditionally accept) and communicate those decisions to the authors. Guest Editors are encouraged to use a mix of invited and open submissions for the Special Issue, working to actively solicit quality submissions. However, all manuscripts for the Special Issue must undergo double-blind peer review and revisions according to normal SER review process and in accordance with SER’s editorial policy and formal guidelines. Final acceptance of papers is done in consultation with the Editors of SER.

A special issue typically has 6-8 regular length papers plus editors’ introduction. SER manuscripts are generally no longer than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of references, notes, tables, figures and appendices, but excluding online appendices). Manuscripts should follow a clear line of argument and written in a concise style without sacrificing meaningful content.

Proposals and queries may be sent to chief editor Gregory Jackson at: gregory.jackson@fu-berlin.de

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