Call for Proposals for IPSR Special issue 2021

Call for Proposals for IPSR Special issue 2021

Publication date: Wed, 29 Apr 2020

International Political Science Review (IPSR) is inviting proposals for a special issue in 2021. Prospective guest editors of a special issue should submit proposals to by 30 September 2020.

Special issues should be devoted to a theme of general interest to the discipline, relevant across different regions and subfields. Prospective guest editors should avoid themes that are too close to topics of recent special issues and a list of these appears below. The IPSR tries to achieve a higher representation of female authors. Consequently, we value gender-balanced proposals.

Special issues should consist of a substantial Introduction (of c. 6000 words) plus six to eight articles of a maximum of 8000 words apiece that conform to IPSR's submission criteria.  

All proposals should include the following:

  1. Outline of theme
  2. Rationale in terms of theoretical significance, timeliness and general interest to the discipline.
  3. Abstracts (250 words) of the proposed articles (six to eight articles and editorial introduction)
  4. Brief (one para) author biographies for authors and editors.

Prospective guest editors will be informed whether their proposal has been accepted by November 2020.

Guest editors will be responsible for ensuring the articles are submitted online by an agreed deadline (most probably 30 June 2021) in accordance with IPSR's usual submission guidelines.
The IPSR editors will be responsible for arranging double-blind peer review of the articles.

Queries relating to special issues should be directed to the IPSR editors at

Recent IPSR special issues
Nicole George and Laura J Shepherd,  Exploring the implementation of UNSCR 1325  Vol. 37 (3) 2016

Marianne Kneuer, Brigitte Geissel and Hans-Joachim Lauth,  Measuring the quality of democracy, IPSR Vol. 37 (5), 2016

Adrian Little and Sarah Maddison, Reconciliation, transformation, struggle
IPSR Vol. 38 (2), 2017

Vedi Hadiz and Angelos Chryssogelos, Populism in world politics
IPSR Vol. 38 (4), 2017

Olli Hellmann and Aurel Croissant, State capacity, elections and the resilience of authoritarian rule
IPSR Vol. 39 (1), 2018

Maria Koinova  and Gerasimos Tsourapas, Diasporas and sending states in world politics
IPSR Vol. 39 (3), 2018

Toby James, Holly Ann Garnett, Leontine Loeber, Carolien van Ham, Improving Electoral Management: The organizational determinants of electoral integrity
IPSR Vol. (40) (3), 2019.

Timofey Agarin and Allison McCulloch, Democratization in Divided Places: Designing power-sharing institutions for broad inclusion
IPSR Vol. (41) (3), 2020

Others in process

  • Bjoern Dressel, Raul Sanchez-Urribarri, Alexander Stroh, Informal networks and judicial institutions
  • Guy Lachapelle and Matt Qvortrup, The new politics of creating new states
  • Ragnhild Muriaas, Rainbow Murray, and Vibeke Wang, Gender and the Financial Cost of Elected Office Worldwide