How to propose special issues

The competition for special issue proposals is currently closed. If you are interested in discussing a special issue proposal please contact our editorial manager:

Guidelines for proposals for special issues

  1. All proposals must be sent to our editorial manager by 31st May. We will notify all prospective special issue editors by the following September 1st, and invite the successful editors to send us the papers they wish to be part of the special issue.
  2. Prior to initiating an application for a special issue, please read The Sociological Review manifesto, which outlines the journal’s focus and aims. We particularly encourage proposals that entail collaboration across relevant disciplines, that include contributions from early career scholars and scholars beyond global north academic institutions, and on topics that are international in scope. Accordingly, any proposal should include information on contributors, as well as a statement outlining the editorial experience of special issue proposers.
  3. You should initially contact the journal Editors to discuss your idea for a special issue, though we also welcome complete draft proposals of special issues. In the first phase we will assess whether the special issue is appropriate for The Sociological Review. If the idea or proposal seems appropriate, we will ask, where necessary, for the proposal to be drafted along the following guidelines. Proposals should:
    1. be no more than 5 pages long (double spaced, Times 12 font).
    2. include names and details of editors and contributors.
    3. include the rationale for, and the aims of, the collection, as well as an account of the appeal of the special issue to readers of The Sociological Review. In particular, there should be both a statement detailing what is new and noteworthy about the proposed collection, and an outline of the advantages of publishing the papers together as a special issue, as opposed to publishing them separately.
    4. incorporate provisional titles and abstracts of papers.
    5. include recommendations for up to three potential referees for each paper, with a statement of any current or prior association of the referee with the applicant and/or the special issue project.
  4. All articles published as part of a special issue are fully refereed, and the usual refereeing process will be instituted. It is not unusual that some articles will not be accepted for publication. In these circumstances, the journal Editors will decide on whether the special issue needs to be converted to a special section, or individual articles are published as stand alone papers.

It is advised that the Introduction to a special issue be drafted toward the end of the refereeing process. Comments and advice on the Introduction will be provided by the journal Editors. A similar procedure applies in cases where there is a proposal for an Afterword.