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Call for Special Issues

CMS accepts proposals for special issues twice a year. Special issue proposals (as PDF files) can be sent to Check out the full guidelines...


Article Collections

Externalization at work: Responses to Migration Polices from the Global South
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 22 March 2019

Migration research in the Mediterranean in perspective: variable focal length
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 8 February 2019

Gendered dynamics of migration and transnational social protection
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 13 December 2018

The second generation from refugee backgrounds in Europe
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 29 October 2018

In search of a frame: Challenges and opportunities for sampling immigrant minorities
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 3 November 2017

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Paper Clusters

NEW! CMS introduces  a continuously call for Paper Clusters. A paper cluster has no more than 4 articles. Are you interested in submitting a proposal? Check out our guidelines. 

Aims and scope

Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal that provides a platform for articles that focus on comparative research in migration, integration, and race and ethnic relations. It presents readers with an extensive collection of comparative analysis, including studies between countries, groups, levels, and historical periods. CMS publishes research based on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies. Contributions cover a wide disciplinary angle across the social sciences and the humanities. We are looking for articles that push present understanding of migration integration, and race and ethnic relations in new conceptual, methodological, and empirical directions.

Topics include, but are not limited to: migration and integration in relation to citizenship, national identity, refugee and asylum policy, social movements (pro and anti-immigration), gender, racialization, whiteness, ethnic and religious diversity and (post)colonialism.

Most popular articles published recently

How the different policies and school systems affect the inclusion of Syrian refugee children in Sweden, Germany, Greece, Lebanon and Turkey
by Maurice Crul et al.

Mare nostrum: the political ethics of migration in the Mediterranean
by Rainer Bauböck

Migration patterns and emigrants’ transnational activities: comparative findings from two migrant origin areas in Ethiopia
by Girmachew Adugna

How do refugees affect social life in host communities? The case of Congolese refugees in Rwanda
by Veronika Faijth et al.

Young refugees in education: the particular challenges of school systems in Europe
by Claudia Koehler & Jens Schneider

Word limit

Submissions to Comparative Migration Studies should be between 8,000 and 9,000 words.

Commentary Series

Who needs integration? Debating a central, yet increasingly contested concept in migration studies
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 25 September 2018

Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 4 September 2017

Solidarity in diverse societies: Nationhood, immigration and the welfare state
Comparative Migration Studies
Collection first published: 20 June 2016

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    115 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    111 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    237 days from submission to acceptance
    88 days from acceptance to publication

    913 Altmetric mentions

    Citation Impact
    2.16 - CiteScore

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