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Call for Collections & Paper Clusters

Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) welcomes proposals for Collections & Paper Clusters on on suitable migrational or integrative themes. This is an invitation to scholars who are interested in editing either type of thematic series. Articles published in Collections and Paper Clusters are widely appreciated by our readership and belong to the most highly cited papers. 

A Collection can be defined as formal aggregate of articles (solicited by designated Guest Editors who manage the overall review process of all pertinent submissions) surrounding a specific topical research theme. Articles belonging to a Collection are published as regular research articles as soon as they are accepted for publication, and then grouped under a specific title within the Collection section of the journal’s website and introduced by an editorial. 

A Paper Cluster can be defined as formal aggregate of no more than 4 articles either identified and/or solicited by designated Guest Editors surrounding a specific topical research theme. Articles belonging to a Paper Cluster are published as regular research articles as soon as they are accepted for publication, and then grouped under a specific title within the Paper Clusters section of the journal’s website Paper Clusters can incorporate previously published articles and do not include editorials.


We strongly encourage researchers to submit a proposal (~800 words) for a Collection or Paper Cluster to  and
Proposals are welcome at any time and will be evaluated by the Editors-in-Chief on scientific soundness and interest to our readership. Proposals should include:  

  • The title of the Collection or Paper Cluster
  • A brief summary of the  topic, including the reasons why the topic is important and timely
  • A short list of specific topics of interest
  • Methodological aspects
  • The name or names of potential independent Guest Editor(s) as well as affiliations and contact information
  • A tentative timetable including a submission deadline and desired month of publication

Key Advantages of Publishing with Comparative Migration Studies (CMS)

High Visibility

Comparative Migration Studies is a peer-reviewed Open Access online publication, free to download. Said Open Access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wider, global audience. 

Speed of Publication

Comparative Migration Studies offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Comparative Migration Studies and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Comparative Migration Studies gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and Press Coverage

Articles published in Comparative Migration Studies are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Comparative Migration Studies may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Comparative Migration Studies. 


Authors of articles published in Comparative Migration Studies retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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