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Special Issue Proposal Guidelines 

Any topic in the scope of CMS is appropriate, but Special Issues should address new areas, or  consolidated areas with significant recent progresses. We strongly encourage researchers to submit a proposal by completing the proposal form and attaching a 2-3 page document that describes in greater detail the scope of the Special  Issue, relevance to the journal, the topics to be covered and the importance of the topic. This document should also include paper titles, abstracts (~250 words), names of authors, affiliations and other relevant details for all papers that would be included in the Special Issue.  Also, please include 1 complete paper or draft to the proposal submission. 

Please send all documents to  and

All Special Issue proposals will be submitted to internal review by the editorial board. If approved by the board, a clear deadline will be agreed upon with the guest editors as for when all articles have to be submitted via the CMS online submission portal . All individual articles can be submitted on a running basis and will be reviewed individually and will be subject to a double-blind peer review (reviewers will be notified that an article is part of a broader Special Issue).  Important to note: Article publication will be continuous, i.e. articles are published into the Special Issue one at  a time as soon as they are ready.

Comparative Migration Studies levies an article-processing charge of £890.00/$1290.00/€1090.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. The APC is determined at the date of acceptance. More about this subject: fees-and-funding. 

Please note that we have several funding waivers and discounts for researchers of accepted papers who require funding assistance. Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

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).

For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from SpringerOpen, please click here.