Guidelines for Special Issue Proposals

Comparative Migration Studies (CMS) accepts proposals for special issues twice a year. The next deadline for submitting proposals is November 1st 2017. Special issue proposals (as PDF files) should be sent to info@comparativemigrationstudies.org.


 Proposals for special issues should contain the following information: 

  • A clear outline of the special issue (max. 1500 words), addressing at least the following items: 
    • Theoretical relevance 
    • Comparative orientation
    • Methodological aspects
    • Coherency of the special issue (also including how the guest editors bring the articles together)
    • Rationale behind selection of papers and contributors 
    • A clear description of the process of how the SI is put together and how internal debate was promoted (CMS prefers proposals of special issues that have already been discussed for instance at conference panels).
  • An outline of papers, addressing at least the following items:
    • Titles of papers, with names and institutional affiliations of all authors
    • Abstracts of every paper (200-400 words)
    • Biographies of the guest editors (max. 250 words)
    • Practical information: o Contact information of all the guest editors
    • Timeline for completion of the SI (including a sound estimation of the current state of the papers) 


All special issue proposals will be submitted to internal review by the editorial board and the advisory board of CMS. If approved by the board, a clear deadline is agreed with the guest editors as for when all articles should be submitted via the online submission system. Individual articles can be submitted on a running basis and will be reviewed individually (reviewers will be notified that an article is part of a broader special issue). Guest editors will be informed on the progress of the review of individual articles. Guest editors are also responsible for the communication of deadlines to the contributors involved. The final decision on acceptation of articles will be taken by the editorial board. Guest editors may be asked to suggest external reviewers. 

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