Guidelines for themed issues

Policy and Society publishes four (4) themed issues annually. Each issue is typically devoted to a single policy theme. The theme may be approached from a particular or, preferably, interdisciplinary social science perspective.

Each issue normally consist of an introductory review article (approximately 6 – 8,000 words) and 5 – 7 articles (approximately 6,000 – 8,000 words). The content development of each issue is overseen by a special Guest Editor. The title of the themed issue and the name of the Guest Editor(s) are printed on the front cover. All papers in each of the themed issues are subject to peer review and benefit from comments and editorial guidance from the Guest Editor and Policy & Society Editors.

Themed issue papers must fulfill all the normal requirements of any individual paper in terms of quality and scholarship as well as be of relevance to a wide international and interdisciplinary readership. Themed issue papers are peer reviewed using the same criteria of quality, originality, and significance as applied to other academic papers.

Themed issues should broadly address the aims and scope of Policy and Society by exploring policy and its manifestations in broader political, economic and social contexts. The Journal welcomes original submissions that deal with policy theory and practice at the local, national and/or international levels, including review issues on the state of the field.

How to submit a proposal for a themed issue

All themed issues must receive initial approval from the Editors before papers are submitted. The first step is to submit a formal proposal, addressed to the Editors at

Proposals should be approximately 3-4 pages in length and address each of the following criteria:

  1. The title of the proposed themed issue
  2. Statement of policy subject to be explored
  3. Statement on the significance of this area to public policy research
  4. Statement on the rationale for the proposed Journal issue.
  5. A list of the proposed articles with abstracts
  6. A list of the names and affiliations of potential contributors
  7. An outline timetable (see the Editorial Procedure below)

Upon approval of the proposal by the Editors, one Editor will be appointed to oversee the project and liaise with the Guest Editor.

For Editorial Procedure and detailed instructions click here.

Proposals should be forwarded to: