Announcement: Call for Special Issue Proposal


Nordic Journal of Social Research invites proposals for a Special Issue to be published in 2021 with a deadline February 1st 2019. Decisions will be taken by early March 2019. NJSR special issue proposals should be sent to the editor-in-chief Anne Sigfrid Grønseth ( 

The proposal should include: 

  • The title and description of the theme, including a statement of what kind of a significant contribution the proposed issue will make to the field of social research more broadly (max 1500 words). Note that a Special Issue cannot be a mere collection of articles on the same topic
    · Name and bios (max 200 words) of guest editors as well as contact details 
  • Abstracts (max 500 words) of the articles to be included in the issue, name, contact details and bios (max 100 words) of all the authors
    · Suggested timetable in which you indicate clearly when you plan to submit the full papers for review, please note that the entire process from first submissions to revision(s) to acceptance to copyediting to publication is estimated to about 18 months. 

In order to discuss the relevance of their topic for NJSR, potential special issue editors may want to contact the editor-in-chief before submitting a special issue proposal. A preliminary approval of the topic by the editor-in-chief is, however, not a decision of acceptance, and all articles are subject to peer review. 

Normally, Special Issues consists of maximum 6 articles (8,000 words) as well as a shorter Introduction (4, 000 words). Potential special issue editors may want to collect special issue articles in different ways. Those who want to announce an open call for abstracts should not mention NJSR in the call. However, if the call is sent to a selected, closed group of potential authors, NJSR can be mentioned as the intended journal to propose a submission, making it also clear that the call is not made on behalf of NJSR. In all cases, it is important to inform the potential authors that all articles will go through a blind peer review process, which will determine the eventual outlook of the issue. Only papers that pass the review process and are revised accordingly can be published. 

The peer-review process in NJSR special issues works on three levels: (1) The guest editors pre-review the articles, after which (2) each article will be sent to external referees. (Normally, articles submitted to NJMR are reviewed by 2-3 external referees, but with special issues we place additional responsibility on the pre- screening to the guest editors.) (3) After this referee process, the in-house editorial team together with editor-in-chief will also comment on the coherence of the whole issue in addition to commenting on individual papers.