CfP: Migration and Society Call for Special Section proposals – issue 8 (2025)

Migration and Society invites Special Section proposals for publication in issue 8 (2025).

Proposals should reflect the journal’s aims and scope. We particularly welcome and encourage submissions that include guest editors and contributors from the Global South.

Recent Special Sections include: ‘Transnational street business: migrants in the informal urban economy’; ‘The role of “voluntariness” in the governance of migration’; ‘The stakes of sanctuary’; and ‘Religion and refugees’. Forthcoming Special Sections (2024): ‘Colonialism, Postcoloniality and the Study of Forced Migration’ and ‘Critical Humanitarianisms: Neoliberal Entanglements, Expertise and Temporality in Migration’.

Each Special Section should include an introduction (co)authored by the Guest Editors, in addition to between 4-8 research articles (max. 8,000 words each) addressing the key issues. Migration and Society is committed to inclusive citation and scholarly practice. We encourage Guest Editors to ensure diversity among contributors, and we encourage our contributors to ensure they reference and engage with the work of female, black, and minority ethnic writers, and work by other under- represented groups.

Guest Editors are responsible for working with the Journal Editors to identify prospective peer reviewers for the articles and to manage the review process, including liaising with contributors to ensure quality submissions; final editorial decisions rest with the Journal Editors.

Subscribe to open

Since 2019, Migration and Society has been publishing all articles through a no-cost open access scheme supported by the journal’s pilot ‘subscribe to open’ model. This is a model whereby libraries subscribe to the journal, which enables all articles to be open access at no charge at all to any authors.

Indexing and abstracting

Migration and Society is indexed/abstracted in European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS), and Scopus (Elsevier)

To submit a proposal

Proposals should include: overview of the theme, intended contribution of the Special Section and its fit with Migration and Society’s aims and scope (max 1 page), titles and abstracts of individual articles including author names and affiliations, CVs of the guest editors, including previous editorial experience. For detailed Special Section guidelines, please see here: Special Section Proposals:

Articles should be ready for peer review in early 2024.

Proposals should not be under consideration with other journals or presses at the same time.

Proposals should be submitted by 30 September 2023; a decision will be made and communicated by the end of October.

Editors’ contact details:

To submit a proposal, please write to

Migration and Society co-editors: Mette Louise Berg, Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Tatiana Thieme