Call For Special Issue

The International Review of Public Policy invites prospective authors and guest editors to propose a Special Issue. 

The proposal should be geared towards the aims and objectives of the journal, and obviously, deal with public policy research. The journal contributes to the development of theories of the policy process, empirical tests, and applications of theoretical models, the study of the policy process, the analysis of key stages of the decision and implementation process, research on evaluation and appraisal methods and theories, critical policy analysis. We publish both comparative and single-case studies, drawing on a variety of conceptual frameworks. The IRPP does not discriminate against any ontological presupposition. 

Methodologically, our journal is open to experiments, statistical/econometric, qualitative, and interpretive methods, as well as to mixed methods. An important objective of the journal is to publish state-of-the-art social science research that makes a broad range of findings available to policy-makers, civil society organizations, pressure groups, and citizens concerned about policy issues. Thus, if you think that the proposal has this added value, you should flag this up in your proposal.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Editorial Board with the assistance of members of the Scientific Committee.

Submissions for Special Issues

Proposals for Special Issue should include : 


  • Title of the Special Issue
  • Name and affiliation of the Guest Editor(s) and a brief CV
  • A Proposal (up to 1000 words) for the special issue including the aims of the Special Issue and how it fits with the aims and objectives of the journal. We suggest explaining how the Special Issue you are proposing will appeal to a broad audience who may not be interested in the particular subfield you are working on. In short, what is the expected impact of the Special Issue? Equally important is to point out to what is genuinely new in your proposal and why this matters to an audience of policy researchers. For proposals that are rich in data, you may also wish to point to the type of data used and how you will facilitate transparency and replication. 
  • A list of authors of individual papers that have agreed to submit a contribution to the Special Issue, the title of their paper(s), and a max 200-word abstract.
  • Written confirmation that all authors indicated in the proposal are committed to the Special Issue and will not submit their manuscript elsewhere. 
  • A timetable showing the project management including deadlines workshops planned or carried out in the past or likely to happen if the Proposal is accepted

More information

  • Peer Review Policy: International Review of Public Policy is a peer-reviewed journal (double-blind). 
  • Publication: IRPP is fully open-access. We have plenty of opportunities to provide data for replications and online appendixes. 
  • Organization of the review process: Upon acceptance of the proposal, IRPP will nominate a member of the Editorial Board to accompany the guest editor(s) in the process. The guest editor(s) will propose a list of reviewers to the member of the Editorial Board in charge of the Special Issue. The member of the Editorial Board will be in charge of contacting at least two external referees per article, drawing on the list suggested by the guest editors, but also, when necessary, upon her/his own initiative. The IRPP Office will manage the review process from our platform and liaise with the guest editor(s) and the member of the Editorial Board. All decisions on acceptance of the manuscripts will be taken by the guest editor(s) and one member of the Editorial Board, who will provide advice and suggestions at key stages. The guest editor(s) and authors will be expected to check proofs.  
  • Publishing: The guest editor(s) ensure that the authors use the correct style, following our regular submission guidelines.


 Pls send your proposal to the IRPP office: and in cc to Prof. Claudio Radaelli:

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