Call for Expressions of Interest : Call for Expressions of Interest for Thematic Issues of GJSS

Submission deadline: 31 August 2016

The Graduate Journal of Social Science is a well-established, peer-reviewed, open access, social science journal with an international and interdisciplinary readership. The journal publishes three thematic issues a year that include academic papers, book reviews, and also photography, poetry and creative writing pieces. We encourage submissions by PhD, MPhil and MA students, and also by early career and more senior academics. Thematic issues in the recent past have included:

  • Men, Masculinities, and Violence
  • Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape
  • Disabilities and Sexualities: Exploring Intersections and Multiplicities
  • The Conditions of Praxis: Theory and Practice in Activism and Academia
  • Critical Whiteness Studies Methodologies

We are now inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from potential thematic issue editors for two future issues of the journal. We encourage EOI submissions from doctoral and other postgraduate students, as well as from post-doctoral researchers. We welcome interest from scholars in the Global South. We are open to a wide range of interest areas in social sciences, and not reluctant about pushing the boundaries of conventional academic literature. We appreciate accessible academic writing that is useful and meaningful for our multidisciplinary readers. Please note that we do not offer any monetary compensation or reward to thematic issue editors or authors. Also, there is no publication fee for authors.

Key tasks and responsibilities of the thematic issue editors will include:

  • Coordinating with the GJSS editorial team at all stages of the process
  • Issuing and publicizing a call for papers
  • Receiving and acknowledging received manuscripts
  • Identifying and contacting appropriate peer-reviewers, sending manuscripts to peer-reviewers (two reviewers for each manuscript), and ensuring a masked review process
  • Making manuscript acceptance/rejection decisions based on reviewer feedback
  • Sending manuscripts for revisions to authors, and revised manuscripts to reviewers for final feedback
  • Writing a high-quality editorial
  • Assisting the GJSS editorial team with getting the issue ready for publication, ensuring the papers adhere to the journal’s formatting and referencing guidelines
  • Publicizing the printed issue
  • Working professionally, ethically, and with academic integrity at all stages of the process

We require a team of two or more editors for every thematic issue, so please submit your EOI as a group (unfortunately we won’t be able to entertain individual submissions).

If you have a creative and exciting idea for a future thematic issue of GJSS, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your EOI as a double-spaced 2-3 page proposal, detailing your idea(s) including the nature and scope of the proposed issue, and an anticipated timeline in terms of various stages starting with call for papers to publication. At this time we are looking for thematic issue editors for two issues, to be tentatively published in July 2017 and January 2018.

Send your EOIs to editors in chief Alankaar Sharma and James Beresford ( by 31st August 2016. Please note that we will only be able to respond to group submissions (2 or more editors) that include a proposal.

Submission Deadline

31 August 2016