We are delighted to announce that the International Review for the Sociology of Sport is now accepting Proposals for Special Issues. A Special Issue provides an in-depth and sustained engagement with a particular topic through the curation and publication of a number of research articles (between 6 and 10). A Special Issue will be devoted to particularly ground-breaking, innovative and important developments within the field, but may focus on any area within the remit of the journal as defined in the journal’s Aims and Scope, https://journals.sagepub.com/aims-scope/IRS.
Proposals should be up to 2000 words and include the following information:
- The title of the Special Issue.
- An outline of the topic.
- A statement explaining the thinking behind the proposed special issue and/or a rationale why the IRSS should promote this topic in a Special Issue of the journal.
- The name(s) of the proposed Guest Editor(s) and a brief biographical note detailing relevant background and experience.
- A draft call for papers (up to 400 words) containing the above information and identifying indicative topics.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 1 July 2021. The Editor-in-Chief will chair a panel consisting of 5 representatives of the IRSS Editorial Board and ISSA Executive Committee to evaluate proposals. Our current expectation is that the Guest Editor(s) will be chosen within 4 weeks and that a call for contributions can be issued by 1 September 2021, with initial article submissions received in mid-2022.
About being a Special Issue Guest Editor
Guest Editor(s) will be responsible for issuing a Call for Papers, liaising with potential contributors, and answering author enquiries. Working through Manuscriptcentral, the Guest Editor(s) will ensure that submissions conform to the journal style, co-ordinate a rigorous review process for all manuscripts, and make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief about the acceptance, revision or rejection of manuscripts. The Guest Editor(s) will communicate with the journal Editor-in-Chief regarding any developments in the schedule and ensure the timely delivery of manuscript submissions, copyright forms and article proofs. The Guest Editor(s) will write an editorial for the Special Issue and will take an active role in publicising the special issue both before and after publication.
For further information, or to submit your special issue proposal, please contact the current Editor-in-Chief, Dominic Malcolm, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Special Issues
In addition to the above call for Proposals for Special Issues we invite expressions of interest from people who would like to edit a Virtual Special Issue.
A Virtual Special Issue similarly provides an in-depth and sustained engagement with a particular topic but the content is curated from the existing IRSS catalogue of publications. By combining Research Articles, Editorials, Research Notes and Book Reviews that have previously been published in the journal, Editors of Virtual Special Issues highlight scholarly advances made within the sociology of sport. Virtual Special Issues will be devoted to particularly important developments within the field, but Virtual Special Issues especially lend themselves to a timely alignment with particular sports events, anniversaries, etc. Virtual Special Issues will be accompanied by a Editors’ introduction. Virtual Special Issues will normally be hosted solely on the journal’s website.
For further information, or to enquire about curating a Virtual Special Issue, please contact the current Editor-in-Chief, Dominic Malcolm, email@example.com.