Social Analysis Call for Papers

Social Analysis

Editors: Judith Bovensiepen, Martin Holbraad, Hans Steinmüller


Social Analysis publishes up to two Special Issues per year. These are selected through an annual Call for Special Issue Proposals

Our current call is for proposals to be submitted to the editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 January 2021. The shortlisting of proposals will be conducted in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board. The guest editors of shortlisted proposals will be invited to submit the complete manuscript of the Special Issue by 15 April 2021. The manuscripts will then go to peer review, and on the basis of the reviews, the editors will decide on the publication. If deemed strong enough by peer reviewers and editors, the Special Issue will be published in 2022.

Special Issue proposals should be up to 2,000 words and include (a) a brief description of the theme and focus, including an explanation of the rationale for its selection of articles; (b) an account of its contribution to the existing literature; (c) an explanation of how the Special Issue addresses the journal’s Aims and Scope; (d) abstracts of no longer than 125 words for each article, indicating expected word length (including endnotes and references); (e) an indication of the state of the manuscript at the time of proposal (e.g., whether drafts of the articles are already available, whether the introduction has been written, whether an afterword is pending).

Please note that Special Issues can have a total word count of no more than 66,000 words (including endnotes and references). So, including the introduction, this would typically include 8 articles of up to 8,000 words each, or 9 to 10 substantially shorter articles.

Manuscripts should be submitted following the journal’s style guide available in PDF format:

Deadline for submitting a proposal: 15 January 2021

Please send all article submissions to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Analysis is published and distributed in print and online by Berghahn Journals. The journal is part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open pilot. As such, all articles from 2020 forward will be published Open Access with no Article Processing Fees (APCs) or other fees. More information at

Visit Social Analysis online for further details, including submission guidelines.