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Refugee Review Call for Papers: Emerging Issues in Forced Migration – Perspectives from Research and Practice

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: October 31, 2018

The ESPMI Network is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the fourth volume of its journal, Refugee Review. It is an open-access, peer-reviewed e-journal that features a range of submission styles by scholars, practitioners, activists, artists, migrants, and anyone else working and studying within the field of forced migration. Refugee Review is an independent platform, offering a unique publishing opportunity for early stage professionals, as well as for established scholars that support its mission. Refugee Review has a commitment to equity, respect, and honours the dignity of all persons. Accordingly, we reserve the right to refuse, or request amendment of any submissions that may degrade the dignity of a particular group.

2018 Call for Submissions Overview

Scholars and practitioners worldwide are grappling with key questions related to research and practice, particularly concerning ethics, representation, and impact. The next issue of the Refugee Review intends to explore and expand these issues by focusing on four areas in forced migration: new dissemination practices and public engagement, bridging research to policy and practice, methodological challenges and innovations, and supporting emerging scholars and practitioners (see Thematic Areas below).

Within these thematic areas, we invite submissions in four styles: academic articles, opinion papers, practitioner reports, and multimedia submissions (see Submission Categories below). If prospective contributors have another submission format, let us know and we will work to accommodate it. Submissions must not be of previously published work or in submission elsewhere.

Submissions are encouraged  from cross-disciplinary perspectives that concern refugees and forced migration. Contributions may include, but are not limited to, novel approaches, preliminary results from field research, changing legal standards, gaps in protection, regional case studies, gender-related aspects, social innovation practices, and policy responses.

Thematic Areas

  1. New Dissemination Practices & Public Engagement in Forced Migration Research

What are the disconnections/discrepancies between current methods of dissemination in forced migration research and public awareness of these issues? What are the barriers that early career migration researchers might face in accessing effective dissemination practices? How is new media (i.e., websites, mobile apps, social media) currently utilized by migration researchers and what are the ethics of such practice?  Within this cluster, we encourage submissions that interrogate current as well as new or under-utilized methods of dissemination and public engagement.

  1. Bridging Forced Migration Research to Policy and Practice

We encourage submissions that investigate how a stronger understanding of the process of policy-making and implementation can help migration researchers effectively engage with policy, policymakers, and practitioners. Submissions may examine how research can be activist in orientation and rigorous in knowledge production, the unintended consequences of policy relevant research, what constitutes relevance to policy, how policy-irrelevant research can produce new knowledge on peoples and processes, and/or how can we better bridge the tension between scholarly and practical impact.

  1. Methodological Challenges and Innovations in Forced Migration Research

Submissions should critically examine the evolution of methodological approaches to research on forced migration. Authors should contribute to and discuss the research needs, data sources, and changing landscape of methodological approaches, considering the relationship between research and policy as well as the implications of different methods. An important consideration may be to contribute to critical discourse surrounding the rapidly changing technological environment in which refugees, researchers, and practitioners exist. A crucial question to grapple with is whether increased access to data and improved methodological tools enables or constrains increased understanding.

  1. Supporting Emerging Migration Scholars and Practitioners

Submissions should creatively address strategies that support emerging members of the migration studies community, and stimulate dialogue around the challenges and best practices for creating professional opportunities for those new to the field. Topics may include: current mentorship, publishing, and employment opportunities available to emerging scholars and practitioners; barriers hindering the inclusion of emerging scholars and practitioners in migration discourses, policy development, and research innovations; inclusion strategies for networks and projects for emerging scholars and practitioners with lived experiences of forced migration; strategies to connect with stakeholders and/or established scholar-practitioners; and ideas about where the field of migration is headed in the next 10 years in terms of research needs, policymaker engagement, data requirements, and public outreach.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions: October 31, 2018
  • Submit to: Please send questions to the same address.
  • Abstract submissions must include:
    • Submission category (indicate in the email subject line: academic article, opinion piece, practitioner report, multimedia)
    • Author(s), affiliation(s), corresponding email
    • Thematic area (new dissemination techniques and public engagement; bridging policy and practice; methodological issues; supporting emerging scholars and practitioners)
    • Abstract text (Title, text no longer than 400 words, 5-10 keywords)
    • Funding details (if applicable)
  • All submissions must be in English.

Submission Categories

Academic Articles:

We seek submissions that interrogate the existing literature on forced migration, present in-depth research in a given area, or offer original insights into a situation or trend. Submissions must not exceed 6000 words (including footnotes). Articles are required to use Chicago style endnotes.

Opinion Papers and Practitioner Reports:

Opinion Papers and Practitioner Reports may be contributions that reflect on personal experiences of displacement as well as report practices of non-governmental organizations and staff. We seek critical, balanced analyses that allow the reader to gain an understanding of the context in which the report is written and that engages with wider implications of the situation described. Articles for the Opinion and Report Section should be approximately 2000 words and no more than 5000 words.

Multimedia Submissions:

Multimedia submissions may include, but are not limited to: videos, photos, artwork, and spoken word pieces. Accompanying the multimedia submission should be a short blurb of approximately 300 words about the author and the piece itself. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEO THE SUBJECT(S) YOU SUBMIT. Please note that videos, audio recordings, and photos must be sent as an attachment in a zipped file not exceeding 25 MB. Videos may also be submitted as links if they are also hosted privately on Vimeo or YouTube.

Review process

All contributors are required to submit an abstract for review prior to submission of a complete piece (see Abstract Submission Guidelines). Prospective contributors will be informed of the their abstract acceptance within two weeks from submission. If their abstract is accepted, prospective contributors will then be invited to submit their final piece within six weeks. At this stage, all submissions will go through a peer-review process. Submissions that are accepted for publication will undergo a peer-editing process.

The editing team may, when deemed appropriate, move submissions to different  sections of the issue (for example from the Academic Article section to the Opinion Piece section). If contributors prefer a specific category of submission or style during the review process, please indicate that clearly.