Collections proposals

What are Collections?

We welcome proposals for collections which will be published as special sections of the journal, and we offer funding for pre-publication author workshops and post-publication events which promote the collection and the journal.

Collections are multi-author collections of papers grouped together under a single theme. For examples please click here.

When is the next application deadline?

1 November 2022.

What is the funding available for?

Funding is available for workshops, seminars and small conferences related to Collections. Amounts between £500 and £3000 may be applied for, to cover travel costs, room bookings and hospitality, and speaker honoraria. Applicants should note that fees of £200-£400 are also paid to authors of accepted articles and editors of special sections.

Checklist for proposals

Proposals should indicate how the Collection will promote debate and publish articles on issues of politics and public policy that are authoritative, informed by expertise and academic insight, challenging, intellectually demanding and innovative. Please ensure the following items are included in your proposal:

  1. The title of the proposal and 2-3 page outline of the theme, its rationale and scope;
  2. The names and contact details of the proposers and at least four firmly-agreed participants, together with brief biographical information;
  3. An indication of the planned number of papers and range of topics;
  4. Prospective invitees, and the wording of the open call, if applicable;
  5. Planned workshop/ event location, date, size and indicative costing.

As a general rule, participants should submit draft papers before the workshop and final versions shortly afterwards, but proposals for preparatory events before papers are written will also be considered.

How do I submit a proposal for a Collection?

Please submit proposals for Collection to by the deadline indicated above. Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Editorial Board and decisions advised within four weeks.

What are the guidelines for submitted papers?

If your Collection is commissioned, the papers should comply with our style guide. The overall word length of a special section should not exceed 70,000 words. Proposals for special sections of 15-30,000 words are welcome.

The deadline for final submissions of papers will be set in consultation with the editors. Final acceptance of submissions will depend on independent editorial review by the Political Quarterly, and the editors reserve the right not to accept all the submissions to a special section.