Call for Guest Editors

Call for Guest Editors of Global Discourse

Deadline: 1st February 2012

Aims and Scope

Global Discourse is an interdisciplinary, issue-oriented journal, operating at the intersection of politics, international relations, sociology and social policy. The journal aims to lead discussions and debates on current affairs by promoting intensive, discursive evaluation of ideas, tenets and practices. The core tenet is that key issues in current affairs can be addressed only through the creation of forums in which to apply theoretical approaches developed in artificially isolated disciplines. The journal seeks both to harness and to lead the emerging institutional drive towards interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction throughout the social sciences and humanities in order to present distinctive, debate-provoking perspectives on the key issues of the day.

In doing this, the journal has no fixed ideological affiliation and, indeed, strives to accommodate genuine diversity of perspectives. With a strong, international Advisory Editorial Board, Global Discourse seeks to maximise the potential of research projects, employing a constructive review process which promotes, rather than stifles, argument.

The journal seeks to achieve its aims by employing a number of innovative features: first, each issue is allocated a topical theme; second, each article is published alongside a 3,000 word substantive reply completed by an established referee in the field; third, book review symposia, rather than single book reviews, are employed, with intensive discussion of a single text by several reviewers published alongside replies from the author/s; fourth, readers are invited to participate by submitting substantive, formal responses to published material through moderated discussion boards. Papers are solicited specifically for each issue through calls for papers circulated over 12 months in advance of publication. Certain issues are associated with specific conferences, symposia and workshops, such as previous issues on Anarchism and IR and contemporary Marxism. However, Global Discourse does not publish non-peer reviewed conference proceedings, with all papers double-blind peer-reviewed by established figures in the field prior to publication. Future themes include genital cutting and human rights, IR and recognition theory, empire at a time o austerity and tyrannicide.


We are currently soliciting proposals for guest edited issues of Global Discourse. Proposals must conform to the journal’s best practice guidelines. Guest editors must have a track record of publication, with some experience of editing preferable.

Prospective guest editors are requested to complete as fully as possible the Guest Editor Issue Proposal Form. All approved guest editors are expected to abide by the Global Discourse Best Practice Guidelines must sign and return the Issue Editor Agreement Form prior to undertaking the role. All forms are available at:

Proposals are evaluated according to criteria of overall quality, timeliness, relevance and feasibility.

Please complete the Guest Editor Issue form and return electronically to the Editor, Matthew Johnson, at by 1st February 2012.

Suggested Topics

Debt, Austerity, Responsibility and Sacrifice

The contemporary global economy is rife with crises of indebtedness, with even wealthy Western countries affected. Under what conditions should we accept debt? What values should we associate with austerity? Who should take responsibility for indebtedness? What forms of sacrifice can we ask particular individuals and bodies to make?

Charity, Aid and Self-Interest

With an increasing number of concerns being raised about possible deleterious effects of aid on recipient groups, and possible self-interested motives behind donation, should we view aid and charity with suspicion? Can we ever expect altruism in donation and should it matter if we cannot?

Withdrawing from Conflict

The countries which led the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan are now talking of withdrawal. With expectations low, what would constitute a good withdrawal? Morally, is the burden of withdrawal as significant as the burden of intervention? In a Westphalian context, is withdrawal a good in and of itself?

Terrorism and Narcissism

In the wake of Anders Behring Breivik’s recent acts of terrorism, questions are being raised about the role of narcissism and other personality disorders in extremist politics. Should we look beyond the particular stated identity, aims and motivation of extremists towards psychological and emotional factors in the development of radicals? Would such an approach reduce to banality the espoused goals of radical individuals?

Justice and the Atmosphere

The problem of global climate change involves an interplay of unique political-ethical problems. Fundamental issues include the vast discrepancy between the causes and effects of global warming and the disparate consequences of a history of internationally uneven levels of industrialisation and consumption of fossil fuels. Are there cogent, practicable means of addressing historical inequalities? Should developing countries be entitled to follow courses charted by industrialised nations?


Established in 2008, the editors of Global Discourse have established: a network of scholars interested collaboratively in editing and contributing to issues; best practice guidelines governing editorial activity; editorial assistant positions for the maintenance of the day-to-day running of the journal; a distinctive, but reliable, review process; a system of guest editorships which enables flexibility in theme, but consistency in standards; a house style and formatting system; an ISSN; a permanent website and a permanent email address.

Now, having published four issues containing high quality submissions and reviews by key figures in the field, such as Andrew Linklater, Norman Geras, Stuart Sim, Joseph Femia and David Miller, we wish to develop practices and agreements which will assist in establishing Global Discourse as a leading, innovative, international publication with a reputation for timely, intensive engagement with key topical issues. To this end, by the beginning of 2013, we intend to:

i)                    allocate a theme of significant contemporary interest to each issue

ii)                  employ established, research active guest editors

iii)                increase from one to two the number of referees per article, with one referee providing the substantive reply

iv)                increase from biannual to quarterly the frequency of publication

In order to increase readership and submission rates, by the beginning of 2013 we intend to:

i)                    secure a publishing contract with a leading journal publisher.

ii)                  seek inclusion in indexes and bibliographical resources, such as  Current Contents: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Google Scholar, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, International Political Science Abstracts, Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition, Online – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy Research Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Social SciSearch, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

iii)                commence calculation for ISI rating