Representation Call for Special Issues


Representation, an international peer-reviewed journal of representative democracy, is planning to publish a number of Special Issues.

We are inviting proposals for Special Issues from academics working on any aspect of political representation.

In particular, we are interested in Special Issues covering topical issues such as:

(a) The 2016/17 Elections in comparative perspective (e.g. the representation of a diverse electorate, negative campaigning, the rise of the far right, descriptive representation or substantive representation across contexts);

(b) One of the 2016/17 Elections examined from multiple perspectives (e.g. USA, France, Germany);

(c) The role of referendums in representative democracy? (Brexit, Catalonia, Turkish Constitutional Referendum, etc.).

Proposals should be within the scope of the journal (see “Aims and Scope”); engage in relevant theoretical discussions and/or ground on the systematic empirical examination of these phenomena.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited by the Editorial Team to work as the Guest Editor(s) for the special issue.

Responsibilities of Lead Guest Editor(s):

1. The Call for Papers, which can follow two modalities: a) Open call, or, b) Pre-defined list of contributors.

(a) Open call for contributors: You need to write a one-page Call-for-Papers in consultation with the Journal’s Editorial Team.

(b) Pre-defined list of contributors: We also encourage submissions that include a pre-defined list of contributors i.e. resulting from a conference or workshop. You need to submit the list of contributors including name, affiliations, a preliminary paper title and short summary. A special issue can include up to nine 8,000 word articles and a shorter editorial introduction.

2. You need to arrange timely, quality controlled open peer review for the submitted manuscripts in collaboration with the Journal’s Associate Editor.

3. You need to write an Introduction to be published in your Special Issue. 

4. Editorial office staff will always be available for you for any administrative and editorial assistance to make the whole process seamless and enjoyable.

How to submit your proposal

Your proposal should include the following information:

- Title of the proposed Special Issue;
- Name, contact details and affiliation of the Guest Editor(s);
- The rationale, scope and list of topics of the proposed issue;
- Background of the special issue;
- Suggested deadline of manuscript submissions and suggested publication month of the Special Issue.

Kindly send your proposal and detailed CV with complete publication list by the 12th of January 2018 to 

To receive further information or discuss potential topics please contact the Editors Dr. Stephen Elstub, Dr. Maarja Luhiste and Dr. Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca at