The German Law Journal has a proud and successful tradition of publishing timely and innovative special issues. Some of these have become standard works in their respective areas of research. As our statistics show, special issues are a particularly effective way of disseminating legal scholarship. Also, special issues regularly attract readers beyond our trusted core readership.
It speaks for the success of our special issues that we now receive many more special issue proposals than we are able to publish. To ensure both the highest quality for our readers and the best possible experience for our guest editors, the German Law Journal hereby launches its fifth call for special issues and invites prospective guest editors to submit their proposals. As an additional asset, as of 2019, the German Law Journal has been published by Cambridge University Press while maintaining its open-access, no-fee policy. Prospective guest editors may therefore expect an expanding readership and a professionalized production process.
Special Issue Proposals
This is an open call, inviting proposals of special issues on any topic likely to be of interest to the Journal’s readers. As a general interest journal, the German Law Journal is open to proposals from all fields of law, provided that they advance, and engage with, cutting edge research in their respective field. Our past content may give prospective guest editors some guidance in this regard. While public law issues, including comparative, European an international public law, form a core part of the journal’s program, the editors would like to specifically encourage proposals with a focus on criminal law and private law, and proposals transcending the traditional borders of the various sub-disciplines.
The number and length of contributions in a special issue depend on the topic and the approach taken. There is some flexibility in respect of the size of a special issue, as long as the selection of contributions is coherent and meets the Journal’s high standard for quality. Most of our recent special issues comprised between eight and twelve texts, including introduction and conclusion, but longer and shorter special issues may also be accepted. On average, each contribution should not exceed 9,000 words, but here, too, there is no strict limit. On all such issues, coherence and quality should be the guide. Please go to the Journal’s submissions page to consult the style guide.
We appreciate proposals featuring a fairly diverse group of authors. In particular, guest editors should strive towards achieving gender balance. More