Special Issues

The Journal accepts proposals for special issues. These should be sent to: [email protected] and your proposal should include:

  • An indicative title for the issue along with reasons for suggesting a special issue and the scope and objectives of the issue. Please indicate its theoretical/practical importance and relevance to UKSCS membership and Journal/wider readership.
  • The proposed editorial team – including lead editor and short biographical details of the team with contact details and email addresses
  • Where possible, an indication of timescale should be provided
  • Indicate how the call for papers will be disseminated and promoted.

Papers submitted to a special issue will follow the same guidelines as for any peer-reviewed article, short article, review or think piece: Submission guidelines for authors

Special issue - Summer 2022

In June 2022, UKSCS will publish a special issue of the Journal to commemorate and celebrate Johnston Birchall’s huge contribution to both UKSCS and the co-operative movement. As many of you will know, Johnston had a long association with UKSCS as a board member and secretary, then as editor of the Journal for five years before becoming part of the editorial advisory board. During that time, he left a legacy of research papers, policy documents, articles, and commentaries on public policy, co-operatives and mutuals locally, nationally, and internationally.

We will be publishing articles that have featured in the Journal of Co-operative Studies over the years, and we invite members of UKSCS and anyone who has worked with and alongside Johnston to contribute. Contributions could include general tributes, book or article reviews of Johnston’s work, commentaries, personal accounts, and reflections on Johnston's influences on individuals/co-op movement - so short pieces.

Please send any contributions or ideas for inclusion in this special issue to: [email protected] - mark your email 'Special issue, Summer 2022 and submit your contribution by end of April 2022.

2023 - special issue - Robert Owen and co-operation

Guest editors: Chris Williams, Professor of History, Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork, and Nick Matthews, chair of Co-operatives UK, a director of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, member of the Senate at the Co-operative Group, and UKSCS board member.

Following on from the 250th anniversary of Owen’s birth in 2021, this call for papers focusses on the intellectual, philosophical, and practical influences of Robert Owen on the co-operative movement, and the longevity and relevance of his ideas on contemporary co-operation, communitarianism, and management practice. The editors welcome submissions ranging from full academic articles/research papers (7,000 words), short articles (4,000 words), and short think pieces (approx. 1,000 words) ­­— please see full call for papers and the Journal’s guidelines for submission for information on Journal style and formatting.

Accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal in 2023.

Call for papers


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