CfP: Thematic issues for Esboços: histórias em contextos globais

Call for proposals, deadline 10 March 2021

Every year, Esboços: histories in global contexts accepts proposals for special issues. Guest Editors who wish to submit a Special Issue should email a proposal to the journal’s Editors for Special Issues, Alex Degan and Rodrigo Bonaldo, at


Deadline for submitting proposals for publication in 2022: March 10, 2021.

Deadline for submitting proposals for publication in 2023: March 14, 2022.

What is a special issue?

Special issues draw together a range of contributions on a given theme and allow for more in-depth treatment of a topic than is normally possible within a single journal issue.

Typically a special issue consists of 5-8 original and unpublished articles as well as an introduction written by Guest Editors, providing a rationale that dialogues with current or historical researches in the field and making an overview of the papers. If more papers are accepted through the review process than can be accommodated in a Special Issue, they will be considered for publication in later regular issues of the journal.

Preparing a Proposal for a Special Issue

The proposal should contain the following information:

  • The names, positions, and institutions of the proposed Guest Editors. In general there should be 2 to 3 Guest Editors of Special Issues;
  • A short proposed title for the Special Issue, no longer than 10 words, in English.
  • A brief description of the rationale behind the proposal, in English, setting out the importance of the theme to global studies;
  • A list of proposed paper titles, at least 4, with the authors' names, together with an indication of their commitment to contribute, their institutional affiliations, and abstracts of their contributions.
  • Details on the origin of the proposal, e.g., a workshop, conference, research project etc.

Esboços: histories in global contexts strongly encourages the submission of Special Issue proposals with a gender-balanced pool of contributors.

Original and unpublished articles may be submitted in Portuguese, English, or Spanish, although a significant portion of the issue is expected to be published in English. For this reason, Guest Editors are highly encouraged to make arrangements for translating materials into English.

The Executive Board will consider the pool of Special Issue submissions received by the established deadline. Their selection will be based upon which proposal in their judgement has the most potential in terms of relevance and originality to Global History debates.

Guest Editors for Special Issues receive a timetable for submission on acceptance of their proposal by the Executive Board.

The Responsibilities of Guest Editors

It is the responsibility of the Guest Editors to prepare a Call for Papers, invite contributors, assist them in submitting papers via the online submission system, indicate reviewers and write a short overview to introduce the Special Issue. Guest Editors will not receive any monetary compensation for the work associated with publishing the Special Issue.

It is the responsibility of the Guest Editors to deliver the proposed articles to the journal within the agreed schedule. The Guest Editors should also ensure that authors adhere to submission and revision deadlines. This is important to avoid delays caused by late submissions or curtailment of the Special Issue due to lack of submissions. The entire process, from articles from the first date of submission to the date of acceptance of the last manuscript by the Journal Editors should take no more than 2 months.

The peer review process for Special Issue articles

It is the responsibility of the Editors for Special Issues and not the Guest Editors to decide on the acceptance (or otherwise) of submissions, either pre- or post-peer review, as well as communicating final decisions to Authors. The Editors for Special Issues are also responsible for managing the peer review process, though Guest Editors should feel free to recommend potential reviewers. Editors for Special Issues are not obliged to accept any submission, even if invited, and should not be afraid to reject any submissions that are substandard. Finally, it is important to note that Guest Editors will not automatically have access to reviewer comments.

The double-blind peer review process for Special Issue submissions is identical to that of regular submissions to the Journal. When submitting your paper, please remember to select the correct manuscript type.