Call for papers: Meet the Editors at BISA 2021

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Meet the Editors at BISA 2021 Conference, 21-23 June 2021

BISA PGN are excited to announce our flagship event of the academic year!

Are you looking towards your first publication in a peer-reviewed journal but don’t know where to start? Do you have a tricky draft article that you just can’t seem to get right? Are you feeling intimidated or overwhelmed by the publication and review process?

Our ever popular Meet the Editors sessions provide PGRs and ECRs with the invaluable opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one feedback on draft articles from the editorial teams of leading journals from across the discipline.

We invite BISA PGN members to submit abstracts of works-in-progress for consideration.


The event will be held virtually on Zoom, using individual breakout rooms for each feedback session. Successful applicants will be matched with the editorial teams of a participating journal that is judged to be a suitable fit with their research.

Participants will benefit from a 30-minute private meeting one-to-one with the editor(s) of the journal, who will have read their draft paper in full prior to the event. The editors will provide detailed feedback on the work – covering the substance of the article itself, as well as advice on how to prepare the piece for publication.*

This year, we will be running a bigger programme than ever, with participation from the following 9 journals across two events, including two of BISA's own highly-regarded publications. Click on the links below to read more about each journal.

Review of International Studies (BISA)

European Journal of International Security (BISA)

International Relations

Journal of International Relations and Development

Global Policy: Next Generation

European Review of International Studies

European Security

European Journal of Politics and Gender


How to apply

By Friday 21 May 2021 (extended deadline), please submit as one document to

  • An article abstract of no more than 250 words;
  • A supporting statement of no more than 250 words, indicating how you would benefit from participating in the event and confirming that you have a draft article for our editors to read;
  • An indication of which journals you would like to be matched with - first, second, and third preferences;
  • A letter of reference from your PhD supervisor (or other academic referee if you are a post-PhD ECR) confirming that you would benefit from one-to-one feedback on your article.

Submissions will be judged by the BISA PGN Committee in consultation with our editorial teams. Factors considered will include the quality of the work and its relative readiness for publication, whether or not this article will be your first published piece, the suitability of the article for your preferred journals, and the extent to which you are likely to benefit from the feedback on offer. You can still participate if you have prior publications. Each application will be assessed individually and, in the unlikely scenario in which two otherwise equal submissions are competing for one place on the programme, we may give priority to an unpublished applicant over a published one.

You do not need to be registered for BISA 2021 to apply, but you will need to register if your abstract is accepted for Meet the Editors.


If you have any questions about the event and how to apply, please e-mail us at If you face any barriers to meeting the application requirements as outlined above, please get in touch with us and we will endeavour to accommodate your submission.


*Please note that participating in our Meet the Editors events does not constitute a guaranteed route to publication. The purpose of this event is to provide tailored feedback and advice in developing your work. Any offers of further collaboration or assistance after the event will be entirely at the discretion of the participating editors.