Special Issue "Advances in the Social Sciences"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Martin J. Bull
University of Salford, Crescent House, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, UK
Interests: contemporary Italian politics; southern European politics; democratization; political corruption; the European left, west European communism and party political change; European Union politics
This first Special Issue of Social Sciences goes to the heart of the mission of the journal, which is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and understanding between the different disciplines in the social sciences, thus providing a stronger foundation for the development of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research.
All disciplines in the social sciences are undergoing constant change in the direction and focus of their research as well as in their approaches and methods, in response to the challenges thrown up in the real world. Many of these changes occur in the sub-disciplines, which have, over time, grown in strength and autonomy. For these reasons, despite the promotion from within the academy of interdisciplinary research and despite the demands on the academy (from governments, the European Union and public/private funding bodies) to encourage and facilitate the growth of cross-disciplinary research, such an activity is hampered by the difficulties of different disciplines to be aware of developments elsewhere and to exchange knowledge in a common forum.
This journal is a modest step in this direction by providing a common forum where high quality articles on any discipline in the social sciences can be submitted and published, thus exposing readers from different disciplines to the work of others. This special issue specifically attempts to focus on recent disciplinary and sub-disciplinary advances and new avenues and approaches, and notably those which authors feel are of potential interest to other disciplines or sub-disciplines, especially from the point of view of future common research.
We therefore invite contributions to this Special Issue from all relevant disciplines in the social sciences: anthropology, economics, law, linguistics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology and area studies. The focus of the contributions should be on latest advances in disciplinary or sub-disciplinary areas, and these may relate to both method and substantive content, or both (e.g. via case studies). Where possible, we encourage authors to provide some indication of the potential benefits of these advances both for their own discipline and others. The subject-matter of the submissions may be as broad or narrow as necessary to demonstrating the nature and significance of the development in approach or substance.
Prof. Dr. Martin J. Bull
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.