International Review of Sociology
Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Special Issue on: “What does the COVID-19 pandemic reveal about interdisciplinarity in the social sciences?”

Guest Editors: Marcella Corsi & J. Michael Ryan

Call for papers

The full consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic remain difficult to assess in light of the myriad of ways that many of the fundamental assumptions underpinning our societies have been challenged. The ongoing transformations and responses to the pandemic will have structural effects that will likely last for generations. The IRS editorial board aims to stimulate a debate that goes beyond current headlines and to develop analyses within a pluralistic research community in the social sciences.

The call is open to empirical, analytical, and theoretical papers on the economic, political, cultural, and social issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Contributions must address how the pandemic challenges the basic assumptions and presuppositions of the social sciences: 

  • How the social sciences explore, analyse, and interpret a pandemic scenario and its political, economic, cultural, but also individual and collective implications? 
  • Are the social sciences engaging with a revision of the theoretical and applicative models for the analysis of social change? 
  • How have the unexpected, rapid, and radical changes brought on by the pandemic affected the integration of the social sciences with the formal, physical, life, and applied sciences in analyses of the pandemic? 
  • What is, or could be, the support given by the social sciences to the institutional processes of decision making at a global/local level?

Given the variety and scope of issues raised by COVID-19, this call is not limited to the above-mentioned issues. The core objective of the call is to enable the social scientific community to read and write solid and structured contributions, ones that might cast a new light on a hugely demanding debate at this critical moment.

Submit Your Paper

Papers should be submitted to Marcella Corsi ( and J. Michael Ryan ( and should be between 20,000 and 45,000 characters (roughly 3500-7000 words). All contributions should be written in English (non-native speakers are asked to have a linguistic proofreading done); they should include an abstract in English of 250 words maximum; and they should be structured according to a detailed plan and include a scientific bibliography following the format of the journal.

Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2021.

See instruction for authors here.

All submitted papers will undergo editorial screening and peer reviewing.