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I-LanD Journal – Identity, Language and Diversity
International Peer-Reviewed E-Journal

Open Call for Special Issue Proposals
I-LanD Journal – Identity, Language and Diversity n.1/2020


The I-LanD Journal ( reflects a commitment to publishing original and high quality research papers addressing issues of identity, language and diversity in different discourses from new critical and theoretical perspectives. All submissions are double blind peer-reviewed. In fulfillment of its mission, the I-LanD Journal provides an outlet for publication to international practitioners, with a view to disseminating and enhancing scholarly studies on the relation between language and ethnic/cultural identity, language and sexual identity/gender, as well as on forms of language variation derived from instances of contamination/hybridization of different genres, discursive practices and text types.

Through this Call for Special Issue the editorial team of the I-LanD Journal intends to solicit high-quality proposals that will be evaluated in a competitive procedure.

Proposals for a Special Issue should have a unifying theme and reflect, at an international level, the work in a particular research area in which future investigation may be boosted by the publication of a set of excellent papers. Proposals for a Special Issue should be sent to the two Editors-in-Chief of the Journal (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.) by July 28, 2019 and contain:

  • the name and e-mail address for communication of prospective Guest Editors (at least two). To improve the Journal's geographical variety and internationalization, at least one of the Guest Editors' countries of affiliation should be different from the others;
  • a working title;
  • a 500 word rationale clearly explaining the scope and significance of the proposed theme;
  • the name of ten possible reviewers of the individual papers who will not be directly or indirectly involved in the preparation of the Special Issue.

The Special Issue is planned for June 2020, so the publication calendar for Guest Editors is the following:

  • Publication of the call for papers by guest editors: by September 2, 2019;
  • Submission of abstracts to guest editors: by November 10, 2019;
  • Submission of chapters to guest editors: by February 29, 2020;
  • Submission of proofs to contributors: by the end of March 2020;
  • Submission of final manuscript: May 2020.

The length of individual papers is usually about 7-8,000 words, excluding references. The number of papers in a Special Issue is usually between 5 and 8, but could include more if justified.

The selection of the best proposal is the outcome of a collaborative evaluation by all the members of the editorial team according to the following criteria:

  • suitability of the topic for the I-LanD Journal;
  • overall quality of the proposal: originality and contribution to the field;
  • theoretical background of the rationale and individual papers;
  • methodological adequacy of the individual papers;
  • completeness of the proposal;
  • feasibility of the plan for delivery.

The Editors-in-Chief of the I-LanD Journal, together with a number of Advisory Board members selected according to the proposed topics, will examine all proposals for a Special Issue and their decision will be communicated to one of the two aspiring Guest Editors by August 10, 2019. Once a high-quality proposal has been selected from among those submitted, it will be the responsibility of the Guest Editors to proceed within the agreed timeline and comply with the I-LanD Journal's editorial policy and ethical statement (

Advisory board:

Giuseppe Balirano (University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy)
Marina Bondi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna, Italy)
David Katan (University of Salento, Italy)
Don Kulick (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Tommaso Milani (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Oriana Palusci (University of Naples L'Orientale, Italy)
Alan Scott Partington (University of Bologna, Italy)
Paul Sambre (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Srikant Sarangi (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Christina Schäffner (Professor Emerita at Aston University, UK)
Vivien Schmidt (Boston University, USA)
Stef Slembrouck (Gent University, Belgium)
Marina Terkourafi (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Girolamo Tessuto (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy)
Johann Unger (Lancaster University, UK)