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Call for reviews

Where is the interdisciplinary field of knowledge use at and where should it be going? 
Call for reviews to summarise the state of the science

Evidence & Policy is a leading interdisciplinary, social science journal. Our focus is on scholarship concerned with the interplay between evidence and policy/practice. We are seeking to commission a series of reviews to summarise the state of the science as a foundation for progressing key issues and debates within the interdisciplinary field of knowledge use. To ensure that these reviews are accessible to all, these reviews will be published open access, free of charge. Proposals for reviews are particularly invited on but not limited to:

    • What enables (and what limits) the use of evidence in policy and practice
    • Understanding the role and impact of knowledge brokers
    • Conceptualising evidence and evidence-based policymaking/practice
    • Assessing the processes and/or impact of evidence synthesis methods to support the use of evidence in policy (e.g. systematic reviews, rapid reviews, etc)
    • Conceptualising/understanding ‘co-production’, ‘co-creation’ across different disciplinary perspectives
    • Assessing the impacts of ‘co-production’ and partnership working on evidence use
    • Understanding ‘policymaking’ and ‘governance’ in the context of efforts to improve the use of evidence in policy
    • Complex systems and evidence use

Proposals should be no more than one page long and should outline:

    • The importance of the topic and need for a review piece (this should make clear whether this is a new review or an update of an earlier review)
    • The approach/methods for undertaking the review (e.g. systematic review, meta-ethnography, etc)
    • The intended contribution and target audience(s)
    • The timeline for producing the review.

Proposals should be submitted by 1st October 2020. Each proposal will be reviewed by the Editorial Team for quality and relevance to the journal and discussed at the next Editorial Board meeting. We will respond to authors within five weeks of the submission deadline. Any submissions invited to go forward will then enter the standard Evidence & Policy peer-review process. Those that go through this process successfully will have the open access fee waived and will be promoted by the journal as a key reference point for the field. In advance of this, authors are welcome to informally discuss potential submissions with the co-editors-in-chief (please email EvidenceAndPolicy@ed.ac.uk).