Research in Context

Research in Context submissions (2,000 words maximum) focus on critical issues and current trends of timely interest to the field. They are intended to catalyze discussion and debate by problematizing existing discourses, practices, or situations with an eye towards change. Submissions in this category should provide readers with opportunities for critical reflection or considerations for re-imagining practices and/or research with international students.

Research in Context submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical (re-)conceptualizations of key concepts in focus in the field, including re-imaginings or critiques of their underlying assumptions in research or practice
  • Critical discussions of (neo-)colonial assumptions about key concepts in focus in the field, for example by reflecting on them through different cultural or linguistic lenses
  • Reflections on underused theorists or conceptual frameworks and their applicability to research with international students or international higher education (particularly theories conceptualized by women, people of colour, and from communities in the Global South)
  • Conceptual or theoretical syntheses of under-researched issues of critical importance which intend to act as a springboard for ongoing research on the topic
  • Scholarly reflections on timely issues and debates in public discourses or current events which may impact upon international higher education or groups of international students

Research in Context submissions should be conceptually rigorous, but typically contain fewer references (usually less than 10) and include no more than two figures or tables. Submissions in this format will undergo the same peer review process and should follow the same submission guidelines as full research articles in the journal.

If you are interested in making a Research in Context submission, you are strongly encouraged to informally discuss your article idea with the section editor prior to submission.

Visit our Contact Us page to email our Research in Context section editor. Please include in your message a title and few sentences of description about your topic idea for feedback.