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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 1081-4760
  • eISSN: TBD
  • Keywords: interdisciplinary studies; integrative studies; interdisciplinarity; transdisciplinarity; interdisciplinary research; scholarship of teaching and learning; integration; boundary crossing; liberal arts and sciences; complexity; collaboration
  • First Issue: Vol. 38, Issue 1
  • Frequency: Semi-annual


Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, founded in 1982, is an international, peer-reviewed publication of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of the many varieties of interdisciplinarity in the academy and in society at large. (Formerly ISSN 1081-4760, Issues in Integrative Studies)

Visit https://interdisciplinarystudies.org/issues/ for more information.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Special Collection of articles on Klein's "Alliances for Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity: A Call for Response."

In the 2021, Volume 39 (1-2) of this journal, Julie Thompson Klein reflected on similarities and differences among five founding organizations of the recently formed Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (https://itd-alliance.org/). As Klein described it, the article was a call for responses “answering [Bill] Newell’s challenge for AIS members to consider expanding its definition of interdisciplinary studies and conception of integrative process in light of other organizations’ interests.” With this Call for Submissions, we reiterate Klein’s appeal to respond to Newell’s challenge.

Responses may take several forms. They could address Newell’s question of whether AIS needs to rethink its mission in light of other movements, alignments with or differences from particular organizations and initiatives, strategies for inter-organizational dialogue and networking, or broader reflection on how inter- and transdisciplinarity are being defined and implemented today. They might also engage concepts of not only team science and transdisciplinarity but also Mode 2 knowledge production, post-normal science, action research, sustainability science, and integration and implementation sciences. Other possibilities are welcome as well.

AIS members can download the article at our AIS journal website (https://interdisciplinarystudies.org/issues/). The co-editors will also make available the published article upon request to individuals who are not yet members of the Association, since we encourage a wide range of responses. They can email either Sven Arvidson at [email protected] or Gretchen Schulz at [email protected].

All prospective authors are required to submit a 200-word abstract describing the content of the proposed article and explaining how it responds to the call. Send the abstract to Sven Arvidson at [email protected] or Gretchen Schulz at [email protected]. The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2022.

Soon after initial internal review of abstracts, the editors will invite selected authors to submit a full article. Only invited manuscripts will be considered for our external peer-review process. Submissions should be 5000 words or fewer, including references. Slightly longer articles may also be considered if the length is justified in the abstract. All manuscripts should follow APA style, and the deadline for submitting invited work to either co-editor is September 15, 2022.

Editorial Board


Gretchen Schulz, Professor of English Emerita, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, Georgia, USA – [email protected]

P. Sven Arvidson, Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA – [email protected]


Editorial Advisory Board

Tanya Augsburg, San Francisco State University, USA

Gabriele Bammer, Australian National University, Australia

Tami Carmichael, University of North Dakota, USA

Pauline Gagnon, University of West Georgia, USA

Stuart Henry, San Diego State University, USA

Paul Hirsch, State University of New York – Syracuse, USA

Machiel Keestra, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA

Catherine Lyall, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Khadijah Miller, Norfolk State University, USA

Michael O’Rourke, Michigan State University, USA

Christian Pohl, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Rick Szostak, University of Alberta, Canada

Heidi Upton, St. John’s University, USA

Ria van der Lecq, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Bianca Vienni Baptista, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

James Welch, Texas Tech University and Putnam City High School, USA


Previous Editorial Advisory Board Members

Stanley Bailis, San Francisco State University

Guy Beckwith, Auburn University

Raymond Miller, San Francisco University

William H. Newell, Miami University

Roslyn Abt Schindler, Wayne State University

Marcia Bundy Seabury, University of Hartford


Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies seeks papers on topics that will advance the wide-ranging mission of the Association. In general, the Association:

  • Promotes the interchange of ideas among a diverse community of scholars, teachers, administrators, and the public regarding interdisciplinarity and integration;
  • Advocates best-practice techniques for interdisciplinary teaching;
  • Advocates best-practice techniques for interdisciplinary research;
  • Advances the exploration of key terms and seeks out new theoretical models that further the understanding of interdisciplinarity and integration;
  • Sustains the development of real-world applications of interdisciplinarity and integration;
  • Encourages explorations of the relationships between interdisciplinary theory and practice;
  • Encourages high quality interdisciplinary curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Sponsors the development of standards for interdisciplinary program accreditation;
  • Offers best-practice methods for assessing interdisciplinary programs and coursework;
  • Encourages the development of administrative structures, personnel policies, and financial models in higher education that support interdisciplinary teaching and research;
  • Promotes the scholarship of interdisciplinary and integrative teaching and learning;
  • Supports the development of strategies for strengthening the role of interdisciplinarity and integration within (and beyond) the Academy;
  • Documents the importance of interdisciplinary and integrative studies for higher education and society in general.

Prospective authors should e-mail their papers as attachments in Microsoft Word to Gretchen Schulz, copying Sven Arvidson, at the email addresses below. The manuscripts should be double-spaced, conform to current APA style, and include an abstract and keywords. Photographs, illustrations, and other graphics should be attached separately. To ensure anonymity during the refereeing process manuscripts should bear only the title as a means of identification. Contributors should send cover letters giving titles, author names, affiliations, brief biographical notes to be included in the article, full mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.


Gretchen Schulz, Professor of English Emerita, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, Georgia, USA – [email protected]
P. Sven Arvidson, Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA – [email protected]

Subscription Rates

Individual subscription ordering for Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies is available online. Institutional ordering fulfilled by Duke University Press ([email protected]).

Rates for 2021 volume year:


$60.00 Individuals | 104.00 Institutions


$85.00 Individuals | $160.00 Institutions

Back issues available from the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.


Members of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies will receive complimentary issues of Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies that correspond to the duration of their active membership term.