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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.

Editorial Board


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

Khadijah O. Miller, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dean of Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA – [email protected]


Associate Editor

Tanya Augsburg, Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Creative Arts, School of Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA – [email protected]


Editorial Advisory Board

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

Bethany Laursen, Michigan State University and Laursen Evaluation & Design, LLC, USA

Khadijah O. 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

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

Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, USA

Catherine Lyall, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Raymond Miller, San Francisco University

William H. Newell, Miami University

Roslyn Abt Schindler, Wayne State University

Marcia Bundy Seabury, University of Hartford

Ria van der Lecq, Utrecht University, Netherlands


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.


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

Khadijah O. Miller, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dean of Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, 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.


Call for Papers: Special collection of articles on Philosophy of Interdisciplinarity

Guest Editors: Machiel Keestra [email protected]  and Jan Cornelius Schmidt [email protected] 


Although interdisciplinarity—and its cognate “transdisciplinarity”—is a hallmark of contemporary knowledge production, it is itself still a contentious concept. What does interdisciplinarity entail, and what is its significance? How are interdisciplinarity and/or  transdisciplinarity distinct from other modes of knowledge production? What purposes does, could, or should interdisciplinarity serve?  

This special collection of articles will advance both a philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and a philosophy of interdisciplinarity itself. An assumption of the guest editors is that inter- and trans-disciplinarity can and should also be regarded as a challenge to (disciplinary) science in general and to the academy, raising fundamental and critical questions about science, the organization of the universities, the approaches to nature and to human-nature relations, to experimentation and explanations, forms of knowledge, and more. Acknowledging that interdisciplinary research often consists of case studies rather than more generalizable research, we also welcome articles that build a philosophical approach while integrating more detailed analysis of one or more cases of interdisciplinary research.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Responses to “What is inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity” and to “What should inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity be,” or equivalent global questions, critically building upon existing literatures 
  • Development of criteria, dimensions or elements for a conceptual clarification or a philosophy of inter- and/or trans-disciplinarity, including a justification of the criteria 
  • Articulations of ethics, value systems or normative basis in light of interdisciplinary research or teaching 
  • Tracing the history of inter- and trans-disciplinarity back to the 1970s or to earlier decades and linking it to the history of environmentalism, to the ambivalences of technological advancement, to the crisis of human-nature relations or to feminist, post-colonial and other critiques of science 
  • Reflecting on inter- and trans-disciplinarity as a cultural critique of (late modern) knowledge production. Are they still critical concepts or have they lost their critical momentum and original spirit? 
  • Situating and clarifying inter- and trans-disciplinarity in the light of concepts such as mode-2 science, post-normal science, post-paradigmatic science, post-academic science, technoscience, problem-oriented research, post-disciplinarity, triple helix research, transformative research, transition science, participatory action research, citizen science, technology assessment, sustainability research, social-ecology, etc. 
  • Expositions of how interdisciplinary thinking fits into the cultural history of thought and knowledge, and the tradition of the university system 
  • Conceptual and methodological analysis of cross-disciplinary connections between philosophy of interdisciplinary studies and other fields of research, such as sociology of sciences, philosophy of science, psychology, literature, environmental studies, political science, etc. 
  • Exploration of the impact of more recent philosophical debates around e.g. diversity, pluralism, epistemic virtues, positionality on interdisciplinarity. 


Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, founded in 1982, is a peer-reviewed publication of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and published by Texas Tech University Press, dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of the many varieties of interdisciplinarity. See: https://interdisciplinarystudies.org/issues/  

All prospective authors are required to submit a 200-word abstract describing the content of the proposed paper and demonstrating how it addresses the general or specific themes of the special collection to the guest editors by January 15, 2024. After an initial review process, selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper. Only invited manuscripts will be considered for our double-blind peer-review process. Papers should be 6000-8000 words, including references. Longer papers may be considered. All papers should follow APA style. The deadline for submitting invited manuscripts for consideration is June 30, 2024.