LIVES Working Papers: Call for Papers

Aims and scope

The LIVES Working Papers is a new social science paper series, published by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES (UNIL and UNIGE). It is designed to advance scholarship and debate in the growing field of life course research. It will explore the effects of vulnerability on health, family and work life, and its implications for social policy, from interdisciplinary social science perspectives, whilst emphasizing a solid grounding in sociological, psychological, demographic and economic theory and methodology. The series encompasses the diversity of vulnerability and its spill-over effects on social and personal relationships, institutions, and minority groups, and their need to be understood in the context of different societies and life domains.

Interdisciplinary in scope, the paper series covers a wide range of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues in life course research and related fields, ranging from methodological research reports, literature reviews, and data descriptions, to papers presented at conferences or potential future journal articles. Encouraging methodological innovation, dynamic approaches and a life course perspective, the paper series aims at cross-cutting the boundaries of conventional approaches focusing on one life stage, one single event, or one possible configuration of life events.

Call for Papers

Submissions to the LIVES Working Paper Series are invited from subject areas across the social sciences and related life course disciplines, for instance, social-psychology, sociology, social policy, population studies, socio-economics, labour market studies, education and youth studies, gerontology and ageing, health and social care, and social science history. Papers are expected to have relevance to academic, policy, and practitioner audiences, enabling a wide range of perspectives to be brought together, first to facilitate advances within disciplines, and second, to develop and enhance interdisciplinary research.

Papers receive only limited review. Please let the Editors know whether your paper will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal or is meant to stay a working paper (research report, descriptive results). Authors are responsible for the presentation of facts and for the opinions expressed therein, which do not necessarily reflect those of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES. Paper submission to this series does not prevent authors from submitting to and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. On the contrary, it would be desirable that papers would get published in a variety of journals, giving the LIVES Working Paper Series visibility. Contributions are invited from LIVES research network and associates.

Articles should have a maximum length of about 10,000 words (including references). An abstract between 150–350 words should be included. All articles are refereed to assess their suitability for publication. For guidance on the preparation of your manuscript, please follow the submission guidelines available on this website.

For any further information or to submit a paper please email the editors: