Conflict Resolution Quarterly: Special call for submissions

Special Call for Submissions

Conflict Resolution Quarterly

 Shaking the Tree: Criticisms, Commentary and Analysis about Needed Changes in the Practice, Teaching, and Conceptualization of ADR/CR

Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict management and dispute resolution field to promote more effective professional applications. Conflict Resolution Quarterly is sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution.

This call for papers is designed to elicit a thoughtful examination of the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities facing the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution. All submissions on this topic are welcome.  Submissions on these or related topics are welcome year-round as a new theme for CRQ:

  • Taking stock of ‘how we got here’ and suggesting any mid-course corrections for the field as a whole or for specific subfields or application areas. Are these processes and practitioners having the impact we had hoped? If not, why not?
  • How well are institutions of higher education preparing students to work and research in these fields? What changes, if any are needed?
  • Is the field(s) of ADR/CR being co-opted by law, HR, or other areas? Is this good, bad, or inevitable?
  • Is public awareness about mediation and ADR adequate? If not, what needs to change and who should be working on these efforts?
  • As the oldest broad-based ADR/CR practitioner organization, how can ACR best serve its members and society as a whole? What is working and what isn’t?
  • What are the unanswered questions on which researchers or practitioners should be focused? How can we get this research funded or prioritized in these tight fiscal times?
  • Is more or less professionalization of the fields and subfields needed? Is it counter-productive to exclude some volunteers and laypeople by raising training or credentialing requirements? What trends and pressures are currently shaping these questions?

A defining focus of the journal is the relationship between theory, research and practice. All articles should reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), include a 100 word abstract, and be approximately range from 2500 to 7500 words in length. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors.For information on manuscript preparation, go to:


All submissions are to be made electronically via this website: