Call for submissions: IMPAC5 special issue of Marine Policy

We are pleased to let you know that our partners at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society are coordinating a special issue of Marine Policy focused on IMPAC5. The special issue will provide another way to share the breadth of the contributions made at IMPAC5 to the advancement of MPAs globally.

If you are interested in making a submission, here are some things that you need to know:

1. The special issue will be organized around the themes and streams at IMPAC5, namely



All articles must have been part of a presentation, session, or event at IMPAC5.

If you were part of a larger session, we recommend that you work with the other presenters to incorporate the knowledge they shared, and if there were related sessions, we would encourage you to consider collaborating with them as well.

2. There are three different options for submissions

Proposals for the following three types of articles will be considered (word counts exclude abstract, references, acknowledgements, etc.).

  • Short communication: 1,500 – 2,000 words. A brief analysis and commentary not suitable for full length article.
  • Current developments in Marine Policy and Treaties: 1,000-1,500 words. On latest developments and decisions.
  • Full length article: 4,000-6,000 words (longer articles may be considered). A comprehensive analysis and discussion of policy impacts.

3. Special Issue Timeline:

15 July 2023: Submission of abstract (see how to apply below)

15 October 2023: Submission of paper for peer review

March 2024: Submission of final papers

May/June 2024: Publication of special issue

4. Accessibility and Inclusivity:

The IMPAC5 Special Issue will be Open Access. Some funding is available to cover publishing fees and will be allocated based on need, with priority given to Indigenous authors and young professionals, developing nations, and those with limited or no funding. Please indicate your need for financial support when you apply.

Translation support can be provided for abstracts and articles that are not submitted in English.

5. How to Apply:

Send your abstract, list of authors and demonstration of linkage to the IMPAC5 themes and streams and indicate whether you will need financial support to cpawsimpac5@gmail.com by 5:00 PM PST on July 15, 2023.

Questions can also be directed to cpawsimpac5@gmail.com.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will consider contributing your knowledge to this special issue, and we thank Marine Policy for making this possible.