Call for Papers

Conference Publications

There is a Call for Papers for two conference related publications: 1) European Journal of Futures Studies and 2) Futures – The journal of policy, planning and futures studies.

Call for Papers in a pdf format
(29 May 2015)

European Journal of Futures Studies

EJFR is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen. The journal provides an international platform for leading and upcoming scholarly work on possible, probable and desirable European and global futures.

The best 10 papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the European Journal of Futures Research. In the selection process of the papers the emphasis is on the methodology of futures research.  Authors may submit their manuscripts also from other subjects directly to EJFR. As long as they fulfil the standards of EJFR they will be considered for publication.

Please follow the Instructions for Authors:

Full Papers for the evaluation should be submitted until 3 August 2015 to

Selected 10 papers should be submitted to EJFR until 31 August 2015 on-line:

The papers selected will be subject to double-blind peer review until 30 September 2015

Revised papers are due until 31 October 2015.


Futures – The journal of policy, planning and futures studies

Futures® is an international, refereed, multidisciplinary journal concerned with medium and long-term futures of cultures and societies, science and technology, economics and politics, environment…

Special Issue in Futures Journal: Futures Studies and Wicked Problems

Problems are perceived as Wicked Problems when their inter-related complexities cause apparently unsolvable states.  Their solutions involve positions of value and acceptance, rather than eradication.

Increased complexity and diversity fundamentally change the relationship between humans and their futures, and how we study and explore these futures. Knowledge about the future will never be enough because it is incomplete at best. A meaningful characteristic of Futures Studies is ontological and epistemological insecurity. Our experienced world is continuously being reconstructed through flows of information and actions. There are more worlds than we could ever know. The best we can hope for is awareness from flows.

The corollary of this uncertainty puts greater emphasis on the processes by which futures are generated (in practice and conceptually) and the ethical and moral frameworks that guide human activity within these processes. Arguably Futures Studies itself is a context of wicked problem because it acknowledges the co-existence of multiple solutions and multiple problems; the result of multiple perspectives. The futures field is not a virtue free zone. Every claim made about the future has to be questioned and critically examined. All claims about the future are shaped by the beliefs, values and intentions of the claimant.

Taking the theme of the conference as a point of departure, this call for papers encourages new contributions to knowledge which enable humanity to understand and navigate complex and diverse worlds, through the field of futures studies.

Areas that might reveal such new knowledge include theoretical areas such as philosophy, ethics, STS and anticipation, and applied areas, such as sustainability, innovation and education.


Papers should follow the standard guidelines of Futures Journal. Only original submissions will be considered, not submitted in parallel elsewhere.

If you are interested in submitting your manuscript to the special conference issue in Futures, please see the Author information pack:

Manuscripts of around 7,000–8,000 words should be submitted to

Manuscripts for publication (8–10 papers) will be selected competitively according to their intrinsic quality and relevance to the special issue. All selected papers will be refereed through a double-blind peer review process.

Important dates

Submission of manuscripts: 28 September 2015
Notification of acceptance: 29 January 2015
Issue published: Spring 2016

Special issue guest editor

Professor Markku Wilenius, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku


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