2014 Call for Papers



On May 21-24, 2014, I will host the sixth conference on Terrorism and Policy to bring together scholars doing interesting work on terrorism in economics, political science, and related fields.  The conference in 2008 was a success with 14 papers.  A special refereed issue of Economics & Politics (November 2009) came out of the conference.  The conference in 2009 expanded to 18 papers and had more international participants.  Seven of the best papers appeared in a refereed issue of Journal of Conflict Resolution (April 2010).   The 2010 conference also had 18 papers and some of the best papers appeared in a refereed special issue of Journal of Peace Research in May 2011.   The 2011 Conference in May had 19 papers, 12 of which appeared in a refereed special issue of Public Choice in December 2011.  The 2012 Conference in September had 10 papers, 5 of which appeared in a refereed symposium of the Southern Economic Journal in April 2013.  The conference provides an opportunity to interact with some of the leading contributors to the study of terrorism.  The first five conferences have been a lot of fun with lasting friendships and professional ties being forged.  They have also led to new collaborative papers.

At this point, interested individuals are asked to submit a paper’s title and abstract (150-200 words) as a word file by October 1, 2013.  If a paper is accepted for the conference, then the Center will pay the economy airfare of one author of a paper.  Lodging and meals will also be provided, along with a pickup and return to DFW or Love Field.  There will be no registration fee so that the only out of pocket expense is getting oneself to and from your home airport. Everything else will be paid by us upfront.  Participants will arrive on Wednesday May 21st in the afternoon or early evening.  The conference will be Thursday and Friday, May 22nd and 23rd, with conference participants leaving Friday evening or Saturday morning.   Overseas participants are encouraged to stay on until Sunday May 25thCompleted drafts of the papers are due by May 1st, 2014.

I have approval from Oxford Economic Papers for a refereed special issue, which can accommodate 8-9 papers of 9,000 words of less, inclusive of everything.  An OEP Associate Editor in charge of the Special Issue will attend.  Submissions to OEP will be dealt with electronically using the Editorial Manager system and each article will be anonymously refereed.  Authors interested in submitting to the Special Issue will be asked to revise their paper based on conference participants’ and my feedback, prior to a selected set of articles (about 11-12) being sent to the journal for review.  This interim process of selection has produced better quality packages for the journal – i.e., a higher percentage of papers pass the subsequent rigorous refereeing process.  On occasion, one or more papers are eliminated at this interim stage.  Some authors will also have other plans for their articles so that submission to the special issue is not a necessary condition to be funded to attend.  Many authors see the special issue as a way to get their ideas out to a wider audience.  Past special issues have garnered great citation counts.


Deadline for Title and Abstract:  October 1, 2013, send to: tsandler@utdallas.edu

If you intend to submit a conference paper, please let me know as soon as possibleAlso, it would be helpful to know if you intend to have your paper considered for the special issue.  Decisions will be made within two weeks of October 1, 2013.


Terrorism and Policy Conference
University of Texas at Dallas
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
May 21-24, 2014
Sponsored by Center for Global Collective Action
Director: Todd Sandler