Call for Papers: Interorganizational Cooperation and Coordination in Providing Security

Special issue of Information & Security: An International Journal (I&S)

Guest Editor: Iztok Prezelj, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

Submission deadline for full text papers: 31 August 2016

Modern countries face increasingly complex security challenges, such as terrorist networks, criminal networks, large natural disasters, insurgencies, current migration crisis, etc. Security problems and related crises can affect many human and technical dimensions. Such complex situations cannot be solved by a single security institution and require multidisciplinary and multi-organizational approach. Hierarchically organized security institutions (armed forces, police agencies, intelligence agencies, civil protection agencies, etc.) are increasingly involved in networks with other governmental and non-governmental institutions, trying to solve the complex security problem.

Practice has shown that the lesson on the need for interorganizational cooperation has been learned, that many practical examples and even more related challenges exist. We need to improve the academic knowledge on good experiences and on the challenges in this field. This is the only way to overcome many existing difficulties of cooperation among different organizations and improve our security.

We welcome original contributions that: 

  • Examine theoretical and conceptual basis for interorganizational and interagency cooperation in providing security
  • Examine national and other cases of interorganizational cooperation and coordination in any field (e.g. counter-terrorism, fight against crime, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, disaster management, etc.) from which we could learn
  • Examine this topic from various perspectives, such as policy, legal, organizational and also technological perspective
  • Discuss good practices of cooperation and coordination
  • Discuss challenges and problems among cooperating organizations
  • Compare different approaches
  • Discuss interorganizational exercises and simulations
  • Discuss interorganizational planning
  • Discuss technological aspects of sharing data across agencies and institutions
  • Recommend approaches for the future interorganizational cooperation and coordination

Combinations of these themes could also be covered.

Sources of potential interest:

Early submissions are welcome. Papers, accepted for publication, will be assigned a DOI and openly accessible before the whole volume is published.

Papers should be submitted to the I&S Managing Editor in electronic form, and be in line with the following instructions.

For inquiries, proposals and submissions of book reviews, description of Web sites and related initiatives please address the I&S Managing Editor.

Anticipated publication: 30 October 2016

Important note: It is understood that submitted articles have not been published and are not currently under review for publication elsewhere. Authors must transfer copyright in writing to the publisher when an article is accepted for publication. Please check also the publisher’s copyright policy.