NEW! Best Paper Award

Despite what the name suggests, the journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, does not actually publish many papers that combine these two fields; and we want to change that! Hence, we’re delighted that Palgrave Macmillan is offering a £200 best paper award for papers that do just that; thoroughly bridge the bodies of knowledge in place branding and public diplomacy.

The competition applies to papers published in the journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy online first in or before 2022 (i.e. papers submitted this year or early next year). The award will be granted in 2023.

Special issue on Methodological Approaches in Public Diplomacy

Guest Editors:
Kadir Jun Ayhan, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Efe Sevin, Towson University

We aim to establish a platform for studies that focus on how public diplomacy practices can be studied and their outcomes can be evaluated more rigorously.
Papers can engage in empirical work, but we are more interested in methodological discussions rather than empirical findings.
In line with the objectives of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy journal, we position this special issue to provide a venue for practitioners and scholars of public diplomacy to scrutinize instruments of methodology and evaluation for more rigorous studies in the field. We are open to papers that use quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Papers that address validity issues in public diplomacy research and/or evaluation are also welcome

Read the full call for papers here.

Submission Guidelines
Extended abstracts (500 words), accompanied by a short bio should be submitted via e-mail to both guest editors and with PBPD in the subject line by April 30th, 2020. The deadline for the submission of articles is January 25, 2021.

Special Issue on Gender Dynamics of Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding

Guest Editors:
Dr. Cecilia Cassinger, Lund University, Sweden
Dr. Nadia Kaneva, University of Denver, USA

This special issue aims to bring public diplomacy and nation branding in dialogue with gender, queer and feminist studies. The aim of the special issue is to chart new directions for research and policy interventions by engaging with the gendered dimensions of public diplomacy and nation branding. The editors are particularly interested in exploring how strategic efforts to create and manage favourable images of nation-states relate to the marginalization of ideas, bodies, and identities.

Read the full call for papers here.

Submission Guidelines
Interested authors should submit a 500-word abstract proposal and a short bio (one paragraph) via email to the two guest editors at: and by March 1, 2020.

If selected for further development and submission, articles should be between 5000-7500 words long, including notes and references. Authors who are invited to submit full articles must submit their manuscripts through the Editorial Manager system ( and should follow the guidelines of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, ( All articles will undergo double-blind peer review in accordance with the journal’s policies.

Special issue call for papers on ‘The Future of Place Branding’

Guest Editors: Dr Mihalis Kavaratzis and Dr Magdalena Florek

It has been 15 years since the launch and publication of the first issue of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy in 2004, undoubtedly one of the major milestones in the field’s development. The best way to mark this informal anniversary is by turning our attention towards the future! This Special Issue of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy aims at exploring the future of place branding as a domain and practice. It will examine the ways in which major societal and technological trends affect and change place brands and their development, it will explore the responses that place branding can provide to major social and environmental issues of our times, and it will account for the challenges that lie ahead.

The deadline for submission of papers for consideration is 27th February 2020.

Authors will be notified of acceptance in May 2020.

The Special Issue will be published in Summer 2020.

Read the full call for papers here.

All submissions must strictly follow the guidelines for Place Branding and Public Diplomacy.

Please ensure you clearly state that your paper is intended for the "The Future of Place Branding" special issue during submission. An option is available during the submission process to add a label to your paper.

If you have queries on potential suitability of topics, guest editors’ expectations or any other question, you can direct those to the guest editors and