Conflict Resolution Quarterly

JPDISSN 1541-1508 (Online)

Edited by Dr. Susan S. Raines

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Conflict Resolution Quarterly is an official publication of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes quality scholarship on all aspects of conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution.


  • Aims and Scope

    Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes quality scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict management and dispute resolution field to promote more effective professional applications. A defining focus of the journal is the relationships among theory, research, and practice. Articles address the implications of theory for practice and research directions, how research can better inform practice, and how research can contribute to theory development with important implications for practice. Articles also focus on all aspects of the conflict resolution process and context with primary focus on the behavior, role, and impact of third parties in effectively handling conflict.


    Mediators and Dispute Resolution Professionals


    • Conflict Resolution
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Negotation
    • Communication
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Facilitation
    • Negotation
    • Fact-Finding
    • Dialogue
    • Peace Studies

    Abstracting and Indexing Information

    • ABI/INFORM Database (ProQuest)
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Academic Source Complete (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Academic Source Premier (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Communication & Mass Media Index (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Electronic Collections Online (OCLC)
    • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
    • IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest)
    • PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service (ProQuest)
    • Political Science Complete (EBSCO Publishing)
    • ProQuest Central (ProQuest)
    • ProQuest Central: Professional Edition (ProQuest)
    • PsycINFO/Psychological Abstracts (APA)
    • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
    • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
    • SocINDEX (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
    • TOC Premier (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Violence & Abuse Abstracts (EBSCO Publishing)
    • Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)
    • Worldwide Political Sciences Abstracts (ProQuest)
    • The field of Conflict Education has grown exponentially in recent decades, from such beginnings as the Community Relations Service (1964) and the Harvard Project on Negotiation (1979) among others. Today over 500 community centers in the U.S., and dozens of colleges, universities, law schools, and others around the world, offer a range of programs under the rubric of Conflict Resolution.

      How has conflict education and training developed since its origins, some of whose founders are still active, while a new generation of practitioners graduates every year?

      ACR seeks a wide range of ideas, opinions, and information about our educational approaches:

      • How have these changed over the past 40 or so years? How should they?
      • Are there promising innovations in the field today? Where are they coming from?
      • Do theory and /or practice differ widely? What methods can best point to proven success?
      • How does training differ around the world? Which models have gained broad/universal traction?
      • Please note that articles about methods and innovations should be written for the general interest of the profession, highlighting origins, approach, and impact.



      • Articles are normally 1500–3000 words. Shorter opinion pieces will also be considered
      • ACResolution reaches a broad audience of practitioners and theorists and employs a generally accessible style. See previous issues at Submissions will be accepted via e-mail (MS Word), with embedded references where necessary. Authors may send an e-mail inquiry; completed articles will be due April 1, 2019. Early submission advised.
      • Send submissions to: Richard Barbieri, Managing Editor, ACResolution at

    • This call for papers is designed to elicit a thoughtful examination of efforts to build and sustain peace through the application of conflict resolution theories, processes and practices across fractious divides such as ethnicity, gender and
      gender identification, religion, nationality, immigration status, social class, political party affiliation, or other sources of identity-based conflict. Each article should include a review of any applicable literature and support all claims with research and references.

      All submissions on this topic are welcome. Suggested topics might include but are not limited to:

      • How can we apply peacebuilding lessons from Kosovo, Rwanda, and other societies to the challenges facing
        the US and Western Europe?
      • Strategies for effective dialogue and problem-solving across divides.
      • Examples of peacebuilding efforts from around the world, with relevant lessons for peacebuilders in the US or
      • Evaluation of peacebuilding efforts with generalizable lessons.
      • Curricula designed to prepare peacebuilding practitioners or researchers at all levels, from primary school
        through graduate schools.
      • The use of community members and capacity building efforts designed to enhance civil society at the local,
        national or international levels for the purposes of peacebuilding.
      • Studies focused on identifying the sources of identity-based conflict of use to peacebuilding efforts.
      • All other relevant works related to the theory and/or practice of peacebuilding. 

      All articles should reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), include a 100 word abstract, and meet CRQ formatting guidelines. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors. Deadline is March 1, 2019. Submissions received after this date may be considered for inclusion in a later edition of CRQ.

    • Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict resolution and ADR fields. Conflict Resolution Quarterly is sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution.


      Submissions on these or related topics are welcome year-round:

      • Discussion of a variety of third party conflict resolution practices including dialogue, facilitation, facilitated negotiation, mediation, regulatory negotiations, fact-finding, and arbitration at the local, national or international levels.
      • Analyses of disputant and third party behavior, preference, and reaction to conflict situations and conflict management processes.
      • Consideration of conflict processes in a variety of conflict contexts including family, organizational, community, court, health care, commercial, international, and educational contexts.
      • Sensitivity to relational, social, and cultural contexts that define and impact conflict.
      • Interdisciplinary analyses of conflict resolution and scholarship providing insights applicable across conflict resolution contexts.
      • Discussion of conflict resolution training and education processes, program development, and program evaluation and impact for programs focusing on the development of more competent conflict resolution in educational, organizational, community, or professional contexts.
      • Examinations of the fields and subfields of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and conflict resolution,including the current state of knowledge, current and future trends.
      • Research examining the work of peacemakers and conflict resolution experts locally, nationally and internationally.
      • Needs assessments examining areas of unmet need for the community of conflict resolution practitioners or related groups.
      • Research detailing best practices for third party neutrals or others involved in ADR and conflict resolution work.

      All articles should reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), include a 100 word abstract, and be approximately range from 2500 to 7500 words in length. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors.