The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined including global aspects. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and University of the Arctic's joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year's theme is "Arctic Governance and Governing". The theme is meant to evaluate the innovation and progress being made in Arctic governance today, as well as conflicts and challenges. Topics may include, but are not limited to, local impact benefit agreements; local politics and elections; northern self-governance arrangements; current and future environmental regulatory frameworks; governance and regulatory gaps; state and non-state cooperation; state and sub-national government cooperation; the new IMO polar shipping regime; regional agreements; regional and/or global governance structures; and assessments of regulatory barriers to economic development. Comprehensive or theoretical evaluations of Arctic governance, including examples of successes and failures, are also encouraged.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to Heather Exner-Pirot (

The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2015, and articles (4000-6000 words) must be submitted by June 15. Expected publication is in fall 2015.

The editors also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (3-5 pages) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.

See the full call for abstracts on the Arctic Yearbook website.