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The journal is issuing a call for special issue proposals. A special issue refers to a distinct and focused collection of articles within a scholarly journal that is dedicated to a specific theme, topic, or subject area. Unlike regular issues of a journal that cover a broad range of topics, a special issue is curated to explore in-depth a particular aspect of a field of study. The special issue typically includes articles, research papers, and possibly other types of contributions that are centered around a common theme or research question. The following sections will guide you in writing and submitting a proposal for a Special Issue and help you understand the responsibilities as a Lead Guest Editor or Guest Editor if your proposal is approved:
Select a topic that aligns with your own research interests. The topic should be of increasing interest within your field. If you have noticed a surge in interest in a particular subject at recent conferences, for example, it indicates that a related proposal will generate significant interest.
Ensure that the topic of your proposal falls within the scope of the journal. The scope of your Special Issue should be broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions but narrow enough to create a cohesive collection of articles. The Special Issue should cover a specific area of the journal’s scope, but not the entire scope.
We strongly recommend reviewing the open Special Issues in the journal before submitting your proposal. This will provide an understanding of the level of specificity we seek in Special Issue topics and ensure there is no overlap with any currently open Issues.
Your Special Issue proposal should be in the form of a Call for Papers, which will be submitted to the Managing Editor for assessment. If the proposal is approved, the Call for Papers will help researchers find the Special Issue and submit their manuscripts.
The Call for Papers should provide sufficient background information to attract submissions but does not need to be overly detailed. Concise proposals are more likely to catch the attention of qualified researchers, leading to higher quality submissions. Clearly and efficiently communicate the focus of the Issue in no more than 500 words.
We recommend examining the structure and level of detail in the open Special Issues before submitting your proposal to ensure alignment.
Structure your proposal using the following guide:
Ensure that the text and topics explicitly relate to the narrower scope of the Special Issue. Broad descriptions covering the entire scope of the journal are not suitable.
Special Issues require a dedicated team consisting of a Lead Guest Editor and 2 to 5 Guest Editors. Guest Editors play a vital role in the success of a Special Issue and are responsible for:
The Lead Guest Editor serves as the primary point of contact throughout the Special Issue, from the proposal submission to the peer review of manuscripts. In addition to editorial tasks, the Lead Guest Editor’s responsibilities include:
Once all manuscripts have completed the peer review process, the Guest Editor team is requested to write an Editorial that introduces the Special Issue.
In your proposal, please provide the full names and affiliations of researchers who are willing to serve as Guest Editors. All suggested Guest Editors undergo a routine screening and verification process. It is important to suggest colleagues with a strong publication record within the scope of the proposed topic to ensure they meet our criteria.
If any suggested Guest Editors do not meet our criteria, the reserves the right to request their removal or replacement.
The Guest Editor team should include individuals from different institutions and countries. This diversity helps prevent conflicts of interest and ensures a broader reach for the Special Issue.
It is also essential that all Guest Editors have sufficient time to commit to handling manuscripts throughout the Special Issue.
The Managing Editor, along with one or two members of the Editorial Board, conducts initial checks on submitted proposals to ensure they meet the requirements in terms of detail, structure, and focus. They also assess the expertise and diversity of the Guest Editor team. Revisions to the proposal may be requested before further consideration.
The final approval of any proposal rests with the Editor-in-Chief. The journal reserves the right to decline any Special Issue at any time and for any reason at its sole discretion.
Typically, the assessment by the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief takes two to four weeks from the submission of your proposal.
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