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Special Issue articles should fulfil all the normal requirements of any individual and should be of relevance to a wide international and multidisciplinary readership. Authors should note that the same criteria of quality, originality, and significance apply to articles in Special Issues as to regular articles. Special Issue articles must not consist of overviews of the authors' previously published work e.g. peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, official reports etc.
Initial proposal and agreement in principle
All Special Issues must receive initial approval from the Senior Editorial Board before the papers are submitted. Proposals should be emailed to the Editors in Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org There are two formats proposals can take:
1. A detailed formal proposal which includes the titles and abstracts of the proposed articles. This proposal format must contain:
2. A proposal for a Special Issue Call for Papers. This proposal format must contain:
The Senior Editorial team will consider whether the initial proposal is of interest to the journal and the proposed Guest Editors will be informed whether or not it will be granted agreement in principle to proceed. The Editors in Chief will then appoint one of Journal’s Senior Editors to assume responsibility for the sponsorship of a Special Issue. Guest Editors are expected to oversee the peer review process for the Special Issue but final acceptance approval for each paper will be given by the sponsoring Senior Editor.
The Senior Editor and Guest Editors will point liaise directly with each other regarding progress of the Special Issue and any queries that arise throughout the process. In cases where a Call for Papers is issued, the Editors in Chief will liaise with the Guest Editors and the Sponsoring Editor to finalise and release the Call for Papers as widely as possible. Guest Editors will also be given full support and guidance regarding the use of the online submission and reviewing system used by the Journal.
3. The review process and editorial procedure
For the detailed formal proposal (type 1 above):
After agreement in principle, the Guest Editors consider the articles and, when they are happy that they meet the appropriate standard of quality, originality, and significance, instruct the authors to submit their papers via Journal’s online submission system. Guest Editors should make it clear to authors that being invited to submit a paper is not a guarantee of its publication. Authors should submit their papers to the appropriate Special Issue, from a dropdown menu within the system, when asked during the submission process. The submitted papers will then be available within the online system for the Guest Editors to send out for double blind peer review. Sponsoring Editors are available to assist should there be any doubt about a course of action to take.
For proposals for a Special Issue Call for Papers (type 2 above):
• As submissions for the Special Issue arrive directly from Authors in the online submission and review system, the Guest Editors will be able to access these and assess whether each paper is in scope for the Special Issue. The paper will then either be rejected or should be sent out for peer review. If a paper does not meet the criteria required for the Special Issue Guest Editors may reject papers without them having been sent for external peer review. Sponsoring Editors are available to assist should there be any doubt about a course of action to take.
For all Special Issue types please note that:
As a general guide, a full Special Issue should comprise of approximately 15-20 articles. Where the review process results in fewer articles than this a part-Special Issue or Special Section can be published.
Authors should work to clear deadlines set by the Guest Editors and Senior Editors, and be made aware that if they miss deadlines for submission, revisions or return of proofs then their papers may be excluded from the Special Issue so as not to disadvantage other authors.
Promotion and Ordering of Copies
We are always interested to hear of any society meetings or research groups which are relevant to the theme of a specific Special Issue. Occasionally it may be possible to arrange for promotional leaflets to be sent to such meetings if plenty of notice is given. Please note that the Publisher does not routinely generate Special Issue flyers nor does it print extra copies Special Issues unless specifically agreed with the Publisher.