By focusing on the results of research on a particular topic, Special Issues contribute to the development of specialised subfields within the wider discipline. Special Issues provide readers with a comprehensive overview of recent advances, current debates and future directions in a particular field.
The publication of a special Issue encompasses the identification of Special Issue proposals, review of manuscripts, the publication process, promotion and maintenance. The Editor-in-Chief or the journal’s editorial office works with Guest Editors after a Special Issue proposal has been approved to ensure the successful publication and impact of the Special Issue.
Special Issues are published on the same schedule, typeset and distributed in the same way as regular articles and are subject to rigorous peer review. All editors and reviewers involved in a Special Issue are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest, which are handled by the journal’s policy. Considering the sustainability of the Special Issue, articles in the Special Issue will be published interspersed with regular articles, displayed in a Special Issue column, and will not delay the release of regular articles. The editorial board encourages researchers from diverse backgrounds to actively contribute to the Special Issue and bring a wealth of ideas, methods and results to advance the academic field.
When submitting a proposal for a Special Issue, it is necessary to follow the guidelines and requirements of the journal to ensure that the proposal is complete, and engaging and demonstrates the scholarly and practical value of the Special Issue. The quality and innovative nature of the proposal will have a direct impact on the journal’s selection and acceptance of the Special Issue.
Proposals for Special Issues
Please see the Special Issue Information Form for details.
Basic Requirements for Guest Editors
Journal editorial office selects and appoints Guest editors by these policy requirements to ensure the quality and scholarly reputation of Special Issues. Guest editors are key players in Special Issues and play an important role in the planning, organisation and publication of Special Issues, while Guest editors advance scholarship and knowledge.
If you are an expert in the field of the journal and you are interested in organising a special feature or serving as a Guest editor, please prepare a proposal and send it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org).