Special Issues: Guidelines for Guest Editors
● A Special Issue is a collection of articles focusing on a theme or themes relevant to the journal’s aims and scope and is often produced by one or more guest editors with the assistance of the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.
● A Special Issue normally consists of a collection of original research papers, review articles and an introduction by the Guest Editors. High quality Special Issues are beneficial to a journal as they have the potential to increase usage and citations and to attract new authors and readers. There is no restriction on the number of papers to be included in the special issue and also on the word limitation/page budget as long as the papers are of high quality. Typically a Special issue consists of 10-20 articles which can include both research and review papers. If less than 8 papers are accepted we would still publish them together, but as a Special Section within a regular issue rather than as a standalone Special Issue.
● Guest Editors take the primary responsibility for liaison with contributing authors and peer reviewers. The same review processes and criteria of quality and originality apply to articles in Special Issues as to regular issue articles. All papers accepted for publication (except Editorials) should be peer reviewed by at least two independent referees.