Guidelines for Special Issues
A special issue is a virtual issue of a journal dedicated to a subject of special interest. It should contain the latest work on that subject, and provide a unique and valuable reference source for every researcher interested in that area. In contrast to regular issues, special issues are organized by a guest editor. The articles published in special issues go through the same rigorous peer review and get fully indexed as those published in regular issues, but are labeled as a special issue article upon publication.
There are several unique advantages of special issues: Firstly, authors in the subject of interest will be invited personally, in addition to the open call for papers. Secondly, the articles will be openly and freely accessible to a targeted community of researchers, as well as the general readers. Thirdly, the guest editor will have the chance to network with scholars in the field, and receive full support from our editorial office. Fourthly, the special issue will accelerate the dissemination of science around the world and initiate new collaborations.
Instructions on special issue proposal
To ensure the success of the special issue, please read the following instructions before proposing a special issue of any Acadlore journal.
To begin with, you need to check whether the subject of your proposed special issue overlaps with that of any existing or ongoing special issues of Acadlore. Here is the link to all of our special issues. The subject should not be covered by any other special issue.
The proposal of your special issue must provide the following essential information:
(1) The Acadlore journal to publish the special issue
The subject of the special issue must be in line with the scope of the journal.
(2) The tentative title of the special issue
The special issue must have a concise and informative title reflecting the subject of interest.
(3) The aims and scope, and keywords of the special issue
Write a 200-300-word aims and scope of the special issue, including the background, purpose, and topics of interest (at least 10). The aims and scope will be the basis for developing a customized call for papers of the special issue. In addition, provide at least 10 keywords of the special issue.
(4) The planned deadline for manuscript submission
The special issue can be open for submission for 6-12 months.
(5) The information on the recommended guest editor
The guest editor is the subject expert responsible for organizing and leading the special issue. He/she play a vital role in curating high-quality contributions on a particular topic and driving the editorial review process. Please recommend a guest editor in the field to edit the special issue, and provide his/her name, affiliation, institutional email, ORCID (optional), and CV.
(6) The information on planned papers / potential authors
Each special issue typically contains at least eight papers, excluding an editorial (optional) by the guest editor. Keep in mind that not all planned papers are suitable for publication, after the rigorous peer review. Therefore, you need to plan as many papers as possible. During the proposal, please provide the information on 4-8 planned papers (paper title, and name, affiliation, and institutional email of authors) or 8-16 potential authors (name, affiliation, and institutional email).
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Guide for guest editors
The guest editors are expected to edit special issues, and solicit papers for the special issue from suitable authors. Special issues are focused, timely and insightful collections of research articles, often themed around a subject that is particularly current, an emerging field, or a new perspective on an existing research matter.
Acadlore fully adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Our guest editors must have zero tolerance for publication ethics issues, such as plagiarism, data falsification, and inappropriate authorship credit, to name but a few.
- The guest editor should ensure that the articles published in the special issue fall in the scope of the journal.
- The guest editor should discourage adding any reference not related to the work, and ask authors not to include references merely for increasing citations to their own work or to the work of their associates. Please refer to our publication ethics for the details on our citation policy.
- The number of submissions from the guest editor should not exceed 25% of the articles published in the special issue. Such a submission will be processed by a member of the editorial board.
- The guest editor may include researchers in relevant fields in his/her team, but should supervise the peer review and decision-making process alone.
- The guest editor should keep all communications with editors, the identity of peer reviewers, and the materials submitted to the journal strictly confidential.
- Any editor participating in the peer review must declare any potential conflict of interest before getting involved in the assessment, peer review, and decision-making process. If a conflict of interest arises, Acadlore will arrange another suitable editor for the special issue.
The guest editors are expected to edit special issues, and solicit papers for the special issue from suitable authors. Special issues are focused, timely and insightful collections of research articles, often themed around a subject that is particularly current, an emerging field, or a new perspective on an existing research matter. The main responsibilities of guest editors are as follows:
The main responsibilities of guest editors are as follows:
- Prepare the title, aims and scope, and keywords of the special issue.
- Compile a list of authors, and propose titles of their papers.
- Invite authors to submit articles by the given deadline.
- Ensure that the review process of the special issue is in line with the normal practice of the journal.
- Promote the special issue at conferences, social media, and other platforms.
- Ensure that the submissions are from international authors, and contribute to the body of knowledge.
The submissions to the special issue, whether from open call for papers or private invitation, will be peer-reviewed and processed following our editorial and production process for regular papers. Please view the entire publication procedure.
During preliminary assessment, the guest editor can accept or reject the submission in the light of the following aspects: whether the submission is in line with the scope of the special issue, whether the manuscript meets research and ethical standards, and whether the scientific quality of the paper is sufficient for peer review.
After the peer review, the guest editor is responsible for making the editor decision on the manuscript based on the reviewer comments. The following issues should be considered before making the final decision: whether the reviewers are suitable, whether the responses from the authors are adequate, and whether the scientific quality of the paper is sufficient for publication.
If the guest editor is unable to inform the editorial office about his/her decision, the decision-making will be done by another editor of the journal's editorial board. If the guest editor is against the reject opinion of a reviewer, the academic editor of the journal will make the final decision, after consulting the members of editorial board and the editor-in-chief of the journal.
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