Special issues in academic journals are collections of articles that are focused on a particular topic or theme. These issues are usually curated by guest editors who are experts in the field, and they aim to provide a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of the chosen topic.
The articles included in special issues are typically original research or review articles that have been subjected to the same rigorous peer-review process as regular articles in the journal. However, they are grouped together and published as a collection to highlight the importance and relevance of the topic.
Special issues are often used to bring attention to emerging areas of research or to showcase the work of a particular research group or community. They can also provide a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations, bringing together researchers from different fields to address a common problem or question.
For authors, publishing in a special issue can be an excellent opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience and to contribute to a focused and coherent body of knowledge on a particular topic. For readers, special issues provide a convenient and accessible way to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends in a specific field.
Benefits of Publishing in a Special Issue
Focused attention on a specific topic
Special issues provide an opportunity to concentrate on a particular theme or topic in a comprehensive manner, bringing together articles that address different aspects of the same subject.
By publishing in a special issue, authors can reach a wider audience interested in the specific topic, including scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. This can lead to increased visibility for their research and potential collaborations.
Special issues can bring together scholars from different disciplines, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and fostering new research directions.
Articles published in special issues often receive higher citations than regular articles because they are more likely to be read and cited by other researchers interested in the topic.
Recognition and prestige
Being invited to contribute to a special issue can be a recognition of a researcher's expertise in a particular area, and publishing in a special issue can enhance their reputation in the field.
Readers benefit from special issues as they offer a comprehensive and updated perspective on a specific topic, saving time in their search for relevant and quality research on the subject.
Making Special Issue Proposal
Making Special Issue Proposal
Eligibility, Responsibilities & Benefits
Authors must meet all four conditions to be listed.
- Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data,
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content,
- Final approval of the version to be published,
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Review submitted manuscripts.Advise on journal policy and scope.Identify topics for special issues, which your may guest editAttract new authors and submissions.Promote the journal to your colleagues and peers.Assist the editor(s) in decision-making over issues such as plagiarism claims and submissions.
Quality and Reputation: STM publishers uphold high standards of peer review and editorial quality, ensuring that published research meets rigorous academic standards. Publishing with reputable STM publishers enhances the credibility and visibility of authors' work.Global Reach and Exposure: STM publishers have extensive distribution networks, reaching researchers, academics, and professionals worldwide. Authors benefit from increased visibility and potential collaboration opportunities within the global research community.Rapid and Efficient Publication Process: STM publishers prioritize timely publication, ensuring that accepted articles are published promptly. Authors can benefit from faster dissemination of their research and quicker access to their findings.Enhanced Discoverability: STM publishers employ robust indexing and metadata practices, making articles easily discoverable by search engines, databases, and academic platforms. This improves the visibility and accessibility of authors' work, increasing its potential impact.Global Scholarly Community: By publishing with STM, authors become part of a vibrant global scholarly community. They gain access to networking opportunities, conferences, workshops, and collaborations with other researchers in their field.
Author Support and Services: STM publishers often provide authors with dedicated support throughout the publication process. This includes assistance with manuscript formatting, language editing, and guidance on copyright and licensing.Metrics and Usage Statistics: STM publishers provide authors with access to usage statistics, citation metrics, and altmetrics. These insights enable authors to track the impact and reach of their published work.Compliance with Funding Requirements: Many STM publishers facilitate compliance with funding agencies' open access policies, ensuring that authors can meet the requirements of their research grants.Archiving and Long-Term Preservation: STM publishers ensure the archiving and long-term preservation of published articles, maintaining their accessibility and integrity for future reference.
Track Your ManuscriptLogin to your account: To track your manuscripts, you first need to log in to your account on the Manuscript Engine. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one by following the instructions on the website.Access the "Track Your Manuscripts" feature: Once you have logged in, navigate to the "Track Your Manuscripts" section on the website. This feature may be located in different places depending on the journal's website layout, so look for a link or button that says "Track Your Manuscripts" or something similar.Enter your manuscript information: To track your manuscript, you will need to provide some information about it. This typically includes the manuscript ID, which is assigned to your manuscript when you submit it to the journal. You may also need to provide your email address or other identifying information.View the status of your manuscript: Once you have entered the required information, you should be able to view the status of your manuscript. This may include information such as whether it has been received, whether it is under review, or whether it has been accepted for publication.Receive updates on your manuscript: Depending on the journal's policies, you may be able to receive updates on your manuscript via email or through the website's messaging system. This can help you stay informed about the progress of your manuscript and any changes in its status.Take action on your manuscript: If your manuscript requires any action on your part, such as revising it based on reviewer feedback, you should be able to do so through the "Track Your Manuscripts" feature. Follow the instructions provided by the journal to make any necessary changes to your manuscript.
Editorial Board of Special Issue
Special Issues are led by a single Lead Guest Editor or a team of 2 - 5 Guest Editors. Guest Editors are integral to the success of a Special Issue. Special issues of JournalsPub will also follow the peer review process under the guidelines of the Editorial Policy. The Guest Editor(s) of the issue will have all the right to select or reject the submitted manuscript. Guest Editors are also required to convey the complete table of contents and the outline of the issue as well as the names and designations of contributing authors before the proposal is tentatively accepted (final acceptance being dependent on the review process). Guest Editors should inform the authors of the proposed schedule for the Special/regular Issue and if the articles are not submitted in time to the publisher, then they may be rejected.
Eligibility, Responsibilities & Benefits of Guest Editors
They are responsible for managing the papers and for the quality of the content. Every paper in the issue must maintain the quality standards of the journal. Research papers must be scientifically excellent, and all content must be novel and interesting to the general readership.
A reviewer must hold a Ph.D. degree and should normally have an h-index above 10. Peer review of special issue papers will be conducted by eminent reviewers who are completely independent.
Reviewers will not be selected from the contributing authors or from among the Guest Editors.
Final editorial decisions on all Special/regular Issue submissions will be decided by the Editors-in-Chief.
The guest editor is responsible for ensuring the timely submission of all proposed contributions at every stage of the review and publication process.A Special Issue editor is entitled to make final decisions regarding the acceptance and rejection of manuscripts.The guest editor must provide authors with a preliminary editorial review of all proposed manuscripts for thematic coherence, substantive contribution, and journal format before submission.The special issue requires a minimum of ten articles and you should plan accordingly.
Improve their academic profile and mark them out as influential within your disciplineComplete freedom and flexibility to the Lead Guest Editor and he/she can customize his profile on the website as per his/her choice.Increase the visibility and impact of work published in the Special Issue.Being at the forefront of scientific communicationYou will be given certification for handling Special Issues.
Selection of Topic
Selecting a topic for a special issue in an academic journal is an important and often challenging task. Here are some tips for selecting a strong and relevant topic:
- Identify a gap in the literature: Look for areas of research where there are gaps or inconsistencies in the existing literature. These gaps may be related to emerging trends or issues, or may be gaps in research on well-established topics.
- Consider the audience: Think about the intended audience for the special issue, and what topics would be most relevant and interesting to them. Consider the needs of both researchers and practitioners in the field.
- Focus on timely and relevant issues: Select a topic that is timely and relevant to current events, trends, and debates in the field. This can help ensure that the special issue is of interest to readers and has a high impact.
- Collaborate with guest editors: Work with guest editors who are experts in the field and have a strong network of researchers. Collaborating with guest editors can help ensure that the special issue covers a range of relevant topics and perspectives.
- Balance breadth and depth: Ensure that the special issue strikes a balance between breadth and depth. While it should cover a range of relevant topics, it should also provide in-depth analysis and insights on specific issues or questions.
- Ensure feasibility: Consider the feasibility of the proposed topic, in terms of the availability of potential contributors, the timeline for submission and publication, and the resources required to produce a high-quality special issue.
Support for Guest Editors
- Guidelines and templates: Journals may provide guest editors with guidelines and templates for preparing and submitting the special issue proposal, as well as for soliciting and selecting articles. These resources can help ensure that the special issue meets the journal's standards and follows its procedures.
- Editorial assistance: Journals may assign an editorial assistant or coordinator to work with the guest editor throughout the special issue process. The editorial assistant can help with administrative tasks, such as managing submissions and communications with authors, and can provide feedback on the articles and the special issue as a whole.
- Promotion and dissemination: Journals may promote the special issue through their website, social media channels, and email newsletters, to ensure that it reaches a wide audience. The journal may also provide metrics on the special issue's readership and impact, to help guest editors demonstrate the success of the special issue.
- Access to resources: Journals may provide guest editors with access to resources such as databases, software, and training materials, to support their editorial work and improve the quality of the articles.
- Recognition and compensation: Some journals may offer recognition or compensation to guest editors, such as a mention in the editorial or a honorarium, to acknowledge their contribution to the journal.
If you are a guest editor, be sure to familiarize yourself with the support offered by the journal and communicate with the editorial team throughout the process. This can help ensure that the special issue meets the journal's standards and is a success for both the journal and the guest editor.
Become A Guest Editor
As a guest editor, we understand that there are many responsibilities to consider. For this reason, we have created a comprehensive guide to walk you through the essential aspects of the role and what to anticipate during the process of editing a special issue. You can count on the support and guidance of the Publisher, Content Acquisition Specialist, and/or Journal Manager throughout the process. If you have any inquiries while serving as a guest editor, please direct them to the appropriate publishing contact. Our Researcher Support Center is also available for technical support and role/system-based inquiries.
Ethical Obligations & Responsibilities
Process For Managing Manuscript Submissions
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