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Special Issue Proposal

IASTER invites proposals for Special Issues that focus on a specific area of research that has broad appeal and falls within the aims and scope of the IASTER journals.

Qualified scientists are encouraged to organize and guest edit special issues in their expertise areas with the journal. Published special issues of IASTER International Journals are highly cited and have drawn maximal attentions in the same areas. The profiles and reputations of the guest editors increase together with the publication of the special issues.

Special Issues provide an excellent opportunity to review a topic, examine previously unaddressed aspects of it, propose and develop new approaches, exchange perspectives and encourage new lines of research. Conference organizers are welcome to publish the proceedings as special issues in the journal.

These instructions have been designed in order to help potential Guest Editors to prepare Special Issue proposals, and the IASTER Editorial Team to evaluate them.

Selection of Special Issues will be made by the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the co-editors, based on the elements presented below. During the evaluation process, the IASTER Editorial Team may ask experts in the area of the Special Issue topic to give their opinions on the proposal.

Special Issue Proposals Should Contain the Following Elements

  1. Name and affiliation of proposed Guest Editors
  2. Short CV of proposed Guest Editors, including a list of major publications and editorial experience
  3. Call for Papers for the Special Issue. This Call for Papers must include:
    • A provisional title of the Special Issue
    • Justification for dedicating an entire issue of IASTER journal to this Special Issue topic: what is its broad appeal and what are its projected theoretical, practical and policy implications for the field?
    • The Special Issue's objective
    • The Special Issue's scope, including potential themes to be addressed in the Special Issue
  4. Potential Guest Editors should list any other Special Issues or special sections that they are aware of that have been published, or will be published, by other journals and which are devoted to the proposed or a closely related topic. In such cases, potential Guest Editors should show how their proposed Special Issue is unique and innovative in comparison, and explain how it will add to existing literatures.
  5. A plan explaining how the call for papers will be advertised (web sites, distribution lists, conferences, associations, etc.). Potential Guest Editors should be aware of the requirement that Special Issues must be truly open to any researcher working on the addressed topic. This requirement means that Special Issues cannot be restricted to researchers participating in specific workshops, symposia or small group meetings.
  6. Potential Guest Editors should make an effort to attract contributors from around the world. This will help enhance the Special Issue content by providing a variety of perspectives. Potential Guest Editors are therefore asked to explain in their proposal how they plan to attract researchers internationally.
  7. Potential Guest Editors are required to adhere to IASTER editorial processes and turnaround times. These editorial procedures include a rigorous peer-review process which ensures that only the highest quality articles will be selected for inclusion in the Special Issue. Guest Editors are also asked to include a list of potential reviewers in their proposal. It is important for both reviewers and Guest Editors to adhere to the timing standards set by the journal.
  8. Potential Guest Editors should normally select minimum of five papers to be included in the Special Issue and also write an introduction to the Special Issue. If too few papers reach the required high standard for publication, the Editor-in-Chief may publish a themed issue also containing regular papers or cancel the Special Issue entirely.

Nature and Format of Special Issue Submissions
Articles submitted to a Special Issue should adhere to journal's aims and scope and author guidelines for submitting a paper.

The Guest Editors will screen initial submissions for their general adherence to the above guidelines. Good quality submissions that meet the journal's aims and scope, but which do not meet the specifications of the Special Issue call for papers, may be recommended to the Editor-in-Chief for consideration for publication as a regular paper. Guest Editors should be aware of page length restrictions, appropriate use of footnotes, endnotes, figures and tables as they manage articles through the review process. Although formal copy editing occurs after articles are accepted, Guest Editors should not accept articles with a poor standard of English or which include terms that might be unfamiliar to the journal's international interdisciplinary readership.

Editorial Process
The process for handling submissions to a Special Issue is almost identical to that for regular submissions to IASTER journals. Papers in the special issue may be invited or openly submitted. The use of a guest editorial team and selected reviewers allows for highly focused expert feedback and considerable development of the submitted articles.

All articles are submitted to our online article submission system or by e-mail editor.iaster@gmail.com. Guest Editors should assign suitable reviewers to each article to be sent out for review. The Guest Editor will receive the reviews for each article, make a decision about its status (reject, revise or accept), and communicate that decision to the corresponding author. All correspondence, including review invitations, review comments and decision letters, is channeled through IASTER. This process should be completed for every submission until all articles are ready for final editorial decision (accept or reject). Authors are notified of decisions as they are made by the Guest Editors. The guest editors are responsible for reviewing the special issue papers, and supply final versions to the journal editorial office for publication. Guest Editors see all submissions to the Special Issue through to final decision, and recommend minimum of five papers for inclusion in the Special Issue to the Editor-in-Chief. In the event that more articles are considered acceptable than can be accommodated in the Special Issue, the Guest Editors may recommend to the Editor-in-Chief that they be published in regular issues of the IASTER journal. Ultimately, the Editor-in-Chief decides which articles to include in the Special Issue.

Guest Editors will not Submit their Own Papers
It is IASTER policy that Guest Editors will not submit their own papers for consideration for publication in the special issue, unless this has been specifically agreed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Turnaround Times
Naturally, authors wish to receive both timely and constructive reviews and decisions for their submissions. Therefore, reviewers are asked to comment within the prescribed time and reminders are sent to reviewers once their review becomes overdue. Guest Editors are also given a one week deadline for suggesting reviewers or drafting a decision letter after all the reviews have been received. The editorial process seeks to secure the same timely performance for Special Issue submissions as that provided for regularly submitted articles.

Guest Editors' Introductory Editorial Review
The Guest Editors will typically write an editorial review of up to 8,000 words, introducing the Special Issue and its content and providing a synopsis and integrative analysis of the collective contributions of the Special Issue articles. This article is subject to review by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Co-Editors.

Submit your Special Issue Proposal to the Editor-in-Chief at editor.iaster@gmail.com.

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