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Special Issue Guidelines

Special Issues are collections of articles advancing a novel debate, idea or field. Ideas for new Special Issues may come from a variety of sources, like suggestions of the Editorial Board or scientists working in the field. Scholars who are interested in publishing a Special Issue with us are advised to consider the following guidelines.

Proposal of a Special Issue

Guest Editor is required to prepare a proposal for the Special Issue which should involve the following information:

  • Special Issue title;
  • An introduction (about 200-300 words) and 3-8 keywords of the Special Issue;
  • A draft "Call for Papers" for the Special Issue;
  • Suggested outlined timeframe for the Special Issue;
  • Brief biography or short CV of the Guest Editor(s);
  • Potential authors of the Special Issue.

The editorial office will assess the proposal and officially release the Special Issue information if it is approved by the editorial office and the journal's Editor-in-Chief.

Responsibilities of Guest Editors

Guest Editors are expected to:

  • Provide a short introduction, an image and other necessary information for the Special Issue;
  • Provide a table of contents for the Special Issue if possible;
  • Draft a "Call for Papers" for the Special Issue and invitation message that will be sent by the editorial office;
  • Recommend and/or invite contributors;
  • Make recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief on Special Issue articles according to the Editorial Process, and ensure the quality of the Special Issue publication;
  • Write an Editorial to summarize the content and rationale of the Special Issue.

Notices for Authors

Authors who are invited or intend to publish in a Special Issue should pay attention to the following items:

  • Read Editorial Polices and Author Instructions carefully, ensuring the manuscript meets all requirements before submission;
  • Submit the manuscript by the deadline. Overdue submissions may be excluded from the Special Issue and processed as regular submissions;
  • Submit the manuscript via the Online Submission System;
  • Clearly indicate "This article is for the Special Issue XXXX" in cover letter when submitting;
  • Note that being invited to contribute a paper to a Special Issue is not a guarantee of publication.

Special Issue articles undergo the same high-standard editorial procedure as other submissions.

Regarding Special Issue papers, after passing the initial check of the Managing Editor, the manuscript will be successively assigned to the Assistant Editor, and then to the Editor-in-Chief, or an Associate Editor in the case of conflict of interest for the Editor-in-Chief to review. The Editor-in-Chief, or the Associate Editor may reject manuscripts that they deem highly unlikely to pass peer review without further consultation. Once the manuscript has passed the editorial assessment, the Associate Editor will start to organize peer-review.

Peer-review and Editorial Procedure

All Special Issue articles are subject to rigorous and impartial peer-review like other regular submissions. Guest Editors supervise the editorial process of all Special Issue articles and make recommendations on them comprehensively based on all review comments. Guest Editors are welcome to recommend reviewers for submission before peer review. Guest Editors are required to have no conflicts of interest with authors whose work they are assessing. For more information on OAE editorial handling, please refer to Peer Review Guidelines and Editorial Process.

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