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.
Guest Editor is required to prepare a proposal for the Special Issue which should involve the following information:
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.
Guest Editors are expected to:
Authors who are invited or intend to publish in a Special Issue should pay attention to the following items:
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.
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.