Special issues may be either themed around a topic that is particularly current or coincides with some event or conference. Special issues are considered to be good for the discipline for drawing attention to a particular topic. Special issues usually attract more attention than regular issues, as a consequence, the articles are often highly cited. The special issues can be categorized in the following 3 types-
- Thematic Issue (Or Themed Special Issue): Visit this link to know more and submit a proposal for Thematic Special Issue.
- Conference Issue (Or Conference Special Issue): Visit this link to know more and submit a proposal for Conference Special Issue.
- Sponsored Issue (Or Sponsored Special Issue): Visit this link to know more and submit a proposal for Sponsered Special Issue.
Special issues get handled by one or more guest editors in coordination with the journal’s editor(s). For some guest editors, this may be their first experience of editing a journal, so they may seek additional support and advice for-
- Awareness of the standards used by the journal, including expectations for rigorous peer review and ethical behavior.
- Guidelines to appoint guest editors and reviewers along with production formatting requirements.
- Editorial management (online submission and reviewing workflow) system.
If there are a relatively small number of papers in a special issue, the journal reserves all rights to merge issues together into an ongoing regular issue.