Often, many journals will publish special issues relating to special sections or area of interest. The central theme may around a particular topic that is relatively new and current, probably to score a noteworthy individual or it may have likely corresponded with some events, symposium, workshops or conferences. In our special journal issues, we focus on definite scientific topics with clear cut objective which is a great and reliable way to get noticed so as to boost further usage and citations. Publishing via a special issue requires a team of professionals in a narrower field which gives room for useful communication with the editors. The timeframe is firm and a better opportunity for close affinity as much as a larger networking opportunity opens up that were not seen in the past. Some of the highpoints from the science based conferences would also be included in the special issues as the phenomenal researcher has personally invite you to write about his/her work. At WFL, we take great pride in our special issues invites you to join!
Publish a Special Journal Issue:
Researcher and practitioners are invited to propose and publish their own special journal issue within the confines of their area of specialization and expertise with WFL Publisher. Once agreed, you could be the guest lead editor of that special issue. Special issues usually attract more and more attention than notably regular journal issues. As a result the articles are often read more and greatly cited.
Getting attention to a particular topic, special journal issues can also be very good for the discipline. Nevertheless, very many special journal issues can lead backlogs if not well organized and managed since they would add an issue importance of content on top of the normal flow of submissions. A variety of sources gives idea for new and special journal issues. This can originate from a call for proposals, from someone out there in the field and also editorial meetings.
Getting started: proposing a special issue
- Title of issue
- Authors and editors (full names, affiliations, and email addresses)
- Note: Affiliation information should include your department, university, city and country or institution, city and country.
- Outline summarizing the objectives of the Special Issue
- Name of Journal where you want the special issue published
- List of prospective contributions (Minimum of 10 articles)
- Submission Deadline
- Publication Date
- Description: 300-600 word summary
-Send us the Proposal
-When this is done, an agreement will be signed before the start of work
When the Special Issue is published, the title and names of the Guest editors will appear on the cover and contents page.
WFL Publisher Special Issues are not intended to publish manuscript that have or will be presented at conferences and workshops on a specialized theme since such manuscripts cannot by definition go through the required double-blind review process. Neither, is it required that workshops and conferences of authors’ be included as part of the special Issue publication process. In other words, if a team of guest editors wishes to hold a workshop with a very clear aim where they have successfully passed one or more stages of the double-blind review process and are brought together to support further combination of manuscripts into a cohesive whole, and to give feedback to authors. This would be a good development and a resourceful addition to the publication process. However, since the workshop eliminates the double-blind review, it is imperative that any such workshops should be planned well-ahead of time so as to give room for the process to be completed.
If a guest editor chooses to include an authors’ workshop as part of their formal proposal, they must also include a budget in their proposal for the workshop showing sources and use of funds. Any incurred costs associated with conference or workshop would not be paid for by the Journal and must be fully paid through outsourcing.
Guest Editors’ Introductory Articles
Usually, the Guest Editors prepares an introductory article that reviews the state-of-the-art domain of Special Issue, recommend direction for research, and provide an abstract and integrative analysis of the collective contributions of articles and research notes in the Special Issue. The Introductory Article then goes through a single-blind review process managed by the Editor-in-Chief. The submitted manuscript will undergo two stage of review, with a final decision made by the EIC. The Guest Editors are responsible for timely revisions of their own manuscript based on the WFL Style Guide and Information for Contributors.
It is WFL policy that none of the Guest Editors, including any WFL Editor on the project, would be able to submit a manuscript either as an author or co-author for review for publication in the Special Issue, other than the Introductory Article, in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
Special Issues publishing is a way WFL uses to solicit and contribute to international research on specific theme. The Guest Editors should encourage highly-focused feedback and significant development of the submitted manuscripts. At the same time, manuscripts proceed on a parallel track with regular WFL submissions and adherence to WFL fit and quality norms.