Special Issues

Special journal issues focus on very specific topics with a clear objective.

Special issues focus on very specific scientific topics with a clear objective and a great way to draw attention to boost usage and citations. Publishing through a special issue ensures a team of experts in a much narrower field and allows for better communication with the editor. The timeline is strict, submission rates are higher, and a great opportunity for affinity marketing as a much larger network opens up that previously might have been overlooked. Many highlights from science based conferences are also placed in special issues as the prodigious researcher is personally invited to write about his/her work. WFL takes great pride in their special issues publications and invites you to join!

Publish a Special Journal Issue:

Researchers and practitioners are welcome to propose and publish their own special journal issue surrounding their topic of interest and expertise with WFL Publisher. Once initiated, you can be the lead guest editor of the special issue.

Getting started: proposing a special issue

  1. Title of issue
  2. Authors and editors (full names, affiliations, and email addresses)
    1. Note: Affiliation information should include your department, university, city and country or institution, city and country.
  3. Outline summarising the objectives of the Special Issue
  4. Journal Name of where you want the issue published
  5. List of potential contributions (Minimum of 10 articles)
  6. Submission Deadline
  7. Publication Date
  8. Description: 300-600 word summary

-Send us the Proposal

-An agreement will be signed before starting the work

When the Special Issue appears, the title and names of the Guest Editors will appear on the cover and the contents page.

Conference Linkages

WFL Special Issues are not designed to publish manuscripts that have been or will be presented at a conference or workshop on a specialized theme since such manuscripts cannot go, by definition, through the required double-blind review process. Nor is it required that an authors’ workshop or conference be included as part of the Special Issue publication process. However, if the team of guest editors wished to hold a focused workshop whereby authors have successfully passed one or more stages of the double-blind review process are brought together to encourage further integration of manuscripts into a more coherent whole, and to provide further feedback to authors, this would be a welcome and useful addition to the publication process. However, since the workshop eliminates the double-blind review, it is important that any such workshop should be planned well-ahead so that review process is completed.

If the guest editors choose to include an authors’ workshop as part of their formal proposal, they must also include a budget in their proposal for the workshop indicating sources and uses of funds. Any costs incurred with respect to such a conference or workshop cannot be paid for by the Journal and must be fully paid through outsourcing.

Guest Editors’ Introductory Articles

Typically, the Guest Editors prepare an introduction that reviews the state-of-art on the domain of Special Issue, suggest new directions for research, and provide a synopsis 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 JIBS policy that none of the Guest Editors, including any JIBS Editor on the project, can 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.


Publishing ‘Special Issues’ is a way for WFL to solicit and contributions to international  research on a specified theme. The Guest Editors should encourage highly-focused feedback and substantial development of the submitted manuscripts. At the same time, manuscripts proceed on a parallel track with regular WFL submissions and adhere to WFL fit and quality norms.