Instructions for IJSG Special Issue proposals and for guest editors


IJSG welcomes special issues covering topics that are part of the aims and scope of the journal.

Proposing a special issue

Prospective guest editors are encouraged to submit a proposal for a special issue to the Editor-in-Chief, sending an email to: The proposal should include:

•             A brief description of the proposed main theme (up to 1 page)

•             The text of the call for paper, including the expected timeframe (up to 1 page)

•             Short CVs (up to 1,000 characters each) of the candidate guest editor(s) 

A collaboration of editors from different regions encouraged. The authors of the special issue are expected to come from different regions as well.

For special issues with more than one guest editor, please indicate the corresponding editor who will be responsible for coordinating the work of the group and communicating with the Editor-in-Chief and the IJSG staff.

Managing an accepted special issue

After agreeing the timetable for the special issue with the Editor-in-Chief, the CFP will be published on the IJSG website, and guest editors will be responsible to distribute the CFP to appropriate websites, journals, email lists, etc.

Manuscripts submitted to the special issue will undergo the same revision process as regular papers, with double blind review managed by the guest editor(s). The guest editor(s) handle correspondence with authors until a final publication decision is determined for each paper.

To decrease delays in publication, papers requiring major modifications may be removed from consideration for the special issue and will follow the normal procedures for regular papers.

Once the guest editors make their final decisions for each paper, the corresponding guest editor must notify the Editor-in-Chief of the final decisions for papers. 

The submission/revision process will be completed using the IJSG website:

For final publication, the guest editor(s) must provide an editorial or introduction for the special issue.