Because of the increasing interest in proposing special issues, in order to provide a better and fairer system of evaluating such proposals and because of the lead time necessary to put together a quality special issue, the following system for proposing and approving them has been implemented.
Proposals for special issues to appear in 2017 (Volume 41) will be accepted until midnight on March 28, 2014. Authors will be informed of the decision on their proposal by May 15, 2014. Proposals should be submitted via email as an attachment to Ray_Bagby@baylor.edu, subject to the following conditions and in accordance with the following guidelines:
- Proposals should be based on topics that offer great promise for advancing the field by introducing new concepts/theory or extending/developing existing theory in a significant way and that will stimulate future research.
- Proposals should not be based on/limited to a geographical area, such as the US, China, Africa, etc.
- The guest editor team must include at least one person who has had a long history or significant relationship with ET&P, such as editor or member of the editorial review board.
- Guest editors may write an introductory article, but should NOT be authors or co-authors of other items published in the special issue.
- As a general rule, the special issue should contain 5-8 articles or research notes, including any introductory paper, and the final page total for all items should be no more than 200 typeset pages.
- All submissions must be submitted to/processed through the journal's Manuscript Central system.
- The proposal should identify the topic proposed, the rationale for why it is important and how it will benefit the field (500 words or less).
- The guest editors and their qualifications should be highlighted briefly.
- The author should explain the process for the special issue, i.e., general call for papers, conference, invited papers, etc. (if this information will not be included in the Call for Papers below).
- A draft Call for Papers (or letter to invitees) should include all necessary information for potential authors, and be thorough enough to permit an informed evaluation of the project.
Proposals received after the above deadline may be held until the following calendar year, subject to the author's agreement, and considered for 2018 (Volume 42).