Editing a Theme Issue is a serious commitment but it offers a lot of freedom and responsibility to the guest editors of the issue. What we can offer you is a dedicated Theme Issue on the topic of your choice, guest-edited by you with your name on the cover. As guest editor, you have the freedom to choose the authors and suggest their titles and topics and to shape the whole issue as you see fit. We encourage guest editors to be creative about the kinds of articles included and to feature a range of articles in the issue. For example, these could include introductions or reviews on different aspects of the topic, new research, papers explaining the importance of the topic to the wider world or articles looking to the future.
After publication, you will receive 10 complimentary copies of the issue for you to distribute to colleagues and associates. You will be given free personal online access to all DCDS series for one year to follow the journals' development and to help promote the journals and your issue.
However, for all this to work effectively, it is essential that your responsibilities as a guest editor are clear. Most importantly, you are responsible for ensuring the quality of the issue. Here is the review procedure:
1. All manuscripts should be submitted to you directly before the agreed submission deadline. Each article must contain an abstract and keywords. For refereeing purposes, you are free to set the file format in which you wish to receive submissions, but we would suggest a single PDF file so the articles are easy to send out to review.
Features of themed issues:
1. 150-300 journal pages, containing typically 12-20 research articles headed by a general review.
Please send a proposal as a one-page summary. This must justify the topic, and list possible papers and authors. If approved, organizers must next provide a definitive list of agreed contributors and their articles. Organizers must have all articles peer-reviewed, to the satisfaction of the Editorial Committee.