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Foundations of Data Science

Guidelines for Special Issues


1) Articles:  Articles are invited-only by the guest editors. The choice of contributors should be very selective to ensure a high quality. All papers must be original research. Special issues are not conference proceedings.

2) Expository articles:  It is suggested that each issue includes 1-2 well-written expository invited articles by research leaders in the field. For expository papers, guest editors should choose topics viable and beneficial to a large readership in consultation with field leaders, and invite the right person to write. For such a paper the presentation must be lucid and the exposition complete in that it should reflect the state of art in the area and contain all recent important developments by all researchers, keeping in mind that the paper is to benefit both young researchers coming into the field and seasoned researchers as well.

3) Preface:  We will need a preface from guest editors, to either reflect the life and contributions of the person in honor or summarize the recent development of the theme, and comment on the various contributions by the invited contributors in the issue.

4) Submission window:  The suggested window of submissions is 6 months.

5) Submissions:  All submissions will be via the online system and must be submitted through a unique online invitation link created by EditFlow and sent out by guest editors. One guest editor will manage the submissions and allocation to handling editors.

6) Review process:  The reviewing is as rigorous as for regular submissions, i.e. each article should ideally have two detailed and conclusive reports for possible acceptance. The reviewing process should be limited to 4 months for each submission. Referees with conflict of interests should be avoided. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject any submission without any report.

7) Letter to referees:  Referees should be specifically asked to comment on whether (a): Results are new and nontrivial; (b): New ideas/techniques are introduced; (c): Results and proofs are accurate; (d): Paper is of interest to an appreciable number of readers; (e): Presentation is good and concise; and (f): All references are relevant and no references are missing. Guest editors' recommendations should be based on referees' specific answers to these six questions.

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