Electronic Research Archive
Guidelines for Special Issues
1) Articles: Articles are invited-only by the guest editors. Choosing the contributors should be very selective to ensure a high quality. All papers must be original research. Special issues are not conference proceedings.
2) Requirements: No short papers (less than 15 pages, single spaced), and no summary-type papers. No more than 15 papers in an issue.
3) Expository articles: Each issue could include 1-2 well-written expository invited articles by research leaders in the field, but will not consider summary papers. For expository papers, guest editors should, in consultation with field leaders, choose topics viable and beneficial to a large readership and invite the right person to write. For such a paper the presentation must be lucid and the exposition is 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.
4) 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.
5) Submission window: The window of submissions is only 4 months (having it longer will make many authors wait for too long).
6) Submissions: All submissions will be via the online system. The editorial office will set up guest accounts in EditFlow, with an invitational link.
7) Review process: The reviewing is as rigorous as for regular submissions, i.e. each article needs to have two detailed and conclusive reports for possible acceptance, while a rejection takes just one report or no report. 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.
8) References: References are meant to give proper credits to cited papers that have essential relevance to the manuscript and its presentation. Providing random and excessive references in a paper often reflects a lack of seriousness and professionalism.
9) 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 to the manuscript in an essential way. Guest editors' recommendations should be based on referees' specific answers to these six questions.
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