Submitting a proposal
Researchers interested in guest-editing a Special Issue with an Elsevier journal should submit a proposal to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. In submitting a proposal Guest Editors should take the following steps:
1. Prepare a proposal
The proposal should give the Editor-in-Chief an overview of the aims and scope of the Special Issue, which will enable the Editor to judge if the Special Issue will be suitable for the journal. A format for proposing Special Issues can be found here:
It is highly recommended that Guest Editors read the information below before submitting a proposal to ensure that, if the proposal is accepted, the publication process goes smoothly and Guest Editors are able to make the most of Elsevier's publishing service.
2. Select a suitable journal
Select the journal in which you wish to publish your Special Issue. You can do this by entering a journal title or keywords in the search box below.
3. Submit the proposal
Proposals can be sent directly to the Editor-in-Chief of a Journal. Contact details for each Editor-in-Chief can be found on all journal homepages on Elsevier.com. Elsevier's publishing staff are also happy to forward any proposals onto relevant Editors.
4. Acceptance or rejection of a proposal
All proposals are evaluated by Journal Editors. Once a proposal has been reviewed the Guest Editor will be sent a letter either accepting or rejecting the proposal.
5. Confirmation of the Special Issue
After a proposal is accepted, Guest Editors will be sent a pre-publication questionnaire to gather the necessary information to manage the publication process for a Special Issue. A confirmation letter will be sent to Guest Editors as soon as all Special Issue details have been agreed upon.
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