OA Text welcomes proposals for Special Issue, a set of solicited and refereed collection of Articles and Research Notes on a predetermined theme or collection of papers on a specific topic from conference proceedings or projects of broad interest, typically 6-10 articles in each group. OA Text Special Issues are designed to draw attention to under-researched or controversial topics or to new emerging themes in international research.
Since Special Issues attract high-quality submissions from influential scholars who are experts in the predetermined theme it provides a unique opportunity for one group of authors to present research that addresses a specific theme or that derives from a joint project. The ultimate goal of an OA Text Special Issue should be the encouragement of insightful and influential research, in line with the OA Text Statement of Editorial & Publishing Policy.
OA Text journals include Special Issues as a benefit for both authors and readers. Authors have their articles published with comparable work which provides a wider scholarly context for interpretation and citation. Readers have the benefit of a number of related articles usually in the forefront of current debate, research or professional practice.
Guest editors from OA Text Editorial Board organize each Special Issue surrounding a theme within their field of expertise. Each guest editor selects the most interesting and innovative content to be included in the themed issue, allowing viewers to stay informed and abreast of cutting-edge research methodologies.
Proposals of the Special Issues should be submitted to the Editors-in-chief providing the following information:
After acceptance by the Editor-in-chief and implementation of the Special Issue by the editorial office (usually completed within a few days), the Special Issue may be announced by the guest editors who should inform potential contributors.
The guest editors are obliged to ensure the high standard of publication in OA Text. All manuscripts rated as "poor" in one of the fields Scientific Significance, Scientific Quality or Presentation Quality must be rejected. The regular editor will monitor the quality.
The guest editors must ascertain that all manuscripts are within the scope of OA Text, do not contradict each other and that they cite each other.
The guest editors can provide a 1 to 2 pages long Preface to the special issue. The draft has to be sent around to all leading authors of the Special Issue and will be read and approved by the chief editors before publication. The Preface/Introduction is published free of cost. A longer summary providing a synthesis of all papers could be published as separate article, which however will be treated as a regular contribution, i.e. it will be peer-reviewed.
It is important that the Guest Editor sticks to deadlines wherever possible, otherwise it will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the journal’s issues. Even if you choose not to put a formal contract in place with your Guest Editor, it is essential that s/he is aware of the critical deadlines.
Ultimately, Guest Editors are responsible for the content and should read all the articles prior to submission to OA Text special issue. If any of the material is not up to scratch, the Guest Editor has the right to refuse publication.
If you would like to propose a Special Issue, please fill out the following form, and we will forward it to the appropriate Editor-in-Chief.
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