Guest Editor guide

You will need to submit a proposal (unless you have been approached directly by the Editor-in-Chief). In your proposal:

  • Define the area for the issue, aims, scope, and explain the importance in advancing understanding. Add keywords (5-10 words).
  • Identify authors for possible inclusion. Add a brief description for each author.
  • Set timelines.
  • Include a short biography of all authors and guest editors.
  • Write an Editorial to summarize the issue.

Not all articles submitted may pass the peer review process, and not all authors will eventually submit a manuscript. Therefore, consider inviting more papers (25-50%) than your anticipated upper limit. Each issue will include between 10-15 contributions.

A timely topic is crucial, as well as an Editor possessing a ‘can-do’ approach.


Ethical responsibilities.

  • Special issues are subject to the same strict and rigorous ethical principles as regular journal issues. If unethical practices are detected, a special issue will be cancelled by the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The guest editor shall not attempt to influence the journal’s ranking by artificially increasing any journal metric.



Authors to write entirely original works, and present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. If using the work and/or words of others, this must be appropriately cited or quoted, and permission must be obtained where necessary.


Generative AI and AI-assisted technologies.

These technologies should only be used with human oversight and control to improve the readability and language of the work. AI-generated text may sound authoritative, yet can be incorrect and misleading.


Contact the Editor-in-Chief.


Last updated 29 August 2023.