Call for Special Issue Proposals
The editors of IJCSA
proposals for special electronic issues on topics that
fall within the
scope of the journal. As IJCSA is only able to publish
one to two
issues per year, the editors will seek to identify the
proposals of the
highest quality for publication.
Special issues of IJCSA should offer
- either an
authoritative review of
current thinking and debates in a particular
area of computer science,
that at the same time takes these debates
- and/or a
state-of-the-art analysis within an area of
current approach and
academic interest, that thus informs approach
debate in this area.
of topics in the computer science and
to future trends and challenges.
issue is the responsibility of guest editor(s).
Those wishing to guest
edit a special issue should prepare a proposal as
outlined below, then
send this to the Editor-in-Chief (editor
. org). On the basis of the proposal, the
editor-in-chief of IJCSA will
decide whether or not the guest editor(s) should
preparation of the special issue.
the importance of the area and topics that the
special issue will focus
anticipated contribution of the special issue in
understanding in this area;
and authors for possible inclusion in the
special issue, with a
brief description of each paper. (These papers
do not need to have been
written at the time that the proposal is
presented, although our
assumption is that most will be based on work
already in progress).
Where a given author(s) has published
extensively on a subject already,
it is necessary to have some indication of the
new contribution to be
made by the proposed paper for the special
time-scale in which the special issue could be
writing, reviewing, and submission of final
copies to IJCSA) assuming
the proposal is accepted.
To assist the
understanding how the papers in the proposal would
contribute to a
coherent special issue, the proposal should
include a matrix that:
• Lists the key policy issues
that the special issue
intends to address
• Shows which papers will
contribute to our
understanding of which policy issues.
This matrix can also act as a useful tool during
the preparation of a
special issue, by showing authors the overall
context of the issue and
how their paper is supposed to contribute to this.
An issue of IJCSA should be 30,000-35,000 words
long, meaning a maximum
of eight to ten papers if these are on average
3200 words long
(including abstract, appendices, tables etc).
Special issues with
fewer, longer papers are also possible. Proposals
should include more
possible papers than can be included in the
eventual issue. This is so
that the refereeing process can select the best
8/9/10 papers for final
inclusion in the issue.
Most special issues will include some form of
overview paper that sets
out the key policy issues in the area concerned
reference to existing literature) and summarizes
the contribution of
the special issue to furthering understanding of
them. All papers
within the special issue should address explicitly
one or more of the
policy issues highlighted in the overview paper.
It should not just be
left to the overview paper to draw out the policy
implications of the
“Successful” Special Issue
Once a proposal has been approved in principle by
it is the responsibility of the Guest Editor(s) to
deliver the soft
copy of entire issue to IJCSA within the agreed
Editors must organize a double-blind reviewing
process for all papers
submitted for inclusion in the special issue, so
• Identify those papers to be
finally included in the
• Strengthen these papers, so as
to ensure the
highest possible standards for the issue.
The editors of IJCSA require to see copies of all
between reviewers and Guest Editors at the time
that the completed
draft of the special issue is submitted to IJCSA.
Guest Editors should keep the editor-in-chief of
IJCSA informed by
e-mail of progress in preparing the special issue
and in particular
alert them in advance if agreed deadlines are
likely to slip.
Once the final selection of papers has been made
and final versions (as
per IJCSA format guidelines) of all these have
been received, the Guest
Editors should send electronic copies (e-mail
attachment / soft copy in
CD) to Editor-in-Chief. At the same time, they
should send soft copies
of the correspondence with reviewers to the
The editor-in-chief of IJCSA will then check the
quality of the issue
before forwarding it to Press for publication. The
Editors reserve the
right to request a third review of papers and, if
necessary, to request
modifications to an issue before approving it for
the procedures set out above are designed to
minimize the need for such
The editors of
welcome proposals for special sections within an
issue of the journal
(a total of 3-4 papers, including a brief
introductory piece). The
procedures for preparing proposals and editing
sections are the same as for special issues, with
the exception of the
number of papers involved.
To defray the
publication charges, special issue (conference)
requested to contribute in the online publication
cost of their IJCSA
special issue. The details should be
requested from the
Editor-in-chief. We do not charge fee from
For more details contact Editor-in-Chief.
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