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Guidelines for Special Issues

Introduction

Special issues are important sections in all the journals published under Peertechz Publications Private Limited. Special Issue tempts the authors to write articles of high quality within the scope of the journal.

In order to make the concept of special issue easily understandable by the interested group of authors, we have segregated it in different stages:

Stage 1- Initial proposal and manuscripts assortment

While submitting the proposals for Special Issues, the Editors must oversee that the proposal is focusing on the aims & scope and an important area of existing journal.

The sequence and format for Special Issue Proposal is as follows:

Journal Name on which the Special Issue Title is coined

  1. Special Issue Title
  2. Guest Editors details
  3. Submission Deadline
  4. Issue release Deadline
  5. Potential Authors list
  6. Overview of proposed Special Issue title

Assortment of manuscripts depends on the motivating initial proposal. The editors may invite colleagues or other authors to submit their manuscripts. For this purpose, they can request the editorial office for an official Email ID. If the Editor is occupied in some other work they can seek the help of editorial office for inviting authors on his behalf.

Stage 2- Review and Revision of the special issue

Authors are suggested to oversee the flowchart for better understanding of Peertechz’s editorial review procedure.

Once a manuscript is submitted to a Special Issue, it will be checked by the Special Issue Editors/ Guest Editors/ Journal Quality Team as per the availability. This scrutiny is to ensure academic value, subject orientation and suitability for the peer review process.

After checking the suitability of the manuscript, the Lead Guest Editor ensures whether the submission is arising any conflict of interest of any community, in general. In case there is no conflict of interest, the Lead Guest Editor evaluates the manuscript on the quality basis. He/she then assigns the manuscript to guest editors and external referees’ for review and revision of the manuscript.

On the basis of the report submitted by the guest editors, Special Issue Editor is authorized to take any one of the following decisions:

  1. The manuscript is appropriate for the publication without any modifications.
  2. The manuscript requires undergoing suggested minor modifications before going for publication.
  3. The manuscript requires undergoing suggested major modifications before going for publication.
  4. The manuscript is not appropriate according the Journal standards and liable to be rejected.

Stage 3- Final Decision-making after Peer review process

Peertechz confer authority to the Guest Editors to make decisions in all stages of the review and revision process; however it is ensured that the editors adhere to the established guidelines of Peertechz, including the Statement of Editorial Policy, Code of Ethics, Instructions for Contributors, Guidelines for Reviewers and style guide. The Peertechz’s editors work with the Guest Editors for providing assistance in helping to further develop the proposal and the Call for Papers, and to agree upon a consolidated editorial team for the special issue.

Stage 4- Special issue publication or rejection

When manuscripts are initially accepted, it is on sole discretion of Peertechz whether the manuscript will be considered for special issue or regular issue of the journal. The final decision as to which manuscripts appear in the Special Issue, how and when the manuscripts will be published or the reasons for the rejection of the manuscripts is notified to the authors.

The maximum length of the special issue depends on several aspects, such as,

  1. The agreed-upon list of manuscripts to be included in the Special Issue.
  2. The order in which the manuscripts are to appear in the Special Issue.
  3. The introductory Article for the Special Issue.
  4. A list of all editors/reviewers for the Special Issue and their affiliations.

Work Flow Chart

Responsibilities of Special Issue Editor/Guest Editor

  1. The Special Issue Editors are required to provide the following details to the editorial office, such as Name, University, Country, photograph, active Email ID, Contact Number and FAX number.
  2. You are required to provide an URL where your professional details and photograph is displayed, other than any other publication websites.
  3. You are expected to submit at least one manuscript for this special issue from your side.
  4. You are expected to provide the potential authors list. If it is not available, you need to make a blue print (plan) for releasing the issue and forward the same to us for further pursuance.
  5. You should plan to release the Special Issue with minimum number of ten articles.
  6. You need to take care for the entire Peer-Review Process. If you face any problem in finding the related experts for review, you can ask the editorial office for further assistance.
  7. If you change your job location or any other details submitted to the editorial office, you need to inform this change within 24 hours to the editorial office for updating in database.
  8. The deadline for the submissions and release of the Special Issue should be decided by you and finalized with editorial office approval. The deadline once finalized should be adhered by all means.
  9. The Maximum timeline you should consider for the release of one Special Issue should not be more than 60 days.
  10. As a Special Issue Editor you are expected to promote this Special issue among your colleagues and suggest some guest editors.
  11. As a Special Issue Editor you are expected to make final decision on the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
  12. Special Issue Editor should perform rigorous cross-check process to ensure that only quality manuscripts are published.

Benefits to the Special Issue Editor/Guest Editor

Benefits, on request:

  1. You can publish one article free of publication fees (if you lack funding resources). From second article onwards we will provide reasonable discount.
  2. As a Special Editor, you will be entitled to get Scientific Credits and Certificates for special issue handling.
  3. If any article is submitted with your reference, the article will be eligible for reasonable discounts.
  4. You will be entitled for incentives on successful release of Special Issue, provided the articles in the special issue have generated revenue.
  5. As a Special Issue Editor you will be entitled to receive one hard copy of published Special Issue, on request.
  6. The lead guest Editors also get the chance of being promoted to the designation of Editor-in-chief after successful completion of the special issue.
  7. The Lead Guest Editor avails the chance to interact with a group of experienced researchers and eminent authors around the world.
  8. Peertechz provides the flexibility to the Lead Guest Editor to personalize his/her space on website in their own way.

Article Processing Charges

The charges for publishing a special issue article is to cover the costs of processing and production of the manuscripts. This becomes a necessity for the journal as it operates in Open Access and never request the funding agencies to support it financially. Moreover, the reprints or other ways of monetary issues are also very limited. Even if the journal faces lots of economic constraints, it is committed to publish valuable works to enhance the research in scientific endeavors. The journal believes that scholars will see the quality and rigorous works we are doing and will contribute willingly.

The recommended charges for publishing a special issue article is $1849. This will include all the processing charges along with designing, archiving and promotional charges.

Even after so many economic hurdles, the journal understands that majority of authors have funding issues, so we have come up with substantial discount facilities. The discount facility will be applicable for special issue editors, guest editors and deserving authors. The discount pattern is as follows:

  1. The Special Issue Editors can publish one article free of publication fees, if he/she is the corresponding author for the article. From second article onwards, Special Issue Editors are eligible for 20% discount on publication fees.
  2. If any author is referred by the Special Issue Editor, that author will get 30% discount on the publication fees.   
  3. The Guest Editors are eligible for 20% discount in the articles where they are corresponding authors.
  4. The authors without any reference will also get discounts. They are eligible for 20% discount on the publication fees.  

Not the least, if any scholar feels that the discounts are not enough, they can contact directly to the journal management team through Email: info@peertechz.com or you can call directly: +914023383479

Our commitment is ethical and valuable publishing. The monetary issues will be never a barrier in fulfilling our commitment. Your long-term support is solicited for this noble cause.  

Join with us

If you want to join as the Special Issue Editor, please submit your Special Issue proposal to: Info@peertechz.com,

Click Here to Download  Special Issue Proposal Form

To submit your proposal online, click online proposal form.

 If you want to submit your manuscript to the Special Issue, please do it through: submitpaper@peertechz.com

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