Special Issue Policy

Guest Editors are responsible for the proposal of Special Issues (SI), and they work with journal editors throughout the editorial process. The Special Issue Program aims to increase the visibility and citations in a certain research community. There may be many different Special Issues with different interests in the related field.

Articles accepted in one of Special Issues will be published in the regular issues of the journal. That has broad benefits:

  • Earlier visibility and the vast majority of readers across the topics community.
  • Be cited by peers and get more citations.
  • Quickly learning about the current scientific research.

1. How to be a Guest Editor?

There are two ways to be a Guest Editor:

  • Editorial staff will search and invite the experts who has outstanding achievements in the certain field. Usually, it will be a group of Guest Editors to drive a Special Issue. The members of Guest Editors usually are invited by the leader of Guest Editors.
  • Readers or authors who have good topics could submit your proposal to april.chow@apacsci.net. EiC or Senior Editors will evaluate the valuation of the proposal. If the proposal is selected, the submitter will be successfully as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue, and editors will cooperate to promote the development of Special Issues.

A Special Issue with some necessary content, includes but is not limited to: title, keywords, introduction of the SI, Guest Editor with E-mail, and deadline. Usually, the summary of the SI should be provided by the Guest Editor. Editorial Office will make a flyer for further advert.

2. Special Issue Ethics

Academic Publishing Pte. Ltd. strictly abides by the Core Practices of COPE. All the new submissions will go through a double blind peer-reviewed process. Authors should provide a list of experts who avoid evaluation. Journal asks all the editorial process to comply with the Editorial Policies. If there is any potential conflict of interest, reviewers or editors should inform the Editorial Office and avoid the whole review process. Once unethical behaviors are suspected during the editorial process including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication, citation manipulation, and authorship misconduct, please do not hesitate to contact editorial_office@acad-pub.net.

3. Workflow of a Special Issue

A new submission is submitted through the OJS system. Guest Editors (GE) will check the relevance between the new manuscript and the scope of one of the Special Issues. Then, editorial staff will screen the originality of the new submission by iThenticate. Any manuscript without enough originality may be rejected. The Editorial Office will assign the new submission to GE or reviewers for further review comments, and the editorial process of a Special Issue also goes through a strict double blind peer-reviewed process with not less than two reviewers. The GE have the responsibility to oversight the whole editorial process. All the comments are collected to GE, and they will make the final decision whether it is accepted, rejected, or revised. Once the manuscript is accepted, it will go through the production stage and the authors will be informed. GE will archive it in the current volume/issue with marked in a collection of the Special Issue.