Special issue guest editorship

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Prospective Guest Editors should submit a written proposal to the Co-editors via email that incorporates the following elements: 

  • A title for the special issue; 
  • Rationales for the special issue topic that positions its significance in the literature; 
  • Some illustrative topics that papers could focus upon; 
  • A draft of the actual call for papers; 
  • A plan for how authors will be recruited (which can include authors who have already been approached informally); 
  • The credentials of the guest editors; and 
  • A proposed timeline towards publication. 

Guest Editors will be responsible for publicising the call for papers and generating submissions for the special issue. It is expected that a special issue will include Guest Editorial written by the Guest Editors and normally at least six contributed papers. The Guest Editorial will normally be subject to review by the co-editors. 

The Guest Editors is responsible for all stages of the review process to identify and invite reviewers and make preliminary decisions on submissions, though the Co-Editors may also initially screen the submitted papers. The review process will be managed online through the ScholarOne Manuscripts system. 

To prevent any perception of conflicts of interest, it is LHT’s policy that the review process of the submissions from Guest Editors (as authors or co-authors) will be handled by the Co-Editors.