Guidelines for Special Issue:
Preparing special issue
We welcome special issue articles at any time during the year on different topics of maize. The following guidelines are intended to help prepare a special issue proposal for J. Maize Res. & Dev.
The proposal should include the following information :
- Title of the Special issue
- Name(s) and contact information for the Issue editor(s). If there is more than one editor, the primary contact person should be identified.
- An Abstract of the entire Special Issue – usually around 250-300 words.
- A list of all article titles, author names, and affiliations (including a listing for an Introduction).
- The Proposal – usually one of two formats – 4000-4500 words or 7000-8000 words, explaining the significance of the subject and the approach, theoretical and/or methodological approaches, and the questions and concerns that bind the papers together. The proposal should also provide a rationale for division of coverage among the papers, explain the links between the papers, and provide some possible conclusions.
- Paper Abstracts – abstracts of 250 words are required for each paper. We do not require one for the Introduction, as we anticipate the Proposal would be incorporated into the Introduction.
Responsibilities of the Lead Guest Editor
The Lead Guest Editor should organize a review team to do the review work if there are manuscripts
submitted to the Special Issue.
The Lead Guest Editor should promote his Special Issue and invite authors to submit manuscripts.
Science Publishing Group will not release the papers if the number of papers can not achieve three.
The Lead Guest Editor should make decisions on the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
The Lead Guest Editor should cross-check the manuscripts and ensure their quality.
Reviewing process is characterized by transparency and objectivity. This requires that the following process be adhered to:
1. Submissions for a Special Issue should be sent to the Guest Editor who is responsible for pre-selecting 4 or 5 papers.
2. This selection will be subjected to the peer-reviewing process, which will be arranged by the Editor-in-Chief.
3. The Editor-in-Chief assigns the papers to the reviewers based on a blind peer-reviewing process. The Guest Editor may propose reviewers to the Editor-in-Chief to review papers for the Special Issue.
4. Each submission to the Special Issue must be referred for review on the basis of this blind peer reviewing process.
5. Reviews are sent to the Guest Editor who then passes on the reviews to the contributors in order to revise their papers in view of the reviewers’ comments and suggestions.
Once the review reports have been received, the Guest Editor will need to make an editorial decision of either:
- Publish Unaltered
- Consider after Minor Changes
- Consider after Major Changes
If the Guest Editor recommends “Publish Unaltered,” the manuscript is accepted for publication, and the authors are notified of this decision.
If the Guest Editor recommends “Consider after Minor Changes,” the authors are asked to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript with the required minor changes suggested by the reviewers. The Guest Editor reviews the revised manuscript after the minor changes have been made by the authors. Once the Guest Editor is satisfied with the final manuscript, the manuscript can be accepted.
If the Guest Editor recommends “Consider after Major Changes,” the authors are expected to revise their manuscript in accordance with the changes recommended by the reviewers and to submit their revised manuscript in a timely manner. Once the revised manuscript is submitted, the Guest Editor can then make an editorial decision of “Publish Unaltered,” “Consider after Minor Changes,” or “Reject.”
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Sending special issue proposal
The chief guest editor(s) should fulfill the special issue proposal form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Click here to download Special Issue Proposal Form.