Proposals for special issues should contain the following information:
- A clear outline of the special issue (max. 1500 words), addressing at least the following items:
o Theoretical relevance
o Comparative orientation
o Methodological aspects
o Coherency of the special issue (also including how the guest editors bring the articles together)
o Rationale behind selection of papers and contributors
o A clear description of the process of how the SI is put together and how internal debate was promoted (CMS prefers proposals of special issues that have already been discussed for instance at conference panels).
- An outline of papers, addressing at least the following items:
o Titles of papers, with names and institutional affiliations of all authors
o Abstracts of every paper (200 - 400 words)
o 1 - 2 complete papers
o Biographies of the guest editors (max. 250 words)
- Practical information:
o Contact information of all the guest editors
o Timeline for completion of the SI (including a sound estimation of the current state of the papers)
All special issue proposals will be submitted to internal review by the editorial board. Each proposal should contain 1-2 completed papers. You can submit your Special Issue proposal to Esther.Otten@springernature.com.
If approved by the board, a clear deadline is agreed with the guest editors as for when all articles have to be submitted via the online
submission portal of CMS. All individual articles can be submitted on a running basis and will be reviewed individually (reviewers will be notified that an article is part of a broader special issue).
Guest editors will be informed on the progress of the review of individual articles. Guest editors are also responsible for the communication of deadlines to the contributors involved. The decision on acceptation of articles will be taken by the editorial board. Guest editors can be asked to suggest external reviewers.
CMS continuously publishes articles online on a yearly basis. Once a sufficient number of articles has been accepted after review (at least 4 / maximum 6 articles + introduction), the special issue will be published on our collection page .