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Collections & Paper Clusters

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In addition to Original Articles, CMS introduces Paper Clusters. There will be a continuously call for paper clusters. A paper cluster has no more than 4 articles and does not have an editorial.

A proposal for a paper cluster should address at least the following items:

  • Theoretical relevance
  • Comparative orientation
  • Methodological aspects
  • Coherency of the paper cluster (also including how the guest editors bring the articles together)
  • Biography of the guest editor(s) (max. 250 words)An abstract of 200 – 400 words
  • Maximum number of words of the paper: 8.000 – 9.000
  • Contact information of the guest editor(s)

All paper cluster proposals will be submitted for internal review by the Editorial Board. If approved by the board, a clear deadline is agreed with the guest editor(s) as for when the papers have to be submitted via the online submission portal of CMS.

The papers will undergo a double blind peer review (reviewers will be notified that a paper is a part of a cluster). Guest editors will be informed on the progress of the review of the individual papers. Guest editor(s) are also responsible for the communication of deadlines to the contributors involved. The decision on acceptation of the papers will be taken by the editorial board. Guest editor(s) can be asked to suggest external reviewers.

CMS continuously publishes articles online on a yearly basis. The paper cluster will be published on our collection page ( .

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Annual Journal Metrics

Citation Impact 2023
Journal Impact Factor: 4.3
5-year Journal Impact Factor: N/A
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.257
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.168

Speed 2023
Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 76
Submission to acceptance (median days): 288

Usage 2023
Downloads: 683,383
Altmetric mentions: 373