Cell Science and Medicine (CSM) publish the special issues to draw attention to under-researched or controversial topics or to new emerging themes in international business. The special issues are invited from recognized experts with in the journal scope and to attract articles of the highest quality.
The main objective of the special issues is to integrate and analyze current thinking and debates in a focused area of applied research in order to inform the decision-making and policy-making community.
Cell Science and Medicine (CSM) accept the proposal for special issues on topics that fall within the scope of the journal. Proposals for Special Issues should be submitted by the Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue.
A call for papers must be submitted together with the proposal. The proposal for the special issue must contain the following information:
- Guest editors: a short biography of the guest editors with a focus on the expertise of the proposed topic and the involvement in relevant communities
- Deadlines: appropriate schedule stating the major dates including paper submission, acceptance notice, etc.
- Topics: the most important topics related the proposed special issue must be listed
- List of reviewers: a list of the reviewers of the special issue (their names, links to their homepages and areas of expertise). It is mandatory that all related topics of the issue are covered by the group of reviewers
- Distribution and promotion: a plan for the distribution and promotion of the issue and to attract quality submissions
All proposals are subject to approval by the journal following a discussion of the proposed Special Issue among the journal’s Editorial Board. If approved, a Call-for-Papers for the Special Issue will be issued and posted online.
Special Issues are made freely available online to all interested readers leading to the maximum possible dissemination and recognition within the scientific community.
Responsibilities of Guest Editors
- The Guest Editor(s) are responsible for the selection, commissioning, editing and provision of the final manuscripts to the Editors
- will normally be expected to provide a preface/ introduction to the issue
- The Journal Editors will communicate directly with authors only in exceptional circumstances and at relevant points of the production process.
- Guest Editors will be expected to update the Journal Editors regularly on the progress of the Special Issue and ensure that authors follow the Journal's presentation and referencing guidelines
- Editor will be expected to ensure that all authors supply illustrations of an appropriate quality and that authors obtain all necessary copyright permissions. Relevant documentation should be provided with the final version of the Special Issue
- will be expected to proof-read the entire volume and to ensure that authors proof-read their contributions
- should provide full contact details, including email addresses, for all contributors
Special Issue Guidelines
- Cell Science and Medicine (CSM) encourage the submission of proposals for special issues that will be path breaking and exciting for our international readership.
- The normal size of special issues is a minimum of 5, maximum of 10 manuscripts (5-7,000 words each, including references).
- We strongly encourage a diversity of authorship—especially in terms of country of authors (i.e. not all authors should be from the same country or region).
- Conveners of special issues should formally submit a written proposal to any one of the editors that includes a summary of the topic, an argument about its intellectual merits and relation to current debates in social & cultural geography, a complete list of authors (full contact details), titles, abstracts, and a realistic timeline.
- The editors will discuss the proposal as a collective. If approved, a single editor will handle all the manuscripts in the special issue (including the convener’s introduction).
- Conveners should have their authors submit their individual anonymized manuscripts at roughly the same time (within a few days). Authors (not conveners) should submit to Manuscript Central. In their cover letter, authors should signal that the paper is part of a (named) special issue.
- All papers will be refereed in exactly the same way standard Annals of Aging manuscripts are refereed (typically 3 anonymous reviews from around the globe). One editor will handle all the manuscripts. That editor will not be bound to use referees suggested by conveners.
- Submitting a manuscript to a special issue does not guarantee acceptance. Papers succeed or fail on their own merits. The Editor’s decision is final.
- If an accepted paper has been waiting in the batch-assignment pile for over 9 months, we may need to dissolve the special issue and publish accepted articles as standalone pieces. This is so that successful, timely authors are not penalized by tardy or unsuccessful papers.
- Once all of the manuscripts have been accepted, the convener will submit an editorial introduction to the issue. It should not exceed 4,000 words (including references). This introduction normally will not be refereed, but it will be edited by the editor. This must happen quickly to keep things on schedule.