A Special Issue proposal begins with the Guest Editors writing and submitting a Call for Papers describing the topic of the issue. If the proposal is approved, the Call for Papers will help researchers find the Special Issue and submit manuscripts.
Describing the Scope
The Call for Papers should state the intended focus of the Special Issue. It should emphasize the current relevance of the subject and indicate why new research on the subject is warranted.
Striking a balance between length and detail is key
Too little detail could result in a Call for Papers that lacks focus or scientific merit. Too much detail can be overly prescriptive and limit interest in the Special Issue. Traditional Medicine Research recommends approximately 400 words for the focus statement.
In addition to the statement of focus, a Call for Papers should include a number of suggested topics for authors. These topics are ‘signposts’ for the direction of the Special Issue, providing authors with guidance on areas in which they may wish to submit. Suggested topics are another opportunity to focus the Special Issue, but Editors should be wary of excessively narrowing the scope.
Recruiting an Editorial Team
All Special Issues are led by a single lead editor and a team of 2-4 supporting editors. The proposal should state the name and affiliation of all editors of the proposed issue. This team ensures the Special Issue team will have sufficient capacity and expertise to handle all incoming submissions.
Setting a Deadline
The Call for Papers should include a proposed submission deadline. Traditional Medicine Research staff will assist editors with choosing an appropriate date, which is typically 6 months from the date the Call for Papers appears online.
Refining the Proposal
Traditional Medicine Research’s editorial team will help refine each proposal. Guest Editors should carefully consider the feedback we provide—we want to help make each Special Issue as successful as possible. The final approval of any proposal will be decided by the Traditional Medicine Research's editorial team and the journal’s Academic Editors.
Publishing the Proposal
Once finalized, Traditional Medicine Research will post the Call for Papers on the journal’s page.
Our marketing team will issue the Call for Papers via email to researchers working in the field.