Special Issues Proposal

We believe that special issues are an essential part of a journal. The Bowen Publishing has a long tradition in this context, and we wish to continue this. To further ensure the high-quality of special issues, a more active policy will be followed. Rather than letting the selection and publication depend on individual initiatives, we prefer a broader and open invitation.

Proposals of special issues which match with the Focus and Scope of the Bowen journals are warmly welcomed. In general, a special issue should have a well-articulated unifying theme and should reflect the state-of-the-art, currently relevant and leading edge topics in researches. It will typically include a review article of the research in the area of focus. Each proposal should consist of the following:

Name and affiliation of Guest Editor(s).
CV and list of major publications of Guest Editor(s).
A provisional title of the special issue.
A general summary ( no more than 1 page) describing the general focus and aims of the special issue.
A description of other related publications or conferences that might demonstrate the relevance of the field and constitute evidence for choosing the theme and topics.
A brief description of the editorial procedure that would be followed (e.g. the peer review process in the selection of high-quality papers)
A list of authors who have agreed to submit their contributions to the special issue or potential authors (i.e., a list of names with affiliations) together with an overview of their contributions (preferably preliminary abstracts).
It should be mentioned in the proposal if the proposed contribution or part of it has been or will be published by other journals.
Selection of special issues will be made by the Editors-in-Chief after consultation with the Associate Editors. Criteria of selection include (amongst others):

Topics: new developments with a prospect of increasing importance for the domain, historically important topics that are subjected to a new approach.
Authors: preferably a mix of well-established academics and promising young researchers.
Guarantees for high quality publications: e.g. independent peer review with selection of high quality submissions only.