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Special issue policy

Emotions and Society policy for special issues and themed sections


Emotions and Society (E&S)
envisage space for special issues once a year, primarily the first issue of the year. The E&S editors do however reserve the right not to run a special issue in any year. Special issues and themed sections can be proposed by the Editorial Management Board of the Journal or they can be proposed in open calls issued by the E&S editors.

Special issues would normally comprise of a short editorial and up to eight academic articles. A themed section comprises up to five articles. Open calls for special issues or themed sections will be circulated approximately once a year. Proposals will be collected at the deadline and be reviewed by the Editorial Management Board of the Journal at their next editorial board meeting. Rejected proposals will get basic feedback on the reasons for rejection.

The person or group behind accepted proposals will be expected to act as Guest Editor/s for the special issue, to liaise with contributors with regards to revisions and to produce an issue containing a strong and coherent collection of papers that sits within the aims and scope of Emotions and Society. They may act as referees for the papers, but each paper should be sent to two referees, at least one an anonymous referee from outside of the guest editorial team. The guest editors will work closely with the E&S editors who will provide guidance to the guest editor/s as needed, to ensure that the articles are aligned with the journal and its goals. The E&S editors reserve the right to reject articles or entire special issues that do not meet the quality standards of the journal. If this is the case, individual contributors may still resubmit their articles to the journal outside the scope of the rejected special issue. The procedure described for special issues also applies to themed sections.

We encourage that contributions to special issues/themed sections be selected in an open call process at some point in the process of collecting contributions, either before or after the proposal is submitted to E&S.