Submitting a proposal

Researchers interested in guest-editing a Special Issue with an Elsevier journal should submit a proposal to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. In submitting a proposal Guest Editors should take the following steps:

1. Prepare a proposal
The proposal should give the Editor-in-Chief an overview of the aims and scope of the Special Issue, which will enable the Editor to judge if the Special Issue will be suitable for the journal. A format for proposing Special Issues can be found here:

Conference Special Issue proposal form
Thematic Special Issue proposal form


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It is highly recommended that Guest Editors read the information below before submitting a proposal to ensure that, if the proposal is accepted, the publication process goes smoothly and Guest Editors are able to make the most of Elsevier's publishing service.

Overview of publication types
Open Access
Options for promoting Special Issues

2. Select a suitable journal
Select the journal in which you wish to publish your Special Issue. You can do this by entering a journal title or keywords in the search box below.

3. Submit the proposal
Proposals can be sent directly to the Editor-in-Chief of a Journal. Contact details for each Editor-in-Chief can be found on all journal homepages on Elsevier's publishing staff are also happy to forward any proposals onto relevant Editors.

4. Acceptance or rejection of a proposal
All proposals are evaluated by Journal Editors. Once a proposal has been reviewed the Guest Editor will be sent a letter either accepting or rejecting the proposal.

5. Confirmation of the Special Issue
After a proposal is accepted, Guest Editors will be sent a pre-publication questionnaire to gather the necessary information to manage the publication process for a Special Issue. A confirmation letter will be sent to Guest Editors as soon as all Special Issue details have been agreed upon.

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