Art Style Magazine has been working with the support and collaboration of volunteer academics willing to contribute to the editorial work as well as the dissemination and promotion of knowledge in art and culture with quality. Therefore, given the growing demand from academic colleagues to participate in the editions and to enable those interested, Art Style Magazine has decided to release the following Special Issues & Guest Editors’ Guidelines.1
The realization of a special issue should follow Art Style Magazine’s profile within the best practice guidelines on publishing ethics based on the directions from top institutions on teaching, science, and research worldwide. For more information, see Research Publishing Ethics available at the magazine’s website. The issues are special precisely because they differ from the regular thematic or mixed-topic editions. The articles can be commissioned, and renowned authors specialized in the special issue subject are invited to contribute.
As per the Art Style Magazine’s profile, the guest editors must have previous experience as an editor. The guest editors need to outline the theme of the special issue (approx. 500 words with in-text citations), clarifying the context and relevance for an international publication, how the proposal relates to the magazine’s main theme, and what contributions the invited authors are expected to make. A brief biography of the guest editors is required and must include leading publications and previous experience in editing academic publications. Also, a list of the participating authors (the guest editors are considered to be authors) as well as information on the subjects of their respective contributions and how they are related to the special issue’s theme, is expected. The guest editors should be committed to inviting authors whose contributions are pertinent to the issue at hand. For example, one way to ensure an excellent special issue with invited authors who are experts on the topic is to organize a special edition followed by a conference, congress, forum, or workshop session. This can lead to productive exchanges between the participants who have previously passed through a selection on the topic under discussion.
Three Scientific Committee members with expertise in the interested guest editors’ topic evaluate the proposals. Once the request is approved, the guest editors should develop their theme with the appropriate authors. After the initial approval of a special issue featuring either one guest editor or two guest editors, the Art Style Magazine may put out a call for papers proposal and select more contributions. The edition must have at least six approved articles to be published. Consideration should be given to extending the call for papers, the estimated date for publication, or even cancellation. In case of cancellation, articles already submitted are invited to be published in the main issues of the journal within the established periodicity. For this purpose, the guest editors should establish the time frame they consider necessary to accomplish the essential steps under their responsibility. By setting this time frame, the guest editors can collaborate to establish the deadline for papers submission and the publication schedule of the special issue in question, within the general guidelines of the Art Style Magazine‘s internal editorial production regulations.
The guest editors should also take responsibility for the initial peer review process of the extended essays or articles and revising the texts with a focus on the originality of the research and the quality, clarity, and concision of text, which must be written in the English language (American or British) and follow the Art Style Magazine’s Author Guidelines, The Chicago Manual of Style, the Art Style Magazine’s Peer-Review Process, Authorship and Contributorship, and the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. To maintain the double-blind review process, authors should not know who their proposed reviewers are and vice versa. The guest editors should use the Art Style Magazine’s peer review form. They must also be responsible for checking the quality and viability of the images, ensuring the presence of a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) as per the magazine author guidelines. Upon completing this step, the final peer-reviewed and revised extended essays and articles are checked by the Art Style Magazine’s Editorial Production team to ensure that the special issue meets the magazine guidelines and academic standards.
Throughout the process, guest editors can consult all the necessary reference materials through the Art Style Magazine’s website and contact our editorial production. The Art Style Magazine editor-in-chief will coordinate the special edition from this stage on (see Peer-Review Process, Authorship and Contributorship, Editorial Policies, Research Publishing Ethics and Terms & Conditions). The goal is to promote teamwork, allowing everyone involved in the process to benefit from their colleagues’ expertise and skills following this Special Issues & Guest Editors’ Guidelines. The reasons why the editor-in-chief may decide not to publish the special issue may include any of the following: the editor fails to deliver any item mentioned by the due date or does not follow this guideline and the magazine’s standards. However, authors with their articles approved are invited to publish in a current magazine issue (multi-themed edition).
- Art Style Magazine‘s editors also follow this guideline for special issues.