Special Issue Proposals

Inviting Special Issue Proposals

The Journal of Research Practice (JRP) publishes special issues from time to time, to highlight specific challenges to research practice or research education. Please click here for a list of all the special issues published so far.

Typically, it takes about a year to complete a special issue, from initial announcement to final publication. The initial announcement is circulated in various forums in order to attract brief proposals from interested authors. The proposals are reviewed by the special issue editors. Authors of selected proposals are then advised to develop their proposals into full-length articles. These articles are then submitted online through the journal's Web site and each of them goes through a double-blind peer-review process. The articles that clear the peer-review process make it to the special issue.

Major Tasks of Special Issue Editors

  1. 1. Formulate a special issue idea, secure concurrence of JRP Editors, and draft an invitation for contributors
  2. 2. Receive and review article proposals; select some proposals (about 10)
  3. 3. Guide authors to register themselves in the JRP website
  4. 4. Follow up with authors, so that all the articles are submitted online
  5. 5. Arrange for peer review of the submissions; this process is managed through the JRP website
  6. 6. Send editorial decisions to all contributors (there can be rejects, revisions, or accepts at this stage)
  7. 7. Get authors to upload revisions; some of these may require a second round of peer review
  8. 8. Write an editorial article and submit it online through the JRP website
  9. 9. Arrange for copyediting of accepted articles (copyedited articles will be converted to HTML by AU Press)
  10. 10. Ask authors to proofread the HTML versions of their articles

Conceiving and editing special issues is an important service to the community of researchers, scholars, research-inclined professionals, and research students. It is also a great learning experience for the special issue editors. If you are interested in editing a special issue in this journal, please send your proposal to the Principal Contact.