Thank you for your interest in guest editing!
Please read the following guidelines and then fill out the proposal below. If your proposal is selected, you will be contacted by the journal. If you would prefer to download and complete a document version of this proposal form, please click here.
Special Collection Guidelines
- Special Collections are collections of high-quality articles on topics of current interest, organized by Guest Editors who are recognized experts in their field
- All Special Collection articles, including commissioned papers, will undergo full, independent peer review, in line with SAGE’s ethical and peer review and publishing policies.
- There is no guarantee of acceptance, even for invited papers. The journal’s Editor and/or Publisher have final authority on editorial content. Papers that do not fit the scope of the journal or standards for peer review may be desk-rejected.
- Open access content is freely available to everyone, but is not without costs. As such, most journals charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) and all accepted manuscripts will be charged this fee. Each journal’s APC is listed on its website. View our full list of journals.
- Discounts are sometimes available based on need – please view our discount policy for more information.
Guest Editor Role and Responsibilities
- Guest Editors shape the content, define the Aims and Scope, and collaborate with colleagues on a topic of particular interest to their personal research.
- Guest Editors’ primary responsibility is commissioning content for the collection. We aim to publish at least 10 articles per collection.
- Guest Editors may contribute no more than two manuscripts to their own collection. They may additionally contribute an Editorial, free of charge, if permitted by the journal’s policy. There is no guarantee of acceptance.
- Guest Editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest relating to the submitting authors or submitted manuscripts. This includes papers authored by members of their own lab and any other authors based at the Guest Editor's institution.
- Guest Editors are expected to promote their Special Collection and the journal at conferences and meetings, on social media, to colleagues, and wherever else it may be appropriate
Special Collection Proposal Form
All fields marked with an asterisk are required.
Please provide as much information as possible to enable us to fully evaluate your proposal. Proposals lacking sufficient detail, that do not meet our requirements, or which lack a good standard of English, will not be considered. The more completely you fill out this form, the better your chances of acceptance. All Special Collection proposals are subject to approval by each journal’s Editorial Team. We will contact you if we are able to move forward with your proposal.
View an example of a completed proposal.
Please note if you do not have one.
The topic should be of high current interest, broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions, and yet narrow enough to keep a strong focus for the Special Collection. The proposed aims and scope form the basis of your call for papers. Please ensure your text is original and not copied from elsewhere, as it will be published online if the Special Collection is approved.
We need a list of topics so that potential authors know if their research is in scope. Please ensure your text is original and not copied from elsewhere, as it will be published online if the Special Collection is approved.
The Guest Editorial team should be as geographically dispersed as possible to ensure maximum dissemination and recognition within the scientific community