Special issues of Nordicom Review are thematic issues where the processes of peer review and manuscript evaluation are handled by external editors (guest editors). All special issues are preceded by an open Call for papers, and all considered article submissions undergo the same rigorous double-blind peer-review process as submissions to the regular issue.
Keep in mind that there is a lengthy publication process, and therefore it is not realistic to hope for a special issue to be finalised within one year. The role of guest editor requires much work, and we strongly recommend that at least two people share the responsibilities.
Should you be interested in submitting a proposal, this is how to do it:
1. Fill out a special issue proposal questionnaire and read our editor guide
Please contact our managing editor, who will send you a questionnaire to fill out with the details of your proposed special issue. You will also be provided with our guide for special issue editors. This guide contains the information you will need to prepare yourself for your role and responsibilities in the process of editing a special issue.
Managing editor: Josefine Bové, email@example.com
When we evaluate your proposal, we consider whether the proposed issue is appropriate for our aims & scope, whether it will make a needed contribution within our field, and your previous experience as an editor. We also consider whether the topic is high on the public or political agenda; we particularly encourage proposals with a policy or democracy dimension.
2. Submit a draft version of your Call for papers
If we decide to move forward with your proposal, you and Nordicom’s editorial team will meet to discuss the timeframe, and you will be provided with a Call for papers template. Nordicom reserves the right to edit the Call for papers in order to make it more coherent with our publication procedures. The approved Call for papers will be published on our website.
3. Sign a letter of agreement
After abstracts have been received, you and your Nordicom editor review them and discuss whether there is the potential for a high-quality publication. If so, the managing editor will send you a letter of agreement to sign, which lays out your rights and responsibilities as editor, as well as Nordicom’s. When this is signed, you can proceed to issue invitations for full manuscripts.
You will also be provided with details for how authors may obtain our instructions for authors. These instructions include a checklist, which should be included in the final (post-review) submission to Nordicom.