Special Issues: Guidelines for Editors and Authors
The proposal should:
- explain the origin (i.e. whether the result of a conference, a call for papers or commissioned articles) and the rationale of the Special Issue
- provide a table of contents and a full set of abstracts (300 words each)
- provide an indication of the proposed length of the final articles (see below)
- provide an indication of the time-frame for each of the stages of the project.
The total length of a Special Issue should not normally exceed 34,000 words, including the Guest Editor's introduction. The number of articles included may be variable (for example, 5 at c. 6000 words, 6 at c. 5000 words, 7 at c. 4500 words, 8 at c. 4000 words ). Eight is normally a maximum and editors will need to ensure the overall balance of the volume.
Peer Review Process
Full proposals will be considered by the French Studies Editors and relevant members of the Editorial Board and, where appropriate, sent to external reviewers for specialist evaluation. Normally at this stage, a decision will be taken regarding the potential viability of the project. Feedback will be provided to the prospective Special Issue editors. In those cases where it is decided to take the proposal forward to the next stage, the Guest Editors will be expected to coordinate the composition of the issue as per the timeline indicated in the proposal and to submit the entire Special Issue as a single submission. (See also below). The submitted material will be considered by the Editors and relevant members of the Editorial Board. Where appropriate, external reviewers may be asked to advise on the Special Issue as a whole or on individual items. At this stage, the Editors will decide on the acceptability of the Special Issue and of individual contributions, will communicate recommendations or requirements to the Guest Editor and will agree a final deadline for submission of the completed issue. The main evaluation criteria will be: coherence of the volume, quality of the contributions, interest to readers of French Studies and potential impact on research in the field/sub-field.
Responsibilities of Guest Editors
The Guest Editor(s)
- have responsibility for the selection, commissioning, editing and provision of the final manuscripts to the Editors of French Studies
- will normally be expected to provide a preface/ introduction to the issue
- will be expected to deal directly with authors throughout the process. The Journal Editors will communicate directly with authors only in exceptional circumstances and at relevant points of the production process
- will be expected to update the Journal Editors regularly on the progress of the Special Issue
- will be expected to ensure that authors follow the Journal's presentation and referencing guidelines
- will be expected to ensure that all authors supply illustrations of an appropriate quality and that authors obtain all necessary copyright permissions. Relevant documentation should be provided with the final version of the Special Issue
- will be expected to proof-read the entire volume and to ensure that authors proof-read their contributions
- should provide full contact details, including email addresses, for all contributors