Special Issues

Guidelines for Special Issue Guest Editors

Proposing a Special Issue

JMS consider proposals for Special Issues twice a year; the closing dates are 31st March and the 30th September every year. The JMS Editors will return a decision on your proposal within one month of receipt.

Your proposal should contain:

  1. Executive Summary.
  2. Justification for why the Special Issue is needed.
  3. Explanation of why the issue is particularly suitable for JMS.
  4. A proposed timeline.
  5. Backgrounds of the proposed Guest Editors, including visibility on the topic in question, and editorial experience.
  6. A list of scholars who may be interested in submitting to your special issue.

By submitting a Special Issue proposal to JMS, you agree to abide by the Special Issue Editor Protocol should your proposal be accepted.

Please submit your proposal to business.jms@durham.ac.uk

Editing Your Special Issue

If your proposal is approved, you will receive a decision letter providing feedback on your proposal and you will be assigned a JMS Editor. After the approval decision, the JMS Editor will join your editorial team to work with you on your Call for Papers and, eventually, on your Introductory piece. The JMS Editor will also provide advice on any issues that arise. JMS has a policy of involving a second editor when papers have gone through one or two rounds of revision to ensure consistent quality. The JMS Editor for the Special Issue will act as the second editor for all papers. Before any papers can be formally accepted, they must be signed off by a JMS General or Senior Associate Editor.

It is important to note that Guest Editors are not permitted to publish papers in the Special Issue, apart from the introduction, nor may they commission content.

Guest Editors are expected to work with the Editorial Office to ensure that the work done on the Special Issue reflects JMS standards.

The Editorial Office will handle all submissions, resubmissions, the bulk of the reviewing process and the notification of authors and reviewers in relation to decisions. This will enable Guest Editors to focus on the development of the papers. All decision letters must provide high quality feedback, although we recognize that some papers may be so wide of the mark that very little is possible.

It is understood that some papers may require longer to develop than the timing of a Special Issue allows, or that, while showing potential, do not fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Please discuss these cases with your JMS Editor, who may invite the author(s) to submit to JMS directly.

A Special Issue should be ready for publication within three years of the submission deadline. In order to be published, Special Issues should contain no fewer than five papers including the Introduction; Special Issues that do not reach that minimum level may become a Themed Section or be absorbed into a regular issue.

Promoting Your Special Issue

JMS will work with Guest Editors to increase the visibility of the Special Issue in the months leading up to the submission deadline and once it has been published.

What JMS will do:

  1. JMS will circulate your Call for Papers to the JMS Editorial Board, targeted mailing lists, and relevant AoM listservs. It will also advertise your Call on the JMS and SAMS websites and other social media platforms. It will re-issue the Call at appropriate intervals.
  2. Once the Special Issue is published, announcements will be made to the JMS Editorial Board, targeted mailing lists, and relevant AoM listservs as well as on the JMS and SAMS social media platforms.
  3. Gratis PDF copies of/access to the Special Issue will be made available to up to 50 people nominated by the Guest Editors.

What is expected of Guest Editors:

  1. We expect that Guest Editors will circulate the Call for Papers within their own personal networks, social media groups, and at any relevant conferences or workshops they may attend.
  2. If it has not already been suggested as part of the proposal, consideration should be given to organizing a conference or workshop either to generate submissions or to aid in the development of submitted papers. A symposium or PDW at a well-known conference may also be considered.
  3. We expect Guest Editors to identify up to 50 scholars for whom the Special Issue will be particularly relevant and to whom JMS can offer complimentary access once published.

If you have any queries, please contact Margaret Turner (business.jms@durham.ac.uk).

Special Issue Editor Protocol

Please see the following document for a brief summary of the protocol which Special Issue Guest Editors are expected to follow:

Special Issue Guest Editor Protocol (PDF)