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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4

Special issue

1 Department of Physiology, J. N. Medical College, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, KAHER VKIDS, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission30-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance05-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication23-Jan-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harpreet Kour
Department of Physiology, J. N. Medical College, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_299_19

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Kour H, Angadi P. Special issue. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res 2020;13:3-4

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Kour H, Angadi P. Special issue. Indian J Health Sci Biomed Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Aug 14];13:3-4. Available from: https://www.ijournalhs.org/text.asp?2020/13/1/3/276426

  Introduction Top

Health Science Conferences are a useful tool for upgrading ourselves in academics, networking among peers of our own specialty and a forum where one will get valuable feedback what needs to be improved. Enormous numbers of papers are presented in the conferences. One might see the conference paper also as a precursor of a follow-up publication in mind. Hence, these papers can be publishing in the journal as a special issue of the concerned journal.

  What is a Special Issue? Top

A special issue is an issue compiled and released by the journal dedicated to one given topic/specialty with the latest work on that subject. The special issue can be distinctive and valuable reference source for the young researchers of the same field.

High-quality special issue benefits not only the researchers but also the associated Journal. As the special issue is very specific publication of a current topic, it can enhance the profile of the journal and can lead to increasing citations.

  Composition of Special Issue Top

The special issue can consist of 15–20 research articles, with majority of them being original articles and the rest being review articles, case reports, and letter to editor. There is no restriction on the number of pages or word limitation in an article, provided that the articles are of good quality. If the articles submitted are 8 or < 8 in number, they are not considered for special issue. Special issue can be published in anytime of the year with proper planning and approvals from the journal board. Conference organizers can also publish a special issue with full-length papers exhibited in the conference, symposium, or workshop.

  Steps to Create a Special Issue Top

  1. The editor has to first select the hot topic/current topic of the research with precise aims and scope of the journal and has to prepare a proposal for the same. This proposal also included title for the special issue, aims, scope including topics to be covered, timelines, guest editors list, estimated number of submissions, brief editorial statement for special issue, publication details (submission deadline, review process, and publication date), and a draft for call for the papers
  2. The proposal is evaluated by the editorial board, and after approval, announcement for call for the papers has to be given in its current issue with all deadlines
  3. A guest editor has to be appointed, who may be perusing or expert in similar kind of research. The guest editor acts as a liaison officer with peer reviewers and contributing authors responsible for managing the whole peer-review process and to compile the accepted manuscripts. The consent of guest editor has to be obtained, as bringing up a special issue is time-consuming job. The guest editor is also responsible for fair and timely peer-review process
  4. The guest editor has to make the rules and regulations with respect to submission of papers, their peer review process, acceptance/rejection, conflict of interest, and selection of expert peer reviewers in the chosen field
  5. The review process will be a thorough and has to be as per the Committee on Publication Ethics and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors guidelines
  6. The guest editor ensures the quality in content of paper, plagiarism check, and transparency
  7. Publication fee, if any, has to be decided in the beginning and announced along with call for papers
  8. The Guest Editor has to maintain the confidentiality of all submitted research papers.
  9. The editor has to follow the Journals Policy and Guidelines
  10. The guest editor has all the rights to reject the papers at any stage to maintain the quality publication in the special issue
  11. One special issue per volume can be published
  12. Special issues can be brought about institutions/professional associations on their 10/25/50/75/100 years achievements, etc., as milestones.

For example, currently, the British Medical Journal has announced for special issue in preclinical meta-research and has call for papers. The guest editors have been identified and notified as David Howells (University of Tasmania, Australia) and Kim Wever (Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands). The aims, scope along with all deadlines, and details have been mentioned in their website.

  Conclusion Top

The special issue is comprehensive publication on a specific topic which can improve the citations and readability of the respective journal.[1],[2],[3]

  References Top

Special Issues: Guidelines for Guest Editors. Available from: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/physiology-and-behavior/policies-and-guidelines/special-issues-guidelines-for-guest-editors. [Last accessed on 2020 Jan 01].  Back to cited text no. 1
Guidance for Special Issue Proposals. Available from: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development/policies/guidance-for-special-issue-proposals. [Last accessed on 2020 Jan 01].  Back to cited text no. 2
Special Issue: BMJ Open Science. Available from: https://openscience.bmj.com/pages/special-issue/[Last accessed on 2020 Jan 01].  Back to cited text no. 3


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