Preparing Your Special Issue Proposal

Prospective Guest Editors are required to submit a detailed Special Issue proposal for our Editorial Board's consideration. Please use the special issue proposal template (Word, 19KB) to prepare your proposal. Completed proposals can be sent to the Proceedings of the IEEE Editorial Office, or directly to the Managing Editor.

The Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor will preview proposals and possibly suggest initial improvements and updates to ensure that the proposals meet the required expectations. The Editorial Board takes about three to four weeks to review proposals. The Editor-in-Chief then makes the final decision.

Points to Remember

  • Guest Editors are encouraged to enlist the help of co-Guest Editors to distribute the workload. Co-Guest Editors should be leading experts in the area and should preferably be from geographically diverse locations.
  • Papers should be reviews, tutorials, or surveys written for specialists within as well as outside the core research area and should appeal to a broad audience. Depending on the topic, industry representation can be important.
  • Geographical diversity is important. Proceedings of the IEEE Special Issues should reflect the state of the art in a particular area and should include contributions from leading experts around the world.
  • Papers must offer new perspectives and insights and should be applications-oriented. They should remain citable by the core research group in the particular area, while still being accessible to a broad audience. See Instructions for Preparing Your Paper for further details.
  • Please note that individual papers must undergo a rigorous peer-review process even if a special issue proposal is accepted. The Editor-in-Chief maintains the highest authority of the publication on all editorial matters.

Structure of Special Issue Proposal

The Special Issue proposal must contain the following information.

  1. Introduction/Overview: Description of general topic and overall theme with sufficient background material easily understood by specialists outside the area, as well as data highlighting the growth of the area.
  2. Importance of topic to Proceedings of the IEEE readers: Description of why the proposed Special Issue will be important to a broad audience from different specialties.
  3. Guest Editors biographical information: Biographies of Guest Editors along with a brief list of representative publications in the particular area.
  4. Overview of proposed papers: List of the papers, including titles and abstracts, and biographies of lead authors.
  5. Tentative schedule: The time frame for each stage of the Special Issue development including the deadlines for first submission, completion of the review process, final paper submission, as well as expected publication date.