Special Issue Guidelines
Social Anthropology / Anthropologie Sociale aims to publish one special issue per year. Special issues are collections of articles plus an introduction that together advance a novel debate, idea or field in social anthropology. People interested in publishing a special issue are advised to consider the following guidelines.
- Aspiring guest editors of a special issue send a proposal to the journal editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. This proposal includes a two-page outline of the overall theme of the collection, pointing out in particular (a) what is new and noteworthy about this particular collection, and (b) what the advantage is of making this point through a collection of articles, rather than by publishing the articles in different outlets. The proposal also includes a list of prospective articles and their authors, with one-paragraph summaries of their contents and relevance for the overall special issue.
- Alongside an introduction (up to 4000 words), a special issue contains 4-6 individual articles (7000 words each).
- Special issue proposals will be considered twice a year. The first round will consider proposals submitted until January 1st, the second will consider proposals submitted until July 1st.
- If the editorial team decides to take the collection forward, they will agree on a publication schedule with the guest editors. From acceptance of the proposal to the publication of the special issue, a time frame of one to two years is likely. It is important that both the guest editors and individual contributing authors strictly adhere to the schedule. It is the guest editors’ responsibility to communicate deadlines and format with the contributing authors
- All articles will be submitted to the journal by their authors via Manuscript Central. All articles go through individual peer review. The acceptance of the special issue as a whole does not guarantee that all its articles make it through peer review.
- Reviewers’ reports will be shared with guest editors, and editorial decisions made in collaboration between the journal’s editors and the guest editors.
- If a critical number of articles have been accepted after peer review, guest editors will submit an introduction to the journal via Manuscript Central.