Special Issues Policy

A special issue is a collection of articles on a specific topic or area within the field of a journal. These help to keep scholars updated with the latest developments and cutting-edge research in a particular field, and also promote scholarly exchange and collaboration in the field.

Typically, proposals for special issues are evaluated by the journal's Editor-in-Chief, and only those that are approved will be taken to the next step and a call for papers will be launched. The call for submissions is usually organized with the involvement of guest editors or assisted by the journal's managing editor.

Special issue articles are treated like regular manuscripts, subject to the journal's relevant publication ethics, and are subject to rigorous peer review, usually by at least two independent reviewers. Guest editors are involved in the process of selecting manuscripts, but only the journal's Editor-in-Chief or managing editor will make the final decision. If there is a conflict of interest between the guest editor and the manuscript, the manuscript will be handled by another editorial board member of the journal.

Publication of special issues

Our journal uses the format of publishing special issue articles interspersed with regular volumes. Articles in special issues are published alongside regular submissions and are published in the order of the volume, with articles in special issues being identified. This allows for early submissions to be published in a timely manner and allows for the enrichment of the journal with a more diverse and comprehensive range of research. At the same time, we have created a special issue section portal, where articles on the same special issue topic are presented in a centralized manner, allowing scholars to quickly navigate through articles on the same topic. Overall, this diversity of arrangement attracts readers with different backgrounds and interests and promotes multi-faceted communication within the academic community.

Becoming a Guest Editor

Guest editors will be one or more experts with a broad knowledge and professional background in the field or related areas.

If you are an expert in a relevant area of the journal and are interested in organizing a special issue or being invited to be a guest editor, please prepare a proposal and send it to us(jgr@bilpublishing.com). Our editorial team will evaluate proposals based on their scholarly merit, potential impact and suitability for the scope and readership of our journal. Proposals should include the following points:

  • The title and a brief description of the proposed special issue;
  • A list of potential contributors and their affiliations;
  • A schedule for submission, peer review and final publication;
  • A brief description of your editorial experience and qualifications in the proposed topic area.

By reviewing and evaluating papers as a guest editor, you will gain a better understanding of the latest research trends and directions within the field, which will also help you to focus on future research directions and trends. You will have the opportunity to work with our Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to contribute your expertise in relevant areas to the journal. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to engage in in-depth academic exchanges with experts and scholars from all over the world who are also authorities in their field, which will help you meet more of your peers and build up your academic resources. In addition, becoming a guest editor will help to enhance your reputation and visibility within the academic community.

We welcome proposals on a wide range of topics within the scope of the journal.