Submitting to a Special Issue

A Special Issue is a collection of articles that concentrates on a topical research area within the scope of a journal. Special Issues are targeted, timely, and insightful collections, meaning that they are often very well received.

Hindawi actively promotes Special Issues to relevant researchers across multiple channels and discovery platforms, including email, social media, and search engines. This ensures your paper will be highly discoverable and shared widely with readers around the world.

By submitting your next manuscript to a Special Issue, you can contribute to the discussion amongst peers in an area of high interest and maximise the visibility of your research.

This page provides further information and a short overview of the process of finding and submitting to a Special Issue.

Finding the right Special Issue for you

Special Issues offer more focused and specialized topics with high current interest within the scope of the journal in which they are published.

To find the most suitable Special Issue for your manuscript, start by finding the best journal for your manuscript.

Once you have found the right journal for your manuscript, check the "Open Special Issues" section on the journal’s page to see the full list of Special Issues accepting manuscript submissions.

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Peer Review of Special Issue submissions

Special Issue articles follow the same peer review process as other articles in Hindawi's journals. Guest Editors serve the same function as Academic Editors for submissions to the Special Issue.

We only publish articles that have been approved by highly qualified researchers with expertise in a field appropriate to the topic of the article.

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Article Processing Charges

All papers submitted to Special Issues are subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC) if the manuscript is accepted for publication after peer review.

For more details on article processing charges, please follow the "Article Processing Charges" section of the associated journal for the Special Issue.

    Publication of Special Issues

    Manuscripts submitted to Special Issues are published upon acceptance regardless of the Special Issue publication date. They will immediately be made available online on the relevant Special Issue page and the table of contents on the journal website.

    Manuscripts published in Special Issues are indexed in exactly the same way as articles published in the regular issue of the journal. They will appear in the relevant databases in which that journal is indexed.

    We allow four months from the initial Call for Papers to the final submission deadline. After the deadline, the Special Issue will no longer accept new submissions, but new articles will continue to appear in the Special Issue as manuscripts make their way through the review process.

    All completed Special Issues can be found under "Published Special Issues" within the journal website.

    Should a Special Issue be cancelled, all under consideration and published manuscripts within the Issue will be transferred to the regular issue of the journal.

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