What are Special Issues

A Special issue is a collection of papers collected by experts in a certain field as Guest Editors, and it is not a regular issue of the journal. The Guest Editors are responsible for the proposal of the Special Issue and its scope. Papers in a Special Issue are complied into a regular volume/issue.

Benefits of publishing a Special Issue

Articles published in a Special Issue could have more citations than a regular issue since they study the same or similar interests, which could wider the impact of the special topic and maximize the community engagement.

A special issue may promote the exchange of the experts and research results in the same filed more conveniently.

Readership of the Special Issue may be enhanced through advertising efforts of Guest Editors and authors, which could further expand the impact of Guest Editors or the Special Issue.