Special Issue Guidelines

About Special Issues

A Special Issue is a collection of articles that focuses on a specific area of research having a broad appeal and falls within the aims and scope of the journal. A special issue also provides an excellent opportunity to review a particular theme, examine previously unaddressed aspects, propose and develop new approaches, exchange perspectives and encourage new lines of research.

Benefits of publishing in a special issue
  • Faster publication times: Special issue articles are often published more quickly than regular articles.
  • Special Issue enjoys good visibility as it is available free on internet. Any internet user can read, download, copy, distribute and share full texts of the manuscripts.
  • Positive citation impact: Articles published in special issues are often cited more frequently than articles published in regular issues.
  • Special Issue provides a lucrative opportunity for authors to act as a Guest Lead Editor.
  • All the published manuscripts are promoted on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Rigorous peer review: Special issue articles should be reviewed by no fewer than two independent experts to ensure the quality, originality and novelty of the work published.
  • Longer-term impact for your work: Special Issues offer longer-term impact as your article collection means readers will easily find your work.
Special Issue Proposals

Guest Editors should submit the proposal for a Special/regular Issue, in an area of considerable current interest, to STM, for approval. The proposal should contain the following information.

  • Special Issue Tittle
  • Description/Purpose of Special Issues
  • Outline of importance of the specific area and the proposed date of submission of the articles
  • Sub topics of the special Issue (typically 8 to 10 articles)
  • List of potential contributors (who should all be eminent in the field) along with their affiliations.
  • Origin
  • Structure
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • In case there are more than one Guest Editors in a special/regular issue, one Guest Editor will serve as the corresponding Editor.

The Guest Editors need to send the above details for every suggested special issue titles in their own words.

Guest Editor
Roles and Responsibilities
  • The guest editor is responsible for ensuring timely submission of all proposed contributions at every stage of the review and publication process.
  • A Special Issue editor is entitled to make final decision regarding acceptance and rejection of manuscripts.
  • The guest editor must provide authors with a preliminary editorial review of all proposed manuscripts for thematic coherence, substantive contribution, and journal format prior to submission (unedited conference papers cannot be considered).
  • submit at least one manuscript for the special issue from your end.
  • Special issue requires minimum of ten articles and you should plan accordingly.
  • The Guest Editor is responsible for undertaking smooth peer review process. If any problem encounters in finding the concerned experts for review, they can always the editorial board for assistance.
  • Following external review, the guest editor is responsible for conveying the editorial reviews to the individual authors and monitoring the revision process. The faculty editor has final responsibility for deciding on acceptance or rejection.
  • The guest editor must remain available to the faculty and student editors throughout the editorial and publication process.
  • Please note that the maximum permissible time limit for the release of one special issue is 60 days.
  • The guest editor holds the responsibility to promote and increase the visibility of the special issue by spreading the word about the issue among their colleagues and guest editors.
  • In a scenario of change in their job location or any other details furnished by them, they're required to update their profiles with the updated details within a period of 24 hours.
  • Improve their academic profile and mark them out as influential within your discipline
  • Complete freedom and flexibility to the Lead Guest Editor and he/she can customize his profile on the website as per his/her choice.
  • Increase the visibility and impact of work published in the Special Issue.
  • Being at the forefront of scientific communication
  • You will be given a certification for handling Special Issue and you will also be entitled to get Scientific Credits.
  • After successfully fulfilling the responsibilities of Special Issue, the Lead Guest Editors may be promoted to the designation of Editor-in-Chief.
  • Exerting creativity in the inception and development of a topic
  • Assembling and working with a strong team of Editors
  • Networking with like-minded colleagues around the world and forging new contacts with field leaders
  • Handling manuscripts close to your professional interests and gaining a better understanding of editorial processes
  • Seeing articles from your Special Issue and/or Conference referenced and cited in future articles
  • Feeling you have contributed to the development of the journal and/or Conference
  • A reviewer must hold a PhD degree and should normally have an h-index above 10. Peer review of special issue papers will be conducted by eminent reviewers who are completely independent.
  • Reviewers will not be selected from the contributing authors or from among the Guest Editors.
  • Final editorial decisions on all Special/regular Issue submissions will be decided by the Editors-in-Chief.
Inviting Authors and Editorial Process

The Guest Editor nominates authors to JoPC, and once they have been approved, invites them to submit papers for the special issue which are of high quality in terms of science and presentation.

Papers submitted for the special/regular issues will be evaluated on the same strict criteria as regular contributed submissions. Each paper will be independently assessed by at least 2 (preferably 3) eminent experts in the field, by the publisher.

Guest editors take the initial decisions on the acceptance /rejection / revision and re submission of manuscripts and relay the decision to the editorial office. The review process of the articles in special Issues will be carried out by the publisher and the publisher retains the right to accept or reject the manuscripts. Papers will only be published if they clearly merit publication on the basis of their originality and overall importance of results. Final editorial decisions on all Special/regular Issue submissions are generally taken by the Editors-in-Chief of the journal, but are subject to final approval by the Publisher.

The contributors should be eminent researchers able to give a current overview of the latest developments in the field.

A Guest Editor/Co-Guest Editor may be an author or a co-author in only one manuscript. The guest Editor is also expected to write the Introduction to the issue.

It is recommended that only eminent contributing authors are selected from different regions.

An invitation to submit a paper to a special or regular issue does not imply guaranteed acceptance for publication. Some submissions may be rejected.

It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to JoPC should not have been published and should not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere, and should conform to the ethical guidelines (see publication ethics).

Guest Editors are required to convey the complete table of contents and the outline of the issue as well as the names and designations of contributing authors before the proposal is tentatively accepted (final acceptance being dependent on the review process). Guest Editors should inform the authors of the proposed time schedule for the Special/regular Issue and if the articles are not submitted in time to the publisher then they may be rejected.

Submissions Procedure

JoPC provides an online manuscript submission and tracking service via the Internet facilitates a speedy and cost-effective submission of manuscripts. Click Here to submit the manuscript online.

The final accept/ reject decision will rest with the Editor‐in‐Chief. The editorial office will inform Guest editors and the authors of the final status of the paper.

Peer Review of Special Papers

Our editorial policy requires a minimum of three single-blind reviews for submitted articles.


Once the papers have been accepted by the Editor, they are then transmitted to the publisher’s production department. Proofs will be available online for the authors to review and approve before online publication.