Special sections

Island Studies Journal (ISJ) publishes topically focused special thematic sections alongside its collection of standard research papers. Papers appearing in special sections are subject to the same high standards of double blind peer review as are standard research papers.

Proposing a special section

In order to propose a special section of ISJ, please contact the executive editor (isj@upei.ca). 

Here are a number of general guidelines on proposing and guest editing special sections. Please bear these in mind when considering whether to make a proposal. Some of these items may be negotiatable with the executive editor.

1) ISJ publishes 'special sections' rather than 'special issues'. A special section requires a minimum of three manuscripts accepted for publication in time for the designated journal issue. In the event that too few papers have been accepted, we may wish to publish those papers that have been accepted separately, as standard research papers. Papers that are accepted earlier than the special section publication date may be published in advance, ahead of print.  

2) Special sections require substantial lead time. When consider your proposed publication dates, bear in mind that ISJ publishes issues in May and November and consider the following deadlines: 

  • Deadline for receiving draft call for papers: 22 months prior to publication date.
  • Deadline for submission of papers to guest editors: This is up to the guest editors themselves -- it is this date that will be listed in the call for papers.
  • Deadline for paper submission to ISJ executive editor: 12 months prior to publication date. Note that this is the deadline. If you want to increase the chances of papers being published on time, it makes sense to submit papers to the executive editor prior to the deadline, as they become available.
  • Deadline for paper acceptance in order to published in special section: 2 months prior to publication date.

3) All submitted manuscripts must engage with islands and/or island life in a way that foregrounds their island character. This is the research focus of ISJ (as set forth here: https://islandstudies.ca/guidelines_instructions.html). It will be necessary for guest editors to emphasise this to potential authors. It is also necessary for these papers to engage with the existing research from island studies. 

4) All manuscripts submitted to the executive editor must be written in excellent English and conform to ISJ's style guide: https://www.islandstudies.ca/guidelines_instructions.html. Otherwise, they will be rejected from consideration even before going out to peer review.

5) Guest editors will undertake a guest editorial review of submitted papers, suggesting revisions and rejecting papers where necessary before sending on selected papers to the ISJ executive editor. Ideally, guest editors should only send the ISJ executive editor (and thereby formally submit) papers that have a good chance of passing rigorous peer review. Guest editors are asked to submit each relevant paper to the ISJ executive editor as soon as it is available, rather than waiting until all papers have been collected. All peer reviewers will be decided by the ISJ executive editor, in consultation with the guest editors. Guest editors will be asked to suggest at least four peer reviewers for each submission. The peer reviewers should not be based at the same institution as the author and should not have previously coauthored with the author.

6) ISJ does not charge submission fees or publication fees, but we appreciate guest editors' help with urging their authors to make a donation to the journal: https://www.islandstudies.ca/node/520 

7) ISJ only allows special sections with open calls for papers. You can see examples of existing special section calls for papers on the ISJ website: https://www.islandstudies.ca/. If you are interested in moving forward with a special section in ISJ, the next step would be for you to write a call for papers along these lines and then send it to the executive editor prior to the call for papers draft deadline (22 months prior to publication date).

8) ISJ is committed to research excellence: The decision of the executive editor on all matters is final.