Key Words welcomes proposals for special issues from guest editors. To assist you in both proposing and managing a guest-edited issue, we have prepared the following guidelines.

Proposing an issue of Key Words

1. A potential guest editor should in the first instance discuss his or her proposal informally with a member of the editorial committee. Details of current members can be found here.

2. Subject to feedback from the editorial board, a potential guest editor should then submit their proposal for an issue electronically to Catherine Clay, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

3. The proposal should be sent as an e-mail attachment and should include:

a. names, titles, institutional affiliations and addresses of the proposing editor(s);
b. an editorial statement outlining why this issue is appropriate for Key Words;
c. a full proposed table of contents and an indication of the origin of these papers; for instance, a symposium, conference or by special invitation;
d. an abstract for each paper of approximately 250 words.

Please note that the total word-length available for a guest-edited issue is a maximum of 35,000 words (comprising a maximum of five contributions plus an introduction by the guest editor).

4. The editorial committee will consider the proposal and notify the potential guest editor of an initial decision on the issue, which will normally be to accept with modifications or to decline.

If accepted, the guest editor will be given detailed feedback on the proposal; and assigned a member of editorial committee with whom to liaise on all matters related to submission, peer review and management of the special issue.

Guest editors and contributors to the special issue should note that all papers finally submitted for inclusion will be subject to external peer review; guest editors may propose external reviewers, subject to agreement of the editorial committee. Acceptance of a special issue at proposal stage does not indicate that all papers submitted will be included in the final published volume, and the editorial committee reserves the right not to include any contributions which, in its judgement, are not of publishable quality or otherwise unsuitable for Key Words.

On acceptance of a special issue (at point 4 above), the guest editor will be given deadlines for submission, and a timetable for peer review and production of the special issue. It is the guest editor’s responsibility to ensure that all proposed contributors are aware of the timetable, and that their contributions follow Key Words house style.