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Intelligent Systems


Proposing a Special Issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems

If you’re interested in being a guest editor (GE) for a special issue, the first step is to write and submit a proposal.

Proposal Content

Your proposal should contain at least these sections:

  1. Proposed title. The title should be clear, crisp, and interesting. Try to make it no more than five words.
  2. Proposers’ information. Provide names, affiliations, and contact information (postal address, email address, telephone number, and fax number) for each potential GE.
  3. Introduction. Explain the theme and how it fits in the larger context of intelligent systems. Describe its relevance to IEEE Intelligent Systems readers: importance, timeliness, target audience, and so on. Examine recent publications, including other special issues of IEEE Intelligent Systems, to convince the evaluators that the theme complements other work or fills a gap.
  4. Focus. Detail particular questions that the issue will address or perspectives that it will describe. If other publications have addressed similar themes, how will this special issue differ? Describe what readers will learn and whether this information is available elsewhere.
  5. List of potential reviewers and authors. Most manuscripts that appear in the issue will likely be the result of your solicitation. However, remember that IEEE Intelligent Systems is a refereed publication; all invited manuscripts must be refereed and aren’t guaranteed acceptance. You should propose a credible plan for assuring enough high-quality submissions. List preliminary contacts that you’ve made.
  6. Call for papers. Create a call for papers based on the focus. This is often where the “rubber hits the road” on a topic: a good call is specific and clear. Be prepared to circulate it to appropriate lists.
  7. GE qualifications. In addition to technical qualifications, highlight your experience as editors, in IEEE Intelligent Systems and other publications. Attach a biography of up to one page for each GE, including a list of the five most relevant publications. Two or more GEs are preferable to one. We might ask an IEEE Intelligent Systems editorial board member to assist you with managing the issue.

Proposal Review

If the editor in chief (EIC) decides the proposal is appropriate and complete, he or she might send it to the editorial board for comment. The proposal will be reviewed on the basis of potential reader interest, technical accuracy, objectivity, balance, GE capability, proposal quality, and relationship to other planned and recent special issues (including those of other publications). The EIC makes the final decision to accept or reject a proposal. The EIC might request additional information or a revised proposal on the basis of the need for clarification, redirection, or rebuttal of reviewer comments. We usually reach a final decision within three months of the time we receive a proposal. Final control of special-issue publication rests with the IEEE Computer Society, not with the lead editor, the managing editor, or the EIC.

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