CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE PROPOSALS
Society and Natural Resources (SNR) is currently accepting proposals for special issues. Previous special issues have focused on issues such as sustainable agriculture politics and policy, water conflicts, and the relationships between the fields of environmental sociology and natural resource sociology.
We invite interested applicants to submit proposals by October 15, 2017 to the Editors-in-Chief: Tasos Hovardas (email@example.com) and Linda Prokopy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Guidelines for submission are below. Proposals should consist of a theme, a list of authors and titles of manuscripts, and tentative manuscript abstracts.
The following are guidelines for special issue content and review:
- SNR special issues must be devoted to a particular theme, and that theme should be of broad interest to SNR readers (and to IASNR members, the vast bulk of whom are social science researchers in universities, resource/environmental agencies, and private research organizations or NGOs).
- SNR is especially interested in special issues that (a) represent new avenues of theoretical development in resource/environmental social science, (b) open up new areas of inquiry within natural resource/environmental social science, (c) report new findings that challenge the conventional wisdom, or (d) provide a comprehensive theoretical view and empirical assessment of a major resource policy issue.
- In large part, articles submitted under a special issue rubric are considered by the SNR editorial group according to the same criteria as regular research articles. That is, reviewers and editors will generally be looking for papers that either represent significant theoretical advances in natural resource/environmental social science, or that utilize empirical data to evaluate important theoretical ideas and propositions. In some cases, special issue manuscripts may be rejected by the co-editors without proceeding to peer review if, in their judgment, the proposed papers do not appear to meet the criteria for special issues set forth above.
- A special issue will normally consist of an introductory chapter and six to ten additional papers. The introductory chapter, which is normally written by the person(s) who proposed the special issue, should provide an overarching theoretical and empirical context for the topic and an overview of the papers published in the special issue. SNR has a firm annual page limit, and therefore the page limit for special issues must be firm as well. It is possible that SNR’s firm page limit for a special issue might lead to rejection or to reassignment of a paper that would otherwise meet the criteria for acceptance as a SNR article (see below).
- All papers submitted for special issues will go through a review process, which will be similar to that utilized for regular research manuscripts. Guest editors for the special issue will serve as Associate Editors and will be responsible for finding reviewers for all submitted papers and making recommendations to the Editors-in-Chief about the suitability of manuscripts.
- It is almost always the case that one or more manuscripts submitted in connection with an SNR special issue proposal will not move successfully through the review process. Special issue proposers have an obligation to inform their authors that the entire special issue may not receive a favorable review, or that one or more papers will likely be omitted even if the special issue is accepted.
- There are several possible outcomes other than acceptance or rejection of a special issue. A set of special issue papers may be too small to fill the space of a full SNR issue, and subsets of two or three papers might therefore be published in one or more issues of SNR as “thematic sections.” Individual papers that proceed successfully through the review process may be published in SNR even if the proposed special issue within which they were submitted is not accepted for publication. Also, articles that are not included in a special issue because of length constraints may be published in another issue of SNR if the quality of the manuscript merits publication.
- The SNR Editors-in-Chief reserve the right to include reviews of books related to the special issue topic in a published special issue.
- There may be opportunities for re-publication of special issues as books by Taylor and Francis, the publisher of SNR. In most instances the publication of a book will permit additional papers to be included.