Responsible editors: MAT editorial collective
We publish two kinds of edited collections: special sections and special issues.
A special section consists of between three and seven contributions on a topic or theme, with an invited editorial by the guest editor(s). Special sections can include writing of any submission type (Research Article, Position Piece, Review, Photo Essay, and/or Field Notes), but should include a minimum of two Research Articles. Special sections are published within journal issues as part of the usual publication schedule. Depending on the schedule, they are often published as a collection of advanced pre-prints.
Special sections are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals should be sent via this form and should include: title, editors, an overview of the topic and theoretical focus (500–700 words excluding references), and abstracts of all contributions (150–200 words).
A special issue is a curated collection of seven to 12 contributions (including at least four Research Articles) with a shared theoretical focus, with an invited editorial by the guest editor(s). We aim to publish one to two special issues a year, with the possibility of publishing outside of the usual journal publication schedule. We aim to publish special issues in June and/or December each year. Occasionally, public events and issues require a more rapid response than an annual publishing cycle allows; in these circumstances, the MAT editors may publish calls for contributions to special sections or issues on a particular theme.
Proposals for special issues are considered on an annual basis. The 2021 submission deadline is now open. The deadline for submission of Special Issue proposals is 1 October 2021. Proposals are sent through a form, and should include: title, editors, an overview of the topic and theoretical focus (800–1000 words excluding references), and abstracts of all contributions (150–200 words). A response will be provided by 22 October. All manuscripts (exempting editorial) accepted within a Special Issue proposal will need to be submitted by 1 February 2022. See our guidelines and access the proposal submission form here.
Guidelines for special issue/section editors:
- Guest editors are expected to work with authors to ensure that papers submitted for a special issue/section are of high quality; can be reasonably expected to be well-reviewed; and adhere to the technical and academic requirements set out in the journal guidelines, which can be found on our website.
- All articles should follow the usual author guidelines for submissions. Each contribution must be submitted by the individual author through our online system, with a note tying them to the special issue so that we can track them appropriately.
- Papers are handled by MAT for peer review; guest editors are expected to provide the team with a minimum of four suggested reviewers for each paper to facilitate the process.
- We make a decision on the basis of the reviewers’ comments and inform the author(s) directly, copying in the guest editor(s). We also discuss contradictory reviews with guest editors. Papers may be rejected; submission for inclusion in a special issue is not an assurance of acceptance. If the reviewers suggest that an article be rejected, the guest editors may appeal, but MAT retains the right to make the final decision.
- If we have other papers ready for publication that fit the theme of the special section/issue, we may suggest to the guest editors that they include them. Papers submitted through the usual journal system will not incur a fee.
- Articles that are provisionally accepted are reviewed by MAT’s editors, and it is desirable that guest editors assist in this. If an article requires further external review, however, the editorial office handles it.
- An editorial introduction should be prepared as soon as it is confirmed which papers are accepted for publication in the special issue. This should be submitted at least one month before publication to allow time for copy-editing and revisions.
- All other peer-review processes and communications are the same as for usual submissions.