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 with a shared theoretical focus, with an invited editorial by the guest editor(s). It should iincluding a minimum of four Research Articles and a maximum of six , as well as at least one contribution to each of our journal sections.
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 2024 call for proposals is now open (see announcement), until 1 June 2024.
Proposals are sent through this 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 approximately six weeks after the call for proposals has closed. All manuscripts (exempting the introductory guest editorial) accepted within a Special Issue proposal will need to be submitted no later than four months upon the acceptance of the proposal. See our guidelines and access the proposal submission form here.
Should you have any questions about edited collections, please get in touch with our Managing Editor at MATeditors@ed.ac.uk .
Guidelines for special issue/section editors: