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IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems: Information about organization of Special Issues

IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems publishes special issues on emerging topics guest edited by distinguished researchers in fuzzy systems and related areas. Please see below information about how a special issue is organised.

Phase 1 - Proposal:
Interested researchers should submit a proposal for the Special Issue on an emergent topic in fuzzy systems or its closely related areas. The proposal should be emailed to the person with special responsibility for consideration of Special Issues - Prof Robert John, Special Issues Editor (School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham)

The proposal should include at least the following components:

  • the theme of the Special Issue
  • its relevance/importance and need in the present context
  • a list of specific topics focusing the Special Issue
  • a list of potential authors (to ensure that there are enough researchers to support such a special issue)
  • short bios of the proposed Guest Editors including personal web page links
  • a feasible timetable.
The Special Issue will be organised based on an open call for papers - we do not consider Special Issues based on papers from a conference.


Phase 2-Evaluation:
The person with special responsibility for consideration of special issues will evaluate the proposal in collaboration with the Editor in Chief (EiC). The evaluation takes into account various issues including the technical merit, need and relevance, timeliness, and feasibility of such a special issue. The EiC makes the final decision on the special issue proposal. The decision could be acceptance, rejection or a revision of the proposal. The person with special responsibility for consideration of Special Issues and the EiC may again review a revised proposal.


Phase 3- Call for Papers:
If a proposal is accepted, the Guest Editor is asked to prepare a call for papers (CFP) formatted to one transactions page so that it can be published in our transactions. The CFP should include all relevant information such as the theme, topic, deadlines, and submission guidelines.
The CFP must include an instruction to authors suggesting them to ensure the ‘Special Edition’ option is ticked on submission and mention something like "This paper is for the special issue on XXXX" in their covering letter to the Editor at the time of submission through Manuscript-Central.
The CFP is usually announced in the journal’s web site, circulated through the TFS bi-monthly email and is published in the CIS Transactions and Magazine.


Phase 4- Processing:
The papers submitted for the Special Issue are assigned to the Guest Editor to handle the review process. The review process for Special Issue papers is exactly the same as that for regular transactions papers. If the Guest Editor is an author of a paper submitted for the special issue, then reviewing of that manuscript is handled by a different Associate Editor chosen by the EiC.


Phase 5-Publication:
Once the special issue is complete, the Editor requests the Guest Editor to write a preface to the special issue (usually not more than 2 formatted transactions pages) for inclusion in the Special Issue. The Special Issue is then published as soon as possible.


General Points:
We do not encourage Guest Editors to submit papers in the Special Issue and under no circumstances should the Guest Editor submit more than one manuscript for the Special Issue. Although multiple Guest Editors for a special issue are allowed, it is better to keep the number of Guest Editors as low as possible.
This is just a broad guideline and there may be other important points not listed here. Please email with any queries.