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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. Here are some information about how a special issue is organized.

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 sent to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC). 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, and a feasible time table. Note that, the list of potential authors is needed just to get an idea that there are enough researchers to support such a special issue. The special issue would be organized based on an open call for paper and we do not consider special issues based on papers from a conference.

Phase 2-Evaluation: The EIC gets the proposal evaluated by the Fuzzy Systems Technical Committee (FSTC). The committee takes into account various issues including the technical merit, need and relevance, timeliness, and feasibility of such a special issue. Based on the input from the FSTC and his/her own input, the EIC makes a decision on the special issue proposal. The decision could be acceptance, rejection or a revision of the proposal. A revised proposal may again be reviewed by the FSTC.

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 mention something like "This paper is for the special issue on XXXX" as a note to the Editor at the time of submission through Manuscript-Central. The CFP is usually announced in the journal¡¦s web site, circulated through CIS eLetter and is published in the CIS Transactions and Magazine.

Phase 4- Processing: The papers submitted for the special issue is assigned to the Guest Editor for handling 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.

Some general points: We do not encourage guest editors to submit papers in the special issue and under no circumstances the Guest Editor should 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, preferably to one. In case of multiple guest editors, only one guest editor is given access to Manuscript-Central for handling the review process. This is just a broad guideline and there may be other important points not listed here. For further information the Editor may be contacted.