Special Issues

Current Special Issues

Smart Fuzzy Optimization in Operational Research and Renewable Energy: Modelling, Simulation and Application – Submission Deadline: 1 November 2019
Guest Editors: Prof Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber (Poznan University, Poland), Dr Pandian Vasant (Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia), Dr Gilberto Perez Luchuga (Universidad Autonoma Del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico).

Type-2 Fuzzy Model Based Control and its Applications – Submission Deadline: 1 February 2020 
Guest Editors: Dr Bo Xiao (Imperial College, London), Dr H K Lam (King’s College, London), Prof Kazuo Tanaka (University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo), Prof Jerry M Mendel (University of Southern California, Los Angeles).

Applications of Fuzzy Systems in Data Science and Big Data – Submission Deadline: 1 March 2020
Guest Editors: Dr Gautam Srivastava (Brandon University, Canada), Dr Dragan Pamucar (University of Defence, Serbia), Dr Jerry Chun-Wei Lin (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway), Dr Sotiris Kotsiantis (University of Patras, Greece).

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) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:
Papers submitted for a Special Issue are assigned to the Guest Editor(s). Guest Editors(s) are responsible for inviting reviewers and handling the review process. The review process for Special Issue papers is exactly the same as that for regular transactions papers. If a 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries.