Statement, Article Types, and Special Issue Guidelines

Journal of Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management

Statetent of Editorial and Publication Policies

1. Manuscripts submitted to this journal should not have been published, or

simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

2. Submitted articles should largely contain previously unreported material. The

overlap of contents between related papers should be the minimum, normally

confined to the introductory/review sections.

3. Authors should provide information and preprints on any papers closely related to

the submitted paper, which are not yet in the public domain (in review, in press).

If deemed necessary to the review process, these will be copied to the reviewers.

4. Authors should consult the Journal’s “Authors Instructions” for detailed stylistic

guidelines, during preparation of their manuscripts. Editors may return

manuscripts that are grossly inconsistent with these guidelines.

5. Where the submitted manuscript is multi-authored, one individual will need to be

the corresponding author. It will be assumed that all the authors have been

involved in the work, have approved the manuscript, and agree to its submission.

6. Manuscripts will be sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers are requested to

treat the manuscript confidentially. They may choose to identify themselves, or

remain anonymous.

7. The Editor’s judgment is final with regard to suitability for publication.

8. The Publisher carries responsibility for typesetting, page lay-out and figure sizing,

for all accepted papers.

9. Authors are responsible for reading and correcting page proofs of their articles.

Proof corrections are normally restricted to typesetting and printing errors. Major

changes cannot be undertaken at the proof stage.


Descriptions of article types

The journal welcomes a variety of article types:


Research manuscripts

The regular research manuscripts contain new research findings in respective fields.

These include presentations on new concepts, the development of innovative methods or

the presentation of new case studies.

Regular scripts may comprise a maximum of 20 journal pages, including figures, tables

and references. One journal page corresponds to ca. 750 words. For exceptional cases

authors are advised to contact the editor prior to submission of the script. All submitted

manuscripts will undergo a rigorous peer-review.


Letters to the Editor and Short Communications

Matters arising, brief discussions, research notes, and comments, etc., may be sent for

publication as Letters to the Editor and Short Communications which will be given high

priority in publication. They should be brief and to the point, and should contain no more

than 3 journal pages (maximum 2000 words), including tables and/or figures.


Review Articles

In this section, contributions will be published which contain no original new data, but

which summarize existing information and synthesize the current findings. These

manuscripts contain critical state-of-the-art reviews with the objectives of critically

evaluating existing knowledge and providing background information for future research.

Authors who wish to review a particular topic, should consult the Editor prior to

submission of the manuscript. It should be noted that review scripts will undergo a

similar peer review procedure as regular scripts. Review scripts up to ca. 30 journal pages

will be considered.


Books for Review

Books for reviews are invited and should be sent directly to the Editor. The Journal

publishes long discursive reviews of selected books and short epigrammatic

characterisation of others. The book reviews are always personal expressions of the

reviewers’ opinions and cannot be extended to the publisher’s position, which is always

neutral.


Reviewing Process:

It is the editor’s responsibility to select and assign reviewers for each submitted script.

However, we do welcome the author’s input on this, when they are submitting scripts in

Editorial Manager.

Authors are requested to suggest 4 potential reviewers for their submission. Contact

information and affiliation for each suggested reviewer is to be submitted along with the

script. Specific reasons for suggesting each person is recommended. Please note that the

journal may not use the author’s suggestions, but their help is appreciated and may speed

up the selection of appropriate reviewers.

Authors also can oppose against anyone they would prefer not to review their manuscript.

Authors are asked to provide as much contact information as possible to allow us to

identify the person in our records, and specific reasons why each person should not

review their submission in the comments box. Please note that we may need to use a

reviewer that is being identified here, but will try to accommodate author's wishes when

we can.


Guidelines for special issues

It is the policy of the Journal to enable, and even to encourage and initiate, the

publication of special issues from time to time. The following are the guidelines for the

preparation and publication of such issues.


Preparation of a Proposal

The Guest Editor(s) for a special issue (SI) is(are) chosen by the Editor. The Guest

Editor(s) should submit to the Editor and the publisher for their approval a proposal that

contains the following information: title of the SI, a brief outline summarizing the

objectives of the special issue, tentative time schedule, and a list of tentative

contributions.

In case there are several Guest Editors (GEs), one GE will act as corresponding GE.


Tasks of Guest Editor

Once the proposal for a SI is approved, the GE will select authors and invite them to

submit journal quality papers (in terms of scientific content, English and presentation) to

the SI. The GE will then provide the Editor and the Springer Editorial Manager assistant

with an updated Table of Contents. The GE will also select reviewers for the submitted

papers, and keep in touch with the Editor and the Springer Editorial Manager Assistant

on all other matters concerning the special issue and the status of the preparations. The

GE should prepare a strict time schedule and inform the authors and reviewers of it. It is

the GE’s responsibility to ensure a thorough and speedy review procedure in close

collaboration with the Springer Editorial Manager assistant. The GE will submit a

Preface to the SI.


Peer Reviewing Procedure

All articles appearing in the SI should conform to the standard editorial and publication

policies as outlined for the journal. Although appearing as part of a SI, all articles should

conform to the same quality standard as any journal paper. This implies that each

manuscript will be original, not be published elsewhere in a journal and will be peer

reviewed by at least two international specialists in the field. In case a major revision is

recommended by any of the referees, the revised script should be reviewed again by at

least one referee.


GUIDELINES FOR SPECIAL ISSUES

It is the policy of the Journal to enable, and even to encourage and initiate, the

publication of special issues from time to time. The following are the guidelines for the

preparation and publication of such issues.

Selected papers from Conferences can be invited for a special issue, but the SI should not

be regarded as Conference Proceedings.


Preparation of a Proposal

The Guest Editor(s) for a special issue (SI) is (are) chosen by the Editor. The Guest

Editor(s) should submit to the Editor and the publisher for their approval a proposal that

contains the following information: title of the SI, a brief outline summarizing the

objectives of the special issue, tentative time schedule, and a list of tentative

contributions.

Concerning the tentative contributions:

GEs can only have maximum one paper as author or co-author in the list of tentative

contributions.

Authors can only have maximum two papers as author or co-author in the list of tentative

contributions.

SI Proposal Forms are available from the Editor on request.

In case there are several Guest Editors (GEs), one GE will act as corresponding GE.


Tasks of Guest Editor

Once the proposal for a SI is approved, the GE will select authors and invite them to

submit journal quality papers (in terms of scientific content, English and presentation) to

the SI. The GE will then provide the Editor and the Springer Editorial Manager assistant

with an updated Table of Contents. The GE will also select reviewers for the submitted

papers, and keep in touch with the Editor and the Springer Editorial Manager Assistant

on all other matters concerning the special issue and the status of the preparations. The

GE should prepare a strict time schedule and inform the authors and reviewers of it. It is

the GE’s responsibility to ensure a thorough and speedy review procedure in close

collaboration with the Springer Editorial Manager assistant. The GE will submit a

Preface to the SI.


Peer Reviewing Procedure

All articles appearing in the SI should conform to the standard editorial and publication

policies as outlined for the journal. Although appearing as part of a SI, all articles should

conform to the same quality standard as any journal paper. This implies that each

manuscript will be original, not be published elsewhere in a journal and will be peer

reviewed by at least two international specialists in the field. In case a major revision is

recommended by any of the referees, the revised script should be reviewed again by at

least one referee.

Selected papers from Conferences can be invited for a special issue, but the SI should not

be regarded as Conference Proceedings.


Final Acceptance by the Editor

In consultation with the Guest Editor, the Editor will make the decision concerning

acceptance and will send a letter of final acceptance to the authors.


Documentation

Guest editors will receive from the publisher’s Editorial Manager (EM) office, a step-bystep

guide for EM, after a special issue contract has been signed with the publisher.


Time Schedule

Guest Editors should prepare a strict time schedule and also inform the authors and

reviewers of this. It is the GE responsibility to ensure a thorough and speedy review

procedure.

Guest Editors will keep in touch with the Editor and publisher regarding the status of the

special issue on a regular (every 3-4 months) basis.


Size

Each issue will usually contain about 125 pages, but, when justified, it may contain up to

250 pages.


Author Instructions

Instructions, also regarding electronic submission of manuscripts can be found at

http://www.springer.com/environment/journal/11852


Color Images

Please note that black and white and color figures/images are reproduced free of charge

in print and electronic form for any script accepted after January 2008.


Checklist

When the peer review of a special issue is close to finalization, the following details

should be communicated to the production manager at Springer:

1. Sequence of papers

2. Names and sequence of guest editors

3. Final title of the special issue

4. Preface or Guest editorial


Procedure of Publication

The Guest Editor will receive a full set of proofs (in case of multiple GEs the publisher

will supply multiple sets of proofs) for their information. The corresponding authors will

receive author’s proofs for corrections.

It is the intention of Springer, subject to the recommendations of the Guest Editor(s) and

the Editor, to consider the possibility of also distributing the special issue as a separate

(hardcover) book.

Every first author of a paper contributing to a special issue will receive a free PDF of the

paper.

The Guest Editor(s) will receive two copies of the special issue. There are no page

charges.

For any questions regarding special issues please contact:


The Editor-in-Chief:

Dr. David R. Green

Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management (AICSM)

Department of Geography and Environment

School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

G10, St. Mary's, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3UF, Scotland, United Kingdom

email: d.r.green@abdn.ac.uk


The Publisher

Petra D. van Steenbergen

Executive Editor Earth Sciences and Geography

SPRINGER

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tel: + 31-78-6576235 fax: +31-78-6576500

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