Special Issue Proposal Guidelines

The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing publishes Special Issues (SI) on topics that are relevant to the journal and at the same time that are hot and emerging at the time of the proposal. Special Issue proposals must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief for Special Issues, Dr. Aniello Castiglione (castiglione@ieee.org), using the guidelines below.

Please submit your proposal via e-mail (PDF, DOCX or ASCII text format) with the subject line “AIHC Special Issue Proposal, Given_name Family_name” (where “Given_name” and “Family_name” are the given name and the family name of the Corresponding Guest Editor). All the Guest Editors must be kept in CC in all communications regarding the SI proposal.

After submitting the proposal, the Corresponding Guest Editor will receive an ID of the form AIHC-SIP-YYYY-ABCD (e.g., AIHC-SIP-2020-0803). Such ID must be used in all subsequent communications for the SI proposal.

Each SI proposal should include:

  1. A title for the SI (no more than 100 words).
  2. An acronym representing the SI into the submission system during the submission (no more than 8 letters/numbers).  
  3. Why the SI is relevant to the AIHC journal, highlighting the emerging topics that make it interesting to be published by the AIHC journal.
  4. A draft Call for Papers for the SI.
  5. A list of Guest Editors (between 3 and 6 researchers) that should be geographically distributed and belong to academic institutions, industry sector, government institutions, and so on. Among them, one Guest Editor will be designed to be the Corresponding/Leading Guest Editor that will be responsible for all communications with the journal and that will approve all the Decisions on the papers submitted to the SI.
    For each Guest Editor, the following information is required:
    1. Given name, Family name: no abbreviations are allowed;
    2. Email address(es) (at least one institutional email is requested and mandatory);
    3. ORCID, Scopus profile, DBLP profile, Google Scholar profile;
    4. Institutional homepage;
    5. Affiliation and physical address;
    6. Mobile phone number, any Social Network profiles, any messaging system contact details (Whatsapp, WeChat, Skype, etc) since an eventual oral interview may occur.
    7. Short CV (not longer than 10 pages) in which, among all other things, are highlighted the expertise relevant to the topics of the AIHC journal; in addition, a list of all the Editorial positions (Editor-in-Chief, Area Editor, Managing Editor, Associate Editor, Editor) in the last 10 years;
    8. The list of any Special Issues that the GE have edited in the past 10 years or that are still in progress. For each of such Special Issues it is needed to specify the journal (including the ISSN and the publisher), the title, the entire team of Guest Editors, the URL where the CFP can be found;
    9. A list of approximately 20 representative publications;
    10. A list of 3–6 articles published in the past 3 years that are directly related to the Special Issue topics.
  6. A plan that the Guest Editors will adopt to attract relevant and high-quality papers.
  7. A list of (at least 20) potential contributors to the SI in which for each contribution are listed the title and the author(s) complete information (including their affiliations, email addresses and countries).
  8. A document signed by all Guest Editors in which they declare and undersign that they well know the Rules for editing the Special Issue and that they will not have any misconduct during all the steps of the Special Issue. They have to declare that any eventual conflict of interest must be disclosed and communicated to the EiC-SI as soon as it arises. Such document must be dated and sent by the C/L GE via email to all the Guest Editors together with the SI proposal.
  9. A possible schedule of the SI indicating at least the following milestones: Opening date for the submission; Closing date for the submissions; Date for the first decision for all papers; Date for the first (eventual) revision for some papers; Date for the second (eventual) revision for some papers; Date for the sending all decisions for all papers; Eventual date of publication for the entire SI.
  10. The number of expected accepted papers (no less than 5, no more than 15). The acceptance ratio for the SI must be less than 40%. For example, with 13 submissions and 5 accepted papers, the ratio will be 5/13=38%, while with 38 submissions and 15 accepted papers the ratio will be 15/38=39%.