Topical Collections

Topical Collections

For the moment this journal is not accepting proposals for special issues/topical collections. We expect to be able to be open for proposals medio 2021.

Please contact ties.nijssen@springer.com if you have further questions and/or to discuss other options.

Starting in October 2018, EJPS welcomes submissions for Topical Collections (TCs). 

A TC collects papers on a given topic, theme, author, or problem, in a similar way to a more traditional Special Issue, except that a TC is gathered in a specially created page on the Journal website. Papers in TCs can be solicited in occasion of a conference call for papers, or for other reasons, but we require a widely publicized open call for all TCs.

Guest Editor Credit: Guest Editors can choose to write a survey article, which will go through the reviewing processes of EJPS, handled by the Editors-in-Chief (EiC) or Associate Editor (AE) nominated by the EiC, or they will be invited to write an editorial letter to head up the TC.

What is a Topical Collection (TC)? A Topical Collection is a virtual journal issue that collects papers on a given topic, theme, author, or problem. Collecting such an issue may be triggered, for instance, by the organization of a specialized conference, a symposium, or a project. What we value in TCs is the ability to offer the reader a view on a given problem, issue, or topic such that the reader:

- Gets a view on the state of the art, particularly either of a newly important issue, or of an important shift in a well-known debate.

- Can read a group of papers that collectively address the problem or issue.

- Perceives the nuances of the debate and how the community is working on the problem or issue.

- Can follow the debate as it continues, and more quickly contribute in so far as it impacts on their own work, individually or collaboratively.

Topical collections are therefore sophisticated philosophical publications intended to shape a debate and to foster dialogue and collaboration around the chosen topic. Please note the Topical Issues are published continuously, this means the articles are clearly connected and presented as one collection online. There will however not be one print issue of your topical collection and it is also not possible to arrange the articles in your preferred way (they are published based on when the articles come out of production). If you have further questions about the continuous article publishing model of EJPS, please be in contact.

Submitting a TC proposal: Proposals for a TC should be submitted via: https://ties5.typeform.com/to/xwr2U3A proposal for a TC includes the following information:

- Names and contact details of proposed Guest Editors

- Abbreviated CVs (max 2 pages per editor)

- Title and rationale for the topical collection, including:- What questions do you seek to ask or philosophical issues do you aim to develop with the new collection? (200 words max)

- What are the distinctive and original elements of the new collection that make it of interest to the community? (200 words max)

- What do you hope the new collection will contribute towards the development of the literature in its field? (200 words max)

- Plans to attract submissions, particularly diverse submissions (200 words max)

- Timeline for cfp and associated deadlines; plans for dissemination of call (mailing lists, whether you plan on inviting researchers to submit)

- Approximate number of articles aimed for

You can use the boxes on the website or upload a document that contains the above information (including mention of word count).

Assessment of TC proposals: EJPS EiC -- Phyllis Illari and Federica Russo -- make a decision about whether to accept, ask for amendments, or not accept, a given TC. They may consult with EJPS Associate Editors in the process of making that decision.

Handling a TC - the role of guest editors

All submissions to a Topical Collection (TC) and all communication with reviewers and authors should be done through the usual EJPS electronic editorial system (Editorial Manager, EM), and according to the same workflow used by AEs, with EiC having final approval on all decisions.

The usual editorial process: Papers in a TC need to undergo the same review process as any other submission. EiC will brief Guest Editors thoroughly. This means that, typically, two reviewers will assess papers, and acceptance for the journal requires two independent acceptance recommendations from reviewers, or a thoroughly motivated report by the Guest Editors, endorsed by the EiC, as to why the paper is worthy of publication on the basis of the reports. Papers can, and often do, go through more than one round of reviews before they can be accepted for publication.

In case two reviewers come up with contradictory recommendations (such as “reject” and

- “minor revisions” or “reject and accept”), the following options are envisaged:

- A third reviewer is invited to provide extra comments;- The handling editors provide a thorough report explaining why they endorse one report more than the other;

- A member of the Editorial Board is invited to write a deciding report on the paper.

- Any of these options should be discussed with the EiC, and other Associate Editors may also be consulted

It is intended that, prior to the review process, no paper is given a guarantee of acceptance. Guest Editors will make recommendations for decisions on papers. Ultimately, the publication of the papers in a TC, as with any paper in EJPS, is subject to a final decision by the EiC. Authors should be informed beforehand about the refereeing process and decision tree.

Throughout this process we will regard as important our aim to improve the collegiality of the peer review process, thereby making it more accessible to various minorities. We ask Guest Editors to pay attention to the content and details of particular reports. Guest Editors should seek to read between the lines, look out for too generous or too harsh recommendations, biased recommendations, harsh and dismissive language in either the reports or in the paper. For example, if a young scholar is challenging the influential view of an established scholar, who has reviewed the paper, the editor might have to make an effort to disentangle patronising and dismissive comments from substantive requests for revision.

Of course, papers including offensive, discriminatory or intolerant language, impolite tone, personal attacks, libel, defamation, grossly unfair criticism, or deliberate misrepresentation are excluded from all issues of EJPS. If there is a possibility of any of these in any of the articles included in the proposed TC, such an article must be flagged by the guest editor who has to notify the Editors-in-Chief in charge of the TC before the paper is sent for review. The Editors-in-Chief will decide how to proceed.

Guest Editors of a TC can at any time consult with EiC about the steps to take in the review process.

Note finally that only original articles⎯i.e. articles that have not been and will not be published elsewhere by the authors and have no significant parts that fall under this category⎯are accepted for publication in the journal. The originality of all articles should be verified by the Guest Editors before they are sent for review. In case of doubt, the Guest Editors should consult the EiC right away.