What is a Special Topic, and why should I participate in one?

iMedPub was built by scientists, and a Special  Topic allows researchers themselves to drive scholarly communication in their own fields Successful researchers rely now more than ever on meaningful exchange with colleagues, on vibrant discussions of their own work, and on keeping up to date with progress in their research fields. iMedPub created research topics to allow multiple researchers to engage each other as authors, editors, and peer reviewers of related work, in a constructive and impactful way. A Special Topic gives scientists the opportunity to represent different perspectives, methods, and results in an emerging or evolving area - all in a forum moderated by the specialists in the field, and published in a full open access journal. A Special Topic can range from a highly focused collection in a niche area to broad coverage of a fast-moving field of research. They are a definitive snapshot of a field – a curated collection of linked articles that will serve as a standard reference for researchers and students for the next decade.
A Special Topic is a fantastic opportunity to intensify collaborations, promote an emerging research area to colleagues and funders, and to link researchers together to make the most of their research ouputs.

How can I become a Special Topic Editor?

In case you are not already familiar with iMedPub, ours is an international academic publishing house based in UK and Spain and committed to an open access publishing philosophy. It is important for us to be able to bring together our peers around a hot topic. Normally, we do this by organizing small workshops or by holding sessions at major conferences. We therefore conceived Special Topics as a means of giving researchers the opportunity to bring their own community together and bring focus to their topic upon their own initiative. iMedPub developed a specialized IT platform for you to launch and manage your Special Topic, and allows you to handle every aspect of your editorial role as easily as possible. You can manage all your communications related to a Special Topic from this platform in a simple, straightforward manner, with the full support of iMedPub's editorial staff.

Articles published as part of your Special Topic will also be compiled into a popular e-book format for widespread dissemination. As it is the researcher’s agenda and initiative driving the Special Topic, articles are not invited, but rigorously peer-reviewed. In short, Special Topics are a fantastic opportunity for you to bring your research area to critical mass, intensify collaborations, and promote the research area to funders.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please let me know and I can send you some more information about the hosting process. I will also help you prepare a brief Special Topic proposal (see details needed below) for the chief editor to approve. Special opics are often co-hosted by several leading scientists, so you will be able to organize the Special Topic with a group of collaborators.

Topic host editors: You can host a Special Topic on your own, of course, but it is probably more fun to co-host it with several colleagues - even up to 5 co-hostsare fine. Co-hosts can help recruit more participants, and you can divide the editing tasks on submitted manuscripts between you.

The topic title: A compelling title that defines the scope of your Special  Topic, but will drawthe interest of readers and potential contributors from a broad range of researchers in your field and beyond.

A description: This is like an abstract and should come to around 500 words. It should outline the full scope of your Special Topic and excite everyone who is participating. Make sure it is comprehensive so that you cover all related areas of research -theories, opinion, methods, areas of impact, historical, etc.

A manuscript submission deadline: We have found that 4-8 months is often the most successful time frame from the call for participation to the deadline.

A list of candidate contributors (with emails):
As a prospective topic host, you should compile a list of researchers that could cover as many aspects of your Special  Topics you can think of. Try to make the list broad and deep so that your Special Topic is encyclopedic and profound. I can also provide you with some suggestions should you send me a set of keywords that I will use to search several scientific publishing databases and archives.

Selecting a specialty journal: iMedPub has several journals, and each journal may have several sections. One of them is likely more suitable than others to host yourtopic, but the choice of host section is best left to you, as you’re the expertin your field.

Register on our website: To access iMedPub's editorial platform (which allows you tosubmit, edit, and review papers, and collaborate with your colleagues in auser-friendly environment), and to become a research topic host, please register
How can I contribute a manuscript to a Special Topic?
For details on how to submit a manuscript to a Special Topic, read our call for papers.

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