Guest Editing for EM

EM has a long tradition of covering specific topics and always welcomes suggestions for special issues. The following information might be helpful before contacting the Editorial Office: 

  • A special issue theme needs to have a link to the journal´s scope. It is recommended to contact the Editorial Office in this respect prior to drafting a call for papers.
  • The call for papers should be concise and not exceed two pages. It typically comprises the team of guest editors, an introduction of 2-3 paragraphs, a list of 5-10 key topics and the due date for papers. The Editorial Office will add a self-description of the journal and also share the call after it has been accepted.
  • A special issue includes a minimum of three accepted papers. If this number has not been reached the accepted articles will be published in the general research section with the responsible guest editor(s) mentioned as responsible editor(s).
  • A special issue may be organized with or without an open call for papers. A closed special issue is often a fast-track from a conference where several potential contributions are already available and where authors may be contacted directly. 
  • A special issue may include all paper categories i.e. research papers, position papers, case papers as well as fundamentals. If guest editors submit papers to their special issue, the Editorial Office will handle the review process outside of the special issue.
  • The team of guest editors usually comprises two to four colleagues. It should be international in nature, i.e., include guest editors from the Americas, Asia, and/or Europe. EM expects the guest editors to contribute a preface to the special theme introducing the subject covered as well as the special issue papers. Potential guest editors should have served in EM before. 

Review process and tasks for Guest Editors

  • For each submission a minimum of two reviews is required. Guest editors invite at least three reviewers for each submission so we will get at least two reviews without delay. Here the aim is to invite at least one reviewer from the editorial board of Electronic Markets. All reviewers must be registered in the Editorial Manager System.
  • In case Guest editors are organizing a fast track special issue or a special issue with conference papers, they may invite reviewers that have been involved in the prior review process (e.g. at the conference).
  • Although the Editorial Manager generates automatic reminders by default, guest editors need regularly monitor the progress of the review process.
  • After reviews have been completed in the system the guest editor (in coordination with his co-guest editors) makes a preliminary recommendation regarding a possible publication in EM (for terms: reject, reject and resubmit, accept with major/minor/without revisions see the description under Authors/Decisions on this Website).
  • Guest editors are expected to summarize the reviews and provide guidance to the authors regarding possible revisions or reasons for reject. The comments should help to improve and to develop the paper.
  • In the case of a second review round, revised papers will be resubmitted and assigned back to the guest editor by the editorial office.
  • We are following a four-eye principle for safeguarding the journal’s quality and a senior editor or the editors-in-chief will make a final check prior to the final decision to the author.

In case you have any questions regarding the guest editor role, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.