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Special Issues with IWA Publishing


Guest Editor Responsibilities


Special Issues are usually edited by at least two Guest Editors, who are responsible for:

  • Writing a concise description of the Special Issue, which can be used to advertise the issue. This will form part of the Call for Papers (a template will be provided by the Editorial Team).
  • Selecting a journal with best fit for the Special Issue.
  • Suggesting at least 10 authors who can be invited to submit a paper for the issue.
  • Overseeing the peer review of the papers for the Special Issue using the Editorial Manager peer review system.
  • Writing an Editorial to bring together the theme of the Special Issue, once the peer review process has concluded.


IWA Publishing Responsibilities


  • Advertise the Special Issue widely, to ensure the maximum number of quality submissions.
  • Use our databases to find potential authors to add to the list of authors suggested by the Guest Editors.
  • Support the Guest Editors during the peer review process.
  • Publish papers online immediately upon publication, in a dedicated Special Issue area.
  • Publish the finalised Special Issue as part of the In Focus – Special Books Series, with a tailored marketing campaign.


Benefits of working with us for a Special Issue


OPEN ACCESS: For our Subscribe to Open journals, all papers are published Open and without charging for APCs. For our non-Subscribe to Open journals, waivers can be discussed with the Editorial Team.

VISIBILITY: The Special Issue will have a dedicated page on the IWA Publishing website, where papers will be published immediately upon acceptance. Our enthusiastic marketing team will ensure extra visibility for your topic and associated publications.

EFFICIENCY: Papers for the Special Issue are peer reviewed using the Editorial Manager peer review system, with access to the journal’s large pool of reviewers.

SUPPORT: You will have the support of the IWA Publishing Journal Office team throughout the process.


Special Issue Proposals

IWA and non-IWA conferences can partner with IWA Publishing to produce Special Issues in our journals.


We also welcome applications for thematic Special Issues focusing on Emerging Technologies/Areas of Interest.


For those wishing to start the process to set up a Special Issue in an IWAP journal, please fill out the Special Issue Proposal Form and send it to for consideration.

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