Guidelines for special issues

  1. In publishing special issues and forums, the Editorial Board of Finance and Society retains final decisions on all matters of publication, including contents, timing, and approval of final manuscripts.

  2. The Board must approve the appointment of an editor or editors to a special issue, and a member of the Board must be appointed as liaison between the issue editors and the Board.

  3. The Board, through the liaison person, must be kept fully informed of the proposed contents, timing, and progress of the special issue. This means that at an early stage the Board must receive and approve an outline of the planned contents of the issue, and a schedule of timing for the various stages described below.

  4. Finance and Society is a peer-reviewed journal, and all papers under consideration for a special issue must be subject to peer-review along the lines of normal practice. This involves:

    • No commitment to authors of publication prior to review;

    • Anonymous review of each paper by at least two referees;

    • Consideration of referees’ reports by Special Issue Editor(s) and the Board;

    • Anonymised feedback of comments to authors;

    • The requirement for authors to review their papers in line with referees reports;

    • The opportunity for papers that do not meet the required standards to be rejected.

  5. Referee process: In normal circumstances, the Special Issue Editor(s) will nominate referees to the Editorial Board, who must approve them. Papers will be submitted by the authors themselves via the website. The Editorial Board will take responsibility for distributing them to referees and collating reports, which will then be sent to the Special Issue Editor who will be responsible for feedback to authors and obtaining submissions of revised versions according to the verdicts of the referees and the comments of the Editorial Board on the reports.

  6. Final manuscripts must be prepared in line with the style of the journal, and must be accompanied by an abstract, keywords, and correspondence address.

  7. The full Editorial Board considers all papers published in Finance and Society, and so the Board must receive the manuscripts for the special issue in good time for consideration before approval.