SI Guest Editors Info

    1. Write a Call for Papers. For example, to submit a Special Issue proposal for SIMULATION, check the Calls for Papers at the SCS web site or the Call For Papers at the Simulation Journal pages at SAGE. To submit a proposal for JDMS, check the Calls for Papers at the JDMS website. Proposals for special issues should be accompanied by the curriculum(a) vitae of the proposed guest editor(s) and will be reviewed for their relevance to the journal objectives, significance, topicality, and balance

    2. If you intend to submit a Call for Papers for SIMULATION, send the CFP for approval to the SI Editor, Gabriel Wainer (email: gwainer@sce.carleton.ca), or to the Editor-in-Chief, Levent Yilmaz, (email: yilmaz@auburn.edu). Calls for Papers for JDMS should be sent to the the JDMS Editor-in-Chief, Jerry Couretas, (email: jerry.m.couretas@lmco.com). The SI CFP should consider enough lead time to allow everybody to submit a paper. The proposal will be discussed by the SI Committee. As a result, you might get an acceptance, rejection, or suggestions for modifications in the wording. After approval, the papers will be posted to the SCS and Sage Publications web sites, and you can use it for your own advertisement.

    3. When accepted, you will receive a detailed guideline that must be followed by the Special Issue Guest Editor. Send a list of persons who may be interested in submitting papers to the Managing Editor (ME), Vicki Pate (vmpate@scs.org), who will send invitation letters through ScholarOne, our manuscript submission system. As discussed in the Guidelines for Special Issues, all authors can submit articles, but if you want to encourage particular authors, the invitation letters will be sent through ScholarOne.

    4. You will receive an automatic e-mail when authors submit papers through ScholarOne. The e-mail is generated when the EIC selects you as the Associate Editor for the paper.

    5. The e-mail will contain instructions on how to access your Associate Editor dashboard so that you can select reviewers for the paper. The authors have been instructed to provide the names of three to five preferred reviewers. You may use these names or select reviewers from the ScholarOne data base. You should select more than the three required, to ensure that three will be obtained in a timely manner.

    6. Automatic reminder letters are sent to invitees, and the ME will also monitor this. You are encouraged to also send e-mail reminders if necessary.

    7. After the reviewers have accepted, they will receive automatic reminders to return their reviews. This, too, will be monitored by the ME.

    8. You will receive a notice when each review has been returned, so that you can read the reviews.

    9. After all reviews are returned, you will receive a notice to make a recommendation on the paper. You may recommend accepting the paper as is, accepting after minor changes are made, accepting after major changes are made, or rejecting. You can also immediately reject a paper if it is out of scope or has unfixable problems. You may solicit the advice of the EIC on this. Please review the review process by clicking here. This contains a nice graphic of the review process.

    10. After papers are accepted, the authors are asked to send in final papers. These are then sent to Sage Publications, who edit and style the papers. Vicki Pate works with Ruth Head at Sage with regard to what papers will be published in the SI. Because of space limitations, occasionally not all papers submitted for a SI can go in one issue. Often, there are second parts to an issue. Occasionally, some papers, especially those that have been in the review process much longer than the others, will be published in regular issues.

    11. Click here for more details about the Special Issues guidelines

    12. The managing editor is always available for assistance with regard to any of the procedures above.