Initiation of a Special Issue
Once the proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed by the TAO Editorial Board. After it is approved by the Editor-in-Chief, the TAO Office will prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to itemize the terms agreed upon by the TAO Editorial Board and the Guest Editors for signing.
Open Announcement of the Special Issue
It is strongly encouraged that the Guest Editors openly announce the Special Issue and solicit for contributions from the science community domestically and internationally. (TAO Journal web page would provide a space for the open announcement.) Contact information for manuscript submission should be clearly identified in the open announcement. Preparation time for authors should be scheduled sufficiently (3-6 months suggested) for submitting their manuscripts.
Selectivity of Papers for the Special Issue
The Guest Editors are responsible for the selectivity of the manuscripts for the Special Issue. The selectivity should be based on scientific quality of the papers and the topic of the paper should clearly fall within the scope of the Special Issue. The Leading/Executive Guest Editor is responsible for the overall content of the issue, which should consist of a coherent and complete set of papers.
Peer Reviewing Process
Guest Editor(s) should be mindful of the strict peer-reviewing process, which is essential to ensure that only quality papers are published.
It is recommended that the Leading/Executive Guest Editor establishes a time schedule and informs contributing authors of deadlines for the submission. This ensures that the project is not delayed too much. The Leading/Executive Guest Editor should inform the responsible Editor of the status of the project regularly (at least once every three months).
The tentative publication date of this Special Issue will be given on the MOU. However, the final publication date depends on if all the submissions finish its reviewing process. Once the Editor-in-Chief approves the publication of the Special Issue, it shall be published within six months.
Guest Editors should not delay too long for awaiting the rest difficult papers. If the delay from the proposed deadline is more than six months, the Leading/Executive Guest Editor should submit an application of extension to the TAO Office by stating the reason for delay and proposing a new deadline. The application will be reviewed by the Editor-in-chief. If the extension is not approved or the Leading/Executive Guest Editor fails to apply for an extension, the Special Issue might be cancelled. The received papers will be regarded as regular issues.
Number of Pages
The maximum number of printed pages should not exceed 300 pages. On the other hand, if the number of papers is less than seven articles or the printed pages are less than 100 pages, the collected papers may be published in a special section rather than in a Special Issue.
Information of the format for contributors on submission can be reached at http://tao.cgu.org.tw/index.php/submission/guide-for-authors. Please refer all authors to this web page and make sure that they follow the specified formats carefully.
The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on acceptance of manuscripts in consultation with Guest Editors. Manuscripts cannot be accepted for publication before they have been subjected to a final evaluation by the Editor-in-Chief. If the manuscript is approved for publication, the author will receive a final acceptance letter via the system by the Editor-in-Chief.
Submit to TAO Office
While the reviewing process for all of the received papers has been finished, TAO Office will require the following information: