Initiate a Special Issue
Please contact the TAO Office to get the template of proposal.
Principle of Proposal
All of the proposals for Special Issues must receive approval from the Editor-in-Chief. The proposal should include:
Ensure that the preparation time is sufficient enough (3-6 months suggested) for authors to submit their manuscripts.
After the proposal 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.
Guest Editors are strongly encouraged to openly announce the Special Issue and solicit for contributions from the science community domestically and internationally. The TAO Office will provide a space at TAO’s web page for the open announcement.
Selection of Papers
Guest Editors are responsible for the selection of papers and the overall content of the Special Issue. The Special Issue is expected to consist of a coherent and complete set of papers. The selection should be based on scientific quality of the papers. Each paper should fall squarely within the scope of TAO and the Special Issue.
Peer Review Process
Guest Editors need to be prudent in handling manuscripts and make sure that all the papers go through the complete review process. This is an essential procedure to ensure that only quality papers are published.
It is recommended that the Executive Guest Editor establishes a time schedule and notify contributing authors of submission deadline to ensure delivery on time. The Executive Guest Editor should inform the Responsible Editor(s) of the status of the Special Issue regularly (at least once every three months).
The tentative publication date of the Special Issue will be given on the MOU. However, the final publication date can only be decided after all the submissions finish the reviewing process. Once the Editor-in-Chief approves the publication of the Special Issue, it shall be published within six months.
Guest Editors should be aware of scheduled deadlines. Any of the scheduled deadlines cannot be met, the Executive Guest Editor should submit an application for deadline 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 Executive Guest Editor fails to apply for an extension, the Special Issue may be terminated. The received paper(s) of terminated Special Issue will be handled as regular articles.
The total length of a Special Issue should not exceed 300 printed pages. If the number of papers is less than eight or the number of printed pages are less than 100, the collected papers may be published in a Special Section of a regular issue rather than in a Special Issue.
Details of manuscript formats can be reached at Guide for Authors under Submission section at TAO website (http://tao.cgu.org.tw/index.php/submission/guide-for-authors). Please refer all authors to the guidelines and make sure that they follow the correct format.
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 Responsible Editor(s). If the manuscript is approved for publication, the author will receive a final acceptance letter via the Online Submission System.
Submit to TAO Office
After the complete set of final manuscripts is ready to be submit, the TAO Office will request the Executive Guest Editor to provide the following items:
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