connexions • international professional communication journal places great emphasis on Special Issues as a unique means of promoting high-quality research in thematic areas related to international professional communication. The journal publishes two issues per annual volume. It may publish three annual issues if proposals for a third issue are received, and the quality and volume of contributions justifies it.

connexions is currently accepting proposals from Guest Editors for indicated Special Issues:

  • Special Issue 6(1): January-February 2018
  • Special Issue 6(2): June-July 2018
  • Special Issue 6(3): November-December 2018
  • Open Issue 7(1): January-February 2019
  • Special Issue 7(2): June-July 2019
  • Special Issue 7(3): November-December 2019
  • Special Issue 7(1): January-February 2020
  • Special Issue 7(2): June-July 2020
  • Open Issue 7(3): November-December 2020

Please send your proposals for Special Issues to Rosário Durão and Kyle Mattson at

For a list of current CFPs, see Call for papers

This page provides guidelines to help you organize proposals for Special Issues.

General requirements

  • Special Issues are organized by a minimum of 2, and a maximum of 3 Guest Editors.
  • Guest Editors are recognized experts in the area they are proposing for the Special Issue.
  • Guest Editors are from different institutions and, preferably, countries.
  • Special Issues reflect the international aims and scope of the journal. Therefore, Special Issues include authors from at least 3 countries.
  • The journal publishes four types of articles:

    • Original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text
      (i.e., excluding references, notes, and appendices).
    • Review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text.
    • Focused commentary and industry perspective articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text.
    • Teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text.
    • Normally, the journal publishes, per issue:
      • 3 to 5 original research articles.
      • 1 to 3 review articles.
      • 1 to 3 focused commentary and industry perspective articles (i.e., short papers that are synoptic in scope and treatment of subject).
      • 1 to 3 teaching cases.

Guest Editor responsibilities

  1. Prepare a Special Issue proposal (see instructions below), and send it to the journal Editor at
  2. Once the proposal has been approved, announce the CFP (call for papers) on websites and distribution lists, and contact potential authors directly.
  3. Send manuscript abstracts to 2 reviewers, with an indication of the hyperlink to the Abstract Review Form that you will obtain from the journal Editor
  4. Receive the abstract review reports, make a decision about its status (accept, reject), notify the authors about the decision, and ask them to confirm if they wish to submit the full manuscript.
  5. Upon receiving confirmation, point authors to the guidelines for preparing full manuscripts that are published on the journal’s website.
  6. Receive full manuscripts, and screen them for adherence to the Special Issues’ specifications, the journal’s aims and scope, and the full “Manuscript submission guide.”
  7. Send the manuscripts to the reviewers, with an indication of the hyperlink to the Manuscript Review Form that you will obtain from the journal Editor. Send all articles to 2 reviewers.
  8. View the full manuscript review reports, make a decision about their status (accept, accept with minor changes, accept with major revisions and a second round of review, decline), and notify the manuscript author(s) about the decision.
  9. Prepare an introduction/editorial for the Special Issue. 
  10. Follow the review cycles to the final version of accepted papers.
  11. Avoid conflicts of interest, and ensure that authors observe the copyright, and research involving human subjects policies of the journal.
  12. Ensure that final versions of the manuscripts are in the format required by the journal.
  13. Submit the final versions of the manuscripts to the journal Editor at least 45 days before the publishing date.

Special Issue proposals

Special Issue proposals include:

  1. Name, affiliation, address, phone, email, and web page of each Guest Editor.
  2. Half to one page biography and list of publications of each Guest Editor.
  3. Call for Papers for the Special Issue, containing:
    1. working title for the Special Issue,
    2. overview of the area and list of specific topics to be addressed in the Special Issue, showing how the proposed Special Issue is distinct from existing publications, and CFPs on the same or closely related topics,
    3. statement of relevance and contribution of the Special Issue to international professional communication,
    4. description of how and where the CFP will be announced,
    5. description of potential manuscripts and authors to include in the Special Issue (please make sure (a) the authors and manuscripts reflect the international aims and scope of the journal, (b) the manuscripts make a new contribution to the field),
    6. list of potential reviewers for the Special Issue,
    7. time frame for the Special Issue, with specific dates:
      1. CFP (call for papers),
      2. submission deadline of manuscript abstracts,
      3. notification of acceptance,
      4. submission deadline of full manuscripts,
      5. expected date of publication.

The Editor, in consultation with the Associate Editors and Regional Editors, and, if necessary, other experts in the topic, will select the Special Issues.

Thank you for considering organizing a Special Issue for connexions • international professional communication journal.

Rosário Durão and Kyle Mattson

connexions • international professional communication journal (ISSN 2325-6044) is edited by Rosário Durão and Kyle Mattson, and hosted by the Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences at New Mexico Tech and the School of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. © 2012–2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).