Call for Special Issue Proposals

Editors of the International Journal of Multicultural Education (IJME: ISSN 1934-5267) invite scholars of multicultural education to submit a special issue proposal.  The purpose of the special issue is to provide readers with a collection of articles on a specific topic of multicultural education that the journal has not covered substantively. We aim to publish one special issue of excellent quality each year. For a bilingual special issue, please contact the IJME editor first before developing a proposal. The special issue is typically published as the last issue of a year. For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Sherry Marx, Editor in Chief of IJME, at sherry.marx@usu.edu or ijmecontact@gmail.com. 

What is IJME?

IJME is an open-access peer-review online journal committed to promoting educational equity, cross-cultural understanding, and global awareness in all levels of education. IJME publishes three types of articles: (1) qualitative research studies that explicitly address multicultural educational issues; (2) conceptual and theoretical articles, typically grounded on in-depth literature review, which advance theories and scholarship of multicultural education; and (3) praxis articles that discuss successful multicultural education practices grounded on sound theories and literature. All manuscripts are subject to blind peer review before being considered for publication. 

IJME is covered by several international indexes and databases such as ESCI (Clarivate Analytics), Scopus, ERIC, and Ebscohost. According to ESCI, IJME is placed in the first two quartiles of 562 globally select education journals. During the year of 2021, there were about 20,000 registered users of the IJME OJS. The 3-year-average acceptance rate between 2018 and 2020 is 6-7%.  

Editorial board members are active faculty scholars, teachers, or administrators from international academic institutions and provide pro bono service to the journal. Reviewers and advisors are also volunteer scholars, faculty, students, and practitioners of multicultural education from the international community. For quality control we engage dedicated and competent reviewers for the double-blind review process. We encourage submissions from the global community. No fees are charged for publishing in IJME. 

What should be included in a special issue proposal?

  1. A plan describing the following:
    • The topic for the issue and relevance of the topic to the scope of the journal with an obvious link to multicultural education;
    • A plan of action (how submissions will be solicited, how peer reviewers will be secured, who will be involved in editing, and what timeline will be followed);
    • The guest editors' statement about their ability to manage submission, editing, and proofreading process in the computerized journal management system that IJME uses (no prior experience with Open Journal System is required, but a willingness to learn to operate it is a must);
    • A draft call for papers (300-500 words) that articulates the topic of the issue and submission guidelines (we will provide information about the journal, the submission process, and the blind peer review requirement to be added to the call for submissions);
    • A list of at least 10 potential reviewers of the target language in case of a bilingual issue (if this proposal is advanced by an established scholarly organization in a country of the target language, this requirement is exempt.) 
  2. The CV of the guest editors;
  3. A sample journal publication by the guest editors on the special issue topic if possible. If the topic of the special issue is new with little established literature, guest editors are asked to submit a sample of their writing on any topic.

How should a proposal be submitted?

  1. Register at www.ijme-journal.org as Author
  2. Complete your author information and submit your proposal with the title "Special Issue Proposal: Your Topic"
  3. Co-guest editors will add their author information as well.
  4. Upload all CVs and publication samples as supplementary documents.
  5. Submit your proposal by July 1 (preferrable deadline).
  6. You may also submit materials or queries to the Editor in Chief, Dr. Sherry Marx at sherry.marx@usu.edu.

How will a proposal be selected?

  1. The editorial board will evaluate proposals within a month.
  2. Proposals with missing components will not be reviewed.
  3. Proposers will be notified of our decision within two months of submission.
  4. The following criteria will be used for selection.
    • The proposed topic is within the scope of the journal.
    • The topic complements what the journal has already published and advances new perspectives on multicultural education.
    • The guest editor has an excellent track record of publishing (journal editing experience is a plus).
    • The plan of action convinces the evaluators that the guest editor is capable of securing high quality reviewers (2 per submission) and delivering the final product within the proposed deadline.
  5. It is recommended that potential guest editors collaborate with co-guest editors as guest-editing a journal special issue requires a substantial amount of time and effort.

What will be expected of the Guest Editor (GE)?

  1. Once the proposal is accepted, GE and IJME editorial board will circulate the call for papers for the special issue and invite submissions.
  2. GE will participate in an online editor orientation.
  3. GE will manage submissions to the special issue in the Open Journal System (the web-based journal management system) including assigning reviewers, collating reviews, communicating with authors, making editorial decisions of acceptance and decline, editing, and proofreading.
  4. GE will secure two subject experts as reviewers per submission (the third reviewer may be added from the journal reviewer database).
  5. GE will coordinate the editorial process in consultation with the Editor in Chief and additional Editors.
  6. GE will collaborate with the Editor in Chief and additional Editors to produce a high-quality issue.
  7. GE will meet deadlines and deliver the final project as scheduled.
  8. GE will conduct all business with reviewers, authors, and editorial staff in ethical and professional manners. 
  9. GE will not receive any monetary compensation for the work associated with publishing the special issue.