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ASA, CSSA, SSSA Publications: Special Collection Proposals

Special collections are designed to:

  • bring to the forefront and promote new areas of research of broad interest to the journal’s readership;
  • highlight and provide a platform for scientific exchange resulting from symposia, collaborative projects, and topical conferences;
  • provide a periodic overview of the state of the art in various research areas by soliciting contributions from active leaders in the field.

Process: A proposal for a special collection solicits and calls for papers along a theme that aligns with the journal scope (approved by the Editor) to be submitted, reviewed, and published within a time frame usually of one year. A typical collection varies from 6 to 25 manuscripts, and papers undergo the journal's standard peer review process.

To submit a proposal for a special collection in an ASA, CSSA, or SSSA journal, please complete this form. Only the fields with an asterisk are required. Your responses will be shared with ASA, CSSA, SSSA staff and the editorial board of the journal(s) that you selected. Please reach out to our team (journals@sciencesocieties.org) with any questions.

A succinct explanation of the scope, significance, and timeliness of the proposed special collection. If your proposal is accepted this description will be used as a Call for Papers. If this will be a closed call with no call for papers, please indicate that as well.

Please provide a description of the topics that would be covered in your special collection, including 7-10 keywords.

Please select the journal(s) which you propose will host your special collection. For more information on ASA-CSSA-SSSA journals, please visit https://acsess.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/.

Please include preliminary titles and author names if available, separated by semicolons.

Please list your name exactly as you want it to appear on the special collection landing page.

Please list your affiliation(s) exactly as you want them to appear on the special collection landing page. Please include country of residence.

Please include first name, last name, ORCID ID, and primary email. Special collection co-organizers may be called upon by the journal's editorial board to serve as guest Associate Editors for the collection.

At least one organizer is required, but we recommend 2-5 individuals.

If your special section will include a call for abstracts period, please enter the proposed opening date here.

If your special section will include a call for abstracts period, please enter the proposed closing date here.

Your proposal should be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of the start date.

Generally, we recommend a submission window of 6-12 months. Extensions to the deadline as possible, but not guaranteed.

Please upload a high-resolution image that you own or have secured permission for ASA-CSSA-SSSA to use to promote your special collection.

Click to choose a file or drag here

Size limit: 50MB per file

Ex. "Soybean field under drip irrigation." Photo credit: Jane Doe.

If so, please enter the date needed to be published.

Please be as specific as possible.

If so, please include the sponsor name.

Thank you for your interest in publishing a special collection with ASA, CSSA, and/or SSSA. Once you click the "submit" button below, your proposal will be shared with the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Publications team and we will contact you within 10 business days.