How to start
Before commissioning content for a journal, we recommend that Editors reach out to the journal’s Portfolio Manager or Commissioning Editor to discuss their approach.
Here are a few points to consider before reaching out to the T&F Editorial team and while managing commissioned content:
- The journal will only be able to consider proposals that fall within its Aims & Scope.
- Taylor & Francis offers a few formats to present commissioned content:
- Special Issues: Articles are published within a dedicated issue. The research published can be by invitation or by open call for submissions.
- Article Collections: Articles are published in a regular issue and assigned to the article collection immediately upon acceptance. The research published can be by invitation or by open call for submissions. Article collections offer an opportunity for cross-journal collections.
- Individually Commissioned Articles: Articles appear within the regular issue/volume run of the journal and are not assigned to a specific special issue or article collection.
- All manuscripts, regardless of whether they are commissioned or submitted to Article Collections / Special Issues, go through peer review following COPE guidelines and are expected to meet the journal’s ethical publishing and peer review policies.
- Special Issues and Article Collections may require a Guest Editor or Advisor who is usually a recognised specialist in the field.
- Consider how you wish to develop the journal (i.e. content, diversity, quality, impact).
- Consider the current research landscape and the appetite for your proposed content:
- What value does your proposed content bring to the journal’s readership?
- Is there a gap in the literature that needs to be filled?
- Is there an emerging topic that needs coverage?
- Is there sufficient research activity to warrant a full special issue or article collection, or is the topic better suited to a standalone article or short series of 2-3 articles?
Once you have considered the above points:
- Please discuss your ideas with your journal’s Portfolio Manager or Commissioning Editor
- Work in collaboration with your contacts to develop and implement an appropriate commissioning strategy for your journal
- Watch your journal grow from strength to strength!