Call for Special-Issue Proposals


What kind of special issues do we seek? Special issues mainly provide overviews of methods and algorithms focusing on a particular multimedia problem domain. IEEE MultiMedia particularly encourages special issues that have one of the following two objectives:

  • Analyzing recent developments in a particular part of the multimedia field, and
  • Introducing new research directions where momentum still needs to develop.

What does a special issue proposal consist of? The proposal consists of three documents:

  1. Draft Call for Papers: a one-page document containing
    • the title of the special issue;
    • a paragraph describing the background, context, significance, and challenges of the proposed topic; and
    • a list of areas for paper submissions.
  2. Document justifying the special issue proposal: a maximum four-page document that explains the urgency, relevance, and potential impact of the special issue. Please include:
    • Related conferences and journals to show that there is a vibrant community for the topic.
    • Potential reviewers and authors. Note that guest editors cannot submit to their own special issue.
    • Related past special issues and how the proposed special issue differs from or adds to it.
  3. Document justifying the team of guest editors: a paragraph describing the rationale behind forming the team of guest editors, as well as brief bios of each guest editor that show their qualifications relevant to their role in organizing the proposed special issue. When composing the team, please note the following:
    • Guest editors cannot submit to their own special issue so as to avoid conflicts of interest.
    • The team should not exceed four people.
    • Aim for a balance in academia/industry, gender, and geography.
    • Consider including younger members of the community (such as recent PhD graduates and starting faculty members), provided that enough seniority is present and a mentorship scheme is established in the team. The magazine is determined to foster the career development of young scientific talents in the multimedia community.

What are the submission, evaluation, and publication procedures? Proposals can be submitted to the Associate Editor-in-Chief (AEIC) in charge of special issues and will be evaluated in batches four times a year and involving the editorial board under coordination of the AEIC. The proposals recommended by the assessment rounds will continuously feed into the special-issue series of the magazine. Accepted proposals will be scheduled for publication on a first-come-first-served basis.