Issue 58.3 is the first “Special Issue” in the history of the Symposium, and we are delighted to welcome in this new era of collaboration as we host guest editors and themed articles. Since Special Issues are focused on a particular topic, they are beneficial to the unique disciplines of our readership. Both professionals and scholars can explore a concept on a more detailed level while gaining the insight of varied outlooks which are all presented in one place. As other scholarly publications recognize, these pointed issues benefit readers and authors as they communicate useful information, but they also buoy the health of journals since they attract a fair amount of interest and are often referenced time and again. Ideas for Special Issues can come from many sources. The Symposium may invite leading scholars to write a group of articles on a topic that is particularly relevant, or a special issue can be developed from noteworthy papers and presentations at conferences, symposia, or workshops, or the Symposium might solicit a “Call for Special Issue Proposals.”
Quality can never be sacrificed, so all Symposium Special Issue articles must follow the guidelines and standards of the journal. Authors must prepare original, well-written work that is of significance to Symposium readership. Guest editors (one or more per issue) must ensure that all manuscripts receive rigorous peer review and that ethical standards of academic publishing are met.