The editors of Research in Mathematics Education seek proposals for future Special Issues of the journal.
Previous special issues of the journal are available on the journal webpages.
Special Issues are normally published annually in Issue 2 of the journal and consist of articles focussed on a particular theme, with a guest editor who has (or editors who have) a particular expertise and involvement in research on that theme.
Papers in each Special Issue undergo the same peer review process as all other research papers in RME. Guest editors manage the acquisition of papers (either by invitation or open call), the reviewing process, and the editing process of bringing the copy to a point where it is ready for publication. Support and guidance for this is provided by the RME Editors and the wider RME team. The latest special issue, Volume 21 issue 2, was published earlier this year focusing on Language Diversity and Mathematics Education. Earlier special issues include Volume 20 issue 2 on Early Childhood Mathematics Education, and Volume 19 issue 2 on Summative Assessment in Mathematics Learning.
Experience suggests that the process of developing a Special Issue can take up to 18 months from acceptance of the proposal to publication.
The RME Editors are keen to receive strong proposals which outline:
- Theme: indicative title of the Special Issue and brief outline of its intended scope
- Editor(s): names of the Guest Editor(s) including a brief explanation about why they are well-placed to develop the Special Issue
- Rationale: why the theme is of particular interest to the field of research in mathematics education
- Content: potential contributors and their contributions; this may be provisional, but needs to show evidence that there are sufficient researchers in the area able to contribute high-quality papers for the issue to be sustainable. The precise make-up of the special issue can be negotiated with the RME editors, but it normally takes the form of a number of research papers (perhaps 7000-8000 words each) with some framing introductory material and perhaps some response(s) or concluding material. The total word-length (ie the ‘volume equivalent’) is around 45000 words.
- Timeline: an indicative timescale from acceptance of the proposal (at the end of January 2020) to publication (summer 2021 – note that accepted articles for a RME SI can appear ‘online first’ on the journal website prior to the final publication of the complete SI and this is encouraged).
The RME Special Issue proposal should be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals can be submitted any time up to the 15th January 2020 with a decision made by the end of January 2020 by the RME editors.