Policies for special issues and criteria for guest editors

The Journal of Contemporary Administration (RAC) publishes special issues that represent emerging and relevant topics within its focus and scope.


Submission of proposals: Special issues may be proposed (a) by the editor-in-chief of RAC; (b) by other members of the Editorial Board of RAC, or (c) may be suggested by academics who are not part of the journal's editorial board, through direct contact with the editor-in-chief. In the analysis of proposals, the editor-in-chief receives and analyzes the relevance and availability to accept the proposal and, if necessary, may consult associate editors or members of the editorial board of the journal regarding the theme and the adherence of the proponents of the special issue to take the final decision on whether or not to accept the proposal. Proposals sent to the editor-in-chief must inform, at least: the title of the special issue, guest editors, deadlines, subject of the call, topics of interest, types of manuscripts that will be accepted, languages accepted for submission, and justification. Also, special issues must follow the same criteria already adopted by RAC in its editorial line (including focus and scope).


Criteria for the selection of guest editors: A minimum of two and a maximum of six editors are accepted to lead the special issue. Editors of special issues (guest editors) must meet the following requirements:

  1. All editors must have a Ph.D.
  2. The editors must represent (institutionally) at least two countries.
  3. Editors must present scientific production aligned with the theme of the special issue.


Call for papers for each special issue: all information relevant to each special issue, such as its theme, guest editors, deadlines, accepted manuscript types, subjects of interest, and submission instructions can be found in each call for papers published by the journal. All calls are available under the "Call for Papers" menu on the RAC website.


Evaluation of submissions for special issues: the evaluation of manuscripts received for special issues follows the usual rigor adopted by RAC, with submissions being analyzed according to the evaluation guidelines for each manuscript type, following RAC's peer review policies, and also analyzed according to the adherence to the theme proposed by the special issue. Therefore, articles will be initially evaluated (desk-review) by the Editor-in-Chief and Guest Editors. Articles suitable for further evaluation will undergo a double anonymized peer review. Any acceptance is subject to the adequacy of the manuscripts to the focus and scope of the journal and the call for papers for the special issue, as well as the satisfactory response to the comments of reviewers and editors during the review process.


Publication of special issues: Special issues are published in a volume and issue of the journal determined by the editor-in-chief, in agreement with the guest editors of the special issue, following the estimated publication date informed in the call for papers.