Special Symposia Issues & Guidelines

The JCPA welcomes proposals for Special Symposia Issues on a variety of topics and disciplines. For submission of all Symposia Special Issue Proposals, please contact Leslie Pal.

Each Symposia Special Issue article submission requires a processing fee of $150 for non-ICPA-Forum Members. ICPA-Forum Active Members DO NOT pay this processing fee and enjoy the additional benefits associated with the ICPA-Forum Membership.

The publication of Special Issues is contingent upon signature of an Agreement with the Guest Editor, which will be legally binding as confirmation of acceptance of these terms and guidelines. Our agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Your Agreement confirms that you have read and fully understand and will adhere to the terms as outlined in Appendix ‘A’.

Guidelines for Special Issue Guest Editor

  1. The Special Issue of JCPA will be compiled and edited by the Guest Editor, in consultation with the Editor-in-chief and Special Issue Co-Editor.
  2. The Guest Editor is not a Co-Editor of the JCPA.
  3. The Guest Editor is not contributing more than one authored or co-authored article in this Special Issue.
  4. The Guest Editor commits to providing a methodological and theoretical comprehensive introduction to the Special Issue that will introduce the scholarly focus and contribution of the publication.
  5. The Guest Editor will communicate to the Editorial Office their final recommendations for acceptance following peer review. The deadline for this shall be TBD based on submission time.
  6. The Guest Editor will have responsibility for all editorial decisions on the manuscripts submitted for peer review, save that final decisions to accept for publication are subject to confirmation by the Editor-in-chief and/or the Special Issue Co-Editor. The Guest Editor shall not communicate acceptance to authors of Special Issue papers until the Editor-in-chief’s final approval has been received.
  7. Manuscripts submitted for publication in the Special Issue are subject to all the rules and procedures of double blindfold peer review applied to all manuscripts submitted to the Journal.
  8. All papers included must be comparative in nature, explicitly emphasize their contribution to comparative public policy analysis methodology and/or theory, and discuss public policy implications or issues.
    1. The Guest Editor will process manuscripts in full accordance with the normal editorial policies of the Journal, adhering to the peer review and publication ethics policies of the Journal and Publisher.
    2. The Guest Editor undertakes to treat as confidential all information accessed and received during the peer review process.
    3. The Guest Editor undertakes to maintain the integrity of the peer review process.
    4. The Guest Editor undertakes to submit all queries regarding the peer review process to the Editorin-chief or her designate.
    5. The Guest Editor will endeavour to have all accepted manuscripts submitted by the agreed deadline in a complete form and in good order, prepared according to the Journal’s style specifications. The Guest Editor must keep the JCPA Special Issues Co-Editor informed of progress and in particular warn the JCPA Special Issues Co-Editor of any likely delays, so that appropriate plans can be made.
    6. The Guest Editor will use best endeavours to ensure that all contributing authors are aware of their own responsibilities regarding copyright and legal issues, and that authors are aware that, if their contribution is accepted, they will be required to sign a publishing license and warranty in this respect.


Appendix: Detailed Guidelines for JCPA Guest Editors

See below for a summary


      1. The Guest Editor will propose a Special Issue topic. The Editor-in-chief and Special Issues Co-Editor will review the proposal and may suggest amendments. If accepted, the Guest Editor may propose already commissioned papers or will issue a Call for Papers. The Editorial Office will assist in advertising the Call.
      2. Whatever the method of securing papers for the Special Issue (e.g., a general Call, or the results of conference panel presentations or a special workshop), the Guest Editor will appoint an Advisory Committee of up to three reputed scholars in the field to assist in the selection of papers to be submitted to the Journal. The Special Issues Co-Editor must be apprised of the composition of the Advisory Committee.
      3. The Guest Editor and Advisory Committee will select up to six final papers of 8,000 words each for submission to the Journal for the Special Issue. Please note that the Journal will not accept anything less than the entire package of papers that are to comprise the Special Issue. This is to ensure that the refereeing process can proceed in as timely a manner as possible for all the authors over roughly the same period.
      4. On receipt of all or most articles, the manuscripts will be uploaded to the tracking system. You may find it more convenient to have the authors do this. It is standard procedure to publish four to five accepted papers per issue, in the event that one or two papers do not make it to the publication finish line.
      5. Please note that an issue should not exceed 112 printed pages due to additional cost per page. If the Guest Editor wishes to increase the inclusion of contributions an arrangement for additional pages may be made at a per page cost determined by the Publisher. We are happy to accommodate such a request to advance scholarly knowledge.
      6. The papers should be of the highest scholarly standard. In particular, as expected by the JCPA readership, the articles must adhere to JCPA’s Comparative Aims and Scope (see www.jcpa.ca) Note the six criteria of comparative work – which goes beyond the narrow perception of comparisons between nations or institutions. We encourage authors to engage in a dialogue with other authors who have published in the JCPA in their particular disciplinary field in particular and in comparative methods in general, to exchange ideas, and outline added knowledge. Please have either the term “comparative/comparison” in the article title and a keywords section below the abstract. For supplementary material see http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/preparation/multimedia.asp
      7. The Guest Editor will propose four reviewers for each paper and will supply affiliation and email information for each reviewer. The Guest Editor will have already contacted these reviewers to confirm they are willing to review the paper before submitting all papers to us. The Guest Editor will also read and interpret the reviews, and propose suggestions to the authors.
      8. The JCPA publishes only high quality scholarly papers. Each paper is double-blind reviewed. JCPA’s acceptance rate is 21%. Acceptance, revision, or rejection decisions will be conveyed to the Special Issue Co-Editor at each stage, and acceptance or rejection decisions will be reached in consultation with the Guest Editors. The Special Issues Co-Editor, however, has final authority.
      9. The topic, papers submitted, the quality and contents of the articles, as well as timely submissions and resubmissions are primarily the responsibility of the Guest Editor, under whose name the Special Issue appears.
      10. Each Guest Editor will have an individual Special Issue account opened on the JCPA website system, and a personal access code. Due to the sensitivity and confidentiality of the process the code must be kept in confidence.
  1. The Editorial Office undertakes to assist the Guest Editor in conducting peer review and in ensuring that all procedures are properly followed.
  2. The JCPA Special Issues Co-Editor undertakes to inform and advise the Guest Editor as necessary on all matters relating to the Special Issue and on the editorial policy of the Journal in general. The Editor-in-chief and the Special Issues Co-Editor, rather than the Guest Editor, makes the absolute final editorial decision on all of the manuscripts being considered for possible publication in the Special Issue.
  1. All subscribers to the Journal will receive a copy of the Special Issue at no additional cost to the subscribers.
  2. The Publisher will, unless prevented by circumstances beyond their control, at their own risk and expense, produce and publish the Special Issue.
  3. The Publisher will have the entire control of publication, and the paper, printing, binding, jacket and embellishments, the manner and extent of advertisement, the number and distribution of free copies for review or otherwise, and the price and terms of sales of the Special Issue on the open market will be at their sole discretion.
  4. The Publisher will prepare and publish the Special Issue in the Journal, reserving the right to make such editorial changes as may be necessary to make the Special Issue suitable for publication; and reserving the right not to proceed with publication for whatever reason. In such an instance, copyright in the Special Issue will revert to the Guest Editor.
  5. The Publisher reserves the right to postpone or cancel publication of a Special Issue should there be failure to meet an agreed deadline.


  1. The Guest Editor hereby warrants to the Publisher that s/he has full power to enter into this Agreement.
  2. The Guest Editor hereby warrants that included in the text of the Special Issue will be an appropriate statement should the Guest Editor or any of the contributors have a financial interest or benefit arising from the direct applications of the research published in the Special Issue.
  3. In consideration of the publication of the Special Issue, the Guest Editor assigns to the Editor and the Publisher with full title guarantee all rights of copyright and related rights in the Special Issue.

This assignment includes the right to publish the Special Issue in all forms, now known or developed in the future, including electronic and digital forms, for the full legal term of the copyright and any extension or renewals, and to sub-license to others. The contributors will retain the right to use the substance of the contributions they make to the above work in their own future works, including lectures, press releases and reviews, provided that they acknowledge their prior publication in the Journal, in accordance with the Author Rights policies of Taylor & Francis.

If the Guest Editor Accepts these Terms and Conditions s/he is invited to sign and deliver contract to the JCPA

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