Guidelines for Special Issues

Guidelines for Special Issues

Proposals regarding any topic relevant to East European Journal of Psycholinguistics are welcomed for submission to the Editor-in-Chief.

The governing objectives of East European Journal of Psycholinguistics with respect to a Special Issue are:

  • scholarly excellence,
  • relevance to East European Journal of Psycholinguistics’ Aims & Scopes, and
  • newness and significance of topic.

To determine whether to accept a proposal for a Special Issue, the Editor-in-Chief, alongside the Editorial Board of the journal, will thoroughly assess the submission and may suggest either acceptance, revisions, or rejection of the proposal.

Please address proposals to the Editor-in-Chief:

- Serhii Zasiekin, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, E-mail:

Guest Editors are required to comply with the Publisher's Code of Conduct, as described at and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines on Good Publication Practice:

Please submit a concise bio and ORCID ID that outlines your current position, education, research interests and relevant recent publications.

Special issues usually consist of 8-12 papers and are confined to 150-200 pages. The paper's length should normally be 5,000 words, but for Special Issues the journal does not impose a strict limit on the paper's length. Historically, previously published papers ranged from 4,000 to 8,000 words.

To ensure the principles of transparency and impartiality, Special Issues review processes must adhere to the established practice of double-blind peer reviews. Calls for papers for Special Issues must be widely circulated and open to all submissions, rather than being restricted to individuals, e.g., attending a scholarly conference.

Guidelines for submitting a proposal should be followed closely.

The submission must be a Word document that includes the Call for Papers as anattachment or embedded.

It should explicitly state the topic of a Special Issue and contain the following information:

  • Name and contact details of the Guest Editor(s),
  • Title of the Special Issue,
  • Abstract or summary of the proposed topic,
  • Justification for the necessity of the Special Issue,
  • Elaboration on the relevance of the topic to the Journal, and
  • A suggested timetable for each stage of the process, including deadlines for manuscript submission, review, and revision to ensure final publishable form.
  • The collection of papers should be submitted for publication within 12 months of the submission deadline provided in the Call for Papers or the conference at which the papers were presented.
  • Information on the backgrounds of the proposed Guest Editor(s), including their visibility on the topic at hand and editorial experience.

Provide a list of potential scholars who could submit their work to the Special Issue, with brief descriptions of their research interests and achievements.

Additionally, please provide a list of proposed ad hoc reviewers, including their email addresses and affiliations. If the Special Issue is not fully developed, outline a strategy for promoting the call for papers. This may include details of any associated conferences or workshops.

Upon receiving approval from the Editor-in-Chief, the Guest Editor(s) for Special Issues should circulate the Call for Papers to various venues in addition to East European Journal of Psycholinguistics.

The online submission and reviewing process for Special Issues will commence following agreement on the issue's theme.

In close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, the Guest Editor(s) will be responsible for paper selection and invitation for the Special Issue.  Papers must adhere to the APA 7 style, which can be accessed here:


Instructions for Guest Editor(s) & Authors 

All papers must be submitted through the Journal's online submission system.

The following process should be followed:

  1. Guest Editors are required to facilitate the submission and review process through the system, which will be configured to grant access to individual Special Issues for editors, reviewers, and authors.
  2. All submissions must undergo a double-blind peer-review process conducted using the Journal online system.
  3. It is highly recommended that the Guest Editor(s) submit an editorial that gives a substantive and critical overview of the topic, which is of publication standard. This essay will undergo peer review by the Editor-in-Chief.
  4. Any additional papers for the Special Issue, authored by Guest Editors, shall undergo peer review by the Editor-in-Chief via the Journal.
  5. The Guest Editors are responsible for choosing articles for the special issue, after consulting with the Editor-in-Chief.
  6. If the Guest Editor(s) deems a paper unsuitable for inclusion in a special issue, but of sufficient quality for assessment as a regular paper, it shall be transferred to the Editor-in-Chief.

The approved Guest Editor(s) evaluates all submissions for rejection without review or within 10 days of submission or the due date specified in the Call for Papers. If a paper is rejected without review, the Guest Editor(s) should not suggest to the authors that they submit to the regular sections of the journal unless they have fully assessed the paper for scholarly quality and scope suitability. This would only occur if the paper was rejected due to not fitting the Aims& Scope of the Special Issue.

Review reports are assigned to the Guest Editor(s) who, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, make final decisions about revisions and rejections.

Revised papers are then assigned to the Guest Editor(s), who may reassign them for further review or make a final decision. During the review process, the Editor-in-Chief may request additional reviews or revisions for specific papers and has the right, in consultation with the Guest Editor(s), to reject papers that do not meet scholarly excellence standards.

Reviewers receive decision letters promptly after decisions are made, and the Guest Editor(s) have access to all files related to papers throughout the selection process. Final decisions on acceptance of articles in the Journal system will be made by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with Guest Editor(s).

Guest Editor(s) are required to inform the Editor-in-Chief about final approval and the acceptance for publication will be given by the Editor-in-Chief for the collection to go to press. The Guest Editor(s) must adhere to the submission deadline outlined in the Rules. Failure to deliver the Special Issue on time or negotiate an extension may result in cancellation by the Editor-in-Chief.