Writing a Call for Papers

Writing the Call for Papers is an important step in the process of preparing the Special Issue proposal. If the proposal is approved, the Call for Papers becomes a key document when inviting authors to submit manuscripts for consideration.

The main objective of a Call for Papers is to state the intended focus of the Special Issue. It should also emphasize the current relevance of the subject and convey the benefits offered by the accumulation of new material on the subject. Striking a balance between length and detail is key. Too little detail could result in a Call for Papers that lacks focus or scientific merit. Too much detail can be overly prescriptive and limit interest in the Special Issue.

Hindawi encourages authors to use approximately 400 words when writing a Call for Papers. In our experience, this figure allows enough room for detail without being overwhelming.

Researchers face many demands on their time. By optimizing your Call for Papers, you are more likely to catch and hold the attention of qualified researchers, leading to higher quality submissions.

In addition to your statement of focus, you should also include a number of suggested topics for authors. Use these topics as ‘signposts’ for the direction of your Special Issue, providing authors with guidance on areas in which they may wish to submit. While you can use the suggested topics as another opportunity to demonstrate the current relevance the focus of your Special Issue, be wary of excessively narrowing its scope.

Your Hindawi editorial contact will help you to refine your Call for Papers. While we have great respect for your subject expertise, please carefully consider the feedback we provide — we want to help you make your Special Issue as successful as possible.

Once finalized, Hindawi will post your Call for Papers within the journal’s page on Hindawi.com, providing a dedicated destination for potential contributing authors. This will link directly to Hindawi’s Manuscript Tracking System (MTS), making the submission process as simple as possible for prospective authors.

Our marketing team will issue your Call for Papers via email to researchers working in the field. We’ll also promote your Call for Papers to readers on our website. In some cases, we may also share it using our social media channels, ensuring the widest possible visibility.

Finally, we’ll prepare a promotional PDF version of your Call for Papers that you can personally distribute to your contacts using email, social media, and any other channels. See our page ‘Promoting your Call for Papers’ for more assistance with this.