Journal of Imaging Science and Technology

Call for Special Issue Proposals

An invaluable avenue for JIST to concentrate on contemporary emerging or innovative research subjects within the purview of imaging technologies is to publish high impact special issues focusing on a selected topic with thorough theoretical analyses and empirical treatments. Therefore, JIST special issues must be motivated by a clear and convincing emphasis on a designated research topic that is timely, significant and likely to generate interest among JIST's readership, which is different from the focus of well-established JIST-First issues and special issues of annual IS&T conferences.


The submission of the proposals and supporting documents will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your documents by email to the JIST Managing Office ([email protected]).
Prospective guest editor(s) should submit written proposals that incorporate the rationale for the special issue topic, positions it in the literature, and include some illustrative topics that papers could focus upon. The proposal should also include a draft of the actual call for papers and outline the credentials of the guest editor(s). Please submit the following documents:

  1. The proposal, including the draft call for papers.
  2. JIST Special Issue Form.
  3. Any additional information such as plans for special issue workshops.

The JIST editorial team will review the proposals submitted and select potential candidates for further assessment. This additional analysis may include communication with prospective guest editors, suggestions as to how to strengthen the proposal and/or recommendations for the addition of other guest editors. The Editor-in-Chief will generally assign a JIST Senior Editor to serve on the SI editorial team as the Supervising Editor. The Supervising Editor will be responsible for acting as a liaison between the JIST editorial team and the guest editor(s) and ensuring that JIST editorial standards are maintained through the special issue process. She/he will be actively involved in the entire editorial process, including helping to select which papers are sent for review, identifying and assigning reviewers and in preliminary decisions throughout the review process. However, the ultimate decision to accept or reject papers rests with the Editor-in-Chief.


The guest editor(s) will be responsible for publicizing the call for papers and for generating submissions for the special issue. If appropriate, they may host a workshop for papers being considered for the special issue, but attendance at the workshop cannot be a prerequisite for the acceptance of papers. They will also be actively involved in all stages of the review process in terms of inviting reviewers and making preliminary decisions on submissions. The review process will be managed online through the system. It is expected that the guest editors organize the review process consistent with the journal’s high standards in terms of quality and process efficiency (e.g., turnaround times). It is also highly recommended for the guest editors to write an introductory article that will position the special issue in the relevant literature and briefly introduce the papers in the issue. This paper will be subject to editorial review. It is JIST policy that Guest Editors cannot submit to the special issue as authors of papers beyond the introductory article to prevent any perception of conflicts of interest.

For more information:

About JIST 
JIST Call for Special Issue Proposal 
Special Issue Content Editor Form