Once the journal’s Editorial Board approves a proposal, it will be displayed on the journal’s website, on the Open Special Issues page. Editors can begin promoting their Special Issue as soon as the Call for Papers is available online. ADS@AU’s marketing team will conduct initial outreach on your behalf by sending the Call for Papers to researchers working in relevant fields.
As the publisher, ADS@AU undertakes significant promotional activities to increase visibility and reach, but the most successful Special Issues are those that are supported and promoted by their editors.
Any of the following techniques will increase the likelihood of the Special Issue receiving high quality submissions.
- Share your Call for Papers with researchers directly. It is more meaningful to receive an invitation from a friend or a colleague than from a publisher. ADS@AU provides a PDF version of your Call for Papers that you can send as an email attachment. Consider making personalized requests to contacts that you know are working in relevant fields.
- Add a short description of the Call for Papers and a link to the online version to your email signature.
- Include a one page slide at the end of conference presentations, alerting colleagues to your Call for Papers and inviting them to participate.
- Use social media to promote the link to your Call for Papers. Tag ADS@AU—for example, using @ADS@AU on Twitter—and we will amplify your promotion.
- Maintain contact with authors who have expressed an interest in participating in your Special Issue. Provide them with any support they require or send them to ADS@AU for assistance. But be wary of developing potential conflicts of interest. See our guide ‘Managing Conflicts of Interest’ for more details.