Expressions of interest call for RME Special Issues
The editors of Research in Mathematics Education seek proposals for future Special Issues of the journal. Currently, the journal publishes three issues a year. Issues 1 and 3 comprise original refereed research papers drawn from a wide range of areas within mathematics education. Issue 2 is normally a Special Issue built around articles focussed on a particular theme, with guest editor who has (or editors who have) a particular expertise and involvement in research on that theme.
Papers in each Special Issue undergo the same peer review process as all other research papers in RME. Guest editors manage the acquisition of papers (either by invitation or open call), the reviewing process, and the editing process of bringing the copy to a point where it is ready for publication. Support and guidance for this is provided by the RME Editors and the wider RME team. A new issue, Volume 20 issue 2, is due to be published shortly which is a Special Issue on Early Childhood Mathematics Education. Earlier special issues include Volume 19 issue 2 on Summative assessment in Mathematics Education, and Volume 18 issue 2 on Studying the evolution of school mathematics as a change in discourse.
Experience suggests that the process of developing a Special Issue can take up to 18 months from acceptance of the proposal to publication.
The first step in the submission of a strong proposal. Colleagues interested in developing a Special Issue should write to the RME Editors outlining:
- Theme: indicative title of the Special Issue and brief outline of its intended scope
- Editor(s): names of the Guest Editor(s) including a brief explanation about why they are well-placed to develop the Special Issue
- Rationale: why the theme is of particular interest to the field of research in mathematics education
- Content: potential contributors and their contributions; this may be provisional, but needs to show evidence that there are sufficient researchers in the area able to contribute high-quality papers for the issue to be sustainable. The precise make-up of the special issue can be negotiated with the RME editors, but it normally takes the form of a number of research papers (perhaps 7000-8000 words each) with some framing introductory material and perhaps some response(s) or concluding material. The total word-length (ie the ‘volume equivalent’) is around 45000 words.
- Timeline: an indicative timescale from acceptance of the proposal (in a November) to publication (note that accepted articles for a RME SI can appear ‘online first’ on the journal website prior to the final publication of the complete SI and this is encouraged).
The RME SI proposal should be sent to: email@example.com
Proposals can be submitted any time up to the end of October. Decisions are usually made in November by the RME Editors.