SOIL (SOIL) and its discussion forum SOIL Discussions (SOILD) offer an efficient new way of publishing special issues for measurement campaigns, conferences, etc. The individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues; they are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.
The specific advantages are the following:
Publication date is not delayed by the latest paper, which is behind in the peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as it is available.
Efficient interactive discussion of the common theme takes places on the SOILD website.
Prepublication of discussion papers in SOILD allows efficient cross-referencing between the final revised papers in SOIL.
All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file) easily accessible from the SOIL/SOILD online libraries.
Guest editors can define the order of the published papers on the SI web page.
Either a non-peer-reviewed editorial preface or a peer-reviewed scientific paper can be used to introduce a special issue.
Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is necessary, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue.
The price per printed copy is calculated as follows:
number of pages × €0.15
+ softcover and binding (€2.35) (hardcover price on request)
+ priority mail (individually calculated)
A special issue can comprise publications in any number of Copernicus’ open-access journals, and the special issue editors can be from the same or different journals. It may, however, be advantageous to have representation from editorial board members from more than one of the constituent special issue journals. One journal should be nominated as the notional lead for administrative purposes. The manuscript processing follows the standard special issue procedure of the journal in which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).
Special issue proposal & guidelines for editors
Thank you for considering publishing a special issue with SOIL. We have drawn up some brief guidelines to help you with the process of submitting a proposal so that you might better understand your responsibilities as a special issue editor. Please note that we (a) particularly encourage review articles for a special issue, with an average of one review article solicited for every 8–10 papers in the special issue, (b) welcome a preface by the special issue editors, pulling together articles, and (c) encourage the special issue editors to work with the authors so that each set of authors are aware of what others are submitting, thus enabling cross-referencing of other papers in the special issue where appropriate.
Submission & review of a proposal
Please submit a two- to three-page prospectus for the special issue to the executive editor(s) including the following:
title of the special issue;
names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors;
start date & end date of submission;
a statement of the purpose of the special issue (including information on whether the special issue will include only invited papers or whether it is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue);
a draft of the call for papers that will solicit submissions for the special issue;
any other useful information that will help to evaluate the special issue proposal (For example, is this special issue the result of one or several conference special sessions? Are there specific people that you already have in mind that might contribute? Do you have a rough idea of how many papers might be published and their average length?).
The prospectus will be reviewed by the journal's executive editor(s), who will render a decision based on the expected contribution of the special issue and its appropriateness for SOIL.
Responsibilities of special issue editors
If the executive editor(s) decide(s) to pursue the publication of a special issue, of SOIL will be assigned as liaison, and the editors of the special issue will assume the following responsibilities:
work with the authors to obtain manuscripts of high quality;