I found that announcements of special issues for many journals are quite hidden. Often the calls are not even visible on the journal's homepage. What is the best way to find call for papers for special issues?

I hope the rejection rates are lower there, but I've also heard that special issues are sometimes for friends of the editor to get their stuff published.

  • What field are you in? In CS theory and AI I’ve had the experience that most special issue calls are prominently advertised. Sep 26, 2018 at 12:43
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    I agree with 'friends of the editor' comment. I always wonder how one can have a paper ready for a special issue, especially for a high impact journal, unless of course you already have the paper(s) almost ready to go. Sep 26, 2018 at 21:39

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Subscribe to different publishers' mailing list specifying you'd like to receive call for papers in your field, and chances are the publishers will be more than happy to send them to you when they come. That's likely to be more efficient than trawling the target journals' website every day looking for call for papers.

  • +1 Right. In fact, the special issue editors are always interested to receive high quality papers, therefore it is a part of their responsibilities to reach out to the potential authors via several mailing lists in their field of research.
    – Mithun
    Sep 27, 2018 at 7:07

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