Guest Editors

Special issues both on topical themes and resulting from symposia/meetings/seminars/conferences are welcome.

The goal of running Special Issues in Economia agro-alimentare / Food Economy is to support regular issues by providing a coherent outlet for high quality research in a high current interest thematic area of topical or practical significance falling within the scope of the journal.

They should be managed by recognized experts in the area.

The Lead Guest Editor would be the promoter on its own initiative of a “food for thought” on today's major topics in the current agro-food economy. As well, he could be invited by the Editorial Board on themes emerged among the journal’s Editorial Board itself.

Special Issue proposals are welcome at any time during the year, and should be submitted to the Editor-in-chief, using the e-mail address



Proposals for Special Issues should be submitted by the Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue and must include the following:

  • A suggested title for the Special Issue.
  • Short but sufficiently detailed description of the proposed theme(s), giving an overview of the Special Issue’s intended focus and a list of the topics to be covered. The topic of the Special Issue must be of current interest, broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions, but at the same time narrow enough to keep a strong focus for the Special Issue.
  • The list of Guest Editors (no minimum neither maximum limit) who will join the Lead Guest Editor in managing the Special Issue, including their names, emails, affiliations and a brief description of the areas of expertise of each of the Guest Editors.
  • A proposed timeline and schedule which includes:
    • Deadline for submission (6 months from the initial Call-for-Papers)
    • First round of review (3 months after submission deadline)
    • First papers published (3 months after the first round of review)

Normal practice for special issues is to publish the call for papers at least 12 months before the issue date.

All proposals are subject to approval following a discussion of the proposed Special Issue among the journal’s Editorial Board. If approved, a Call-for-Papers for the Special Issue will be issued and posted online. The Lead Guest Editor’s name will be used to promote the issue.


Responsibilities of the guest editor

  • The Lead Guest Editor will serve as the communication and correspondence conduit between the special issue editorial team and the journal’s Editor-in-chief.
  • The Lead Guest Editor should promote his Special Issue by writing and disseminating the call for papers and invite authors to contribute guest papers to the prospective volume.
  • The Lead Guest Editor should cross-check the manuscripts and ensure their quality.
  • The Guest Editor(s) are responsible for selecting and allocating reviewers for submitted papers; our editorial policy requires two blind reviewers for each submitted paper.
  • The Guest Editor(s) are in charge of selecting papers for the volume on the basis of the peer review and should make decisions on the acceptance/rejection/revision and resubmission of articles and notify the Editor-in-chief on each of these decisions.
  • The Guest Editor(s) are in charge of writing an introduction (Guest editorial) to the Special Issue/section.
  • The Guest Editor(s) are responsible for preparing the final manuscripts of the issue, making sure that the guidelines are respected so as to facilitate the publisher’s work.

Peer Review

The Guest Editors’ main editorial task is to manage the peer review of submitted manuscripts by using the OJS platform used for regular submissions.

The peer-review process is single or double blinded. The Guest Editors cannot act as reviewers for the Special Issue’s articles. Guest Editor (s) are permitted to contribute with no more than two papers to the Special Issue. In this case, the article submitted will be handled by another Guest Editor or by an Editorial Board member.


Keynotes for Special Issue

A Special Issue should at least include 3 papers.