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DHQ Special Issues Guidelines

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DHQ will consider proposals for special issues that focus on topics germane to DHQ's subject areas. A special issue might arise from a conference or other event, or might be a thematic collection on a particular topic or research problem. Special issues may include articles, opinion pieces, reviews, and case studies. Each special issue will have a guest editor, who will work with a designated DHQ editor to ensure the quality and coherence of the issue. A special issue may take the place of a regular issue of DHQ, or may be a subsection of a regular issue, or may be an additional issue. All special issue articles will typically go through DHQ's peer review process. DHQ reserves the right to decline any submitted material that is inappropriate or of insufficient quality.


To propose a special issue, please send a proposal including the following information to submissions@digitalhumanities.org:

  • A brief summary of the rationale and topic for the special issue
  • The anticipated submission date for articles
  • The name(s) of the guest editor(s)
  • The number and genre of materials to be submitted (e.g. articles, editorials, case studies, etc.)
  • Any constraints that would make publication on or by a certain date essential

Submission, Review, and Revision Process

Special issue proposals will be reviewed by the journal editors. If the proposal is accepted, a member of the DHQ editorial team will be assigned to work with the guest editor, and to settle details of the submission date for articles. Typically the guest editor(s) will review the submissions prior to submission to DHQ, and may work with the authors on preliminary revisions to improve the overall coherence and quality of the issue.

The recruiting of authors and selection of articles is conducted by the guest editor following whatever means he or she finds appropriate (invitation, a call for proposals, etc.).

Once the guest editor feels the materials are ready for submission, authors should upload their submissions via DHQ's submission page. Authors who have not previously submitted materials to DHQ will need to register. The submission should include the following information:

  • The title of the article (please also include the name or code of the special issue; the guest editor will provide this)
  • Author's name, institutional affiliation, email address, and bio
  • Short abstract for the article
  • Any images to be used in the article. These should be submitted as separate files, not embedded in the article. It is the author's responsibility to secure any required permissions and pay any associated costs for the use of copyrighted image material.

All articles will typically go through DHQ's regular peer review process, unless an alternative method of peer review is agreed upon as part of the special issue proposal.

Once the peer review process is complete, the DHQ editor assigned to the issue will advise the guest editor of any revisions that are necessary, and the guest editor will coordinate the revision and resubmission process.

Once the final revised versions of materials are received, they will be passed into the DHQ production workflow, including copyediting, proofreading, encoding, authorial preview, and publication.