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Procedure for nominating a Special Issue

Any Action Editor (AE) who is willing to Chair (or co-chair) a special topic may propose a special topic issue; this will be discussed at the next editorial board meeting and approved by consensus. If someone other than an AE wishes to propose a special topic, they would need to get a 'champion' among the AEs or editorial board who commits to be the Chair for that special topic.

AE commitments as special topic chair:

To propose a special issue:

  1. Use this template to describe the following components:
    • Title
    • Chair or co-chairs, all of whom must be AEs (we suggest having at least 2 co-chairs
    • Other people to be involved (e.g. for networking reviewers or inviting submissions), if any
    • 2-5 sentence summary of the special topic
    • Desired closing date, if any
  2. Submit your completed form as a pdf to special.topics@jmlr.org

If approved, the special topic will be announced on the website and via the newsletter, and reviewed by the board each year to consider whether it should remain open. If the board thinks not, they should discuss with the Chair(s) about closing it, and ideally only do so by consensus. But the board may choose to close a topic for any reason at any time.

This procedure will be in place for 1 year, after which time it will be reviewed, and a different procedure may be implemented (e.g. a form for more open/general suggestion of special topics)

Your feedback is welcomed via special.topics@jmlr.org

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