Special Themes can consist of a combination of Original Research Articles (10000 words; maximum 6), Commentaries (3000 words; maximum 4) and one Editorial (3000 words). All Special Theme content will be waived Article Processing Charges. All submissions will go through the Journal’s standard peer review process.
Past special themes for the journal have included: Knowledge Production, Algorithms in Culture, Data Associations in Global Law and Policy, The Cloud, the Crowd, and the City, Veillance and Transparency, Environmental Data, Spatial Big Data, Critical Data Studies, Social Media & Society, Assumptions of Sociality, Health Data Ecosystems, Data & Agency, Big Data and Surveillance, The Personalization of Insurance, The Turn to AI in Governing Communication Online. See http://journals.sagepub.com/page/bds/collections/index to access these special themes.
Format of Special Theme Proposals
Researchers interested in proposing a Special Theme should submit an outline with the following information.
- An overview of the proposed theme, how it relates to existing research and the aims and scope of the Journal, and the ways it seeks to expand critical scholarly research on Big Data.
- A list of titles, abstracts, authors and brief biographies. For each, the type of submission (ORA, Commentary) should also be indicated. If the proposal is the result of a workshop or conference that should also be indicated.
- Short Bios of the Guest Editors including affiliations and previous work in the field of Big Data studies. Links to homepages, Google Scholar profiles or CVs are welcome, although we don’t require CV submissions.
- A proposed timing for submission to Manuscript Central. This should be in line with the timeline outlined below.
Timeline for Proposals
Please submit proposals by September 15, 2020 to the Managing Editor of the Journal, Prof. Matthew Zook at email@example.com. The Editorial Team of BD&S will review proposals and make a decision by October 2020. Manuscripts would be submitted to the journal (via manuscript central) by or before January/February 2021. For further information or discuss potential themes please contact Matthew Zook at firstname.lastname@example.org.