Call for Proposals: Special Issues

Thank you for your interest in editing a Special Issue of Te Reo!

We are currently accepting proposals for Special Issues for 2025, 2026, and 2027. Special Issues are issues which focus on a particular theme or topic (they can also include special festschrifts). Areas of particular interest to Te Reo include research relating to languages of the Pacific or to New Zealand English. However, Te Reo welcomes proposals beyond these areas, as long as they present innovative research of high-academic standard.

Proposals for Special Issues of TE REO

The guidelines below are intended to help you set out your proposal for a Special Issue. Please try to follow them as closely as possible and email the editor if you have any queries. All Te Reo articles are published online, open source (which means that material published in Te Reo can be shared with others but not re-published elsewhere as Te Reo retains copyright).

By proposing a Special Issue, the guest editor(s) undertake(s) to manage the contents of the Special Issue and to work with all individual authors to ensure that the material is ready for publication, following the Special Issue Te Reo template (the editor will provide this), and in accordance with the time-line given. The Special Issue guest editor(s) is/are required to ensure that all articles are submitted for peer-review to TWO distinct scholars (ONE of these can be among the other contributors to the special issue). Following the refereeing process, the guest editor(s) can decide to reject any contribution that does not meet the standard. Once the guest editor(s) is/are happy with articles to be included in the Special Issue, they must submit the referee reports (and any responses from the individual authors to these), and the formatted contributions according to the Te Reo template (provided by the editor) by the due date agreed in advance with the Te Reo editor.

Each Special Issue must include 4-8 individual research articles, of no more than 10,000 words each, and an introduction written by the guest editor(s) outlining the general theme and implications and importance of the work included (of around 3,000-5,000 words).

Initial proposals must include:

  1. title for the proposed Special Issue and language of the Special Issue
  2. general abstract of the overall theme/topic of the Special Issue (1 page max)
  3. brief on how the Special Issue is relevant to current research arena (1-2 paragraphs)
  4. short bio of each guest editor (1 paragraph for each)
  5. title and abstract (300 words max) for each abstract of each individual article
  6. names of 2 referees (including their institutional affiliations) for each article to be included in the volume (please endeavour to obtain confirmation that they would be willing to review the paper if possible and indicate this)

Special Issue Timeline

  • proposals for Special Issues to be submitted to Te Reo editor by 1 December¬†of the year prior to intended publication
  • feedback from Te Reo editor will be given by 1 January of each year
  • final versions of all articles + introduction to be submitted for final type-setting by 1 November of each year
  • publication date for each Special Issue is 1 December of each year

Please note that we also have a Regular Issue. If you wish to submit a paper for our regular issue, please use this form here.

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