How to Propose a New Journal

FESP strongly encourages suggestions for new journals that extend the range of our publishing. If you would like to discuss starting a new journal, please send us a formal proposal to: The proposal should contain the following sections:

  1. Introduction to proposers

Name, position, affiliation, full contact information, and brief CV of proposed Editor-in-chief and other proposers.

  1. Aims and scope of the journal

This should state briefly what the suggested aims of the journal will be, what types of papers it hopes to publish (e.g. empirical research, theoretical contributions, reviews, commentaries) and the various areas that it would include within its scope. Please include the following:

  • Title (a single name or several possible names)
  • Expected contents by type (e.g. research papers, reviews, etc.)
  • Brief description for promotional purposes (150-200 words)
  • List of 10-15 previously-published papers, with bibliographic information, that would be appropriate to a new journal
  • Suggest frequency of publication (issues per year), length of journal (articles per issue), length of papers (words per paper), and anticipated launch date.
  1. Editorial board

The proposing Committee should have in mind (and provide names where possible) likely nominees for the prospective post of Editor of the journal, as well as an Editorial Board, bearing in mind that the composition of the board should take into account the international nature of likely subscribers and readership, as well as providing coverage of any sub-disciplines of the subject. They should also be confident of being able to attract a pool of suitable reviewers.

  1. Other suggestions

Please suggest promotion plan (e.g. paper solicitation, collaboration with organizations and conferences, CFP spreading, etc.) and financial plan (e.g. publication fees, pricing, business model, salaries, honorarium, cost, etc.).

Editor-In-Chief responsibility

  • Defining and updating the aims, scope, and list of interesting topics of the Journal.
  • Determining overall policies of the Journal, including the Journal’s style, type of content, frequency of publication, length of issue and paper, intended audiences, and expected contributors.
  • Establishing editorial guidelines and detailed process, determining policies concerning the acceptance and rejection of submissions.
  • Recruiting, selecting, and appointing Editorial Board members.
  • Soliciting and obtaining manuscript submissions from prospective authors.
  • Assigning paper refereeing to the appropriate editor, coordinating the peer-review process, setting and enforcing deadlines.
  • Interacting with editors for receipt of reviews, recommendation, decision, etc.
  • Interacting with authors for receipt of manuscripts, paper revisions, editorial feedback, etc.
  • Making final decisions on paper selection, based on reviews, recommendations, and/or votes of reviewers.
  • Accepting final manuscripts for each issue, and timely sending them to the Production Editor for publication.
  • Soliciting and interacting with Guest Editors for Special Issues that focus on a particular topic or for highlighted conferences.
  • Setting and adhering to all publication schedules that include a minimum number of issues per year.
  • Responding to all correspondence with authors, editors, reviewers, and readers, forwarding correspondence as needed.
  • Writing or delegating the writing of editorials, articles, status reports, and other materials as appropriate.