Information about special issues/sections
If you are interested in editing a special issue for
the SoSyM journal, please contact the Editors-in-Chief.
In SoSyM we publish special issues as part of the regular printed
issues. Therefore we usually use the wording "special section" instead
of "special issue". Our policy is that we prepare special sections from
highly innovative conferences and workshops in the modeling area. The
conference organisers select the best papers and invite the authors to
submit an extended and substantially enhanced version of their paper
within a certain deadline. Under the supervision of the section editors
the papers will be reviewed again and the accepted papers will then be
published in a special section. Please note that the section editors may
not invite themselves, their relatives or current work colleagues into a
Editors-in-Chief Contact Information
- Voice: 205-348-2847, Fax: 205-348-0219
- Email: jeff.graysosym.org
- U.S. Mail:
Department of Computer Science
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0290, USA
- Voice: +49-241-80-21301
- Email: Bernhard.Rumpesosym.org
- German Mail:
Department of Computer Science 3
RWTH Aachen University
D-52074 Aachen, Germany
Submission/Review Process for Special Sections:
- Interested program committee chairs submit a SoSyM Special Section
proposal, containing information about the conference and its review
process, (e.g. acceptance rate, total number of papers), the number of
potential papers, some example titles and authors, short vitas of the
authors, a proposed schedule and other helpful information.
- Papers accepted to the conference (or workshop) must have been
through a thorough review process prior to their acceptance.
- After the conference, the program committee chair and program
committee decide which papers to select as candidates for the special
- Deadlines are defined. A useful pattern is given below, in weeks:
||CfP for a special SoSyM section, candidates are papers
with smaller versions already published in the
||Papers are submitted to SoSyM via the automated tool,
Manuscript Central. The paper type is 'special section
paper' and the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) is Bernhard Rumpe.
Authors also indicate that the special section editor
is the preferred editor, and note that the paper is
being submitted to the particular special section.
Beforehand a complete list of titles and authors of all
expected papers is sent to the EIC.
||Reviews are assigned by Program Committee Chair (who
serves as editor of the special section), via Manuscript
Central (necessary review time: 6-8 weeks) to reviewers.
Name, affiliation and e-mails of all involved reviewers
are sent to the Editor-in-Chief.
||Check status of reviews; reminders are sent if necessary
to the editors, who send them on to reviewers.
||Reviews/acknowledgements are sent to authors by the
||Final versions arrive at SoSyM, via Manuscript Central
(Usually only minor changes can be handled in that time.
Major revisions drop out of the SoSyM special section.)
||Editor or reviewers re-review minor changes and editor
gives approval. Paper ordering in the special section
||Editorial arrives from Program Committee Chair.
||Additional information arrives to SoSyM: Final
submission of each paper, author biographies, etc.
- The CfP is published. This can go two ways: Either as a closed CfP to
the invited papers or as an open CfP that is also made public.
- The papers (as well as the reviews later) are submitted via the
automated tool, Manuscript Central.
- The special section editors act as supervisors for the papers. They
assign at least three reviewers for each paper. These are acknowledged
by the editors-in-chief. The special section editors also make the
final recommendation, whether to accept the paper or not, and whether
and how intensive the resubmitted paper is to be re-reviewed. The final
decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief and he notifies the paper's
contact author with the result of the review process, including
- The review process for special section papers doesn't differ much from
the regular process, but the reviewers for the special section papers
can be to some extent reused from the programme committee.
Information to be provided by the Editors:
- At the end of the process the Editors-in-Chief are informed about all
the papers, and are provided the following information:
Status: in review | accepted | rejected | ...
Initial submission date:
Revised submission date:
Pages in Journal size: estimated
Reviewers (Name + Email, one per line):
History and additional information:
- In addition the complete set of reviews, the submissions have to be
made available to the Editors-in-Chief.
- This information is given to the Editors-in-Chief at the following
- papers are collected (list + submissions)
- reviewers are assigned (list again)
- reviews are collected and suggestion is made (list + reviews)
- acknowledgements are sent
- updated versions are in and checked for correct updates (list
+ accompanying information + new reviewer comments)