How to Manage Peer-Review Logistics for Special Issues

Course Length: 1 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Follow 15 key logistical steps to successfully manage the peer-review process for your Special Issue
  • List the 5 primary functions of the peer-review process
  • Discuss ethical best practices if a Guest Editor wishes to submit a manuscript to their own Special Issue
  • Use an e-mail template to acknowledge the receipt of manuscripts submitted for your Special Issue
  • Identify and successfully approach peer-reviewers on the host journal’s editorial board or external Ad Hoc reviewers
  • Use e-mail templates to request peer-reviews for manuscripts submitted for your Special Issue and to disseminate blinded materials to those reviewers who accept
  • Ensure a timely return of reviews from editorial board and Ad Hoc peer-reviewers
  • Use e-mail templates to communicate preliminary editorial decisions to manuscript authors (including “Accept with Minor Revision”, “Accept with Major Revision”, “Revise & Resubmit”, and “Reject” templates)
  • Use e-mail templates to communicate final editorial decisions to manuscript authors and peer-reviewers


Jay Phoenix Singh, PhD, PhD is a Fulbright Scholar and the internationally award-winning Executive Director of Publication Academy. Author of over 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters (average 400+ citations/year since 2010) as well as 4 books (published by Routledge, Wiley, Sage, and Oxford University Press), he completed his graduate doctoral studies in psychiatry at the University of Oxford and clinical psychology at Universität Konstanz. He was named the youngest tenured Full Professor in Norway in 2014 before accepting faculty appointments at the University of Cambridge as well as the University of Pennsylvania. Since this time, he has become the only psychology professor to have lectured for all eight Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn) as well as both Oxford and Cambridge. Dr. Singh has provided keynote speeches at leading academic conferences on six continents, and his work has been featured in leading newspapers such as The Washington Post and magazines such as People. He has been the recipient of awards from organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research in Adolescence, the American Board of Forensic Psychology, the American Psychology-Law Society, and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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