Digital Humanities Quarterly is updating its policies concerning the submission, review, and acceptance of special issues, in response to an increasing volume of submissions and special issue proposals. The goal of these changes is to enable the journal to focus its efforts on a smaller number of special issues overall, while ensuring that the process of selection remains fair and transparent. Special issue proposals that were already accepted at the time of this change are unaffected and will be published as planned.
Starting this summer, DHQ will issue two calls for proposals for special issues each year, with deadlines at the end of July and January. Special issue proposals are reviewed by the DHQ editorial board, taking into account the relevance and intellectual significance of the theme, the quality of any materials submitted (such as drafts or extended abstracts), the qualifications of the special issue editors and authors in relation to the proposed topic, and the feasibility of the issue given DHQ’s production and workflow constraints. All submissions to special issues are externally peer reviewed following DHQ's normal review procedures.
More detailed information about the process can be found here:
This year, since the first deadline is coming up fairly soon, we will accept short expressions of intent at the July deadline with full proposals due at the end of August.
DHQ has also begun a pilot series of language-specific special issues, with the goal of increasing the journal's capacity in handling submissions in languages other than English. The first two pilot issues (in French and Spanish) will be published later this year. Articles for these issues will be published in the original language, with abstracts in both English and the original language; articles may also be translated into English or other languages. Each of these issues gives the journal an opportunity to recruit reviewers in additional languages, whom we can draw on to review future submissions in those languages. Proposals for special issues in this series may be submitted at any time and will be considered separately from our regular special issue process. The CFPs for the initial issues in this series are available in our CFP archive (http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/submissions/cfps_archive.html)
Thanks to all of the guest editors, authors, and reviewers who have produced such excellent work for special issues in the past!
Best wishes, Julia
Editor in Chief, Digital Humanities Quarterly