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Universal Access in the Information Society - Topical Collections - Guidelines for Proposals

Periodically, Universal Access in the Information Society runs collections on topics of significant interest to the Information Society Technologies community. We welcome topical collection proposals that meet our current guidelines:

  • Collections originating from conferences or workshops organized around specific themes.
  • Collections proposed by members of the Editorial Board or individuals within their networks.
  • Collections commissioned by the Editors-in-Chief.

If you wish to propose a collection, please provide the information outlined below. Submit your proposal to the Editors-in-Chief Constantine Stephanidis ( and Margherita Antona (  All Guest Editors must be copied on your email using their institutional email addresses. 

We will reply to all proposals, but not all proposals will be taken forward as a collection of the journal.  Where we see potential in a proposal, the Editors-in-Chief will work with the Guest Editors to develop the proposal before making a final decision on taking the proposed collection forward.



  • Names of all Guest Editors including full affiliations and institutional email addresses
  • Brief CVs of all Guest Editors and/or links to their institutional webpages
  • Nomination for the Lead Guest Editor

CONTENT – (your Call for Papers draft)

  • Proposed title of the topical collection
  • Justification for the collection and how it fits in the overall theme:  
  • Aims and scope, plus topics of interest
  • Submission deadline and overall timeline
  • Proposed deadlines for reviewing, author revision and final notification


  • How many submissions do you anticipate?
  • All Collections must have an open Call for Papers. Please specify if you intend to attract submissions to the collection in other ways as well. 
  • If your collection is based on a conference or workshop, please specify.


For all submissions, this Journal adheres to the standard Peer Review Policy, Process and Guidance as outlined by Springer under Editorial Policies in the Information for Journal Authors web page.

All submissions to Springer journals are first reviewed for completeness and only then sent to be assessed by an Editor who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Where an Editor is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Editorial Board will be assigned to oversee peer review. Editors will consider the peer-reviewed reports when making a decision, but they are not bound by the opinions or recommendations therein. A concern raised by a single peer reviewer or the Editor themself may result in the manuscript being rejected. Authors receive peer review reports with the editorial decision on their manuscript.